Coffee Shops in Bristol

Where to grab a coffee in Bristol

Whether you’re after your morning caffeine fix, a slice of cake or a quiet corner to plug in your laptop, the city of Bristol has a thriving hub of independent coffee houses. From the perfect espresso to coffee-infused cocktails, here are some of the very best indie coffee shops that Bristol has to offer:


Where: 65 Whiteladies Road, Clifton

What’s unique about it?

Bakesmiths has fast become one of Bristol’s trendiest cafes – renowned far and wide for serving delicious tray bakes and some of the tastiest sourdough around.

Coffee beans come fresh from nearby Clifton Coffee Roasters and wherever possible the Bakesmiths team source their produce from local suppliers. Bakesmiths is also an ideal place to grab brunch, which they run until 11.30 on weekdays and 14.30 on weekends.

Society Coffee

Where: Farrs Lane, Narrow Quay

What’s unique about it?

Society Coffee is making the most of its quayside shop. The building – which was formerly a rope factory – houses seating for over 70 people and provides plenty of coffee to relieve their caffeine cravings.

There’s everything from AeroPress to cold brew on the menu and there are plenty of opportunities to ‘feed your mind’ as well.

Flick through art house books and magazines, explore rotating exhibitions and let the kids enjoy the creative corner designed with children in mind.

Small Street Espresso

Where: 23 Small Street, Bristol

What’s unique about it?

Small Street Espresso is a pint-sized pioneer of the Bristol coffee scene. With unpretentious staff, communal seating and plenty of regulars, you can guarantee that you’ll get your hands on a quality cup of coffee at this establishment.

High-quality espresso comes fresh from the azure La Marzocco machine and the house roast is supplied by local ‘Clifton Coffee Roasters’.

Playground Coffee & Bar

Where: 45 St Nicholas St, Bristol

What’s unique about it?

Playground Coffee is dedicated to brewing some of the finest coffee beans in the world. Coffee brewing is not just a craft here – it’s an art. Choose from a fabulous selection of single origins and watch as your cup is expertly made by a knowledgeable barista.

What’s more, you can sit on actual swings as you sip your latte or get tipsy on a myriad of coffee cocktails when Playground is transformed into a buzzing bar during the evening.

Tincan Coffee Co.

Where: 234 North St, Bristol

What’s unique about it?

Tincan Coffee Co serves its own locally roasted, seasonal espresso blend alongside award winning cakes, cold-pressed juices and sourdough toasties.

They always have a top-notch espresso on offer, along with a rotating line-up of the season’s best single-origin filter options.

All coffee is roasted to order by Clifton Coffee and can be enjoyed sat in Tincan Coffee’s contemporary, laid back store.

Spicer + Cole

Where: Queen Square, Clifton Village & Gloucester Rd

What’s unique about it?

Spicer + Cole run several coffee houses in Bristol, serving up some of the best single origins around. There’s Finzels Reach, leafy Queen Square, picturesque Clifton Village and the ever-vibrant Gloucester Road.

In each cafe they serve the best artisan coffee and loose-leaf tea, together with super-fresh seasonal food. The first thing you’ll notice when you enter a Spicer + Cole cafe will no doubt be the food counter. Piled high with tarts, frittatas, salads, cakes and pastries – there really is something for every taste.

The Best of the Rest

Brew Coffee Co. 45 Whiteladies Rd, Avon;

Rolling Italy Woodland Road/ Tyndall;

Milk Teeth 21 Portland Square;

Mokoko Coffee 2 Gaol Ferry Steps,

Boston Tea Party; 75 Park Street;

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