The Best Coffee and Cake Stops in Nottingham City Centre

Updated: May 15, 2021


15 May 2021

Nottingham Indie Writer: Luce In Lockdown


Name a more iconic duo than coffee and cake, I’ll wait! If you’re looking for somewhere in Nottingham where you can enjoy a slice of Victoria sponge with a locally sourced coffee, the city’s thriving food and drink scene has got you covered.


Featuring 10 of Nottingham’s finest independent businesses, this guide to the best places for coffee and cake in the city centre contains all the information you’ll need to organise a post-lockdown coffee date or simply treat yourself.


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From the quaint and quirky to the Instagram worthy, here’s 10 of the best locations in Nottingham city centre to get your caffeine fix and satisfy your sweet tooth.



200 Degrees Coffee — 16 Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN Google Maps location Open for outdoor dining / collection: Yes, both Open for indoor dining: From Monday 17 May Nottingham Indie discount: 15% off (excludes bags of coffee)

Self-titled ‘unashamed coffee geeks’ 200 Degrees Coffee have grown significantly since first opening their doors in Nottingham Square seven years ago. The independent coffee roasters now own 11 shops and supply coffee to countless businesses across the UK, but their flagship store will always have my heart. Their converted 17th century coaching inn has a laidback atmosphere and heaps of character, making it the perfect setting to relax and enjoy a speciality coffee.



Blend — Unit 30, Avenue C, Sneinton Market, Nottingham, NG1 1DW Google Maps location Open for outdoor dining / collection: Yes, both Open for indoor dining: TBC

Blend is an artisan coffee shop on the outskirts of the city centre, just a five-minute walk from Hockley. Located in the rejuvenated Sneinton market buildings alongside independent artists, gift makers and fashion sellers, this is a great coffee and cake stop if you’re looking to do some shopping. Still hungry after your cake or fancy something more substantial? Blend are renowned for their grilled cheese sandwiches. There’s even one named about Queen Bey herself (Brieoncyé – genius!)



Doughnotts— 26A Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DR Google Maps location Open for outdoor dining and collection: Yes, collection Open for indoor dining: From Monday 17 May Nottingham Indie discount: 10% off (excludes pre-orders)

If you’re going to cheat on cake, do it with a doughnut. Cake purists may see me including a doughnut shop on this list as some form of blasphemy, but Doughnotts have elevated the humble doughnut to a whole new level. Piled high with toppings and twice the size of their supermarket counterparts, a Doughnotts doughnut is an excellent companion for a midday coffee. Their creative menu includes flavours like Toad in the Hole (featuring a Freddo in a pool of toffee) and Avoca-dough (covered in green icing with a cinnamon doughball ‘stone’ – sadly not one of your 5-a-day!)



Effy— 15 Hounds Gate, Nottingham, NG1 7AA Google Maps location Open for outdoor dining and collection: Yes, both Open for indoor dining: From Wednesday 19 May

Effy is the place to go if you like your coffee served with a side of pink aesthetic. From matcha to mocha, this independent business knows a thing or two about specialty coffee as well as interior design. Coffee snobs will love the selection of different coffees available at Effy. If you manage to visit this Hounds Gate hideout without snapping a photo for Instagram, you’re a stronger woman than me!



Hockley Kitchen— 21 Carlton Street Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1NL Google Maps location Open for outdoor dining and collection: Yes, both Open for indoor dining: From Monday 17 May Nottingham Indie discount: 10% off

Hockley Kitchen is a typical neighbourhood café in the heart of Hockley, ideally placed for people watching. The friendly, relaxed environment at this café ensures every customer feels welcome. As someone with lactose intolerance, I’m always on the lookout for dairy-free options and Hockley Kitchen is a fantastic choice for anyone with dietary requirements. They have vegan and gluten free cakes on the menu, as well as a range of alternative milks for your coffee.



Homemade Café— Forest Recreation Ground Pavilion, Mansfield Road, Nottingham Google Maps location Open for outdoor dining and collection: Yes, currently collection only (from the Lodge kiosk) with outdoor seating available from Thursday 6 May Open for indoor dining: TBC Nottingham Indie offer: Bottomless tea or coffee when you buy any cake or dessert

Homemade Café isn’t technically in the city centre, but an extra walk up Mansfield Road promises scenic views and some of the tastiest cake in Nottingham! Set in the beautiful natural surroundings of The Arboretum (rumoured to have inspired J.M. Barrie’s famous Neverland), Homemade Café is a great place to visit if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of town. They have just announced a new terrace and garden seating area, opening at the start of May.



Josephine’s Café and Tea Room — 49 Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 2AB Google Maps location Open for outdoor dining and collection: From Monday 17 May Open for indoor dining: From Monday 17 May Nottingham Indie discount: 10% off desserts

If you’re looking for a little luxury and indulgence on your coffee break, Josephine’s is the place to visit. A quintessential British tearoom opposite the Theatre Royal, this venue strives to deliver a quality dining experience. Your coffee and cake will be served in elegant surroundings to the smooth soundtrack of jazz and swing music from an era gone-by. Sometimes one slice of cake just isn’t enough, which is why Josephine’s also offer a cake platter featuring five mini cakes from their patisserie.



Kings Walk Kitchen — 10 King's Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2AE Google Maps location Open for outdoor dining and collection: From Monday 17 May Open for indoor dining: From Monday 17 May Nottingham Indie discount: 10% off

Kings Walk Kitchen in Trinity Square is another vegan-friendly destination that has an assortment of homemade cakes, including unique flavours like peanut butter, caramel & chocolate alongside more traditional favourites. Kings Walk Kitchen has generous outdoor seating, as well as plenty of tables inside. If you are searching for somewhere light and spacious to work, the second floor is a dedicated quiet area with free WiFi and access to plug sockets.



The Pudding Pantry — 27-29 Trinity Square, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4AF (also opening in Beeston in May 2021 - 83 High Road, Beeston) Google Maps location (city)

Google Maps Location (Beeston) Open for outdoor dining and collection: Yes, both Open for indoor dining: From Monday 17 May Nottingham Indie discount: 10% off

According to their website, The Pudding Pantry aim to ‘create a haven for those who enjoy good food and great coffee’ and it’s definitely a mission they’ve accomplished. I’m always blown away by the creativity of the cakes on display and I can confirm they taste just as incredible as they look. As the name suggests, The Pudding Pantry sell a variety of sweet treats as well as cake, such as loaded pancakes and gourmet hot chocolates. If you’re a coffee lover in the mood for something different, try one of their coffee milkshakes.



White Rabbit Teahouse — 5 Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HB Google Maps location Open for outdoor dining and collection: Unavailable Open for indoor dining: TBC

Nestled down a side street off Bridlesmith Gate, White Rabbit Teahouse is all about those vintage vibes. Their café is cosy yet chic with homemade cake and hot drinks arriving at your table on vintage china. They may be best known for their selection of specialty teas, but they also serve an excellent cup of coffee. Although White Rabbit Teahouse are still waiting on an opening date for their city centre venue, their West Bridgford teahouse is open for outdoor dining.


Luce is a writer, marketer and proud Nottingham dweller. You can find her on Instagram @luceinlockdown and over at her blog Luce in Lockdown.

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