Opened in 2009, Urban’s Church Street emporium set the blueprint for Birmingham coffee culture. Testament to its popularity, Urban opens seven days a week, and is frequented by everyone from office types having a morning meeting and on-the-hoof freelancers quietly working away to folks just wanting a glorious coffee and a slice of cake. Its two floors are a thriving hive of community; a snapshot of Brummie diversity.
Ah, it’s that time of day. The time of day when you need a pick-me-up – perhaps early in the morning before a hard shift at work, or half-way through a touristy day strolling through Birmingham city centre. Caffeine plays a big part in a lot of our lives, and fortunately, this city has plenty of places where you can pick up a cup of something decent.
From artisan roasters and chichi coffee shops to terribly twee teahouses and old-school cafés, Birmingham has pretty much everything you need for your next caffeine kick. Even the city’s pubs, bars and restaurants are getting in on the act and serving coffee and tea every bit as good as their food and booze, and that’s before you take into account the venues with a bit of a twist – think vinyl shop bars and places where you can crack out a board game or two.
We’ve put together a list of the best coffee shops and cafés in Birmingham, so have a gander and get stuck in. Beautiful beans and all manner of sweet goods await.
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