Bath is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee, with a top selection of cafés serving hot drinks and sweet treats. This International Coffee Day, we celebrate some of the city's best coffee shops...
Located on the picturesque Barlett Street, Cafe Lucca is an Italian-influenced café-restaurant with a Bath flair. Pop in for everything from breakfast to lunch, and afternoon tea to coffee, in addition to their homemade cakes, they also serve hearty salads, flavourful paninis and bruschetta, and seasonal quiches and terrines.
Good Day Cafe
With an eye-catching, aesthetic interior – think neon brights and cacti – plus great food and drink to match, Good Day Cafe is the perfect spot to enjoy a mid-morning pick-me-up. Expect freshly cooked brunches and lunches alongside tempting pastries and the all-important coffee. Keep an eye out for their signature pink-beetroot super-latte if you're feeling adventurous!
Popular with locals, Cafe Retro is a traditional and friendly coffee shop. Situated next to the Visitor Information Centre, it's in the perfect location to drop in for a caffeine fix before a day of exploring. Expect all-day breakfasts, tasty sandwiches and afternoon tea.
Komedia Arts Cafe
You don't have to have a ticket for a gig or show at comedy club Komedia to enjoy their Arts Cafe. Open from 10am–4pm Tuesday to Saturday, they serve locally roasted coffee from local business Round Hill Roastery, and a selection of delicious homemade cakes from constantly changing menus to reflect the seasons.
The Courtyard Café
This café's namesake courtyard, Lilliput Court, is just a short distance from Bath Abbey, but is tucked away enough to feel peaceful and secluded. With an extensive menu serving brunch (look out for their stand-out waffles), lunch, afternoon tea and hot drinks – with a wide range of loose leaf teas – cosy up inside or take in the historic surroundings outside in The Courtyard Café's heated seating area.
Boston Tea Party
Take your pick from two great locations to enjoy a coffee at Boston Tea Party. Grab a table outside and take in the hustle and bustle of Kingsmead Square, or relax in their light and airy Alfred Street café, close to the elegant Assembly Rooms. Last year they hit the headlines for the right reasons in banning single-use coffee cups in their cafés, so remember to take your own, or borrow one as part of their loan scheme.
Sweet Little Things
The perfect place to snap a photo for Instagram, Sweet Little Things' abundance of flowers, framing the window inside and adorning the walls and tables are a sight to behold. Settle in for a picture-perfect sweet treat and choose from traditional afternoon teas and their range of hot drinks.
The Colombian Company
Opened by owner Jhampoll Gutierrez with a view to bringing a taste of his native Colombia to Bath, The Colombian Company pride themselves on serving the best that the country has to offer in terms of coffee. The speciality green coffee beans they import are grown on small farms and are ethically sustainable and fairly traded, making top quality drinks.
Colonna & Small's
Passionate about all things coffee, the baristas at Colonna & Small's, on Chapel Row, really know their stuff, or beans. The place to be if you appreciate a good brew yourself, expect changing menus based on seasonality and flavours from a variety of countries.
With one café in The Corridor and another on Kingsmead Square, Society Café's speciality coffees change based on seasonality, with a range of guest roasts changing weekly. Indulge in their tempting range of pastries and cakes, from croissants to brownies, and homemade sandwiches made with the best ingredients from local suppliers.
Another coffee shop with two premises in the city, step straight off the train at Bath Spa station, or take a break from sightseeing in Abbey Churchyard at Mokoko Coffee. Tuned into the subtle and subjective nature of different people's tastes in coffee, Mokoko focus on buying the right beans and paying attention to small details in crafting each and every cup.
Located on Upper Borough Walls, Cascara is a vegan café offering a range of delicious plant-based plates. From yoghurt bowls to toast and toppings, plus soups and wholesome salads, you can also enjoy a slice of vegan cake alongside a cup of warming speciality coffee or loose leaf tea.
Tempted to try out the coffee shops in Bath? Click here to browse all cafés in the city with our handy interactive map.