Brunch in the Millyard

It’s no secret that Manchester has a great food scene. There are tons of great restaurants, with pretty much every kind of cuisine (and bakery) that you can think of, even just on Elm Street. But despite being only a few blocks away from Elm, Manchester’s millyard is full of bustling businesses, a university, gyms, technology companies, and museums and seems divided by a brick mill wall from the restaurant world.

Until you look closely.

I worked in the millyard for about a year before I began commuting up 93 five days a week. One of my favorite hidden spots is a gem called Waterworks Cafe. Located right across from the Millyard Museum on Commercial Street, Waterworks is actually a pretty large space that’s open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Owned by the genius behind Tidewater Catering, the menu is diverse and changes with the seasons. Throughout my months in the mill yard, I consumed countless berry salads for summer lunches along the river, hearty soups, quiche, and sandwiches in the winter, and many, many lattes and bakery treats.

Now that I no longer can frequent the place, I still stop by on Saturday mornings to reacquaint myself with amazing hot chocolate and breakfast sandwiches. One of my favorites is the California Breakfast Sandwich: eggs, smoked bacon, avocado, red onion, tomatoes, sprouts, cheese, and a roasted garlic aioli stuffed in multigrain bread. SO good. I love that all of their breakfast sandwiches are served with fresh fruit. If nothing else, it cleanses your palette and makes your plate look beautiful.

While breakfast sandwiches are usually my top pick for a Saturday morning breakfast, I am very curious to try their Falafel Eggs Benedict (how amazing does that sound?!) and their Quiche of the Day never disappoints. Hot chocolate made with Ghirardelli chocolate, seen above, is a must for winter days. You can check out their full menu offerings here and follow them on Facebook to see their specials of the day.

Waterworks is definitely a Manchester favorite for their food options as well as their renovated mill vibes and riverside location. The space is available for private party rentals along with the Riverside Room, which is located next door.

Have you discovered any unique, tasty food or drinks lately? Let us know! Be sure to email us at to share your ideas of any New Hampshire related food/drink/venue/organization that you think should be featured in our “Eat Drink Play” blog posts.

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