5 Fabulous Coffee Shops in Nottingham

5 fabulous coffee shops in Nottingham

Autumn has well and truly arrived. The leaves are crunchy, the nights are drawing in, spooky season is approaching, and the cosy knits are out of the wardrobe. 

We have 5 fabulous coffee shops in Nottingham for you!

Beer gardens and al fresco dining are a fading memory, but the cosiness of the coffee shop is here to comfort us, like a warm hug from an old friend.

Nottingham is experiencing a food and drink renaissance, with independent bars, restaurants, bakeries, and confectioners springing up on every corner. Amongst all of this, is the strong coffee shop scene; it’s safe to say, that when it comes to caffeinated beverages, Nottingham is on its A-game.

With so many fantastic choices, this has been a tricky task, but here are five of my favourite coffee shops in Nottingham right now.

Barista Lab

Barista Lab is situated within Bridlesmith Gate and is nestled amongst some of the most upmarket and affluent designer names you’ll find in the city. 

The café is a tale of two halves; the upstairs boasts a vintage-industrial interior with dark woods, wrought iron fireplaces, Chesterfield seating and antique-style paintings. Downstairs, you’ll find modern greys, bar stools and neon signage. 

The coffee itself is fantastic, with a wide choice of hot and cold beverages, in an array of flavours. There is plenty for the non-coffee fan too.

The cake counter is to die for and supplied daily by local bakeries; think cookie pies, gigantic brownies, and artisan donuts. I defy anyone to stand before such deliciousness and not partake in a treat (or two!). 

Blend at the Contemporary

Situated inside the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, Blend is famed as much for its beverages as its culinary delights.

Their grilled cheese sandwiches are the stuff of legend and are an absolute must-try. They also offer a range of brunch items, small plates, and salads, all of which are wholesome and delicious.

The coffee here is a winner, with a selection of quirky and colourful options, perfect when considering its home within the Contemporary. The pink and purple hues of their beetroot Latte make this one of the prettiest coffees I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. Don’t be put off by the beetroot; this is a velvety, light beverage with a slight sweetness and subtle coffee flavour.

The café itself has a light, modern feel, with botanical elements incorporated to create a calm and relaxed space.

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Dispatch Coffee

Dispatch is a stand-out coffee bar and eatery in Hockley, that has all the ambience and style of a Parisian street-café. Pastel colours adorn the walls, with plush, velvet chairs and window seats, perfect for people watching or reading a book whilst you casually sip away. 

The baked treats counter is as aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious., coaxing you into purchasing a delicious pastry or cake to accompany your drink.

The coffee is rich, hot and soothing for the soul. A dreamy destination if you’re looking for a lunchtime meet-up with friends or to simply sit and take some much needed “me-time”.

The phrase “pas de souci” is proclaimed throughout in artistic wall murals. Its meaning? “No worries”. That’s certainly how you feel when you’re at Dispatch.

Kigali Coffee

Kigali is a speciality coffee shop, serving up the finest blends provided by Outpost Coffee Roasters. This intimate café is a definite “must-try” for the coffee connoisseurs amongst you. 

With an ever-changing blackboard of speciality roasts, Kigali take their coffee seriously and it shows. Not only do they provide your usual Cappuccino and Flat White, but they also offer unique cold brews, turmeric lattes and “flights” of coffee; an Espresso and Cortado combination to allow you to really taste the coffee itself, alongside a smooth, silky, milkier beverage. 

They also offer the most amazing Espresso soft-serve ice cream in the summer months, which is not to be missed! 

200 Degrees

200 Degrees are fast becoming a Nottingham institution. Having recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary, they are going from strength-to-strength, expanding their coffee empire across the UK. 

Here, in their hometown, there are three city-centre venues to choose from, all boasting their signature style with cosy wooden interiors, gold accents and are often housed within antiquated, refurbished buildings. Let’s also not forget their trademark fireplaces, which act as a focal point for all their shops.

I am personally a huge fan of their coffee and the passion of the people behind the scenes is evident throughout. The food options on offer are also top quality and cater for all tastes and dietary requirements. Top tip: try their caramel espresso brownie, it’s simply divine!

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