Cafe Retro has been serving great food to the people of Bath since 1993, making it one of Bath’s longest standing independent venues - and we think that’s something that’s worth shouting about.
Almost directly opposite Parade Garden, this food joint is retro by name and retro by nature. It’s frontage alone amits a smooth art-deco vibe with its large curved windows and red awnings marked with ‘Cafe Retro’ in the Futura-like font of the 1930s. Step inside and this old-school, almost Bohemian French feel continues in its stone tables, red walls and dark wooden cladding.
Its menu is as classic as its look, with an extensive collection of hearty all-day breakfast options and toasted ciabattas. But the real show-stopper here is the croque monsieur; if you’re unfamiliar with this french delight, it’s basically the toastie of your dreams. Hailed as the ‘best from the West’, this sandwich combines a French favourite with Wiltshire ham and rich cheddar cheese. Trust us when we say that this will really sort you out at lunchtime.
Not only does Cafe Retro have a proud place in Bath’s food scene, but their location has also played an interesting role in the cultural history of the city centre. In its former life, the venue has been both a Temperance Hotel and Chapel cafe; and right back in the 1730s, the original building on the site was constructed as an Assembly Rooms. There’s certainly a lot of stories to be shared about this space, so if you’re interested in hearing more definitely have a chat with the guys working there.
As a pioneer of Bath’s local food scene, Cafe Retro is something of an institution - and it definitely requires your attention.