Saturday, 11 April 2015

93. Ziferblat Edge Street, Manchester

Hello everyone, so after wanting to desperately visit this place for over 2 months since it first opened, I FINALLY got round to going to Ziferblat twice this week with three of my closest pals! For those of you who have not heard of Ziferblat before, it is derived from the German and Russian word for clock face "Ziferblatt" and is one of a chain of meeting spaces that are found across Europe. It differs from a standard cafe as the only thing you pay for is the time you spend there, at a flat rate of 5 pence per minute - the tea, toast, biscuits, cakes, cereal, Wi-Fi and everything else are free. It opened in Manchester's Northern Quarter in February 2015 and the only other one in the UK at the moment is in London but there are plans to open more as far as I'm aware. I think it is a brilliant concept and I love Ziferblat for many reasons:
  • It's cheap so is perfect for students and everyone else really!
  • The staff are very friendly and so inviting.
  • They have possibly every flavour of Twinings that there is, what more could you ask for?
  • It's really spacious and cosy at the same time so you can work and meet in a relaxed environment.
  • They have board games- Misbah and I played Connect 4, Snakes and Ladders and Operation for the first time in years today!
  • It feels so good to support a local business and you don't feel pressured to rush your overpriced hot drink and cake in a branch of a well known tax evading coffee chain.
  • They have lots of events going on that you can get involved in like harmonica lessons, yoga and knitting.
  • It's so great to have a meeting place in Manchester City Centre where you aren't forced to buy food and/or drinks. My friends and I once sat in a Costa for the best part of 4 hours and only one of us bought a drink, how we got away with that, I will never know so Ziferblat is the perfect place for people like us! Now all we need is a decent park in Manchester City Centre!
  • The interior is your typical Nan's front room, the armchairs are super comfortable! My friends and I loved the bookshelf wallpaper. Here are some photos so you can see for yourself:

Have any of you visited the Ziferblat in Manchester or any of the others, what did you think of it?

Until next time, take care.
Mancunian Sheep x