Nottingham is home to an array of cafes, be it your regular chains; a handful of speciality coffee shops or niche independent cafes. I’ve wandered the streets of Nottingham to discover some true gems.
With The most perfectly ‘Instagrammable’ decor and delicious coffee to match Effy is sure to hit the sweet spot. The cafe has recently undergone a small renovation, staying perfectly on brand with their pink toned interior and Dalmatian-style print accented with textured cushions, fresh succulents and a mixture of wooden and black furniture.
They offer decadent cakes and a substantial choice of drinks – including their beetroot latte (which perfectly matches their pink approach).
Cartwheel Cafe & Roastery
Located on Low Pavement it’s just a two minutes walk from Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery and a four minute walk from Market Square. They serve both food and drinks, as well as offering the option for customers to purchase coffee from their roasters which I believe is both available in store or online.
The interior is more of a rustic style with wooden panelling, white tiling and naked-bulb ceiling lamps matched with friendly, hipster-styled staff. They offer all of the expected drinks as well as a selection of loose leaf teas, indulgent hot chocolates and a selection of international coffees to enjoy brewed via the V60 method.
Opened in 2015 by an Italian couple who moved to London several years ago, their love for coffee and travel has combined to produce a passion-fuelled business within the Nottingham coffee sector. The enthusiasm that TSCS have for coffee is evident in the impeccable presentation of the drinks. On my first visit here I ordered a chai latte and it was hands down the best chai latte I’ve ever had – both in terms of the presentation and taste. Donned with fresh spices, a cinnamon stick and dried orange in a thick-based glass I enjoyed my drink with the 4pm Sunday sunshine shining through their glass fronted shop.
They offer a selection of cakes which the staff are happy to advise which cake to pair with your choice of drink, as well as high-quality coffee and other hot beverages. The indépendant company also offer masterclasses of home-brewing, latte art and espresso, as well as the option to hire the store out for private use – more information and enquiries can be found via their website.
After another recent visit to TSCS, it’s quite possible that this has become my favourite local cafe. They tick all the right boxes and are a real treat to visit.
200 Degrees Coffee Shop
Not strictly independent as 200 degrees were initially established in Nottingham with the founders both attending University together in Nottingham. But have since become an established coffee shop and expanded throughout the country with stores in the likes of Birmingham, Cardiff, Lincoln and Leeds.
The stores have a distinct hipster/rustic style, similar to that of Cartwheel, with a black exterior matched with natural wood and black accents inside. The attention to detail with their interior matches the quality of their coffee and ode to the presentation of their latte art. There are two stores in Nottingham, one being Flying Horse which is located just off of Market Square on Flying Horse Walk – hence the name. However, my personal favourite is the store on Carrington Street close to the train station, as the store is generally a little less busy, is flushed with a load of natural light from their glass frontage… And there’s also a chance I’m perhaps a little biased considering my boyfriend, Oliver, also works at this store.
Located in Sneinton Market, Blend has become a popular spot for locals and visitors since its establishment in 2017. They offer a large, light and airy space providing a great environment either for working, studying or enjoying a drink and bite to eat alone or with a loved one.
They provide freshly roasted coffee from the local artisan roasters Stewarts of Trent Bridge who just so happen to be neighbouring Blend. They have a great menu of drinks and food – offering vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. [I highly recommend the salted caramel iced latte accompanied with their Brieyonce grilled cheese sandwich].