Winter time –the most fitting season to while away the hours in the window seat of your favourite café. Whether you are partial to a Starbucks gingerbread latte, or prefer a freshly-brewed americano from an artisan coffee house, these sub-zero Winter months are the best excuse to cosy-up in a really great coffee shop, favourite book in one hand, caffeinated beverage of choice in the other.
The majority of my waking hours are spent inhaling the smell of roasted beans in the corner of Taste, so when I went home for the Christmas break, I was keen to seek out some coffee haunts that would fill the void that Taste had left. Luckily, during my adventures at home and abroad, I managed to find a selection of places to soothe the longing for my usual soya flat white. Each place I stumbled across catered for a different caffeine consumer: The Egg was a Mecca for free-spirited, soya-drinking students while Bow Belles had a very traditional English feel – fine china rather than chunky coffee mugs (FYI your Nan would approve).
So without further ado, here is my unofficial and highly biased guide to the places you should be drinking coffee during your next escape from The Bubble:
C I R E N C E S T E R: Jack’s Coffee Shop
First on my list is Cirencester’s beloved Jack’s, if you are ever visiting the Cotswolds then this is a coffee shop worth trying. This place does the coffee and cake combo like nowhere else. Never before have I been served a slice of Victoria sponge so huge, and I was I was practically raised on it!
Top Tip: Come earlier in the day for elevenses, when the cakes are fresh and even more irresistible.
L I V E R P O O L: The Egg Café
This quirky little loft is hidden away on a side street in Liverpool city centre. Whilst the exterior is unassuming, the inside is vibrant and cosy – exposed brick walls decorated with local art and long tables with mismatched furniture. There is a distinct bohemian feel to this place and it’s affordable (predominantly vegetarian) menu makes it an attractive option for students.
Top Tip: The Egg is a perfect choice for coffee after exploring the city. Enjoy a soya latte whilst discussing your thoughts on the latest Exhibition at Tate Liverpool.
M A R L B O R O U G H: Bow Belles Café
Bow Belles offers a more traditional charm: a small café space located at the back of an interiors shop, leading out onto a quaint terrace garden. Coffee here will be served in a delicate china cup, so if you’re looking for some English decorum (and a free lotus biscuit on the side) this is the place for you.
Top Tip: Enjoy a free lotus biscuit alongside your beverage of choice.
H U N G E R F O R D: Eliane
Calling all health-conscious caffeine cravers! Eliane is the place to go for a slice of date and beetroot chocolate cake alongside your regular afternoon coffee. Elaine specifically caters for those with allergies, such as dairy and gluten intolerance, and offers a plethora of healthy alternatives to your usual four o’ clock snack.
Top Tip: Eliane offers at least three different milk alternatives, so be sure to ask for your favourite.
C O P E N H A G E N: Kaffe
A friend and I stumbled across this aptly named gem whilst walking to the train station on our way back from Copenhagen. Located in a super-hip neighbourhood of Vesterbro, this tiny place felt reminiscent of our beloved Taste back in the bubble. Like Taste it is usually busy, so when you finally get a seat it’s worth staying for an hour or two to make the most of it. 10/10 for quirkiness and inspiring loo décor.
Top Tip: Order a (double) flat white and check out the small room in the back, complete with a hammock and a generous scattering of old books.