Bath's Independent Coffee Scene

By Izzy Fitzharris

As well as its beautiful architecture, rich literary history, and much more, Bath has yet another feather in its cap in the form of its many incredible coffee shops. We’ve created a list of our personal favourites, all of which are featured in Salt Media’s South West and South Wales Independent Coffee Guide


1) Society Café

As a team of coffee specialists, the baristas at Society Café, based on Kingsmead Square, brew coffee that tastes as good as it looks, and they’re always happy to chat about it to people who want to learn. If you’d rather just enjoy a great cup of coffee, that’s also fine – and there is a range of delicious cakes and sandwiches to accompany it.

2) Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party combines incredible fresh food, beautifully brewed coffee and quirky interiors, making this the perfect venue for coffee, brunch, afternoon tea and everything in between. As well as the original branch in Kingsmead Square, there’s a spacious branch by The Assembly Rooms, with plenty of room for eating, drinking and socialising.

3) Colonna & Smalls

This is one true coffee buffs won’t want to miss. Located by the beautiful Queen Square, the expert baristas in this coffee shop definitely know their stuff. The detailed information on the menu tells you everything you could need to know about each of the coffees they have available, and the team are always on hand to help you choose.

4) The Bath Coffee Company

Working in conjunction with Bath’s Square Root Coffee Roastery, this café is also on Kingsmead Square – quite the hub of great coffee shops, as you can probably tell! With plenty of space inside, it’s the perfect place to enjoy some freshly-brewed local coffee. There are board games for entertainment, as well as a range of tempting treats to go along with your coffee.

5) Picnic Coffee

On Saracen Street, just near Milsom Place, lies this light and airy café, which prides itself on its speciality coffee and ethically sourced ingredients. This is a great spot to enjoy an expertly roasted coffee during the day, or discover some of Bath’s local musical talent if you’re around for their Friday night Picnic Unplugged sessions.

Like some of the other Bath lists we’ve created, this isn’t at all exhaustive – the city just has too much to offer for us to fit it into individual articles (we’re not biased, we promise)! More great cafés are included in the South West and South Wales Independent Coffee Guide, which is well worth a read.

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