The perfect cup ‘o Joe is never far away in Bristol. With a thriving coffee scene, you can find pretty much something for every taste – from Italian lattes and New Zealand flat whites, to exotic seasonal blends and no-frills filter.
It’s not just about the coffee though. Ambiance counts, as do comfy sofas, great cake, friendly staff – and not too many screaming children running around, thank you very much.
Last year we brought you ten of the best coffee shops in Bristol, but following your feedback we’ve revisited the city’s coffee scene for ten more.
Hot damn, do those hipsters have good taste in coffee. Tradewind Espresso – the newest addition to the Whiteladies Road coffee shop collective – boast an extensive collection of seasonal and custom blends, each with an excitingly distinct flavour. Don’t know your Aribca from your Robusta? Fear not, staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. And those not feeling the artisan vibe can keep things simple with a hot cup of filter coffee. There’s also a nice outside courtyard, so you can catch a bit of sunshine with your cuppa.
118 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2RP, more info
This welcoming, family-run Persian coffee house is an absolute favourite of mine. Forget hipper-than-thou decor and sniffy barristas, this is a place for bean enthusiasts and casual coffee drinkers alike. They serve a guest blend and a house blend – the Ronak Superstar – both of which go perfectly with the homemade baklava. They also have a beautiful little herb-filled garden out back that sometimes plays host to local musicians.
169A Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8BE, more info
Swings and hot coffee seems like a pretty bad idea, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. Playground Coffee House serve up four different espresso blends brewed to perfection on their shiny La Marzocco GB5 machine, and stock a tempting array of cakes and lunchtime snacks. Have a play on the swings and foosball table, or take things a little more sedately with a round of Bristol Monopoly. Tip: their uber-rich chocolate brownie is heavenly.
45 St Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1TP, more info
Tart has long been a bastion of fine brunches and fabulous cakes, but make sure you don’t forget to try their first-class coffee whilst you’re there. With friendly staff, a gorgeously designed interior and one of the best people-watching spots in the city, it’s little wonder Tart frequently comes top of the list for Bristol coffee lovers. Grab a slice of their indulgent Boston cake, a hot cup of espresso and watch the passers by.
16 The Promenade, Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8AE, more info
Nestled underneath one of Temple Mead’s Victorian railway arches is Hart’s Bakery, famed for its pastries and coffee alike. Their sugar-encrusted cinnamon rolls are pure joy, made better only by an accompanying cup of coffee. Their house blend is made from 100% red bourbon from El Salvador, and they have a rotating seasonal espresso blend for the coffee enthusiasts among us.
Arch 35, Lower Approach Rd, Temple Meads, City of Bristol BS1 6QS, more info
Their cakes are edible works of art, but did you know Ahh Toots also make great coffee? In fact, their flat white is one of the best in town. Prices start from a reasonable £1.80, so grab a cup, settle down among the cakes and take a load off. Whilst you’re there, you may as well sample a slice or two of one of their amazing cakes. It’d be rude not to.
St Nicholas Market, St Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1LJ, more info
Mockingbird serves up a slice of the deep south in the North of Bristol, with blues on the sound system, fresh coffee and specialty buttermilk biscuits stuffed with all kinds of delicious treats. The staff really make the place – they’re among the friendliest you’ll ever encounter, and their zeal for fine coffee is delightfully infectious. Coffee beans are supplied by Extract Coffee Roasters, and the delicious food is locally sourced.
58 Alma Vale Rd, Bristol BS8 2HS, more info
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You’ll find Source tucked away in the depths of St Nick’s Market. Part food hall, part coffee shop, part restaurant – they do all three extremely well. And whilst their menu is a wee bit pricey, their coffee is perfectly brewed and makes a lovely lunchtime pit stop treat – especially in the summer, when you can fully enjoy those giant wooden tables out the front.
1-3 Exchange Ave, St Nicholas Market, Bristol, City of Bristol BS1 1JW, more info
No 12 Easton
They’re famous for their coffee and waffles, but No12 Easton are also an excellent little food store and community hub – they’re often packed out at weekends with friends enjoying a catch up over a cuppa. No12’s coffee comes from local producers Extract, and most of their produce is locally sourced. The bright and sunny interior is a delight on a sunny weekend, and makes the perfect spot to read the paper whilst enjoying your morning coffee.
12 High St, Bristol, UK BS5 6DL, more info
Bonus: 20th Century Flicks
Okay, they’re not an actual coffee shop, but you can buy coffee there. And rent films. They also have a wood burning stove and two cats. The sign on the door proclaims they serve up ‘damn fine coffee’ – and they do. Nothin’ fancy, just a nicely brewed cup in a lovely shop.
19 Christmas Steps, Bristol, Bristol Bridge, Bristol BS1 5BS, more info
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