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.
As a nation of cafficionados, Britain has long graduated from its strong and stable love of tea to a passion for the coffee bean. But where to from here? 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 board game institutions getting in on the action!
We’ve put together a list of the coffee shops and cafés we think are best in Birmingham, so have a gander and get stuck in. Beautiful beans, lovely leaves and all manner of sweet things await.
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