I knew it would be hard to find a coffee that comes close to the standards I tasted in Wellington.
But however hard, I needed to find my essential fix for the foreseeable future and so I set myself the challenge of hunting the best brew in my home city.
It’s been two months since I returned and I’ve had my fair share of coffees so far. I’m yet to explore Cardiff’s coffee culture because I can’t very well travel 30 minutes for a coffee every time I’m craving one (or can I? We’ll save that for another coffee post). So here are the ones I’ve sampled so far in Newport. If I’ve missed out a cracker, let me know in the comment box below. I’ll be forever in your favour 😉
The Parc Pantry in Malpas, Newport is without a doubt my fave in the area. The rustic interior together with their genius idea of selling items on display makes this the perfect coffee stop when you’re out and about.
Not only is the coffee up to scratch but their menu caters to vegans so there’s something for everyone! If you’re a keen gardener don’t forget to help yourself to some used coffee grounds on the way out.
For a similar experience with a breath of fresh air, visit their sister cafe, located at Belle Vue Park. Grab a coffee and take a walk around Belle Vue on a crisp Sunday morning (just don’t forget your hat and scarf, I made that mistake!).
Hidden in plain sight, on a business complex near Tredegar Park, lies Newport’s no.1 cafe as voted by customers on TripAdvisor. Don’t be turned off by the industrial out of town location, because I can guarantee as soon as you walk through the door you’ll fall in love!
I recently hosted a baby shower here and I was shocked at how few people knew about it. It’s slightly bigger than the rest of the cafes I’ve mentioned but what it lacks in intimacy makes up for in prettiness.
Horton’s Coffee House is just a stone’s throw from away from the city centre and one of two coffee shops at the end of the footbridge on Millenium Walk. I love the location of this coffee shop with it being right on the river if you fancy a walk prior to or after some hard to resist carrot cake. They’re dog friendly and host some one off events like coffee cupping so keep an eye on their social media.
A charming location and even more charming interior. On Clytha Park Road just outside Newport’s city centre you’ll stumble across this fine gem. Local artwork on the walls, grandad leather chairs, and a perfect window seat to people watch. It couldn’t get much better than that.
Open for coffee and cocktails The Pod is the latest addition to Newport’s diversifying nightlife. Being a little late to the party, I visited the other day to have a coffee. Their customer service was spot on, even nipping to the shop to get me some soy milk for my mocha. They’re one to watch with gin making classes on the horizon and a food menu being introduced very soon.
The best part about coming home is getting to visit all these new businesses that have opened since I’ve been gone. Bar Piazza on the High Street in Caerleon is a lovely spot to go for a coffee and sandwich. Try and avoid the rush around 1:30 pm when schools in the area break for lunch. They also have a second cafe in the city centre to the side of Friar’s Walk.
If I had to choose the best tasting coffee out of the above it would be The Pod, but I wouldn’t rule any of them out, if you haven’t been to all of them yet, give them a go and let me know your thoughts with a comment below.
If you’re not from this area comment with your most loved coffee shop. Better still leave their Instagram handle, and I can check them out!
Until next time…