If there’s anything I spend too much of my money on then it’s coffee and that’s something I don’t regret…well until I see my bank balance at the end of a month. Given this fact, I like to think of myself a coffee shop connoisseur and we’re lucky to have so many at our fingertips here in Suffolk. If a town or village has a good coffee shop then it’s a yes in my books.
I’ve complied a list of my favourite coffee shop haunts in the Suffolk area so wherever you are in the county, you’re covered. From a busy town to a sea side setting, you can get your coffee fix and get a quick post for your Instagram too. Consider these coffee shops adoseofapril approved…something that is much better than any other rating in my opinion.
All shops have been linked to their website.
With outlets both in Woodbridge and Melton, Honey + Harvey has established themselves to be a desired place for catch ups with friends, a place to work or somewhere to just pop in at the weekend. With a warm welcome and inviting interior, you can easily spend an afternoon there, come rain or sun. I’ve been going to Honey + Harvey for years and I can’t recommend it enough. Delivering artisan coffee and locally sourced food, you guaranteed a tasty drink and even yummier dishes. For me their freshly baked treats are worth the trip alone, from bakewell slices to brownies, your sweet tooth will be well and truly satisfied.
Serving the good people of Ipswich in two locations within the town, Applaud is well known for being the place to go for independent coffee with the friendliest of service. You’ve only got to look through their Instagram accounts to see how a trip is well needed. For me, they’re the best place to go for a good tasty latte that can’t be beaten. I love visiting in the summer and sitting in their garden area taking in the rays and chilling with a coffee. I love the whole vibe they’ve gone for with the interior as well, laid back, shabby chic but with a touch of class. The reclaimed wood, bold paint and fresh flowers all add to the atmosphere of the coffee shop.
Set within the beautiful setting of Ipswich Waterfront and a stones throw away from the town center. The Grazing Sheep has soon become a place to do work, catch up with friends or have a moment to yourself whilst taking in the view. I love grabbing a seat at the window upstairs and watching the world go by. For me, their vanilla lattes and waffles with bacon & maple syrup can’t be beaten, it’s always my go to. The owner of The Grazing Sheep is always there to greet you and see how you’re doing, it’s that kind of friendly service that keeps people coming back, as well the delicious food and drinks.
Venturing out of Ipswich, Two Magpies Bakery is all over the county with three outlets in Suffolk and one in Norwich, so you’ve got no excuse to not visit here. Walking past the window of their Southwold is enough to entice you in with lots of treats on show just waiting for you to buy. As well as being a well known bakery, they also serve very tasty coffee. You can either take away or sit in…I opted for the first option so I wasn’t tempted anymore. I simply stumbled upon Two Magpies Bakery one day in Southwold and love when that happens, it’s like you’ve found this treasure within your old county.
I feel like I’d be doing you all a discredit if I didn’t include Pump Street Bakery and you’re right so here we are. I feel like most people know of Pump Street, whether it’s for their chocolate or amazing baked goods…it’s like a right of passage to visit here. I only wish that had one a bit closer to Ipswich as Orford isn’t the shortest drives for cakes, but hey it’s well worth it. I can’t fault the personal service you received the minute you walk into the bakery, which can I say look incredible too. I recommend sitting in if there’s a table available as it adds to the experience. We nabbed a window seat and it was lovely to relax with a cake, the most delicious coffee and watch the world go by. Offering a range of baked goods, hot drinks and savory dishes it’s the perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon catching up with friends.
So those were my 5 coffee shop choices within Suffolk, I think you can agree there’s somewhere for everyone on that list. What’s your favourite coffee shop to visit? Have I missed it off the list?
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