The North East’s coffee culture is brimming with creative cafes and caffeinated concepts. Here are some of our favourites.
MINT HOBO, YARM
An uber cool, cosmopolitan coffee house on Yarm high street. Cultured coffee people will understand how great this place is – and if you’re feeling hungry, you’ll find bakes, breaky, a selection of paninis, toasties and wraps. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you’ll love it here – watch the world go by as you sip and sit back.
MISTER WOODS COFFEE, TYNEMOUTH
A retreat by the coast. Mister Woods Coffee offers a chilled out, relaxed environment with good coffee, light bites and sweet treats worth shouting about. You’ll feel worlds away as you kick back and enjoy a cuppa’ coffee here.
THE JOINER’S SHOP, INGLEBY CROSS
A warm and inviting coffee house in kitchen in the quaint little village of Ingleby Cross, at the foot of the North York Moors. Pop your walking boots and go on a leaf-crunching stroll through the national park, before swinging by this sweet spot for a coffee, a cake or a bite to eat. Brought to you by the team behind Rounton Coffee, this flagship location serves up everything that Rounton Coffee stands for – with locally-sourced, seasonal food thrown in for good measure.
BEACHES & CREAM, CULLERCOATS
With breathtaking views of the picture-postcard Cullercoats Bay, we can’t think of a better place to unwind with a hot cup of coffee. Make sure you try a delicious cake (or two) while you’re in – they’re to die for! The cafe is stylish, welcoming and boasts stunning coastal views.
DIL & THE BEAR, TYNEMOUTH
With a talented chef and an ultra stylish interior designer behind the scenes, there’s nowhere quite as cool as Dil & The Bear. This place will take you on a cultural journey with a range of cuisines, delicious snacks and coffee that will have you hooked. Its cosy interiors and its swanky outdoor seating area is very inviting – make sure it’s part of your trip to Tynemouth.
THE ORCHARD CAFÉ, MOUNT GRACE PRIORY
A design-led den has popped up at Mount Grace Priory and it’s a real treat for coffee lovers, foodies and walkers alike. Complete with timber frames and big, bright windows, this woodland retreat is the perfect stop-off spot during a day at the Yorkshire priory. Sip on a cup of the hot stuff and warm up with traditional seafood dishes, soups, sandwiches and sweet treats.
FLAT WHITE KITCHEN, DURHAM
Flat White Kitchen is a creative space spread across five floors. It has everything from cosy hideaways to light dining spaces and enchanting outdoor seating areas. Set in the heart of Durham amongst the Cathedral and the Castle, it’s the perfect spot to rest your legs while you enjoy a cup of coffee or a scrumptious slice of sweet stuff.
THE RUSTY BIKE, NORTH YORKSHIRE
This bikers bolthole at the foot of the North York Moors is a brilliant, dog-friendly pit stop. It’s set along a popular bike route and welcomes cyclists, walkers, coffee connoisseurs and guests who simply wish to sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. Decked out with cosy furnishings and country-chic designs, you’ll feel right at home as you warm up with a bowl of soup and a coffee.
THE COCOA TREE, HELMSLEY
The cutest of coffee shops. One of our favourite, quaint coffee shops is The Cocoa Tree in Helmsley. It’s a small, family run business that serves fresh, local produce and bloomin’ good coffee. Pastel pinks and homemade ornaments make up the decor and the outside seating area is a lovely little hideout. The cafe also sells unique gifts so you can take something home with you or for a loved one.
CAKE STORIES, JESMOND
Jesmond’s newest cakery and coffee house combines everything any good parlour should have: cosy interiors with plenty of trendy chalkboards and scuffed brickwork character and coffee from Brazil, El Salvador and India, roasted by hand in Yorkshire. It’s a pretty parlour indeed; small, but oh-so-inviting, made gorgeous with twinkly hanging fairy lights, chunky wooden tables of all shapes and sizes, snug sofas in the window and one very tasty cake cabinet.
The coffee shop of all coffee shops. Who doesn’t love a bit of Blakes? The coffee is great, the vibe is buzzy and it’s in the perfect spot to explore the city centre. This favourite has been described as an institution for coffee and food lovers alike, serving something for everyone. A cosy, hipster coffee shop.
THE SITTING ROOM, SALTBURN
Saltburn is storming away with quaint coffee shops, surfer hangouts and cool eateries. One of those is The Sitting Room. Our favourite spot by the coast to unwind with speciality coffee, freshly baked cakes and creative cocktails after dark. It’s lively day and night and the vintage interiors are warm and welcoming all year round. One of our faves!