The coffee scene in Wales has been constantly improving over the last few years.
And now a guide to the best independent coffee shops has listed the must-visit venues in Wales, where you’ll be greeted by an excellent cup of coffee and a warm welcome.
The South West and South Wales Independent Coffee Guide is now available to buy, and the equivalent book with the best north Wales coffee stops came out earlier this year.
It lists all the best places for a caffeine fix and even maps them all out for you, making it easy to try them all.
Here are the best places in Wales to grab a coffee in 2018, in no particular order, according to the Independent Coffee Guide.
This cafe bar serves coffee from Clifton and even sells a range of creative coffee-based cocktails.
Its also become well-known for its high quality pizzas.
Where: Uplands Crescent, Swansea
The Gourmet Pig
This cafe in Fishguard is big on local produce – and they’re especially keen on sourcing food from Pembrokeshire.
There’s an industrial-chic theme running through the venue, where they have a house blend bean as well as guest coffee from Coaltown Coffee Roasters.
Where: West Street, Fishguard
There’s a big surf and skating theme running through this coffee shop found in Wales’ smallest city.
They use a variety of roasters for their beans, which they use to fuel the coastal exploits of customers
Where: High Street, Pembrokeshire
Coaltown Espresso bar
Set in a rural ex-mining town, this coffee shop stands out for its modernity and the coffee is roasted right around the corner in the company’s brand new roastery.
You can read Coaltown’s story here.
Where: The Arcade, College Street, Ammanford
The Creative Common
After starting out as a community co-working space, the brains in charge launched their on-site coffee shop.
They use coffee from local roastery Capitol and the guide says they’ve got the best bacon sarnie in town.
Where: The Old Coach House, Goat Street, Haverfordwest
Coaltown Roastery Canteen
Also in the guide, is the coffee shop that’s on the roastery site, which makes it some of the freshest coffee you’ll find in Wales.
You can read more about the new roastery here.
Where: Foundry Road, Ammanford
It was only set up this year, but Haystack already finds itself in the guide.
They’re big on brunch here and also serve Coaltown coffee.
Where: Brynhyfryd Square, Swansea
One of the first coffee shops in Swansea to offer speciality, this has become a hotspot for coffee lovers in the area.
And they’ll brew it in a number of ways – espresso, V60, or even AeroPress.
The food is also pretty popular too.
Where: Gower Road, Sketty, Swansea
Just outside the city centre, this Cardiff coffee spot roasts its own beans which it uses for its drinks.
You can even buy a bag to go.
Where: Kings Road, Cardiff
With riverside views and a clean and bright interior, this recently opened coffee shop is one of the “pioneering specialty purveyors” according to the guide.
They use coffee from North Star roasters and offer a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.
Quarters also stocks a varied range of craft ales and ciders.
Where: Millennium Walk, Newport
Kin + Ilk
Kin + Ilk regularly hold coffee tasting events and the brunch menu comes highly recommended.
The company’s head of coffee also recently travelled to El Salvador with roasters Clifton, to hand-choose the beans they’d use.
Where: Cathedral Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff
You’ll find Hard Lines in a tiny stall in a busy market but their coffee is popular with coffee lovers.
They’ve recently started roasting their own beans, which you can buy to enjoy at home.
Where: Cardiff Market, St Mary Street, Cardiff
A pioneer of speciality coffee in the Welsh capital, this venue has become a staple among coffee fans.
They use James Gourmet Coffee, along with a batch brew from Union Coffee Roasters.
Where: Morgan Arcade, Cardiff
Uncommon Ground Coffee Roastery
Serving up their own coffee, Uncommon Ground has been popular with coffee lovers since it opened in 2015.
They even offer coffee courses in their events space.
Where: Royal Arcade, Cardiff
Found in Cardiff Railway Station, this stall is a haven for commuters.
They sell coffee roasted by Union, as well as a batch brew filter option.
Where: Cardiff Central Railway Station, Cardiff.
Quantum Coffee Roasters
These guys roast their own coffee and are just a short walk from all the big attractions in Cardiff Bay.
In the summer, they offer cold brew and they’ve even collaborated with Mad Dog brewery to make a nitro espresso stout.
Where: Bute Street, Cardiff Bay
This vegan bakery and coffee shop is massive on Instagram – the vegan burger and doughnuts are particularly popular.
Blanche Bakery uses Assembly Coffee – which they believe pairs perfectly with oat milk for their flat whites.
Where: Mackintosh Place, Roath, Cardiff
Penylan Pantry launched back in 2013 with environmental matters in mind.
They stock a range of alternative milks and bring in produced that’s sourced on a hyper-local level.
Where: Kimberley Road, Penylan, Cardiff
King Street Coffee
Set up brothers Andy and Phil, they use Liverpool-based roasters Neighbourhood Coffee and have been keeping Wrexham caffeinated since 2016.
They’ve also recently launched a second coffee shop as well as a craft beer bar.
Where: Lord Street Arcade, Wrexham
Found in the Ty Pawb community hub, nestled among the food stalls and art galleries, this is now one of the go-to place if you want a caffeine fix in Wrexham.
Run by the brothers who set up King Street Coffee, they also use Neighbourhood coffee, brewed using a variety of methods.
Where: Market Street, Wrexham
Providero – Llandudno Junction
It’s known as Little Prov to the regulars, after owners opened a bigger site in Llandudno.
They use coffee from Heartland Roasters, who also get a mention in the north Wales guide, in the roastery section.
Where: Conway Road, Llandudno Junction
Yugen Coffee House
Launching at the start of the year, this coffee shop has already proved popular.
They sell coffee made with Allpress Espresso beans.
Where: Menai Shopping Centre, Garth Road, Bangor
The second shop by Providero, this bigger site has a “meatier food menu” and the first Sanremo Opera espresso machine to grace a Welsh bar.
Coffee comes from Heartland Roasters, which is just 10 minutes away from this shop.
Where: Upper Mostyn Street, Llandudno
You can buy the books from the Independent Coffee Guide website for £7.99.
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