If you're anything like us, then when you take a trip somewhere you make sure your tank is full, you got some water and snacks for the journey, you charged your phone, and -*most importantly*- you googled the best coffee places in a 10 mile radius of your destination. Now, sometimes that might be a little tricky if you're camping out in the middle of nowhere but let's be honest - there's nothing a mini gas stove, a bottle of mineral water, a bag of specialty coffee, a mini pouring kettle (plus a few other accessories) and an aeropress can't handle. However, if you're traveling somewhere less remote, you certainly used a search engine or Instagram hashtag search to navigate your way through the best coffee places. Having done exactly that prior to our wonderful trip to Norwich yesterday, we decided to share a few highlights with you!
Before we get into the coffee scene, let's talk about Norwich. It's been a few years since we last visited this beautiful city and we were amazed by the richness of the green spaces, upkeep of the historical buildings, care for the cultural heritage as well as the amount of small independent retailers and cafes. So next time you want to escape Cambridge for the day (we've all been there!) take a trip to Norwich instead of jumping on that Ldn Kings X train. Whether you choose to travel by public transport or a car, you'll be in there within 1h30m, ready to enjoy a still lovely and friendly yet quite a lot bigger city than Cambridge.
Norwich has a very unique urban design which makes it a perfect city for a day get-away for anyone who's into art and architecture. So whether you like exploring Medieval or Victorian buildings, museums and galleries or simply love strolling down charming narrow streets finding hidden gems such as small shops and cafes, this is the place for you.
THE NORWICH COFFEE CRAWL
We began our day by popping into Kofra- an absolute gem in the world of specialty coffee shops. It's got it all - friendly and knowledgeable staff, wonderful selection of coffees (including an incredible variety of retail coffee beans!), delicious snacks, cold pressed juices and soft drinks - and on the weekends it turns into a cool bar. With a lovely design, combining reclaimed wood furniture, a few simple Scandi pieces and minimalist colour scheme with some funky accessories and plants, Kofra's uniquely fun aesthetic is very welcoming. We enjoyed a long black with their guest coffee and an oat milk cappuccino along a couple of MOJU juices.
We loved every little detail about Kofra. The atmosphere, the interior, the coffee (of course!), so we cannot stress this enough - next time you're in Norwich make sure you pay them a visit!
Opened only three months ago, Ancestors Coffee already has a big following - and dare we say it's fully deserved! Everything about this place is pretty special, from it's clean and minimal interior laden with cacti, succulents and big plants through to their fully vegan coffee and food menus. Ancestors offer a lovely choice of coffee beans by specialty roasters from the UK and beyond - when we visited they were serving a Brazilian single origin by Five Elephans from Berlin, which we can confirm was delicious; we both enjoyed it as a long black; it tasted beautifully sweet and nutty. Having scrolled through their stunning Instagram feed we knew this was the place we wanted to have our brunch in - they serve a variety of hearty and nutritious dishes such as brunch plates, buddha bowls and sandwiches, as well as milkshakes, smoothies & smoothie bowls and cakes. We opted for their newly launched dish: scrambled tofu on a courgette, dill and 'feta' frittata with spinach, shredded red cabbage and pumpkin seeds. It was the bomb!
We couldn't resist trying some of their baked goods either and so we shared a rich and gooey courgette brownie as well as toasted banana bread - they were to die for.
Ancestors Coffee was simply brilliant. In fact, both of us can hardly wait to visit again and try other brunch options... Normally we would choose different dishes but neither of us was prepared to give up having the tofu scramble;)
Familiar with the Strangers Coffee, we were beyond excited to finally visit the shop! As mentioned, it's been years since either of us had been to Norwich, and so until now we only had the opportunity to taste their delicious coffee at home or at Espresso Library as a guest espresso & filter, an arrangement which I am pretty sure we will have repeat very soon. The cafe has a very pleasant and welcoming vibe - the interior is very sleek and minimal and features a lot of plants. In the coffeeshop there are a lot of coffees to choose from, all of which come from the Strangers Coffee Company Roastery (naturally). There is a choice between a house coffee and guest espresso, and even more choice of coffees at their brew bar! When we visited we both felt pretty over-caffeinated already (oh, the issues us coffee lovers have eh!), and chose to buy a bag of Ethiopian single origin to take home with us as well as a couple of take-away drinks to accompany us on our way to an open day at Hillside Animal Sanctuary.
Norwich proved to be a wonderful place for a (short) specialty coffee crawl and we were very happy to discover all these incredible places with shared passion for high quality coffee, nutritious food and great customer experience. Equipped with lovely memories and satisfyingly satiated, we set out to spend the rest of our sunny summery Sunday at the UK's biggest Animal Sanctuary we've been meaning to check out for a while - another place we can wholeheartedly recommend you visit too!