Exeter thankfully hasn’t escaped the trend for beautifully made and well sourced artisan coffee and the city has seen the springing up of gorgeous, quirky coffee shops all over the place. There’s always somewhere impressive to arrange a rendezvous – think March on South Street with its heavenly homemade doughnuts (think fresh light sugary matcha and white chocolate filled doughnuts) if you’re going scandi and cool or The Glorious on Fore Street for a more colourful, arty vibe. Try Queen Street’s Devon Coffee for even more locally-roasted goodness.
If it’s time for a traditional British cuppa then there’s not better place to head than Tea on the Green, set on Cathedral Green itself, this place doesn’t let the stunning views get in the way of quality food and drink. We also love The Plant café on Cathedral Green both for a coffee or a light and virtuous lunch if it’s a cheat day (or even if it’s not) then the raspberry and beetroot cake is essential.
Part of a small but perfectly formed chain, Boston Tea Party has long been part of Exeter’s coffee culture scene. Guest coffees and the most incredible cakes keep this place buzzing. The beautifully cavernous upstairs space transports you away from the bustling streets for a quiet break. Further down Queen street, next to Central Station, you’ll find The Exploding Bakery. Serving ridiculously good coffee and impressive bakes it has no WiFi so is the perfect place to escape and switch off.
Caffe Espresso tucked away on Castle Street is worth a mini detour from the High Street. It happens to have amazing coffee, cakes and food but is also a perfectly off-the-beaten track place to impress visiting friends with.
Artigiano on the High Street is a convenient but stylish pit stop for a break from shopping. By day this place does great coffee and by night transforms seamlessly into an evening wine bar. Tucked away in the slick architecture of Princesshay, Chandos Deli looks out onto the ancient city wall ruins and serves up artisan coffee, homemade cakes and deli lunches. Head a few doors down for Coffee #1, another small chain that knows what they are doing when it comes to coffee.
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