The best independent coffee shops in Cornwall to live nearby!

Trust the local property experts to know the best coffee shops in Cornwall! We’ve done our research on flat whites and fresh bakes and we’re ready to share the results.

If you’re trying to decide where to move in Cornwall (maybe you’ve been browsing our current properties for sale), we think having a great coffee shop nearby is one of the new location essentials.

Start the day right with a stroll to one of these great neighbourhood coffee houses. Pull up your e-bike outside and grab a caffeine-hit on the run, or stick around and embrace the opportunity to meet other digital nomads (only don’t set up camp, you’ll need a coworking space for that!) 

As Cornish property experts with offices at both ends of the county, our team have first-hand experience of seeking out a great cup of coffee. These are our top picks in some of Cornwall’s most desirable towns.

St Ives

St Ives is constantly winning awards as a great place to live and visit, so you won’t be surprised to learn that it’s packed with great places for a coffee. From Yallah on the harbour, to the Brewhouse Cafe with its incredible views over the town, St Ives even has its own coffee roastery in the shape of Foundation Coffee Roasters

We also love Rockabilly Sandwich and Coffee Shop – a Rockabilly themed cafe tucked away in the corner of St. Ives’ small market place where you can tuck into American-style grilled sandwiches, and homemade cakes. Another firm favourite in our St Ives estate agency office is Mount Zion Coffee, a characterful cafe with a jaw-dropping location!  

Read our Location Guide to St Ives here. 


Our favourite coffee spot in Hayle is situated on the South Quay. Be Kind Vegan Coffee Caravan offers speciality coffee, homemade cakes, pastries and freshly made food.


The Honey Pot is an ever-popular small café in the heart of Penzance serving wholesome homemade food, cakes, cream teas and artisan coffee to sit in or take away.

Read our Location Guide to Penzance here. 

Falmouth & Penryn

As one of the top places to move to in the whole of the UK, AND a with a major university in town, Falmouth probably has a greater concentration of brilliant coffee shops than anywhere else in Cornwall. 

Our favourites include Espressini, which was voted one of the top 50 indie coffee shops in the UK by the Independent, and Beacon which has also won multiple awards and has an impeccable sourcing ethos. 

In Penryn, Origin Coffee serves up Cornwall-roasted coffee at The Warehouse alongside a vibrant breakfast and lunch menu (you can also visit them at The Roastery in Porthleven).

A little further afield, Wild Vibes at both Argal Lake and Stithians Reservoir are local favourites offering coffee, cake and delicious light meals with beautiful views in both locations. Great for walks with the family. 

Read our Location Guide to Falmouth here.


In Newquay, those in the know head to Box & Barber, an award-winning independent coffeehouse, owned and run by two brothers. Sitting between the town centre and Fistral beach, this is the ideal pre and post-surf stop off. As well as artisan coffee you’ll find açai bowls, smoothies and juices.


Wadebridge is another haven for coffee aficionados, as our team of property experts can confirm! Our pick of the bunch is Strong Adolfos, where you’re guaranteed great coffee plus delicious breakfasts and lunches with a global flavour. 

Nearby, we love Carnewas Tea Rooms, which enjoy a stunning location overlooking the impressive Bedruthan Steps on the North Cornish coast. Steeped in history, the tea rooms have been run by the same local family for 30 years. 

Read our Location Guide to Wadebridge here. 


Fowey is one of our favourite weekend hangouts, and the list of great places to eat and drink here just keeps getting longer! For coffee we love Pinky Murphys, where you can browse through a varied assortment of books and vintage annuals. There are buckets of knitting to try your hand at, and games for all ages.

Meanwhile at The Dwelling House you’ll find an elegant period tea rooms, with homemade cakes and savouries using organic and local produce.

Read our Location Guide to Fowey here. 

Knowledge of the local area is so important when it comes to buying and selling houses, which is why the Harding Laity team are considered Cornwall property experts. We’re full of ideas for living the Cornish dream, and our St Ives and Wadebridge estate agents offices are the first port of call for anyone looking to buy or sell a house in Cornwall.  

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