Alex Does Coffee (Dockyard Studios)

Opening Times
Monday - Friday8:30am - 3:30pm
Saturday - Sunday10:30am - 4pm
£WeekendEarly BirdCasual DiningCafeTakeawayBrunchSoupSandwichSweet TreatCoffeeBakery

Dockyard Studios, Spike Island, Bristol
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Why we love it

Alex is most definitely the hostess with the mostest. Having started her coffee journey as a pretty nifty barista at a properly thirsty law firm, she eventually took the plunge and decided to build her first café at Two's Company (proudly sporting a handmade bean bar, hand-decorated walls and lovingly curated fixtures and fittings, it truly was pieced together from the ground up).

A couple of years and many hundreds of happy customers later, Alex's plunge reflex has kicked in again... and she's surfaced for air in an esoteric oasis of Bristolian creativity: the disarmingly lovely and refreshingly off-radar Dockyard Studios.

For anyone yet to visit Alex Does Coffee @ Dockyard Studios, you're in for a real treat. Tucked away beneath an art studio, this beautiful cafe is a real needle in a haystack to locate. A hint: it's next to one of Bristol's most famous street art pieces, Banksy's 'Girl with a Pierced Eardrum'. If you fancy a brisk walk around the harbour-side, Alex Does Coffee @ Dockyard Studios is a perfectly poised pit stop for a pick-me-up – warm your cockles on a bowl of homemade veggie soup and thick cut, crusty bread from the Loaf bakery. Inside, you'll encounter a bright, white, clean aesthetic, with enormous French windows looking out across the water to the beautiful coloured houses of Hotwells. Inside, it's a veritable hive of activity; there's an abundance of greenery and pot plants within, and crowds of intense artists working away upstairs. Culinarily speaking, expect a bountiful counter that's overflowing with sweet treats, pastries, flapjacks, cakes and more.

Alex Does Coffee @ Dockyard is a true hidden gem, far from the madding crowds and off the beaten track, but well worth the voyage of discovery. You're welcome!

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Best coffee I've ever had, they are made with love. I always go back there especially to grab a coffee! Cake selection and toasties are great too. Definitely recommend.


Really lovely quirky space. Love the fact that they have a pop up in the studios. They also have cute cups!


Great coffee, cool little place tucked away on walk round waterfront


Alex was delightful and the latte she made me was delicious by any means, let alone when factoring in the stupidly low price paid. I also had a slice of caramel and espresso brownie that was quite possibly life-changing; produced in Bristol by Cakesmith. It’s a very snug shop therefore I ventured outside for a seat and could take in the view of the coloured houses of Hotwells and masts on the harbour. Next time I visit I’ll be sure to try a melty toastie made with fresh, local sourdough bread. Alex Does Coffee is a hidden gem!


Lovely atmosphere and great coffee.


Great cheese and avocado toastie and brilliant coffee