Coffee can be brilliant. In the right hands, a cup of coffee is as unique and complex in flavour as a good wine or whisky. In the wrong hands, it's a dull mug of caffeine. Treat your taste buds great tasting, ethically sourced, professionally roasted coffee (and sometimes cake!) in a beautiful setting to savour in or enjoy away. 

Exchange Coffee Co (Old Market)

If you're passing through Old Market on your way to work, it's worth picking up your morning mug from Exchange. Beans are sourced from local roaster Clifton Coffee and they're in a great location for a bit of people watching so if you don't fancy rushing off afterwards, you'll be well rewarded. For lunch try their well stuffed sarnies, a tower of american style pancakes or their gorgeous veggie tacos.

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Triple Co. Roast @ Elemental Cafe (Stokes Croft)

Triple Co Roast is Elementals in-house roastery, the only one in Bristol. They actively encourage you to come and have a chat to Jo, the owner, about the bean roasting process. Once you've ordered your coffee, picked up your essentials in the cafe (such as bread, preserves, cakes and vegetables) you can enjoy your expertly roasted coffee and then take the beans away for the weekend.

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The Epiphany @ RWA (Whiteladies Road)

The brainchild of Alex Zeal (a man who, it's safe to say, knows a thing or two about coffee) and Bethan Reid (queen of cakes, mistress of macarons and purveyor of delectable Patisserie), The Epiphany's charm is in its unassuming calm. You'll probably want to tell friends and colleagues about it in hushed whispers, lest you're next wait for a window-perch to accompany your morning flat-white or Hobbs' Bread lunchtime sourdough takes a little longer to secure.

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East Village Café (Clifton)

Set aside a few hours, and head on over to the endlessly beautiful East Village Café in Clifton Village for a lazy morning of tip-top coffee, tasty food, and proper you-time. This cafe is a meat free zone but don't let that put you off, the food is packed with flavour and is generous in its portions so no one will be leaving hungry. Come for brunch, stay for another coffee or take one away to enjoy in the leafy Clifton suburbs.

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Coffee + Beer (Cotham Hill)

Providing only the finest of drinks for beery-eyed fanatics and coffee enthusiasts, Coffee + Beer is a shiny new Espresso Bar within a retail store. Feel free to sample their wide range of loose coffees, or get a taste of their local craft beer pulled straight from the tap. Grab a bottle of beer to go or enjoy a coffee inside their bar with a selection of treats supplied by Pearly King Cakes.

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Cafe Matariki (City Centre)

It's a hidden-secret, Cafe Matariki. Tucked on the opposite bank of the river from Castle Park, about 50m from Bristol Bridge - it's a cafe with a passion for fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced food. Chef Janice Heskett knows her stuff as well, having spent years running an award-winning Clifton Deli, a well-known spot amongst the area's foodies.The coffee is sourced from Little and Long and is best paired with a sweet treat.

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Emmeline (Cheltenham Rd)

All good things come in small packages and this little Cheltenham Rd cafe is the proof. Emmeine is packed to the rafters with beautiful plants and succulents, which are also for sale and has a few seats to perch and sup and cracking cup of Joe. We highly recommend popping in to grab a homemade bagel, a flat white and a cake for later on your lunch break and maybe a cactus for the office desk.

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Mr Pop's Coffee (Redfield)

We don't only champion the bricks and mortar, we love a coffee truck especially one as charming as Mr Pop's. Mr Pop is a man who cares deeply about good coffee and making sure the Bristol workforce are running on good fuel. Cake, porridge and other snacks are always available as well as smoothies and ice coffee with the weather is playing ball. Take a detour and visit him soon.

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West Street Kitchen (Old Market)

West Street Kitchen is the sort of place you go because you like to know exactly where your food is coming from. The coffee is expertly made and sourced by owners that truly care about the quality of every cup and believe us, you can taste it. The cakes are all handmade on site and if you have time to stay for something a bit more substantial you will find all the food is simple, delicious and made with ingredients sourced from places that the proprietors absolutely rate. These guys are a bit of Wriggle favourite.

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Café Jackalope (Gloucester Rd)

Café Jackalope ticks all the Gloucester Road boxes and thankfully brings so life and colour to the end that has been a little neglected of late. Serving coffee, teas, hearty brunches and door stop sandwich led lunches big enough to feed a army. The space is beautiful with plenty of little nooks and crannies to hole yourself in for the day reading a book or playing a board game. When the weather cooperates, you can take advantage of their lovely little garden that almost lets you forget about the main road outside.

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Pickle @ Underfall Yard

With views to satisfy any Bristol photographer, coffee that is served at a discount if you bring your own cup and a bacon sandwiches that could fell a horse, Pickle at Underfall is a great alternative to Brunel's Buttery further down the harbour. When the weather starts to sing you can nab yourself a deckchair and watch the water heave with activity, rowers, ferry boats, wildlife and the odd swimmer (we do NOT recommend this!). Definitely the only place to be first thing on a weekend morning.

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White's Botanicals (Centre)

An Instagramers paradise, White's Botanicals is the place to go if you like your cafes flooded with light, covered in plants and serving top notch, healthy food to satisfy any appetite. The coffee is made with care and is offered with a whole host of cow milk alternatives. You can also request smoothies and juices to revitalise and invigorate the most tired of bodies. Food wise they have a rich and varied "on toast" menu as well as homemade cakes, salads, tarts and quiches and their groaning boards full of tasty mezze style treats, best enjoyed by a big window for optimum people watching.

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Published -23rd April 2018