I love Bristol, and I love coffee. Luckily the two go together brilliantly, and the city is packed with fantastic cafés and street stalls. It’s difficult to choose a favourite from the huge selection, but when Lori of Wild & Grizzly and Fritha of Tigerlilly Quinn set the challenge as part of their fortnightly ‘Style In Your City’ linkup, I managed to whittle it down to two places – my top spots for weekday and weekend cuppas.
With a full-time job and a blog to juggle, caffeine is a fairly big feature of my working week. My favourite grab-and-go option is Roasted Rituals, run by New Zealand couple Patrick and Tahi Grant-Sturgis. They prepare beans sourced from small, sustainable farms at their own micro-roastery and then sell the results from a vintage Citroën van parked up at St John’s Court on Whiteladies Road in Clifton, just across the street from my office. It’s a lovely set-up – quirky, ethical and independent – and the flat white makes an ideal lunchtime pick-me-up.
At the weekend, my cuppas are longer, lazier affairs. I normally make a beeline for Bakers & Co, a buzzy, breezy café on Gloucester Road in Bishopston. I love the laid-back vibe, the sunny white-and-yellow décor, and the jumble of jars, bottles and old scales lining the walls. It’s always busy, and it’s well worth the queue for a table – though if none are available, you can perch on a stool by the bar and watch the baristas and chefs at work in the open kitchen.
The coffee is delicious, as are the juices and Californian-style brunches (my usuals are the lime, mint and cucumber cooler, and smashed avocado, chorizo and poached eggs on sourdough toast).
As you’d expect from the name, there are plenty of tempting baked goods on offer, too: blood orange and mascarpone financiers, white-chocolate brownies, huge marshmallows and meringues… I’m still working my way through the menu, but I haven’t had a less-than-perfect cake yet!
What about you? What are your favourite coffee stops in Bristol or beyond?