Good coffee and great chat are two things which should always come together in the best of places. Whether you are having a long overdue catch up with a friend or a mingle with your partner, Exeter has a list of places which are perfect for you. We’ve wrapped up some great venues for you to try.
Found just off of Fore Street at the end of McCoy’s Arcade, Sacred Grounds is a plant-based brunch café offering a bright, warm and welcoming space for all. Combining plants, food and coffee, this is the perfect place to have a good natter with friends. Find cushions and blankets scattered for your comfort or sit in the atrium amongst the greenery and community of independent shops. Not forgetting the 100% vegan menu and flavoursome coffee to accompany your catch up.
This hidden gem with the orange front can be found on Queen Street and it is one not to be missed for coffee lovers in the city. Devon Coffee is friendly, charming and will provide you with not only local speciality coffee blends, but also a spread of delicious home-made cakes and their brand-new food menu. If this cosy little gem inspires you to bring the good coffee home, then you can also dive into the small collection of coffee-making paraphernalia for sale before you depart.
Where you are greeted with a friendly face and showered with authentic, worldwide produce, Chandos Deli is the popular lunch-time spot. Found in Princesshay, customers no doubt return here as the focus is on real food, real drink and real people. The deli’s single origin coffee beans have been awarded the accolade of ‘Top 1% of Rated Coffees in the World’ so don’t forget to order a ‘cup of excellence’ while relaxing in Exeter’s speciality eatery.
After hopping off the train at Exeter’s Central Station, you will find one of the city’s most iconic meeting spots just two doors away. Exploding Bakery is the quirky, creative eatery on Queen Street which boasts great coffee and cake in a relaxed atmosphere. Catch up with a friend and listen to toe tapping tunes whilst some of the friendliest staff in town craft your coffee with the finest, local ingredients.
Nothing sounds better than mingling with a friend and munching on a freshly made filled doughnut, all while sipping on a good coffee. March Coffee is the modern, comfortable space which you can do just that. Perched along South Street, it offers an array of in-house cakes, trademark doughnuts and consistently great, local coffee.
Another place for coffee in the heart of the city and Exeter’s only delicatessen and café bar, Ebdons Refreshments. This small but growing venue is the perfect place for a catch up; enjoy tasty cakes from the Sarnia Banana Bakery in Bristol and Cocorico in Exeter, accompanied by coffee roasted locally by Voyager. You can find Ebdons on Sidwell Street.
The Real Food Store Café
Our final recommendation is The Real Food Store Café, open 7 days a week and can be found in Exeter Central Library on Castle Street. Relax here with a friend before heading back out to the surrounding shops. It offers origin coffee, Canton loose leaf teas and Whole Earth soft drinks. Ethically sourced and freshly made food is available also, using local and organic ingredients wherever possible. There is plenty of choice for everyone with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food options too.
And we’re not stopping there, the city has so many places to offer for your next bit of socialising. If none of the above tickles your fancy then take a look at some of the following: Chococo (Gandy Street), Artigiano (High Street) and The Glorious Art House (Fore Street).