Ziferblat - Manchester

Ziferblat Manchester

I almost feel guilty that I’m skipping the gym to write this post (by almost, I mean zero guilt), but I went to one of the coolest places ever today and I’m just too eager to share it straight away.

Today I hopped on the train from Leeds to the dark side (Lancashite, Lancashire) to visit my lovely big sister’s new place and to visit Ziferblat.

Founded back in 2011, in Moscow, Ziferblat is a meeting place. It’s a space where people can go, chill out, enjoy each others’ company and all you pay for is your time spent there. At 6p a minute, an hour there will cost you £3.60 and in that time you can help yourself to drinks and snacks, play board-games, put a record on, play ping pong or even play the piano. There are currently 3 of these spaces in the UK – Manchester, Liverpool and London – and I could not wish any harder that their next location is Leeds as it is a truly brilliant place.

At first, I thought it was a pretty unusual concept – mainly as I thought it would be too good to be true! But it’s not. What really got me is that the environment is so respectful – everyone washes up and puts away everything they use, nobody feels rushed and everyone is incredibly friendly. When all you pay for is your time, there is never a feeling of out-staying your welcome as you might expect in a restaurant or busy highstreet coffee chain.

When we got there, we went in and registered the time that we arrived with a guy on the front desk and then chatted to Mary, a friend of my sisters’ from her running club, who originally told her about Ziferblat. Whilst they caught up and discussed shin splints (which my sister currently has), I took loads of photos as there was just so much going on. This place is a bloggers’ dream.

Whilst we were there, Charlotte and I had tea (in tea cups, of course), I ate cake and an ice lolly, we played Kerplunk and Guess Who and generally chilled out for about an hour and a half.

I’m going to leave this post here with a load of photos. When you’re next in Manchester/Liverpool/London, if you have chance to go, definitely do, it’s really worth it.

Have you been to Ziferblat before? What do you think of the concept? Let me know in the comments!

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