I know I’ve mentioned it before, but finding little coffee shops to relax in at the weekend is fast becoming my favourite hobby. And that’s why I was delighted to accidentally find Hampton and Vouis.
It was a quiet Saturday morning in Manchester, and I was searching for a nice latte to wake me up. I’d just got off the tram at St. Peter’s Square when I walked past what may be the cutest coffee shop I’d ever seen. It’s very Northern Quarter-esque, and a lovely little place to have on Princess Street.
First of all, I really liked the name. And independently owned, Hampton and Vouis – or branded simply as H & V – isn’t only a coffee shop either. It sells fresh juices, hot drinks, cakes, a brunch menu, and other sweet treats… all of which can be eaten in or taken out.
Although it’s quite small inside, its beautifully decorated. It has a bench and chairs looking out over the window, high tables and stools on the sides, and comfy chairs with lower tables at the back, so there’s a range of seats to choose from. There’s also the counter where you order, and where I was greeted by a lovely, smiling young lady.
I ordered a latte, but was envious of the beautiful food I could see around me. A girl had ordered what looked like a tomato and avocado sandwich, which looked absolutely delicious. It also said on the menu that all the food is locally sourced, so I am looking forward to going back to try brunch here.
I was enjoying it here so much that I then ordered an orange juice. It was fresh, still had the bits in, and was incredibly tasty. The atmosphere was great too as the low lighting made it feel relaxed. It was the perfect pitstop before a busy Saturday.
The only question is, why on earth haven’t I heard of this place before?