The quiet town of Northampton is within an easy commute to Milton Keynes and offers excellent transport links to explore further afield. The market area of Northampton is one of the largest and oldest markets in England and a cultural center which now houses the University. One can easily witness many new independent coffee shops mushrooming across the town. If you are keen to support local businesses and enjoy delicious drinks, we scoured the streets to find you the best cafes. Whether you’re in Northampton for business or a holiday you’ll find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and a great menu waiting for you at each of these destinations. So, go grab a cake and coffee at the top cafes you must try in Northampton, UK.
1. Scoffers Cafe
If you’re hoping to enjoy an excellent breakfast at a good family-run business then look no further than Scoffers Cafe. The flexible menu at the cafe means that even if you don’t find something entirely to your making you can order your own meal to suit your tastes! You’ll also enjoy their traditional British Sunday roasts which are all delicious and are a hearty portion size.
Address: Nene Valley Service Area Eastbound Nene Valley Way, Northampton, NN3 5LU
Website: Scoffers Cafe
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 3pm; Sat - Sun: 7am - 4.30pm
2. Dreams Coffee Lounge
In Northampton town and got a serious cake craving? There is only one place that will satisfy your needs. Dreams Coffee Lounge offers a range of delicious homemade cakes that will keep you coming back time and time again. If you’re looking for something extra special, we’d recommend the afternoon tea. You’ll get plenty of sandwiches cut into triangles, of course, and big slices of that delicious cake we mentioned.
Dreams Coffee Lounge
Address: 59 St. Giles Street, Northampton NN1 1JF
Website: Dreams Coffee Lounge
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 4pm (closed on Sun)
3. Cafe Marseille
For a taste of the continent, our recommendation is Cafe Marseille, a romantic little cafe with a French twist. You should expect to pay a little more than most of the other cafes in the area. We love this cafe as an after-work treat as it stays open much later than other cafes. They also offer a full evening menu should you be looking for a meal rather than a snack. This cafe only opened less than a year ago and it has already become a firm favorite with the locals.
Address: 83 Sheep Street, Northampton, NN1 2NE
Website: Cafe Marseille
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10am - 3pm; 6pm - 11pm; Sat: 10am - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 4pm (closed on Mon)
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4. The Good Loaf
As a key supplier for many other local restaurants, you can expect the best of the best when it comes to The Good Loaf. Their flat white coffee is one of the finest in the area and they have a large array of cakes to choose from. As the name suggests, they make their own bread and usually combine a number of unique flavors. Our favorite so far is the Marmite Bread, but be sure to get there early as they always sell out. Ah, did we mention that they also care about their social impact and use, as much as possible, local products? Well, they do.
The Good Loaf
Address: 1-9 Overstone Road | First Floor, Northampton NN1 3JL
Website: The Good Loaf
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 3.30pm; Sat: 8am - 3.30pm (closed on Sun)
5. Bartella's Coffee House
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Whether you’re stopping by mid-shop or taking your time on a Sunday morning, Bartella’s Coffee House is always a friendly and welcoming environment. It is most popular during brunch hours. We love they also regularly update their menu and offer seasonal foods and drinks. Our favorite is the Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate which comes with cream and all the toppings! A lot of their products, such as bacon, are produced locally.
Bartella's Coffee House
Address: 235 Wellingborough Road, Northampton NN1 4EH
Website: Bartella’s Coffee House
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 4.30pm; Sat: 9am - 4.30pm; Sun: 10am - 2pm
6. The Magic Bean Emporium
We love this cafe. Not only are you guaranteed excellent food, which is all lovingly served in Red-Riding Hood-style baskets, you are also guaranteed excellent service. This cafe is actually a magical emporium, you can expect to find a little bit of magic in every nook and cranny - from the many fairytale books on display to the quotes on the walls and even the names on the menu. They also gave an excellent gluten-free and vegan menu for those of you with dietary needs. Just go and let them whisk you away to a magical land as they whisk you up a milkshake.
The Magic Bean Emporium
Address: 60 St. Giles Street, Northampton NN1 1JW
Website: The Magic Bean Emporium
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 5.30pm; Sat: 9.30am - 5.30pm (closed on Sun)
7. The Shed Cafe
As the name suggests, this popular little cafe is in a shed. From the outside, it’s small and wooden but inside you’ll come face to face with welcoming smiles, a cabin atmosphere and some of the best food. The menu consists of mainly traditionally hearty food and you can expect big portion sizes to go along with it. This is a hidden little gem in the Northampton community, so next time you’re in town make sure it’s on your hit list. You won’t be disappointed.
The Shed Cafe
Address: The Causeway, Billing Garden Centre, Village Walk, Northampton, NN3 9EX,
Website: The Shed Cafe
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 8.30am - 3pm; Sun: 8.30am - 3pm (closed on Mon)
8. Magee Street Bakery
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Famous in the community for their sourdough which is baked on-site, you’ll need to get there early if you want a loaf. This small cafe is an absolute local gem and there are always people crammed in. If you plan to go there at peak time you should expect to wait. This is the ideal spot to head to for brunch and due to its location in a residential area, you know that you’ll be surrounded by locals. They also have a good menu for anyone that has special dietary needs.
Magee Street Bakery
Address: 32B Derby Road, Northampton NN1 4JS
Website: Magee Street Bakery
Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 9am - 4pm; Sun: 9am - 1pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
9. Caffe D'Italia
If you’re desperately in search of an Italian quality coffee then Caffe D'Italia should be first on your cafe hit list. Not only do they offer excellent coffee but also surprisingly good prices. You’ll even get the little Moka Pot delivered to your table. The food menu also matches the Italian feel of the cafe. This is a friendly, family-run business so you can feel comfortable going by yourself and joining in a conversation with the other locals nearby. It’s a great place to meet people and the host is exceptionally kind.
Address: 5 Fish Street, Northampton
Website: Caffe D'Italia
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 7.30am - 7pm; Sun: 9am - 5pm
10. St. Giles Garden Cafe
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This cafe is bright and fresh and features a small courtyard area making it the perfect stop-off in summer. They also have an alcohol license so, if you’d rather, you can drink a beer outside in the sun with your lunch. Sounds ideal to us! Everything sold is homemade and is great value for money, so your wallet won’t be crying every time you go. We say ‘every time’ because you’ll soon become a regular if you stay for a while in Northampton. Be sure to enjoy their full menu for the full experience.
St. Giles Garden Cafe
Address: 1 St. Giles Terrace, Northampton NN1 2BN
Website: St. Giles Garden Cafe
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 4pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
Let's enjoy visiting cafes in Northampton
All of these cafes are excellent places to sit and relax for a while. You can enjoy delicious coffee and excellent food. If you can’t decide which one to try, we’d recommend trying all of them. We’ve carefully curated this list so we’re sure that you won’t be disappointed. Let’s head there today and enjoy a great coffee together.
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