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Published December 21st 2016
I recently visited Ziferblat is a cafe with a twist, situated on Edge street in the Northern Quarter. Ziferblat is different to any other cafe I have been to, because the only thing you pay for is the time you spend there. Originally founded in Moscow, Ziferblat was the idea of a group of poets who would meet in a tree house to share their ideas with other like minded individuals. As the people who joined grew, they found a larger venue to host writers meet ups. To this day, Ziferblat has bloomed into a thriving business concept and a relaxed place which you can enjoy tea and cake and free WiFi. They have branches in the UK in Manchester, Liverpool and London. They also have branches situated all over the world.
The atmosphere is very laid back and friendly, much like an extension of a living room, but in a much larger space.You are welcome to bring dogs in with you. When you arrive, you are greeted by the staff or volunteers on the front desk and you have to sign in. Then as you leave, you are signed out and pay for the time you spent there - they charge 6 pence per minute. You can help yourself to free treats, including homemade cakes and biscuits, and you can bring your own food to heat up in the microwave and use their free internet.
The spread of cakes is eclectic and you can help yourself whilst you relax and soak up the ambience, to a cup of tea or coffee. The only thing they ask is that you wash up your own dishes; they have a kitchen with a dishwasher.
All in all, this is a creative environment, perfect for meeting friends, writing that essay, reading a book or playing the selection of board games they have on display. You can find it on Edge street in Manchester's Northern Quarter. There is a buzzer outside which you press to be let in and a staircase and a lift for accessibility, which takes you to the first floor. Be sure to look out for it the first time you go, as I walked straight past it.