Coffee is serious business. Honestly, I can’t waste one of my daily cups of coffee on crap, which means I am very selective about where I get a coffee in Plymouth.
Thankfully Plymouth’s coffee scene has really amped up in recent years. From pretty much nowhere to get good coffee to an actually good selection of top grade barista style cafes – now it’s just choosing which one I’m going to pop into.
Assuming you’re a bit of a coffee snob like myself, and Costa or Starbucks just do not cut it, these are the best coffee shops and cafes in Plymouth, Devon, according to us.
Prime Cafe, Ebrington Street
Reliably top quality coffee in the heart of studenty-hipster Ebrington Street makes Prime a solid coffee choice. They also do some fab cakes and really great lunch options too. If you’re looking for a smooth barista made coffee, this is one of the best coffee shops in Plymouth, hands down.
Minerva Cafe, 55 Bretonside
A new addition to the Plymouth coffee shop scene, Minerva have moved from a small barber shop down the road to this bigger joint on the corner opposite the Swallow pub. Their coffee is seriously smooth, easily one of the best in town. And the cafe is competing with Prime for the hipster crown, offering craft beers too as well as having a skate shop on the side.
Jackas Bakery, Southside Street/The Barbican
The best bakery in Plymouth also rocks one of the best brews too. If you want a grade A croissant or pastry with your coffee then this is the place to come. You can tell it’s good because there is normally a big queue outside (for good reason). Warning: They’re closed on Tuesdays…
Rockets & Rascals, The Barbican
Bike shops and quality coffee are a match made in… Er, Devon? Yeah anyways, Rockets and Rascals were, for my money, one of the first quality coffee establishments in Plymouth. They’re still excellent, and if you want top notch barista coffee you need to check them out. Food is also good, with a nice selection of sandwiches and cakes.
Hutong Cafe, Royal william yard
The preferred coffee hang out of wild swimmers and SUP’ers, Hutong is definitely one of the best coffee shops in Plymouth. Found just outside the gate of RWY, you’ll spot people loitering waiting for their epic bagels to go with their amazing coffee. Also lovely Portuguese custard tarts too. Top grade stuff after you’ve had a dip in Firestone Bay.
Pier One, The Hoe Foreshore
This cafe overlooking the sea is probably the best coffee on the seafront. Their restaurant is also very good with some great options like burgers, salads and main food fare. As for the coffee, it’s reliably excellent and very smooth and perfect on a blustery Plymouth day. People tend to go for the coffee shack, just down the road, but for my money this is some of the best coffee in Plymouth here. Get takeaway from the Ben and Jerry’s branded wagon out front.
The Terrace, Tinside
While we’re on the Hoe, the Terrace also offers top quality coffee. I’m gonna say that Pier One shades it ever so slightly for best coffee on the Hoe, but the Terrace is a decent runner up. Perfect for a pick me up after you’ve had a dip in the sea with the wild swimming crew.
Cawfee, 104 Union Street
I found this place totally by accident, but wow… Just opposite the old Dance Academy/Aldi, Cawfee is an unassuming little coffee bar which produces seriously good coffee. I think these guys made it into my top 3 of best coffee shops in Plymouth – although I need to head back to check it out again. They also serve food, which I’ll report on later!
The Piermasters House Shack, Madeira Road/Elphinstone Car Park
Back on the Barbican, this shack outside the Piermasters restaurant makes reliably decent coffee. They also stock some great cakes if you need some extra energy with your caffeine pick me up. And if you’re eating in house, they have some great small plates and main meals too.
Cafe Roma, Civic Centre
This hut in the Civic Centre square doesn’t look like the sort of place that does good barista coffee. But you’d be wrong. A reliably top quality coffee if you’re taking a wonder towards the Hoe, or if you wanna chill and watch the skaters. Honestly, probably one of the best coffee shops in Plymouth… Like many on this list they use Devon Coffee who are obviously a good quality coffee provider.
Rise, Frankfort Gate
Great coffee and very cheeky treats in the form of cronuts. If you’re not familiar, thats a hybrid doughnut made from croissant pastry. They also do very nice pies and a great vegan sausage roll too, if that’s your kind of thing. Seating is limited, so you’ll either need to sit in the square (Frankfort Gate) outside or take your coffee too go.
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