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Bristol’s Best Coffee and Cake

Cake from Bocabar © Jess Connett 2017

There’s no shortage of great places to get a coffee in Bristol. Whether you’re looking to grab a quick latte on your way to work, or to relax with an artisan flat white and a croissant, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the city’s broad range of independent coffee houses and cafes. In this article, we’ve tried to narrow it down to five of our favourite places in the Bristol Pound community where you can get your morning caffeine fix and enjoy a delicious cake.


1 – Bocabar

Located in the creative quarter of Paintworks in Arnos Vale, this award-winning restaurant has a great selection of hot and cold drinks. Cafe by day and bar by night, you’ll find a cosy, creative interior with local artists featured on the walls – perfect for lounging around with a cup of fresh coffee. Their food menu contains locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and a selection of cakes made fresh onsite. 


Coffee being made in Full Court Press

2 – Full Court Press 

With high quality coffee beans and an artist’s attention to detail, the Full Court Press team’s expertise is evident in their great tasting brews. It also means the helpful staff are happy to answer your coffee-related queries, make recommendations and guide you through the menu of luxury espressos from all over the world. Located on Broad Street in Bristol’s Old City, this specialty coffee shop is a great place to relax with a lush coffee and pastry after a shop in St Nick’s market or a stroll through Castle Park.


Latte art from Barista’s

3 – Barista’s Coffee Collective

Step out of the bustle of busy Victoria Street and into the calm, cosy atmosphere of Barista’s Coffee Collective. With a friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere and a diverse range of delicious hot drinks, the Collective is ideal for a morning coffee on the way to work. Or, if you’re feeling peckish, stay for lunch and browse the menu of homemade cakes, soups and sandwiches. 


Coffee and a croissant from Little Victories

4 – Little Victories

From the team behind Small Street Espresso in the Old City, Little Victories is a stylish espresso bar in the vibrant Wapping Wharf area, right next to the Harbourside. By day, the cafe serves delicious hot drinks, a range of scrumptious cakes (including a highly-rated banana cake) and a selection of sourdough sandwiches. In the evenings, you’ll find craft beers, organic wines and coffee cocktails, as well as plates of local meats and cheeses. Not to mention, Little Victories is home to a Bristol Pound cashpoint, so why not stock up on some £B while you’re enjoying your drinks?


5 – Tobacco Factory Cafe

In the heart of vibrant Southville, the Tobacco Factory is a hub of great food, live music and markets stocked with local produce. It’s also a great place to go for a coffee and a bite to eat at the cafe/bar. Offering freshly-ground fairtrade coffee and organic teas, the cafe supports local businesses, buying supplies from several Bristol Pound members including Mark’s Bread, Arbor Ales and Buxton Butchers.

Tobacco Factory cafe and bar

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