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 dishwater flavoured caffeine. Treat your taste buds  to a great tasting, ethically sourced, professionally roasted coffee (and maybe a wee slice of cake!) in a beautiful setting to savour in, or pick up a fix to enjoy on the hoof. 

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 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 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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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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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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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 are currently out of action after a vehicle sadly crashed into their shop front a few months ago, but when they are back up and running (and we hope it's soon!), be sure to check out this gorgeous spot. All good things come in small packages and this little Cheltenham Rd cafe is the proof. Emmeline 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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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 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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Bakesmiths, the offspring of edgy Cake company Cakesmiths, is Clifton's only artisan bakery, coffee shop, eatery and meeting space (all in one!). Bakesmiths serves up special traybakes, fluffy traycakes, crafted coffees, artisan breads from (Steve the baker) and a great array of delightful brunch choices, salads, daily changing soups and amazing sourdough hot-pressed sarnies. Whether you're looking to grab a coffee and a freshly baked morning loaf, sit away the morning with a breakfast or come late afternoon for one of their amazing sausage rolls or a tea-and-cakes bonanza, Bakesmiths has most definitely got you covered.

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Ceres cemented their place in the hearts and minds of Bristolians with their absolutely awe-inspiring brunch menu. Quite possibly one of Team Wriggle's all-time-fave places to eat, Ceres are set smack in the heart of Stokes Croft's main strip, where they dish up plateful after plateful of joyful, mouthwatering food. Owner and chef Dan Ingram's cut his culinary teeth via a lengthy stint working with the legendary Heston Blumenthal, but Ceres' spectacular brekky menu is inspired and named after the finest brunch cafes in Melbourne. After a hot recommendation? Our absolute fave is Ceres' speciality, The Square Mile: a glorious stack of sweetcorn fritters, smashed avo, grilled halloumi, kasundi and poached egg. In true Melbourne style, the coffee is also heavenly – it's not *too* much of an exaggeration to say you haven't lived until you've drunk a Ceres flat white.

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This is going to sound ridiculous. Playground is a speciality coffee shop (Berlin’s Barn Roastery are the permanent fixture), board game library (available to play for free), indoor swing-equipped (seriously), loose leaf tea emporium (tons of ‘em) and artisanal bakery (thanks to Lily). Our dear friends Fabian and Lily have created something of a coffee-break wet dream – where you’ll never be short of the finest entertainment or sustenance – and you’re guaranteed to be made to feel at home. Seriously good coffee too; up there with Bristol’s best.

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Published -1st October 2018