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If there’s one thing I love it’s a good cup of coffee in a nice independent coffee shop, and if there’s one place that isn’t short of options it’s Bristol. Some of the best UK coffee shops are, without a doubt, in Bristol and there’s a huge barrage of independent coffee shops in Bristol. Naturally, I tried to visit as many as I could as when I spent 4 weeks there, so here’s a compilation of my favourite coffee shops in Bristol!
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COFFEE SHOPS IN BRISTOL
First on my list of Bristol coffee shops is Burra. A great cafe on Whiteladies Road, this Bristol coffee shop is ideally situated to enjoy your morning coffee, before heading on a walk around Clifton Downes. It’s only been open since February 2021, but has certainly made it’s mark as one of the best coffee shops in Bristol. If you’re after food, the French toast is a good shout. And if you’re still not persuaded, Burra is run by Australian rugby players AND they sell Tim Tams!
You can’t make a trip to Bristol without heading into Clifton, and Foliage is certainly one of the best cafes in Clifton Village Bristol. Not only do they sell great coffee and food, but the place is decorated head to toe in plants. I can only admire how well they’ve manage to keep them alive, whilst my Yukka is hanging on for dear life and has been requiring end of life care for months now.
Another great cafe in Clifton Village Bristol has to be Rosemarino. Winners of both Best Breakfast and Best Italian Awards at the Bristol Food Awards in numerous years, Rosemarino has definitely earned it’s place on this list of coffee shops in Bristol. If you’re heading there on the weekend definitely book ahead! I’d HIGHLY recommend the mushrooms on focaccia, paired with a flat white (with an option dash of oat milk, of course) for the ideal start to the day.
You can find Rosemarino at York Place in Clifton, Bristol. They’re open Tuesday to Sunday.
4. Two Ways
The next cute cafe in Bristol has to be Two Ways. Found in what is very much the student hub of Bristol, they’re always doing a roaring trade. The founder’s Turkish and Italian heritage is laced throughout the menu, so why not try something a little different with your coffee? They have a selection of different snacks and cakes, made in house everyday, and the coffee is always 10/10. You can find Two Ways on Queens Avenue, open Monday to Friday.
Another Clifton coffee shop, Saffron, offers a Mediterranean menu alongside coffee. With lots of outdoor seating too, Saffron is the ideal place to enjoy brunch and coffee in Bristol on a sunny morning. Slow down on a Sunday morning and enjoy a Turkish coffee and breakfast. Saffron is open everyday from 8am until 5pm.
6. Anna Cake Couture
If you’ve stopped for coffee in Bristol at Saffron, you won’t be able to miss Anna. It’s just across the road and has a giant floral arch around the doorway! If you’re not stopping for coffee, at least just stop to grab a macaroon or two. Now this is a budget travel blog at heart, so I’m aware that £1.75 for a coin sized macaroon is a little steep. But when in Clifton sometimes you have to dig deep. I even splashed out on TWO macaroons and I can fully vouch for them, especially the cake batter and caramel milk chocolate flavour.
7. Whiteladies Road Farmers Market
Now, technically not a Bristol coffee shop, but still very much worth a mention….Every Saturday from 8:30am til 1pm, Whiteladies Road is graced with the presence of the farmers market. Grab a coffee from the Fabulously Green Coffee Machine and team it up with a pastry from Farro Bakery, before heading up to Clifton Downs to enjoy them. Name a more ideal way to start the weekend! I’d really recommend Farro’s Babka and Pastel de Nata.
Next on my list of coffee shops in Bristol is also on Whiteladies Road. When you’re walking down Whiteladies Road, it’s impossible not to be drawn into the fresh bread and cake selection from Bakesmiths. It’s convenient location makes it the ideal spot to grab a takeaway coffee, or sit in and enjoy some home-baked goods.
Bakesmiths is open until 5pm everyday, but if you pop in during the week you can make the most of their ‘Picnic Deal’; a toast or sandwich, a drink and a cake for £8.50. Or drop into after 2pm and you can get 3 cakes for £6!
Named one the top 25 bakeries by the Sunday Times, Pinkmans had to come next on my list of the best coffee shops in Bristol. Pinkmans is home to their signature sour dough-nuts. These ‘dessert in a doughnut’ are hand rolled, fried and piped full of pastry creams. They’re made fresh everyday and you’d be silly to come to Bristol and not indulge. I enjoyed a two of them for a my lunch one day and didn’t have a single regret, in fact my only regret was that I didn’t buy more!
Grab a takeaway coffee with your doughnut to have on the go, whilst you explore Bristol, or sit in and choose from Pinkmans’ array or breakfast and lunch options.You can find Pinkmans on Park Street, open Wednesday to Sunday.
10. Can’t Dance Coffee
Finally on my list of coffee shops in Bristol is Can’t Dance Coffee. This coffee shop operates from a little shipping container in Victoria Square, Clifton. The owners Lucy and Billy started Can’t Dance as a smallproject after both losing their jobs due to the pandemic – read more about them here. You can grab yourself a takeaway as you head out for the day, or enjoy some Bristol sunshine in the little seating area. Another great cafe in Clifton Village Bristol that’s certainly worth checking out!
So, that concludes my list of coffee shops in Bristol that you really, really should visit. Of course, there are SO many more to enjoy across the city, and hopefully before long I’ll be back to try out some more of the best coffee in Bristol.
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