Birmingham has gone through some huge changes in the last decade. Historic buildings and streets have been modernised, we have a gorgeous new train station and the iconic House of Fraser building is being restored. One of the best changes in culture is the move away from chain and franchised coffee shops like Starbucks & Café Nero and veering toward Birmingham’s independent coffee shops. Here are some of the best coffee shops in Birmingham city, many of which are a stone’s throw from PREMIER SUITES.
1. YORK’S CAFÉ
One of our all-time favourite cafes in the city, York’s Café is less than 10 minutes from your serviced apartments in Birmingham. You’ll always find an award-winning brunch, a friendly face and some of the best house-roasted coffee in the entire city. The modern, bright café prides itself on being an open social space rather than a stuffy old-fashioned café. Every cup of its perfectly brewed coffee is made using beans roasted at their Stephenson St café and its all available to buy for home or wholesale. If you fancy something a little different, they also serve select craft beers or ‘Wellness Lattes’ featuring non-dairy milk and a combination of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, beetroot and spirulina.
2. QUARTER HORSE CAFÉ
Quarter Horse Café is impressive from the moment you enter. The stylish & chic décor is complemented by the knowledgeable and friendly staff, always ready with a suggestion if you can’t make up your mind. Quarter Horse Café is an independent coffee roaster and one of the finest of Birmingham’s coffee shops. Open since 2015, Quarter Horse Café has become a staple in the Southside area and once you try it, one cup is not enough. If you really can’t get enough, you can buy a coffee subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months.
3. SIX EIGHT KAFÉ
Located at Millennium Point, around 10-minutes from your Birmingham accommodation, Six Eight Kafé offers excellent chilled-out vibes, friendly staff and a cup of coffee worth travelling for. It’s worth breaking your diet for one of their to-die-for, home-baked cakes. Six Eight Kafe won “Best Coffee Shop in Birmingham” in both 2014 and 2017, and it won “Best Independent Cafe in Birmingham” in 2016 so you’re in good hands. They are interested in more than just selling coffee, you can also take one of their coffee courses to learn more about what makes a great brew. It’s definitely worth dropping into one of the best coffee shops in Birmingham while you’re here.
4. URBAN EMPORIUMS
One of the most fiercely independent Birmingham coffee shops in Birmingham, it’s fair to say Urban have made a splash in the coffee world since their launch in 2009. They’re always aiming for better and improving every aspect of their coffee and service year on year and it really shows. Their delicious coffee comes from a small batch roaster based in Cornwall who buys directly from farmers in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Columbia and Brazil. The shop and its supplier are committed to environmentally and socially sustainable practices. There is always a welcoming and relaxing vibe when you enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat in Urban.
This is just the tip of the coffee bean when it comes to excellent Birmingham coffee shops, you’ll have to visit and explore for yourself to find your favourite.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a daytime writer for PREMIER SUITES Birmingham, a luxury serviced apartment, perfect for guests who are traveling in Birmingham UK. Sharing tips and tricks about travel, food, and lifestyle is something she finds enjoyable, next to taking pictures of Douglas, her dog.