Discover the best coffee shops in Truro - from much-loved locals, to Instagram-worthy hot spots, serving the freshest Cornish tea and coffee.
From bean to cup, our great little city boasts an impressive collection of coffee houses and cafes, perfect for a caffeine pick-me-up. Peppered around the cobbled streets, sitting pride of place in the city center, or concealed along winding back lanes – here’s our shortlist of the top ten best coffee shops in Truro.
Vibrant and welcoming, it’s hard to miss the pop of pink brightening up the high street. Lily’s of Truro is an inviting café and creative space for everyone, whether you’re gathering with friends for a catch-up over great food and cake, or heading over solo to focus on your next creative project, with your laptop, sketchbook or journal under your arm. We recommend trying one of their famous baked ‘brookies’ for the ultimate sweet treat.
Locally roasted coffee served alongside a selection of sourdough sandwiches, hot American-style pancake stacks, superfood salads, and cakes galore. Head over to River Street opposite the museum and grab a table or garden booth at Bread & Butter. Clean, botanical, and friendly interiors make for a relaxing space to savour your favourite tea or coffee amongst the chitter chatter of friends and families.
If you haven’t got time to stop, be sure to check out Bread & Butter’s takeaway coffee shop for a hot drink on the move.
Hidden above a treasure trove of trinkets, homewares and gifts, you’ll find Uneeka’s very own cosy café. After you’ve browsed the shop, follow the scent of freshly brewed coffee all the way upstairs to discover this secret, independent café. Offering a menu of veggie delights, including toasties, sharing boards, and light bites, Café Uneeka is one of the best coffee shops in Truro for vegetarian and vegan food.
At the heart of the community, located in the iconic landmark that gives Truro its city status, you’ll find Common Grounds coffee shop. A visit to the Cornish capital wouldn’t be complete without admiring the dramatic and jaw-dropping nineteenth century cathedral. Whatever the reason for your visit, make sure you swing by Common Grounds for a loose leaf tea, or a hot cup of coffee, made with locally roasted beans from Olfactory. If you’re in a generous mood, the café runs a ‘pay it forward’ community scheme, which allows visitors to pay a little extra to buy a stranger a hot drink or snack.
For the most photo-worthy coffee stop in town, pay a visit to Lawrance’s Bakery and Bar on New Bridge Street. Renowned for their smoothie bowls, bagels, and homemade cakes, it’s hard to resist something tempting from their bakery. If you’re after something a little stronger than an espresso, take a peek at their cocktail list.
One of the more traditional and unique spots on our list of best coffee shops in Truro. Escape the hustle and bustle of modern day Truro, and step back in time to a Victorian era recreated in the grade II listed Coinage Hall. With a positively delightful menu of freshly baked cakes, high tea, brunch options, Cornish coffee and an extensive choice of loose leaf teas served in dainty teapots, steal an hour or two of relaxation away from the rush of it all.
108 Coffee House has a glowing reputation with the locals of Truro for being a laid-back, welcoming space, particularly for those looking for a remote working location. Serving premium coffee made by talented baristas, be sure to treat yourself to a delicious pastry whilst you’re there.
Cheese and coffee. The combo we didn’t know we needed. Perched on the corner just moments from the train station, sip a coffee as you browse the giant wheels of artisan cheese for sale, with plenty of Cornish options to sink your teeth into. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the foodie workshops that The Old Cheese Shop hosts.
Head over to Lemon Street Market, a collection of charming boutiques, independent cafes, and a beautiful gallery. Fig Cafe is just upstairs, with seats overlooking all of the activity in the market. Offering freshly brewed teas and coffees, alongside pastries, lunch options, or afternoon tea – it’s a great little pitstop after a long day of shopping.
1. The Alverton
Last, but certainly not least, is our historic hotel on the hill. Concealed behind a canopy of ancient trees and luscious lawns is our peaceful oasis, serving great food and drink from breakfast through ‘til dinner. You don’t have to be a guest staying with us to enjoy a piece of The Alverton. Leave the busy city behind and stop by for a hot drink and a pastry, or light bite at our cosy gardenside bar and outdoor terrace.
A truly tranquil spot for laid-back luxury in the city. Expect food that is a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds, and top notch tipples served with a smile. Food is served daily from midday until 9pm.