Home to the majestic Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain, Bristol is a city steeped in culture, science and centuries of tradition. It also happens to be a place awash with incredible independent coffee shops.
Whether you’re just passing through or a proud Bristolian, you’ll find coffee houses that have their own, unique take on the coffee experience. Broaden your coffee horizons by giving these six wonderful independent shops your business the next time you’re in town.
1. Tincan Coffee Co.
Located in Bedminster’s North Street, Tincan Coffee Co. is an interesting mix of the urban and the classically Italian. This charming shop looks like it has been plucked from the streets of New Jersey and dropped into the heart of South West England. As well as a wide selection of espresso based coffees, Tincan Coffee Co. serves a selection of freshly made pastries, cakes and sandwiches. There is also a very popular brunch menu, that features paninis, hot sandwiches and breakfast classics.
2. Katie and Kim’s Kitchen
Katie and Kim’s Kitchen is a simple, no nonsense coffee shop with lots of heart and personality. Located on Picton Street, this quaint eatery and coffee house is characterised by its pink shop front and its selection of house plants. While there is a limited number of seats inside, there is also a pretty garden at the back of the property — the perfect place for sipping espresso in the summer sun. There is an extensive menu on offer, which includes hearty, homemade soups, pies and sandwiches. This charming coffee shop has a cult following in Bristol, so getting a seat at peak times is almost impossible.
3. Playground Coffee House
This is a coffee house for kids of the big variety. You’ll find all the usual espresso-based classics on the menu, as well as a selection of sweet treats, salads and sandwiches. However, Playground Coffee House on St Nicholas Street is unique because of its swing seats. After 6pm, the coffee shop becomes a lively bar, serving a selection of unique coffee cocktails.
4. Bakers & Co
Bakers & Co looks more like a country kitchen than an urban coffee shop. As well as a comprehensive selection of coffees and teas, this little eatery specialises in a huge range of fresh breads. Everything from sourdough to whole grain is proudly displayed on the counter. If you want your bread toasted, just ask. Choose from a selection of accompaniments, which include everything from jam to smashed avocado. Located on Gloucester Road, Bakers & Co is a throwback to a time when homemade was all there was. A great time of the day to visit is just after breakfast, as an extensive brunch menu features everything from pancakes to huevos rancheros.
5. Small St. Espresso
Located on Small Street, this charming coffee shop is tiny. Small St. Espresso features different guest roasters every week, ensuring regular customers are always kept on their toes. The baristas here are of the highest quality, creating espresso-based drinks that look as good as they taste. Also on offer are cakes, homemade breads and pastries. While the food isn’t made on site, it is made by local bakers and catering companies within walking distance.
6. Little Victories
Located on Gaol Ferry Steps, Little Victories is chic and functional in equal measures. Everything from the tiled menu behind the counter to the bespoke wooden seats oozes class and elegance — but the real star of the show is the coffee on offer. This charming coffee shop serves craft coffees by day, and craft beers by night. It also serves a wide selection of freshly made sandwiches, pastries, cakes and preserves.
With so many incredible independent coffee shops, Bristol is a coffee lover’s paradise.