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Published September 6th 2012
No coffee, no life: Best Cafes in Birmingham
I'm so sorry England but I'm not a tea person. Actually, I truly believe there is no life before a lovely cup of coffee in the morning. Well, coffee is always good, anytime. That's the reason I've decided to track some very pleasant cafes in Birmingham and they luckily serves much more than just a special hot drink.
12). Bebo: I'm not sure what will happen to Bebo after the redevelopment of The Paradise Forum but this is one of those "local cafes" that you probably passed in front of a million times. So next time, visit it. Bebo has a range of cakes, free Wi-Fi and comfy seats.
11). Caffe Chino: Tucked away in the Arcadian Centre, at Chinatown, this gorgeous thematic place has much more than just a mug of coffee to offer you. Their cappuccino is a dream but I doubt someone is able to resist any cake or Japanese snacks found there.
10). Bay Leaf: Custard Factory has pretty good options to eat and drink and this cafe is a fine example. Very sophisticated place, by the way. Gorgeous cupcakes and coffee during the day and the Bangladesh cuisine well represented in Birmingham, if you fancy a meal or a snack for lunch or late in the evening.
9). Urban Coffee Company: If you take coffee seriously, your place is here. Well, what else to say about a place that has a great range of ground coffee available for clientele? Well, free Wi-Fi and delicious cakes are also other bonuses. Jewellery Quarter or Church St, just pick your favourite.
8). Trenchers: Where to start? Gorgeous breakfast and huge buffet menu perhaps. Trenchers is a very popular cafe and just visiting to understand the reason.
7). Six Eight Kafe: There is nothing better than a combination of art and a lovely mug of coffee. Well, this independent shop knows how to catch us. Situated in the heart of the city centre, on Temple Row, Six Eight Kafe is truly a gem. Urban art exhibitions and workshops are also available there. You heard.
6). Café Ikon: Another example of good taste when the matter is cafes in Birmingham. This is obviously inside the Ikon Gallery, at Brindley Place. Love the décor and the fact there's the lovely ikon bookshop right next to it as well.
5). Coffee Time: A tiny cafe tucked away in the middle of The Priory Square Shopping. The yellow and black décor just give an extra charm to this shop and if you don't enjoy a hot drink, their milkshakes can do the trick.
4). Pomegranade Cafe: Packed, anytime. The place is always busy, so grad your seat as soon as you enter on it. Some people would say the fact they also sell home accessories is a bit strange. I would say it's handy, especially for the quality of products. Love the gluten free cakes and their frappe is just like heaven.
3). Tiffany's Cafe: Some good reasons to love this place: lovely range of breakfast, free Wi-fi, inspiring décor with Audrey Hepburn's poster. A tiny but very cosy cafe placed at Warstone Lane, in Jewellery Quarter.
2). Saint Caffe: It's not just because I absolutely love everything about this place but also because it's placed in a gorgeous part of Brum, at St Paul's Square. Ask for their Oreo cupcake and don't forget to check the art and magazines available in the shop. Lovely staff and gorgeous iced cream caramel included.
1). Yumm Café: I just love Yumm and I think you also should. Great shop if you fancy some vegetarian options but there is nothing more appetising than a gorgeous breakfast deal and they know it. Very popular cafe placed at Custard Factory and their veggie pizza is something to remember.