Next up in our City Guides series is Bristol. Recently voted the happiest city in the UK and second best place to live for under 25s, Bristol is a great destination for a weekend break. The city’s creative spirit is palpable, and it comes as no surprise that it has produced artists such as Banksy and Massive Attack. We’ve pulled together a guide to the best coffee shops in Bristol to fuel a weekend wandering this energetic city.
Small Street Espresso
23 Small Street
Small Street Espresso is a small but perfectly formed independent specialty coffee shop. At Small Street Espresso you can find a ‘house roast’ coffee from Clifton Coffee, as well as a rotation of guest roasters from Bristol and the rest of the UK.
Small street also offer a carefully curated selection of locally-made breads, cakes and pastries. There is a small amount of outdoor seating in the form of benches along the shopfront, which are perfect for watching the world go by while you enjoy your coffee.
The exposed brick and warm toned wood interior make this a wonderful place to settle in to catch up with friends or read a book.
If you prefer your espresso in the form of a martini, we would also recommend checking out Small Street’s sister venue, Little Victories. An espresso bar by day, Little Victories transforms into a cocktail bar in the evening, serving a great selection of wines, cocktails and craft beers.
Full Court Press
59 Broad Street
Located near Bristol’s popular Corn Street, Full Court Press offers an extensive range of coffee blends and roasts. If you can’t decide what to go for, the knowledgeable baristas will be more than happy to help you out.
Full Court Press pride themselves on serving “exceptional coffee, provided with honest, informative and welcoming service” and aim to ensure that each and every drink highlights the unique flavour profile of the coffee.
Each week, Full Court Press offer 4 different coffees for you to enjoy in the form of 2 espressos and 2 filters. Recently featured roasters include Cocora Coffee, Obadiah Coffee and Square Mile Coffee Roasters.
If you fancy taking a bag of coffee home with you, Full Court Press have a great selection of retail bags and at-home coffee accessories.
Farr’s Lane, Narrow Quay
Society Cafe is a specialty coffee-house also featured in our Bath Coffee Guide. Located on the quayside Society is the perfect location to grab an ‘al fresco’ coffee in the summer months. For this reason alone, this is one of our favourite specialty coffee shops in Bristol.
At Society Cafe you can enjoy their house coffee from Origin as well as rotating guest coffees. In the past Society have featured coffee from Hardlines Coffee, Roundhill Roastery and Triple Co Roast to name just a few. Society is a great place to visit if you want to branch out and try something new.
If you are looking to take home a retail bag of coffee but aren’t quite sure where to start their knowledgeable baristas will be happy to give you tips and tricks on how to get the best out of your home-brewed coffee.
118 Whiteladies Road
Tradewind Espresso is a superb and beautifully designed coffee shop located on Whiteladies Road. Their house espresso, ‘Highground’ is a seasonal blend, crafted with versatility in mind. This makes it perfect to enjoy in a range of espresso based drinks.
Tradewind also feature a rotation of custom blends alongside the single origin coffees, so there is bound to be something to suit every taste.
As well as serving exceptional coffee, Tradewind offer a seasonal, locally sourced menu which changes with the seasons. On the menu you can find a delicious selection of cakes, salads and an all day brunch, so it is the perfect spot to catch up with friends or take a break before heading back out to explore the city.
The Colombian Company
121 Whiteladies Road
Located in the Redlands area of Bristol, The Colombian Company was founded by Colombian-born Jhampoll Gutierrez Gomez. His aim was to reconnect with roots and show the UK what Colombia has to offer.
While the specialty coffee takes centre stage, serving a great variety of ethically sourced coffee beans direct from Colombia. The Colombian Company work directly with independent farmers to produce the highest quality coffee. This can be enjoyed in store or as a retail bag to take home with you.
As well as your usual favourite coffee beverages, The Colombian Company offers a great range of sandwiches and toasties. You can also enjoy some beautifully handmade cakes and brownies if you are in the mood for something sweeter.
The Colombian Company provides an insight into vibrant Colombian culture through a vast selection of authentic products. Options include Colombian chocolate and Panela (sugar cane) and other snacks and beverages.
This was our guide to some of the best coffee shops in Bristol, be sure to keep an eye out for our latest city guides covering other UK areas.