Ziferblat is the Russian word for Clockface. That makes the new café/social space/shared work space which has opened on Edge Street, Ziferblat, perfectly named as when you visit everything is free except the time you spend there. They charge 6 pence per minute and that is all.
Founded in Moscow by Ivan Meetin back in 2011, Ziferblat was originally housed in a treehouse where like-minded people got together to collaborate and hang out. As they got more and more popular they came up with a more formal way of ensuring their bills were payed and the current model was born. There are now 14 Ziferblats acrosss Europe and the latest is right here in the Northern Quarter on the 1st floor at 23 Edge Street.
In this shared space you are free to work, study, relax, hold a meeting or workshop (which will be even easier when they finish up phase 2 of the development), read a book, play piano, get acquainted with good people and attend one of their many activities or events. Each guest “becomes a micro tenant of the space” and their Ziferblat hosts will be on hand to welcome you. They want you to sit back, kick off your shoes and treat the place like home.
Only this home comes fully stocked! Help yourself to all of their kitchen goodies. All drinks and snacks are free, including cakes, fresh coffee, various teas, biscuits, fruits, breads, cereals, brownies, juices and some super strength Wi-Fi.
Head down to Ziferblat and give it a try, where everything is free inside except that most valuable of assets, time, and by paying for your time you’ll be helping grow this idea, in Manchester, Europe and around the world.
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For an updated post, with info on their new meeting rooms, get yourself over here.