Up for an exciting trip in a historically rich place that looks somewhat medieval and sits by a beautiful river? Then welcome to Durham, a city in North East England, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stunning Norman Cathedral, and its adjacent castle. Within the castle surprisingly lies Durham University that hosts an impressive Botanical Garden, while rooms can be rented out. Other than that, places worth visiting are definitely the Palace Green, a large area of grass in the city center, and several notable museums, like the Oriental Museum. In between your sightseeing tours, we bet that you will need to rest your feet in a cozy and warm coffee shop, so we gathered for you the best cafes in Durham, UK, that will take all your worries away.
1. Cafedral Durham
Perhaps one of the cutest and coziest little cafes in Durham, Cafedral is a family-run business that specializes in eclectic food and coffee. The place is pretty atmospheric and the staff extra helpful. At the cafe, you will find a variety of cakes, soups, salads, scones, quiche, and more! Sometimes they do organize live concerts, so check out their facebook page to keep updated. You can’t miss this place thanks to its fabulous bright blue door.
Address: Owengate House, Durham DH1 3HB
Facebook page: Cafedral
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 10am to 5pm / Sun: 10am to 4pm
2. Flat White Cafe
Flat White Cafe is the sister coffee shop of the Flat White Kitchen and serves breakfast and brunch, besides lovely coffee. Actually, they claim to serve the best coffee in the north since 2010, so coffee lovers, this might be the place for you. The menu changes weekly, and the premises look really promising and relaxing. The owners do pay attention to high quality and strive to create a memorable experience for the visitors.
Flat White Cafe
Address: 21A Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AA
Website: Flat White Kitchen
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 9am to 5pm / Sun: 10am to 4pm
3. Treats Tea Room
Certainly, one of the friendliest coffee shops in Durham (actually voted as ‘Most Friendly Cafe’ in 2015), Treats Tea Room is located in the very heart of the historic Durham, so you can easily spot it and walk in. Except for fine coffee, the place serves a full English breakfast all day long, adorable cakes and pies, delicious salads and quiche, all freshly homemade at their premises. The staff is friendly, the prices quite affordable for the high quality of the products, and the area very relaxing.
Treats Tea Room
Address: 27-28, Silver St, Durham DH1, 3RD
Facebook page: Treats Tea Room
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 8.30am to 5.30pm / Sun: 9am to 4.30pm
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4. Tealicious Tearoom
Some people’s dreams come true if they really believe in them, and that’s the case with this charming tearoom. Although this place is not much into coffee, it does offer about 24 different blends of loose leaf tea to choose from, so kudos for that. Your lovely cup of tea won’t feel lonely, as it can be well paired with a delicious homemade piece of cake or scone. Eclectic sandwiches and beautiful tartlets are also served. If you wish, you may buy a jar of tea to enjoy it at home as well.
Address: 88 Elvet Bridge, Durham DH1 3AG
Website: Tealicious Tearoom
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 10am to 4pm / Sun: 12pm to 4pm
5. Broom House Farm Coffee Shop
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This is not at all like the typical coffee shop you might have in mind. As suggested by its name, it sits on a large farm outside of Durham, but not too far. Here, animal lovers, nature lovers, and children alike will simply love it. There is a children’s play field, story books, lots of animals to see or play around, as well as an indoor burning stove to keep you warm in the winter days. Freshly ground coffee, lovingly made cakes, light lunches created by local ingredients, together with vegetarian or vegan options are served in this unique place.
Broom House Farm
Address: Witton Gilbert, Burnhope, Durham DH7 6TR
Website: Broom House Farm
Opening times: Daily 9am to 5pm
6. Vennel's Cafe
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In the center of Durham, but beautifully hidden among other shops, you will find this small treasure that listens to the name Vennel’s Cafe. The three-floor venue has a rather historic feeling, while the interior will absolutely fascinate you: lovely ceilings, old sewing machine tables, fireplaces, and very splendid lighting make this the coziest place. Also in the outdoors, there is a heated courtyard. Everything here is prepared on the premises from high-quality ingredients but served at pretty affordable prices.
Address: Saddler’s Yard, 71 Rear of Saddlers, Durham, DH1 3NP
Website: Vennel’s Cafe
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 9.30am to 5pm / Sun: 10.30am to 5.30pm
Average price for two: 28-64 USD
7. Altars Cafe
Located just near the riverbank, behind the Cathedral, 9 Altars Cafe is a dog-friendly coffee shop that also boasts an outdoor seating area for the warmer days. Fantastic coffee, delicious bagels, and lovely cakes, as well as vegan options, are among the treats you may look for once here. Dogs have their own little space and they are offered free pork sausage—lucky them! Gift vouchers are also available here.
9 Altars Cafe
Address: 19A Silver St, Durham DH1 3RB
Website: Altars Cafe
Opening times: Daily 9.30am to 5pm
Average price for two: Under 25.60 USD
8. Jumping Bean Cafe
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This lovely cafe might be vegan-only, however, don’t be discouraged as it doesn’t run short of flavors. Here, they use the best quality vegan substitutes, and they use planet-friendly ways for cooking, while they believe that plant-based products are, simply, health. Private events and catering can be arranged. Tasty cakes, shakes, and mouth-watering burgers are some of your options here. The quirky decor inside-out does make the difference and it seems it’s a place to socialize and hang out.
Jumping Bean Cafe
Address: 5 Neville St, Durham DH1 4EY
Website: The Jumping Bean
Opening times: Mon-Thu: 11am to 6pm / Fri & Sat: 11am to 8pm / Sun: 11am to 5pm
Average price for two: Under 25.60 USD
9. Leonard's Coffee House
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At Leonard’s Coffee House it seems that coffee making is pure science and as such, they treat coffee with the utmost respect. Coffee beans are sourced from Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia, which are then roasted not far from Durham. The place serves 11 different styles of coffee, while the flavor turns up to be rich and strong following a rather dark roast. It can be enjoyed alone or alongside a special sweet treat freshly baked each morning on the premises of the cafe. It is located in a cozy spot at Durham’s artistic center.
Leonard's Coffee House
Address: 1 Back Silver St, Fowler’s Yard, Durham DH1 3RA
Website: Leonard’s Coffee House
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 8.30am to 5pm / Sun: 9am to 5pm
10. Riverview Kitchen
Set right on the River Wear, and fully taking advantage of some of the loveliest water views in Durham, Riverview Kitchen is a family-owned, independent coffee shop that happily welcomes your pet. Quirky cakes, scrumptious pancakes, sweet mince pies, flavorful open sandwiches, and many more delicious treats await the visitors of this place. In order to cater to everyone’s needs, it’s also possible to order vegan-friendly and gluten-free food as well.
Address: 20-21 Silver St, Durham DH1 3RB
Facebook page: Riverview Kitchen
Opening times: Mon-Wed & Fri & Sun: 9am to 5pm / Thu & Sat: 9am to 11pm
Curl up in a cozy corner of Durham
Durham is an ideal place to take beautiful strolls within the city and admire its hidden gems, so a trip up here will be quite rewarding. With so much greenery in the city, it will feel like you are in nature! Enjoy a break in one of theses cozy cafes during your visit.
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