BEST INDEPENDENT COFFEE PLACES IN BEDFORD
Who doesn’t love to visit a local independent coffee shop, particularly all the lovely items you can find in the shops? I am all for supporting independent stores as well; I have really made a change this year to be supporting small businesses, to give my money to the small stores and not to the large chains. I’ve had the chance recently to explore Bedford, and to be introduced to lots of the small independent businesses that have emerged in the Bedford area.
I am going to be completely honest when I’m writing this – I’m not actually a coffee drinker! BUT, hear me out, I do love a lovely coffee place, and I always visit with someone who gets the coffee. We have also visited not just for the coffee, but the cakes, the lunches, the products, and other items that they sell.
So here is a list below of some of the independent coffee places to visit in Bedford
Perhaps my favourite pick of the bunch, this is an all plant-based cafe, providing delicious plant-based foods, including cakes, sandwiches, cheese, lunches, and more.
The Vardo is there to give visitors a chance to explore healthy lifestyle choices, to learn about the vegan food, and to enjoy the environment. There are some lovely plants and other ecofriendly products you can explore in the area. It’s a very unique, refreshing, and relaxed space, so everyone is welcome to go in and browse.
Every time I’ve headed in here, I’ve opted for the matcha latte with added peppermint CBD oil, we’ve also enjoyed several cakes, and sandwiches from The Vardo.
A small independent coffee shop specialising in locally roasted coffee, specialty teas, handmade cakes, and pastries. This coffee place also offers all day brunch, paninis, and other goodies.
Made in Bedford
Another one of my top picks – Made in Bedford is an eco-cafe and shop which promotes and sells the work of local artists and makers.
Made in Bedford was created in May 2016 to promote the work of local artists, designers, makers and producers. By supporting the work of these local creatives, they encourage homegrown talent and innovation, promote sustainable products, support the local economy and help our planet by reducing transport emissions. In addition to this, they offer vegan food, including cakes & main meals.
So, whilst enjoying your coffee and snack, you can have a browse of the local products supported by Made in Bedford.
Papillon Coffee House
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”. A beautiful quote that you can read as you sip your coffee from your cup.
Not just offering coffee, but cakes and snacks. Papillion Coffee House often puts on food evenings as well. This quaint little coffee house is a great place to go and grab a coffee, or to take your laptop and work from.
Bridges Espresso Bar
If you’re looking for a sit down with food & some coffee, this is the place for you. Bridges Espresso Bar is a modern, independent, family run Espresso Bar offering quality, locally sourced products and ingredients from across Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties. Bridges is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and evening bites to accompany the drinks selection.
Shout out to Bridges for having an amazing vegan breakfast/lunch plate.
A sweet family run business, great to go and grab something if you’re in need of a fix of coffee or cake. This coffee shop also sells kitchen items and kits.
They currently offer take away of drinks & treats only but you can order through their shop for FREE local delivery or click and collect.