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Manchester Mind Cafes

We run two cafes across Manchester, serving affordable and healthy meals. The focus of the cafes are to promote positive mental wellbeing through the cooking, serving and then eating of nutritious, balanced meals.

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About our cafes

Our purpose is to promote positive mental wellbeing through the food that we serve and the atmosphere we’ve created. We are passionate about shared eating and encouraging openness, to combat social isolation and loneliness, all done over plates of delicious and affordable food.

We also feel strongly about promoting environmental wellbeing. We largely use surplus food stock that would otherwise be wasted. We are conscious of using environmentally friendly and sustainable packaging and endeavour that any leftover meals are available for people to take away, providing an additional healthy meal for those who may be unable to put together such meals themselves.

On Fridays, at both cafes, we run our Pay What You Can lunch sessions, aimed at those experiencing food poverty.

We are also proud champions of Meat-free Mondays and always have at least one vegetarian or vegan option on the menu. We know that evidence suggests a link between good mental health and food and so we make sure our meals are packed full of lovely fruit and vegetables, all sourced as locally as possible.

Overall, our vision is to bring people together sharing food and to improve the wellbeing of Manchester residents through good, nutritious food.


Zion Centre Café

Based in the Zion Community Centre in Hulme. Open to the public, serving breakfast, lunch and snacks all day. Monday is our meat-free day and Friday we run our Pay What You Can lunch.

Open  Monday to Friday – 9.30am-3.00pm.

Harpurhey Wellbeing Centre Cafe

Our cafe is based in Harpurhey Wellbeing Centre. Open to the public, serving breakfast, lunch and snacks all day. On Friday we run our Pay What You Can session.

Open Monday to Friday – 9.30am-2.30pm.



We have many volunteering opportunities in our cafe. From supported placements for those who would like help with their mental health, to supporting roles such as being a Kitchen Buddy, which involves preparing meals, as well as providing support to other volunteers. There are many different ways to get involved. For a full list of volunteering opportunities

Find out more

For more information about our cafes please call us on 0161 769 5732