Immaculate Bath may be an easy-going beauty spot on the UK tour bus trail, but it has cosmopolitan stirrings. The coffee scene outperforms some of the country’s bigger cities, thanks in no small part to the influence of a three-time UK Barista Champion. I’m lucky enough to have spent plenty of time here for work, so I’m a regular patron of Bath’s cafés. Here are our favourites.
Colonna & Smalls
The well established, carefully crafted HQ of multiple UKBC champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood. A different sort of coffee shop – not to everyone’s taste, but certainly to ours. Immaculate, intriguing, minimal, perfect. Read our full review.
6 Chapel Row, Bath, BA1 1HN. Open Mon to Sat 8:30am – 5:30pm, Sun 10am – 4pm.
Colonna & Hunter
Small replaced by Hunter, Maxwell’s second and more recent branch is quite different from its older brother, but the coffee is just as good and there are extras too. Read our full review.
Milsom Place, Milsom St, Bath BA1 1BZ. Open Mon to Sat 9am – 11pm, Sun 10am – 7pm.
Smack bang in the middle of touristy Bath but rightly admired by speciality coffee lovers as well as day-trippers, Society is a top quality place with excellent coffee and plenty of space. Read our full review.
Kingsmead Square, Bath, Avon BA1 2AB. Open Mon to Sat 7am – 6:30pm, Sun 9am – 6pm.
The best of the rest
We haven’t had chance to visit Repack but we’ve heard great things from trusted others, who would place it up with the best. Full review coming soon / not yet on the map (below).
2 Cork St, Bath, BA1 3BB.
We’ve visited Picnic on a few occasions and always enjoyed really good coffee in a terrific setting. Next time we’ll go back with the camera and write a full review. Highly recommended. Full review coming soon / not yet on the map (below).
9 Saracen St, Bath BA1.
On the couple of occasions we’ve visited teeny tiny Mokoko the service has been great and the coffee too. Another one that deserves a full review. Full review coming soon / not yet on the map (below).
7 Dorchester St, Bath, BA1 1SS.
Boston Tea Party
A stalwart of the Bath scene. Read our full review (from way back in 2009)
19 Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AE.
Bath coffee shop map
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Updated 21 August 2015.