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Chapter One Books – The bookshop cafe

I suppose you have to be a bit crazy to open an independent bookshop at a time when all the others are going out of business but the people who opened Chapter One have put their craziness to good use. What they have created is a bookshop-cum-café in a gorgeous, light-filled space which is furnished in a whimsical mix of styles that gets your imaginative juices flowing. This is one café where you don’t need to bring your own reading material – you just order your refreshments, pick something from the shelves while you wait, settle into a favourite chair and lose yourself for a while. And there’s a fountain that tinkles pleasingly in the background.

Or else it’s a bookshop, where the goods are presented in such an imaginative way that they all seem intriguing and irresistible. You could come here for pancakes to eat in and end up with a book to take out.

Either way, this is a place I would recommend for those who like to browse books in a leisurely fashion but who appreciate a few helpful suggestions from a very well-read staff. These come in the form of visual presentation, knowledgeable labeling and, of course, conversation.

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Details about this spot



19 Lever Street, Manchester

Opening Times

Sun - Mon 10:00 - 17:00, Tue - Sat 09:00 - 19:00


Pancakes: £ 6.50


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)