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Suffolk coffee shops: 10 of the best independent cafes

10:47 29 March 2016

(Drew Coffman)

(Drew Coffman)


Are you always on the hunt for the perfect Flat White or Americano around Suffolk? Whether you like your latte fair trade, decaffeinated or crafted from locally roasted coffee beans – we pick 10 favourites to fill that caffeine craving

Above: Applaud Coffee show off their latte art skills.

Café 1885, Snape Maltings

In addition to a concert hall, galleries and shops, the pretty arts complex on the River Alde is also home to Café 1885 that is tucked away on a mezzanine floor. Recognised by the Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards for its use of local produce, the café offers a tempting range of brunch options and is recommended by reviewers on Tripadvisor as the place to go if you like your coffee strong.

Applaud Coffee (formerly Baker and Barista), Ipswich

Decked out with reclaimed vintage furniture, Applaud Coffee serves locally roasted coffee in a creative environment. Run by sister team, Hannah and Beth, the shop serves a variety of homemade cakes, brunch and boasts a lunch menu which changes seasonally. They hold regular classes for everything from Lino printing to paper cutting workshops, so you can get crafty as you sip your coffee.

Aldeburgh Market, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Market is a local foodie destination, recommended by the Michelin Guide, with a deli, greengrocer and fishmonger in addition to its café. If you stop by for a highly-recommended coffee here, make sure you have time to try out the delicious looking home-baked cakes too.

Arlingtons, Ipswich

(Blake Richard Verdoon)(Blake Richard Verdoon)

Head to the Grade II listed, former Ipswich Museum, for coffee, pastries and a flick through the daily papers. Taking inspiration from both French and British cuisine, the relaxed brasserrie serves food throughout the day – including the quintessentially English afternoon tea.

Wild Strawberry Cafe, Woodbridge

The bustling town of Woodbridge is home to the Wild Strawberry Café that overlooks the Market Hill. Cakes, cookies and tray bakes are freshly baked each day – plus they cater for gluten-free diets. Eat al fresco in the summer months in Woodbridge’s pretty market square.

Pump Street Bakery, Orford

Pump Street Bakery believe that community is central to their bakery,, which is why you’ll sit round a communal to enjoy your coffee. Their coffee is roasted by hipster fave, Monmouth, in London and the bread and pastries are lovingly baked in-house each day – you can even attend a class to hone your sourdough baking skills.

Hall Farm Café, Stratford St Mary

If you like to admire a good view as you sip your coffee, then the Dedham Vale vista from the courtyard seating at Hall Farm could be for you. The café was formerly an old cattle byre, but these days it is a relaxed spot for a morning coffee or a yummy afternoon cream tea.

The Organic Café, Bistro and Shop, Fornham All Saints

Coffee is prepared at The Organic Cafe.Coffee is prepared at The Organic Cafe.

The environment and a sustainable future are at the forefront of The Organic Shop’s business ethic. All of the food on the menu is created with organic or wild ingredients and we’ve also heard they make a great cup of tea.

Depden Café, Depden

Coffee lovers can enjoy the sunshine at Depden Cafe.Coffee lovers can enjoy the sunshine at Depden Cafe.

Depden are known for great homemade cakes, including gluten-free options. Plus, if you’re conscious of keeping food miles down, the meat and produce sold in the adjoining farm shop is all home-grown or sourced locally – you can even visit some of the animals on the farm.

The Alex, Felixstowe

Coffee machine (Jordan Whitt).Coffee machine (Jordan Whitt).

A chilled out café bar where you can soak up the sea air, even in winter, on the heated patio overlooking the sea. Check out the ‘sweet things’ section of their menu for something yummy to accompany your freshly-brewed coffee – don’t miss the banana and hazelnut parfait with chocolate sauce.

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