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 you can enjoy coffee all over Wales.
Keeping 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.
Covid opening – Verdi’s has re-opened, welcome back to all. In order to maintain a safe environment for everyone, please order with the new Verdi’s App. With the App, anyone with an iPhone or Android Phone can order from the table without leaving their seat. Either download the App from the App store or Google Play, or alternatively scan the QR code from Verdi’s website. Please note that Verdi’s still do not take reservations for tables.
Head to Coaltown Coffee in Ammanford for freshly roasted coffee. The town that once was a producer of black gold, coal, is now producing a new black gold, coffee. The award winning speciality coffee roaster also supply coffee for you to take home.
King Street Coffee Company
Since 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.
Covid opening - open 8 am to 2 pm.
The Café at Ridgeway
Stick 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.
Covid opening - open from 9 am until 6 or 7 pm each day, seven days a week with outdoor seating available.
If 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.
Covid opening - open to eat in and open for take away, two tables outside.
Little Man Coffee
Little 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.
Covid opening - now open Monday - Wednesday 8:30am to 2.45pm, plus Little Man is offering doorstep delivery around Cardiff and the Vale or Click and Collect from Little Man Garage, CF11 6AZ.
Providero 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.
Covid opening - the coffee machine is on for take-out drinks from Little Prov in Junction. Open 8-2 Mon-Fri this week, with social distancing measures in place, drinks only at the moment.
Abergavenny’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.
Covid opening - 10 am to 3 pm week days and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays for take away plus outdoor seating is available.