Birmingham: 5 Best Indie Coffee Shops

by Elizabeth Sellers on 5 February 2014 · 6 comments

Five Best Indie Coffee Shops in Birmingham

I was asked by Hertz to help them with their Big Travel List and being a big cheerleader of Birmingham I thought I’d share a little known fact about the second city, the indie coffee shops here are brilliant! So without further ado, here are five of the best indie coffee shops in Birmingham. You should probably check them out sometime.

Yorks Bakery Cafe

1. Yorks Bakery Cafe

The decor of Yorks is exactly what I look for in an indie coffee shop. It’s cool, clean and full of brilliant art to look at. They offer a great range of pastries from their bakery, I like the chocolate brownies, and they do coffee very well. They are a stone’s throw from the cathedral, so nice and central. They open early, at 7.30am until around 8/9pm.

Urban Coffee Company

2. Urban Coffee Co.

They are doing marvellously well, adding a third coffee shop to their repertoire. The Urban Coffee Co. is all about a good quality experience. With great coffee, tasty pastries and fast Wifi, this is an ideal spot for freelancing folks like myself.

Six Eight Kafe

3. Six Eight Kafe

Focusing on using high quality ingredients as well as a top of the range machine (apparently this makes a difference to the coffee taste) the Six Eight Kafe seeks to use local as much as possible. A small but perfectly formed coffee shop, their cake is delicious!

Cafe Blend

4. Cafe Blend

Claims to be the only coffee shop in the UK to uniquely serve both coffee and cocktails. Totally worth checking out for the espresso martini! Home to great service and a huge range of beverages to choose from. It’s within walking distance of New Street station and just outside the Mailbox.


5. Brewsmiths

A local indie favourite for the city folk working in the CBD area of Birmingham. This delightful coffee shop is housed in a railway arch not far from Snow Hill station and the Jewellery Quarter.

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What is your favourite Birmingham coffee shop?


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Georgina February 5, 2014 at 10:33 am

*writes down coffee shops* *plots route on my lunchbreak*


Emily Jayne February 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Oooh some of my faves in there! (I’d probably put Yorks top too!)

Am yet to try brewsmiths, oddly, as it’s probably the closest to me! Will have to rectify this!


amber February 5, 2014 at 11:05 pm

all of these places sound great! I wish i lived in birmingham…Six Eight Kafe sounds awesome! I’m all about local.


Jen February 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

I wish I drank coffee as I’d check all of these out when I visit home. Glad to hear you like Cafe Blend; one of my school friends is the owner. :D


Mel March 17, 2014 at 9:41 am

Urban Coffee Co always ranks high on my list. Love Yorks but had bad service there once. Have you been to Frederick’s in the Jewellery Quarter? They have a bar too.
Have you checked out the new Urban Coffee Co in Harborne? It’s so cosy but so fab! Really made the space work.

Coffee shops are definitely a freelancers best office from home – totally agree

Melly xox


Elizabeth Holdsworth June 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Must remember this list next time I’m in Birmingham!


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