The best independent coffee shops in Exeter

Having explored my University city over the past few weeks I have come up with a list of the best places to check out if you’re ever in town. With the second lockdown well underway, supporting local businesses is key to their survival, so grab yourself a takeaway coffee with a friend! Below are the top five cafes that are still open and are offering great lockdown treats and discounts. 

The Exploding Bakery

You’ll find The Exploding Bakery cakes, brownies and flapjacks all over Exeter and during lockdown they’re not disappointing. With delivery services of salted caramel brownies, Bakewell slices and cheesecake largely all available either gluten free or vegan – there is something for everyone. With next day delivery if you order before midday and free delivery if you order over 6 cakes (easy to do), The Exploding Bakery has got you covered. 

A few of the cakes available to order for delivery

Caffe Espresso

Hidden away on Castle Street, you can enjoy your coffee with a view of the castle. Now they are offering takeaway coffee and cake which you can enjoy whilst exploring Exeter castle, Rougement park and Northernhay gardens, which are all nearby. Another plus is they open at 8:30am, great if you fancy an early morning walk/run or need something to start your day.

The Ridge Coffee Shop

One of my personal favourites, a weekend down to the Quay and a homemade bagel from the Ridge is a great treat. They’re also offering a coffee and a croissant for £6 on the weekends, so well worth the walk. Plus they are open seven days a week: Monday 9:00-15:00, Tuesday-Saturday 9:00-16:00 and Sundays 9:00-15:00. 

No.1 Polsloe

Great for second/third years, this café in the Mount Pleasant area, is brunch heaven- perfect for that Instagram picture. They’re currently open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:30-2ish and food is available to pre-order. They are offering coffee, tea, hot chocolate and milkshakes plus pancakes, avocado toast and the original ‘Polsloe Plate’.

Artigiano Espresso and Wine Bar

This coffee shop by day, bar by night is still offering coffee, food and cocktails to takeaway. A little on the pricier side but if you haven’t tried their hot chocolate, you’re missing out! They’re open early but often close at midday, so make sure you head into town early.

A vast array of pastries and treats 🙂

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