Best Coffee Shops In Bristol

There is nothing quite like a freshly brewed cup of coffee enjoyed in a cosy, comfy coffee shop while people-watching.

You just can’t quite beat Bristol’s local, thriving, independent coffee shops. Let’s take a closer look at the Best coffee shops in Bristol; no matter where you are in Bristol, there is an awesome one nearby, and in no particular order, these are our absolute favourites.

1. Little Victories

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Step inside Little Victories, nestled in the historic Wapping Wharf area, and instantly feel the welcoming warmth that emanates from its stylishly minimalist interior and friendly, welcoming staff. This locally-owned coffee shop creates an inviting space characterised by clean lines, exposed brickwork, and soft, inviting lighting. With its friendly and unpretentious atmosphere, Little Victories is the perfect spot for your morning caffeine fix or a relaxed afternoon catch-up.

It’s not just the perfect coffee that sets them apart. Paired with an inventive, locally-sourced menu and a charming ambiance.

Indulge your taste buds with delightful treats such as cakes, sandwiches, and my personal favourite, the delicious fresh banana bread and on certain days, be prepared for an extra treat as they offer delectable doughnuts from their sister location, Small Goods Bristol.

7 Gaol Ferry Steps, BS1 6WE

2. Mokoko Coffee & Bakery

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With two locations situated in Wapping Wharf and near Temple Meads train station, Mokoko elevates coffee shop culture to an art form. Their dedication to creating the perfect cup of coffee is palpable in each brew they serve.

Each coffee bean here tells a tale, sourced from the finest regions worldwide, promising an unforgettable taste journey. But it doesn’t stop at coffee – Mokoko is also a haven for pastry lovers. Baked goods are a serious business here; their pastries are the stuff of local legend. Everything is made from scratch and baked on-site to perfection. Whether you’re a coffee enthusiast or a connoisseur of baked delights, Mokoko is a sensory delight not to be missed.

2 Gaol Ferry Steps, BS1 6WE

3. The Bristol Loaf

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The Bristol Loaf is an artisan bakery that transcends the boundaries of ordinary culinary experiences. This exceptional establishment, renowned for its excellence, offers a diverse and inclusive menu that caters to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free preferences, ensuring that all are welcome to indulge in its delightful creations.

With a firm commitment to sustainability, The Bristol Loaf’s eco-conscious practices and emphasis on organic ingredients shine through in every mouth-watering bite. But it doesn’t stop at being a mere bakery. This extraordinary establishment houses a café, greengrocer, and wine shop, transforming it into a captivating one-stop destination.

My favourite Bristol Loaf is in Bedminster, but there are two other locations, one on Church Road and the other inside the new Bristol Beacon.

Bedminster Parade, BS3 4HL

4. Spicer + Cole

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Spicer & Cole enchants coffee enthusiasts with its captivating blend of contemporary charm and rustic simplicity. Step inside and be greeted by an inviting atmosphere adorned with exposed brick walls, wooden furnishings, and abundant natural light. From their skilled baristas to their meticulously crafted coffee, every cup at Spicer & Cole is a testament to their unwavering commitment to quality.

Indulge in a velvety flat white, a rich pour-over, or a silky-smooth latte, and let the symphony of flavours dance on your taste buds. Complete your experience with one of their delectable, in-house baked pastries.

You can find Spicer & Cole in various locations: Queen Square, Clifton Village, and Finzels Reach.

1 Queen Square Avenue, BS1 4JA

5. Bakesmiths

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This cosy bakery and café on Whiteladies Road is pretty hard to walk past without popping in, especially when you catch the scent of fresh baking as you stroll by. Inside, it’s all about spacious, laid-back seating where you can settle down with a coffee and one of their fresh, mouth-watering pastries or cakes.

Their food is a big part of what makes them stand out. We’re talking about freshly baked bread, pastries, and cakes that are just as delightful to look at as they are to eat. The menu’s pretty varied, too, offering everything from hearty breakfasts to satisfying lunches. Think avocado on toast, but with a Bakesmiths twist, or a slice of cake that’s perfect for an afternoon treat.

