Consider yourself a coffee connoisseur? Make sure your trip is expertly caffeinated and bookmark these Devon coffee shops
Exploding Bakery, Exeter
Catch the train to Exeter Central and it’s hard to miss this stalwart coffee shop and bakehouse. A couple of doors down from the station, Exploding Bakery is a must-visit for a lip-smackingly good coffee and slice of something tasty. Grab a seat at one of the communal tables and watch the chefs and bakers rustling up all sorts of deliciousness in the theatre kitchen.
Heartbreak Hotel Coffee, north Devon
This tiny shop in the heart of Braunton isn’t the most spacious venue, but the team deliver big when it comes to flavour. Flawless flat whites and delicious doughnuts are the speciality here, while after hours it’s the inventive cocktails that draw a crowd. Pick up coffee and dough to-go on the way to one of the nearby beaches.
Boston Tea Party, Plymouth
South West mini-chain Boston Tea Party has 25 cafes across the region and its Plymouth outpost is one of the roomiest. Located in a Grade II-listed building on Sutton Harbour, it’s a great spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch or an afternoon pick-me-up. If the weather’s good, order an iced coffee and soak up the good vibes on the terrace.
The Almond Thief, south Devon
If you want a look in at the glorious bakes born out of this Dartington bakery, you’d better arrive early. The unassuming cafe is tucked away on a quiet industrial estate, however its quality coffee and heavenly pastries more than make up for the so-so setting. Don’t forget to order a loaf of sourdough for the road.
Block, north Devon
Make sure to schedule a lunchtime stop at this Barnstaple favourite as the Asian-inspired food is as good as the coffee. Bristol roasters Clifton Coffee roast the house beans which are freshly ground to order and then prepared by one of the pro baristas. If you’re in time for brunch, the Block Breakfast is a must.