Cafes in Plymouth
As I shared on my shop instagram earlier this week, I’ve been in Plymouth. I’ve come down to accompany Sam while he works here for a couple of days and while he has been at work, I’ve been exploring Plymouth city centre for the best cafes for a coffee and a good place to work.
Based in the Barbican, it’s a lovely independent cafe with a really good variety of food. When we went for breakfast at about 11am, you could already see it was a local favourite. Buzzing with atmosphere and bigger on the inside than you think, it’s safe to say they do a mean sausage sandwich and pot of tea. Their main brekkie is missing a few essentials in my eyes, the addition of mushrooms and a hash brown and it’ll be 5 stars.
If you can get a seat at the front, it’s perfect as you can get a view of the water and it’s flooded with natural light. Unfortunately the back end of cafe doesn’t offer this and can lead to it feeling a bit uninspiring.
A student favourite in Plymouth, Caffeine Club is a 24/7 cafe that serves up junk food, massive milkshakes and tea served in pint glasses. It has a heated conversatory area at the front, with more indoor seats upstairs and literally open whenever you need to eat on a budget. I love coming here at the end of night out, for breakfast and when I really need that extra large mug of builder’s tea.
I also like the atmosphere in the day time, it’s quiet and an easy place to grab lunch and work. Unfortunately I chose not to eat here in this recent trip as I needed to do some work but due to the lack of plug sockets – had to chose somewhere else.
After a wander down to Royal William Yard, Sam & I stopped into Seco Lounge, our second cafe of the day. Due to a bad nights sleep, I was craving a cappuccino and so we stopped into the lounge. It was quiet, unsuprising I guess for a thursday afternoon, but still breathed liveliness. It offered a varied menu with cakes at the bar. It would make a great spot for an after dinner drink or a casual meal with friends. We stuck to our cappuccinos and it was lovely. Sam mentioned it was a little milky for his liking but I thought it was perfect.Basically if you think you can do the 15/20 minute walk to Seco Lounge, it would make a decent place to work all day as they do brekkie, lunch and dins as well as coffee.
The Americano Coffee House
This cafe offers a very unique range of hot beverages. There’s any coffee you could think of and hot chocolates with chocolate bars hanging out of them and coloured whipped cream and glittery cocoa. It’s a sugar addicts paradise and yet despite my sweet tooth I tend to stick to a pot of yorkshire tea here. They don’t make the best coffee if I’m honest and are extremely overpriced when it comes to bottled drinks and food.
Regardless of this, it’s always very busy. Obviously everyone in Plymouth enjoys green whipped cream. It was fairly loud while I was there but not unmanageable and it was a pleasant stay simply down to a good chair and good pot of tea.