Lovely, creative Bristol. Home of Banksy, Brunel and – we have discovered over the years – brilliant coffee. There are three new-ish (opened 2013) coffee shops that we can’t choose between. So, in no particular order…
Full Court Press
Jolly baristas Mat and Rosie will be glad to guide you through an array of coffee options from a rotating list of roasteries. This is a place for proper coffee without a hint of pretention, and a whole load of friendliness to boot. Read our full review. 59 Broad St, Bristol, BS1 2EJ. Open Mon – Fri 7.30 – 5, Sat 9 – 5, Sun 10 – 4.
Didn’t You Do Well [closed]
Will and Ally are by all accounts two of the nicest people you could wish to meet. These young entrepreneurs have established a fabulous coffee shop with a relaxed atmosphere and excellent coffee. Read our full review.
Sadly, Didn’t You Do Well has recently closed.
Small St Espresso
Small St is all bricks, pipes and a beautiful baby-blue La Marzocco. It’s also a relaxed, friendly spot with top notch coffee. Read our full review.
23 Small St, Bristol, BS1 1DW. Open Mon to Fri 7:30 – 4:30, Sat 9:30 – 4:30.
Baristas Coffee Collective
Not quite up to the standard of the three upstarts, above, but Baristas is a charming place with really good coffee. Well worth a visit. Read our full review.
29 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6AA. Open Mon – Thurs 6:30am to 6:30pm, Fri 6:30am to 3:30pm, Sat 9am to 3pm.
The best of the rest
Boston Tea Party
Leafy Boston Tea Party at 75 Park St is well worth a visit, particularly on a sunny day, for its garden terrace. The coffee is good. BTP has grown into a not insignificant chain, with four further branches in Bristol and yet more further afield (only 75 Park St is shown on the map below). Read our full review.
75 Park St, Bristol, and elsewhere.
Twoday Coffee Roasters
A tiny espresso bar is attached to this city roastery. A pleasant place with a terrific range of mugs and coffee paraphernalia. Read our full review.
135 St Michaels Hill, Bristol, BS2 8BS.
Bristol coffee shop map
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Updated 10 August 2015.