And the coffee? It’s spot on. Whether you’re after a quick takeaway cup or the chance to linger over a latte while watching the very busy Whiteladies Road pass by, they’ve got you covered.

65 Whiteladies Road, BS8 2LY

6. Society Café

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Society Café in Bristol is that dependable spot you head to when you need a good cup of coffee and a moment’s peace. Nestled in a lively part of the city right next to the city centre, it’s got this cool, welcoming vibe that makes you feel right at home the second you walk in. The café itself is pretty stylish, with a modern yet comfortable décor that invites you to sit down and relax for a while.

The outside seating at Society Café at the harbourside location adds a whole new layer to its appeal, especially on those brighter, warmer days Bristol gifts us from time to time. Located just a stone’s throw from the bustling Harbourside, the café offers a prime spot for soaking up some sun and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the water’s edge.

Narrow Quay, BS1 4BBY

7. Small Goods

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For anyone just stepping off the train at Temple Meads or about to head out, the prospect of grabbing a freshly made doughnut made on site at Small Goods is incredibly tempting. It’s a perfect welcome to Bristol for newcomers or a sweet farewell for those departing. Plus, pairing one of these doughnuts with a locally roasted coffee can turn a quick stop into a moment of genuine enjoyment.

Doughnut flavours: Raspberry Jam, Biscoff, Vanilla Custard, Chocolate, and weekly guest flavours.

Situated at the bottom of a new-build office tower right next to the train station, you are greeted by a clean interior with walls painted in a gentle pink, complemented by touches of natural wood and white, providing a clean, fresh backdrop that highlights the colourful array of doughnuts on display. The use of pink isn’t just a colour choice; it’s a branding statement, symbolising the shop’s commitment to joy and sweetness.

Unit 3, Temple Quay, BS2 0EL

8. Sweven

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Sweven Coffee is a specialty coffee shop that brings a unique blend of expertise, style, and passion to the local coffee scene. The café is stylishly minimalistic, with green plants adding a touch of nature against the whitewashed walls. The large, impressive counter that dominates the back wall signals their serious approach to coffee, making it clear that this is a place where quality and craftsmanship take centre stage.

In case you were wondering where the name comes from, “Sweven” is an Old English word for “vision” and “dream”.

This place is owned by a husband and wife team who have been passionate about coffee for over a decade and have personally delivered to Bristol their vision and dream in a coffee shop.

12 North Street, BS3 1HT

9. Coffee Under Pressure

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Coffee Under Pressure, affectionately known as CUP by locals, is a cosy little spot halfway up Park Street that feels like a hidden gem to those who stumble upon it. The vibe here is laid-back and inviting, making it a perfect escape from the bustle of one of the busiest and steepest areas of Bristol.

Aside from their excellent coffee, CUP also offers a selection of teas, pastries, and light bites that are just as carefully curated as their coffee selection. Whether you’re popping in for a quick takeaway or lingering over a leisurely cup, this place has a way of making you feel right at home. This place is a must-visit in Bristol if you are heading up to the Bristol Museum.

76 Park Street, BS1 5LB

10. Full Court Press

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Full Court Press is a cosy little specialty coffee shop tucked away on Broad Street, which is one of the four of Bristol’s oldest streets and it’s a real gem for coffee enthusiasts. It’s not your average café; the place prides itself on sourcing a diverse range of beans from around the globe, which means you can expect a unique coffee experience every time you visit.

The staff there are super knowledgeable about their coffee. They’re always up for a chat about the different beans they have on offer and can recommend something based on your tastes. It’s pretty cool to get that personal touch, and it’s clear they’re passionate about what they do.

Space-wise, it’s on the smaller side, which actually adds to its charm. It feels intimate and cosy, perfect for those chilly Bristol mornings or when you’re looking for a quiet corner to read in. They’ve got a selection of pastries and light bites too, which are tasty companions to their standout coffee.

59 Broad Street, BS1 2EJ

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