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Coffee shops in Cornwall

The team at Independent Coffee Guide share their must-visit caffeination destinations
Coffee shops in Cornwall - coffee at Gylly Beach

Heading to Cornwall and want to know where the locals go for top-notch coffee? Our friends at Independent Coffee Guide share five of their must-visit coffee shops in Cornwall

Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth

Cornwall’s beaches helped England secure the number two spot on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 Top Countries list and there are few more charming examples than Gyllyngvase. Fortunately for visitors to Falmouth, it’s also home to one of the most scenic coffee shops in Cornwall.

Fine white sands and gentle waves make a breathtaking backdrop for a mid-morning coffee; cradle a Cornwall-roasted Origin Coffee while you watch the paddleboarders from the picture windows.

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Origin Coffee Roasters, Porthleven

Tom Sobey was one of the pioneers of speciality coffee in the South West when he launched Origin in 2004. Fifteen years later, the Cornish roastery is one of the UK’s most esteemed producers, with Tom and team recently moving into a custom-built roastery HQ in the heart of Porthleven to keep up with demand.

The new hub houses a cafe and training space alongside the roastery. Visit to try lip-smackingly fresh coffee and watch the roasting process in action.

St Kew Farmshop & Cafe, Bodmin

The term ‘hidden gem’ is somewhat overused in food and travel writing, but this beautiful farm shop and cafe on the Atlantic Highway is the real deal.

Sleepy north Cornwall may not be the obvious place to look for hip Scandi-style interiors, wood-fired feasting or stonking speciality coffee, but here it is.

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Yallah Coffee Kiosk, St Ives

Tucked away behind two bright green shutters on St Ives’ busy waterfront, Yallah‘s hole-in-the-wall espresso bar is a sanity-saver for caffeine-hungry beach-goers, gallery hoppers and walkers who stray off the South West Coast Path.

The Kiosk may be dinky but its takeaway offering certainly isn’t. Own-roasted beans are served as espresso and batch brew, while cold brew makes an appearance in warmer months. And, thanks to a carousel of beans, there’s always something new to try.

Strong Adolfos, Wadebridge

Seasoned beach-seekers and wave-riders travelling along Cornwall’s north coast schedule an extra hour into their journey for an expertly caffeinated break at this unlikely find on the A39.

Strong Adolfo’s mission to redefine the roadside pit stop has been a game-changer since 2013, and the perma-busy indie continues to refuel weary drivers (and their passengers) with quality caffeine and homemade fodder.

Want to find more great coffee shops in Cornwall and beyond? Discover the region’s best cafes in the South England & South Wales Independent Coffee Guide.

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