My Favourite Cafes and Coffee Shops

Holmeside Coffee

Situated in the centre of Sunderland, Holmeside has become one of the most popular coffee shops in the area.  These guys know their stuff when it comes to coffee, offering an extensive range of brewing methods.  As well as this, they have a delicious range of snacks and meals including avocado smash, pancakes, flat breads and even a bagel named after the village we live in. Love this!


Happy Organic

In the heart of Cleadon Village, this popular healthy cafe offers a huge range of delicious hot and cold drinks, smoothies and cocktails.  I personally love their Matcha green tea latte and pistachio cannoli.  Their food menu is full of delicious, healthy meals using fresh, colourful ingredients.  Keep a look out for their cocktails and tapas evenings with live entertainment.

No4 Cafe & Bistro

This is my happy place! Just a short walk from our house, this little cafe/bistro just makes me think ‘hygge’.  From the interiors, to the food, to the friendly staff, there is just something so cosy and comforting about this place.  We have visited several times since moving to Cleadon and I can highly recommend both the breakfast and the daytime menu.  This is really good quality food cooked well. I also love their little knitted teapot cosies and the fact that they light tea light candles on dull days to make the place feel warm and welcoming.


Another coffee specialist, these guys have got skills.  If Holmeside do the best flat white in Sunderland, then I have to say Laneways does the best flat white in Newcastle (IMO).  Last time I visited here I decided not to go with a coffee and had a chai tea instead and it did not disappoint, it was a perfect pick me up on a cold, rainy day.  Oh, and have I mentioned the dark chocolate brownies?  They just cram-packed of gooey deliciousness!  I love the simplicity of this place, the menu is small but less is definitely more in this place.  What they do, they do right!


This is my most recent find and I am so pleased it has opened.  You can read more about it in my recent blog post.  If you haven’t visited yet, have a trip down to Ouseburn.  Whether it’s beer, coffee or cake you’re after, you won’t be disappointed.

Love Lily 

This adorable little cafe on the sea front at Roker is a cake lover’s dream.  Their extensive selection of cake changes daily and every one is homemade.  You really can tell that they are made fresh and a lot of thought goes into the flavours. The only downside is not being able to try them all! As well as cakes, they also do a great selection of sandwiches, breakfasts, lunches and snacks as well as hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverages.  Living close to Love Lily is quite dangerous for me as it isn’t Slimming World friendly but every calorie is worth it!


Navaho in Jesmond has so much to offer but their drinks menu is well worth the visit.  My personal favourite is the rose latte, definitely the most instagramable coffee I’ve ever had and one of my all time favourite flavours! I also love the fact that they do healthy lunches and snacks.  The breakfasts are really good and the spinach omelette flatbread with hollandaise sauce was to die for! You will definitely have to visit more than once to try all of the delicious options on the menu.

Flat White Durham

I first visited Flat White on a trip to Durham on my 30th birthday.  I think I’d already had cake for breakfast but, hey, it was my birthday it’s only right to eat cake all day! I love the location of this quaint little coffee shop, tucked away in a quiet lane not far from the river.  It’s a lovely space to sit and relax.  As the name would suggest, they do a great flat white and beautiful homemade cakes to go with it.  Although it’s nice inside, I do like to wrap up and sit outside when it’s not raining as it’s just such a pretty little spot.

Cullercoats Coffee

This one is a bit of a drive out for us but it is definitely worth the trip.  Grant has visited a few times when he’s been working at home and had been telling me how nice it was so I had to try it out for myself.  This speaks volumes as Grant is very picky with his coffee but he was right. Not only is their coffee top notch but their food is great too.  I would highly recommend the burgers, they are absolutely delicious.  They even have a separate takeaway counter, in case you fancy sipping coffee whilst walking along the sea front.


One of our most visited coffee shops as it is close to where we live and it’s dog friendly.  Grant absolutely loves their coffee but they also offer a good selection of lunches and snacks as well as beautiful cakes including vegan friendly and gluten free!  I do enjoy their flat white with a nice slice of their homemade chocolate tiffin. An added bonus is the lovely view of Roker Beach right outside!

Dill and the Bear

Another one that is a bit of a drive out for us but we still visit when we can.  This is such a cute little place with the added bonus of also being dog friendly.  They have an extensive range of drinks to keep you refreshed in the summer (I love to sit outside and people watch) and keep you cosy in winter.  Their food menu is great if you want a spot of lunch but my absolute favourites are the cakes.  They have a great selection but I can never resist their cake truffles.  Perfect with a coffee or a pot of tea.

BLK Coffee

I have only visited BLK once but I must admit I did love it.  It’s only small but it offers a great selection of coffee, friendly service and delicious cakes. This place brings back great memories for me as it’s where Grant and I went for half an hour of time to ourselves before I left to go to our wedding venue the day before we got married.  So it reminds me of the lovely calm before the craziness of the wedding build up.  I will definitely be back again.

Do you have any recommendations for good coffee shops in the region?  We are always looking for new places to try, and if they do good cake that’s always an added bonus!

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