8 independent coffee shops to soak up Cheltenham's café culture

On the hunt for your next caffeine fix? Be inspired by SoGlos's hand-picked selection of independent café and coffee shops in Cheltenham, serving the very best brews and blends.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Take your pick from SoGlos's top 8 independent coffee shops and cafés in Cheltenham.
Take your pick from SoGlos's top 8 independent coffee shops and cafés in Cheltenham.

Cheltenham is home to many bustling coffee shops and has a vibrant café culture, with plenty of independent spots to hang out with a hot brew or grab a fresh cup to take away. 

In this hot list, SoGlos shares a handful of our favourites to inspire your next caffeine fix.

Havanas Coffee Shop

This colourful cosy spot near Pittville Park is always busy — and for good reason. It's bursting with character and has a menu that includes a vast array of gluten free and vegan options, which can so often be missing in many run of the mill coffee shops.

Peppered with witty and wise Ernest Hemingway quote posters, its coffee beans from Brazil are served alongside creative additions such as unicorn hot chocolate, which little ones are sure to love.

Baker & Graze

Stylish interiors and exposed redbrick walls, not to mention its outstanding coffee and award-winning baked goods, Baker & Graze in The Suffolks a great spot for a coffee, brunch or lunch date with friends.

There's something to please everyone's palate, with menu highlights including its braised courgettes, mint, peas, toasted pine nuts and burrata on sourdough or squid ink and fresh crab linguine with crab bisque — all washed down with a frothy cappuccino or maybe something from its wine list.

Botanica Coffee Kitchen

Found on an industrial estate on the edge of Cheltenham, Botanica Coffee Kitchen is a true hidden gem which has been thriving for years, thanks to its welcoming staff, bustling open kitchen and fantastic food and drink offering.

Make a beeline there to sip a latte under the canopy of tumbling leaves that are suspended from the ceiling, and even pick up a plant to take home with you.

For The Saints

Newly-opened and attracting plenty of attention, this stylish spot in Montpellier has the makings of a new coffee star in town.

Exuding an elegant Parisian style exterior with a gorgeous olive green overcoat, it's an Insta-worthy hangout right down from its herringbone flooring to its slick golden branding. The cakes come highly recommended, with For The Saints even stocking Hetty's Kitchen's cult blondies and brownies.

The Scandinavian Coffee Pod

An old favourite that's been popular with locals since it first opened in 2014, The Scandinavian Coffee Pod is often heralded the best coffee spot in town. It's petite and chic with a chilled-out vibe, whether you're having a quick catch up with a friend or grabbing a caffeine fix while you work.

Its ethos is to warm, sustain and rejuvenate all of its coffee sippers, with its commitment to doing 'simple, well' continuing to work wonders. 

The Coffee Dispensary

The Coffee Dispensary on Regent Street is a stylish spot where the art of good coffee is taken very seriously. It showcases coffee from around the world and has everything from beans to brewing equipment for customers to continue their coffee obsession at home.

The team supports local traders with its selection of cakes and bakes and its toasted sandwiches come highly recommended. 

The Clementine Café 

Housed in a former regency butcher’s shop in Montpellier, Clementine is a simply stunning place to be — with the artisan café still sporting the building's original tiling, marble window counter and characterful period cashier's booth.

Its freshly baked in-house cakes are exquisite and other treats to enjoy with your coffee come from Gloucestershire suppliers, including Cacklebean eggs from Stow-on-the-Wold and organic milk homemade gelato from Jessie's Ladies Organic Farm.

The Find

With an extensive menu and super smiley staff, The Find is somewhat of a Cheltenham institution, offering a feel-good spot to settle down and get cosy with a coffee.

It does marvellous made-to-order artisan afternoon teas, tasty cakes and bakes and, if you don't fancy a hot drink, you can grab an espresso martini for an afternoon pick-me-up.

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