10 of the best independent coffee shops in Wales
Wales has been crazy about coffee for generations. From the 19th century, Italian immigrants brewed up the black stuff in towns across the country. Fast forward to the 1930s and National Milk Bars brought frothy coffees and espresso evenings to a hip generation. Today, there’s a new wave of independent shops sharing rich roasts and artisan methods all over Wales. To celebrate International Coffee Day (1st October 2017), here’s 10 of the best.
Verdi's, Mumbles, Swansea Bay by Josh Munns/InstagramKeeping the Italian tradition alive, Swansea Bay staple Verdi’s has been serving up caffeine hits for decades. A focal point of the chic seaside community of Mumbles, this family-run cafe has great views over one of West Wales’ busiest beaches. If the sugar in your coffee isn’t sweet enough, you could create hundreds of different ice cream sundaes with all of the combinations available. Knab Rock, Mumbles.
Scoffi, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales Valleys by ScoffiThe bright and colourful Scoffi is a community café in the heart of the South Wales Valleys. The converted post office is known for being a child friendly hub in the centre of Merthyr Tydfil town and its lavish selection of homemade cakes. Flavours include Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Nutella and Red Velvet, but Scoffi also regularly make rice pudding and Welsh cakes. High Street, Merthyr Tydfil.
King Street Coffee Company, Wrexham, North East Wales by King Street Coffee CompanySince brothers Phil and Andy Gallanders set it up in 2015, Wrexham’s King Street Coffee Company has been impressing customers with their passion for true speciality coffee. Based in King Street bus station, their knowledge of the best possible ingredients means they’ve crafted a menu combining staples like lattes and espressos with hearty toasties and tasty brownies. Their hard work has paid off, as they’re one of only two North Wales coffee shops featured in the Indy Coffee Guide. King Street Bus Station, Wrexham.
The Café at Ridgeway, Newport, South Wales by The Cafe at RidgewayStick with us, but our next tip used to be a public toilet! The Café at Ridgeway is now a lot more glamorous, and is well recognised for its gorgeous views of Allt-Yr-Yn Nature Reserve. The Newport cafe is about more than just beans. Look out for prosecco afternoon teas, pop-up street kitchens and Tapas Thursdays. Allt-yr-yn Avenue, Newport.
Karm’en Kafé, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire by Karm'en KafeIf you’re at Carmarthen Castle, you’ll smell the coffee from Karm’en Kafé, situated just minutes away. It’s a savvy stop to make for delicious home baked produce to go with your Joe, including own dough pizzas, flatbreads, and pastries. If you’ve got more of a sweet tooth, this Polish-Welsh fusion café offers up cheesecakes, tarts, and their infamous chocolate brownies (trust us). 22 Bridge Street, Carmarthen.
Little Man Coffee, Cardiff by Little Man CoffeeLittle Man Coffee is one of Cardiff’s many coffee shops, but it’s definitely a little quirkier than the average caff. Situated above a bank vault, don’t be surprised if you stumble across a poetry reading, acoustic gig, or up-an-coming art show. The coffee shop has curated their specialty coffee selection with the help of over 25 different roasters, and the effort shows. Bridge Street, Cardiff.
Providero, Llandudno, North Wales by Robert CorneliusProvidero in Llandudno is the other North Wales coffee shop to be honoured with a place in the latest Indy Coffee Guide. A feat for independent coffee shops, there’s actually two Provideros; one in Llandudno Junction and the other on Upper Mostyn Street, combining ethical trading with freshly roasted speciality coffee. After all that coastal air, you’ll deserve a double stop! 148 Conwy Rd, Llandudno.
Sophie Bach Tea and Coffee Room, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion by Sophie Bach Tea and Coffee RoomThis cosy spot in Aberystwyth isn’t content with just providing a warm welcome for the coffee-lovers that cross its threshold – the courtesy extends to dogs too! A short way from the coast, this cute shop is perfect for relaxing after a bracing walk by the sea. Four legged friends can even enjoy some doggie donuts and ‘pawsecco’ from their very own menu. Woof! 13 Cambrian Place, Aberystwyth.
Cwtch, Abergavenny, Wye Valley by Cwtch CafeAbergavenny’s Cwtch Café has a stellar reputation among locals in the food-mad market town. The staff are very welcoming, always ready to tempt you into a home baked cake with your coffee. If you’re in for breakfast, the eggs benedict are where it’s at. 58 Cross St, Abergavenny.
Quarry Café, Machynlleth, Mid Wales by Quarry CafeThe Quarry Café in Machynlleth is a coffee shop with a cause. They work with local suppliers and responsibly sourced ingredients to create gorgeous vegetarian produce. The coffee on offer is also remarkable. It’s made with fair-traded coffee beans grown by the Ashaninka tribe of Peru, and imported into Wales just for you. 13 Heol Maengwyn, Machynlleth.