Blank Street – Instagram’s favourite coffee shop is opening a Manchester cafe in… Piccadilly Gardens?

Molly-Mae's a big fan, apparently

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 12th December 2023

Blank Street, a coffee shop that has become a global sensation for its pretty drinks and stylish interiors, will open its doors in Manchester this week.

There are endless locations available for a brand that prides itself on its aesthetics, from the clean new builds of Spinningfields to the edgy cool of the Northern Quarter to the charm of Barton Arcade.

But Blank Street took one look at Manchester and went ‘Oh, what about Piccadilly Gardens?’. Weird choice…

The city’s busiest and most central square hasn’t exactly built up a good reputation over the last decade, with crime and pigeons both rife.

But things may be turning a corner with the addition of new food and drink businesses nearby, from Franco Manca to Bundobust to Popeyes.


Blank Street is the latest to open here, officially opening to the public on Wednesday 13 December.

It’s just across the way from viral Korean corn dog peddler Bunsik, with both businesses taking on the vacant units built into the infamous Piccadilly ‘wall’.


Blank Street isn’t stopping there either – the popular coffee shop already has signage up for a second Manchester site on Cross Street.

The coffee shop chain started off as a humble coffee cart in Brooklyn, but thanks to its stunning pastel-coloured iced lattes soon became a social media sensation.

It’s drawn in loads of famous fans, with chief influencer Molly-Mae Hague herself a loyal customer.


Blank Street’s incredibly aesthetic green-and-white-fronted stores are found all over London these days, with people always traipsing out the door clutching beautiful swirling coffees, pistachio lattes, and blueberry matchas.

And now it’s ready to open the doors to its Piccadilly Gardens cafe.

To mark the launch, Blank Street’s new Manchester store will be offering lucky locals an exclusive buy one, get one free deal from 15-17 December on their new winter menu drinks: Candy Cane Cold Brew and Chocolate Orange Mocha.

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Featured image: The Manc Group