I love a good art gallery, I find art very relaxing.
But what I like more than the art inside a gallery, is a well designed gallery. I recently went to The Whitworth with my folks and it is an extremely well designed gallery. There was something ‘right’ about the space in there, and the cafe has some lovely views of the park too.
I love it when a space that houses anything creative is made to feel atmospheric. It makes the space far more experiential. If something is experiential, I’m more likely to be impacted by it and remember it.
Another great brunch spot in Manchester for you today, The Elk of Chorlton.
I took my brother here this morning before he left to head back to Yorkshire. I had smashed avocado and he had roast tomatoes with spinach and an egg. I like it because it feels cosy and also because it’s relatively small – meaning it never gets too overcrowded or hectic as some of the brunch spots I’ve been to in Didsbury can do. For the sort of food they serve and where in Chorlton it is I’d also say The Elk is pretty cheap!
My brother paid a flying visit last night to see my flat and get a taste of life in Manc land. We went to HOME to see a play called Ghosts, it was not what I expected but very good!
It’s actually been a very hectic weekend. On Friday I had a CrossFit taster class followed by a few cocktails at Albert’s Schloss (a place I will blog about soon, promise!), and yesterday I went to the Imperial War Museum for a look around. It was fantastic – I’m hoping some of the photos on my phone are blog-worthy because I’d really like to write about it.
I’m going to another CrossFit class this afternoon (don’t ask me why I’ve squeezed two into one weekend because honestly, I don’t know).
I’m writing this whilst actually in Ziferblat on Edge Street. A place I’ve been meaning to come to to for a while.
Here, you pay for your time rather than for your tea or coffee. It’s a great balance between cafe and coworker space, with the shared kitchen space creating lots of opportunities to get to know the people using the cafe with you.
I can see myself spending many a late evening here when my office eventually moves to the Northern Quarter. There’s something about being surrounded by background noise and people that makes it easier to focus!
There are lots of cakes and biscuits on offer, as well as fruit and bread – you can even make yourself some toast. The idea is everyone clears up after themselves and pitches in to keep the place clear and pleasant. There are board games to play and lots of comfy, old chairs to sit in. I get the impression there’s a few Ziferblat regulars that come here – this is what makes it feel more coworker space than cafe.
The perfect place for laptop club with friends!