Coffee and pie in the Northern Quarter

Don’t you love walking around the city just to stumble upon a new place? That’s what happened to Gabs and I last Saturday when we were walking around the NQ and found Idle Hands.

Coffee at Idle hands, Northern Quarter

A blondie, a piece of pie and coffee. Pretty much all you need for a good afternoon.

From their Instagram, I can tell they’re not a new place, but I’m positive they just opened on this particular location (across Tariff and Dale) because I walk past this place every single morning (and I want to believe I’m not that unfamiliar with my surroundings).

Anyway, we went inside to find a cozy and minimalistic atmosphere with a nice vibe that invited us to stay indoors for a little while and enjoy a warm cup of coffee.

Coffee at Idle hands, Northern Quarter

Chocolate, orange and pistachio pie

Gabs went for this delicious pie (pictured above), while I decided to order myself a pecan blondie (not 100% sure of the name) and they were both delicious (yes, I tried them both!). G also had a cappuccino, which he enjoyed, but I think our favourite part was definitely sitting by the window and seeing people walk by, feeling the sunshine and just being in the moment.

Coffee at Idle hands, Northern Quarter

Pecan blondie and a cappuccino, please.

I feel like in this social media world, we’re always trying to connect with everyone through our mobiles, and sometimes we forget to enjoy and connect with those around us.

Being in Idle hands, for some reason, gave me a good excuse to enjoy a quick chat with Gabs and have a nice moment in the middle of our (kinda chaotic) Saturday afternoon.

We loved the place, the decor was nice (and beautiful for the instashots), and the staff was more than nice, so we will definitely be coming back. We’re only a couple of steps away!


What about you? What are those places that inspire you to disconnect for a little while and enjoy the moment? Any recommendations for an unplugged date? I’d love to hear your thoughts! You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat).

If you’re looking for something else to read, maybe check our cheesiest foodventure so far, it was fantastic! You can read about it here.


Thanks for the quick read, let me know if you enjoy these quick reviews/foodventures and I’ll do them more often 🙂

I’ll be back on Thursday with more.






  1. April 15, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    Always looking for new coffee spots. That pistachio pie looks delicious! Thanks for sharing

    • Michelle
      April 16, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      I’m glad you liked this recommendation, Jasmin 🙂 let me know if you decide to pay them a visit

  2. April 13, 2018 / 8:08 am

    I love idle hands, the coffee is always wonderful. I must visit again soon 🙂

    • Michelle
      April 16, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      For sure! This was my first visit but won’t be my last 🙂

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