If there’s one thing Ipswich does well, it’s good coffee. There are plenty of coffee spots and coffee shops in Ipswich to visit for a relaxing caffeine kick. We’ve picked out six that are definitely worth your time.
For the view, Suffolk Food Hall
A landmark that immediately comes to mind when you mention Ipswich is the iconic Orwell Bridge. At Suffolk Food Hall, you can enjoy a cup of something with the bridge, and the calm waters of the Orwell ahead of you.
Based just outside of town, you can enjoy your coffee with cake in the café, or will a full breakfast in the restaurant. You will also find local, fresh produce and homewares for sale in the hall itself, or you can try to tire your kids out with a jump around on the bouncy pillow.
There’s plenty to keep you occupied, and it’s a great place while you’re away for a few hours, with some Suffolk countryside surrounding you.
For the aesthetic, The Bloom Lounge
Found in Tacket Street, The Bloom Lounge well and truly lives up to the name. Probably the most Instragram-able place in town, you’re surrounded by marble-effect tables, velvet seating and, of course, an array of blooms.
But this place isn’t all style with no substance. They make a delicious cappuccino and feature an extensive food menu. If you plan on visiting later in the day, you can swap the coffee menu for the cocktail menu! Yay!
For history lovers, The Blitz 1940s Tearooms
The Blitz is a relatively new resident on St Peter’s Street, and immediately stands out. The coffee choice is limited to straightforward filter coffee, but you can enjoy it with a sweet treat, in the wonderful surroundings of the tea room.
Incredible attention to detail has been paid to the interior, whether it is the time-appropriate jazz music playing the background, or copies of Picturegoer magazine from 1949 on a side table. A lot of effort has gone into getting the place looking just right.
Set over three floors, with each room having a different theme, The Blitz is a must for any history lover out there.
For sun worshippers, The Grazing Sheep
When the sun is out, there is no better place to be in town than on the waterfront. In the summer months, you could be forgiven for thinking you may have stumbled onto the Riviera. The Grazing Sheep is a lovely café all year round, but visiting it during the summer offers an enhance experience and takes the place to a whole new level.
Additional seating is placed outside so you can enjoy your coffee next to the water, taking in the sweeping views of the marina, feeling very much like you’re on holiday, getting lost in the fantasy that you own one of the boats.
For vegans, Hullabaloo
Another resident of St Peter’s Street, Hullabaloo is a plant-based café with vegan coffee and an extensive selection of vegan treats. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, perfect for enjoying your morning coffee.
The food is homemade, with locally sourced ingredients. You don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy it, and the food is so tasty, you probably won’t even miss the non-vegan options. We highly recommend treating yourself to a piece of Millionaire’s shortbread, if it’s on offer.
For dog lovers, Cult Café
Found at the far end of the waterfront, Cult Café is the perfect place for a laid-back coffee. Full of squashy sofas, it radiates cosy vibes and also has some great views of the marina.
Plus, it’s dog friendly!
Whether you have a four-legged friend yourself, or you just like to dog-watch, this is a great place to enjoy your drink. The food menu doesn’t disappoint either.
How many of the places mentioned have you enjoyed a drink at? Or are there some more coffee shops in Ipswich you think deserves a shout out? Comment below to let us know?