When it comes to coffee shops Birmingham is a strong contender.
We have a multitude of independent cafes boasting character and quality, across the city and suburbs.
The story of independent coffee shops in Birmingham
Some of the best cafes in Birmingham sprang up around the same time.
Early pioneers like Six Eight Kafe and Urban Coffee Co were part of Birmingham's coffee renaissance a few years ago.
The rise of craft beer and coffee shops in Birmingham
More recently, the craft beer revolution brought in a wave of cafe-bars dealing in both hops and beans.
These include places like Tilt in Birmingham city centre, and Cherry Reds in Kings Heath.
Birmingham cafes that do delicious eats
Given Birmingham's love of great food, it's no wonder so many of our cafes have top foodie credentials too.
Loaf, Lewis's and Damascena - we're looking at you.
Artisan and home brew coffee shops
And for the real coffeeheads, shops like Quarter Horse are now selling equipment and beans so you can roast your own at home.
Enjoy our roundup of the 32 best independent coffee shops in Birmingham.
Cafes in Birmingham city centre
Urban Emporiums (Church Street)
One of Birmingham's earliest coffee stars, Urban offers high quality coffee, cakes and a cosy setting popular with workers in the Colmore Business District.
Six Eight Kafe
Another veteran cafe, 6/8 was founded with a strong commitment to serving fantastic coffee. The space also hosts art and photography events.
Combining coffee, craft beer and casual cuisine, Cherry Reds is one of Birmingham's favourite independent cafes. It started in Kings Heath before expanding into town.
Quality coffee, varied beers and pinball machines have created a recipe for success at Tilt. Its quirky vibe and relaxed atmosphere have made it one of the best known cafe-bars.
Yorks Bakery Cafe
A Birmingham coffee institution, Yorks have spread around the city centre since launching on Newhall Street. Not limited to coffee, they serve exotic brunches and freshly made pizza too.
An import from Nottingham, 200 Degrees roast their own coffee and also serve a frequently changing range of interesting sandwiches and soups to go with it.
This is a tiny little spot in the historic Piccadilly Arcade where you can not only drop in for a cup, but also grab some high quality beans to take home with you.
The Edwardian Tearooms
The setting is the real draw here. The cafe is housed in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, where you can sit down to a traditional afternoon tea in style.
Describing themselves as a 'cafe and roastery', Quarter Horse stocks everything the home coffee brewer needs, as well as providing a minimalist space to sit and enjoy a drink.
Cafes in Digbeth
The hub of Digbeth's Custard Factory complex, Yumm serves up hearty lunches to the local creative industry workers. The burritos are especially generous.
This independent coffee shop and cake specialist has an area dedicated to cake making, where you can get everything you need to decorate your own creations.
More a restaurant than a cafe, the Warehouse deserves a mention as one of Digbeth's best loved venues. Their vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes are well renowned.
Cafes in the Jewellery Quarter
Photo by Ross Jukes
24 Carat Bistro
This cafe-restaurant has a Caribbean flavour with snacks like Jerk Chicken Skewers and Salt Fish Fritters on the menu, as well as all-day breakfast and sandwiches for lunch.
3 Threes Coffee Lounge
A haven for vegan and vegetarians, 3 Threes' meat-free menu has everything from Chicken Tikka Style Wraps to Tofu Frankfurters. Hot drinks come with almond or soya milk.
Soda Bread Cafe
Quirky and cosy little cafe with a mishmash menu of German dishes - bratwurst, sauerkraut, French pastries, full English breakfasts and Irish stews on offer.
Contemporary and simple inside, Saint Kitchen looks onto the picturesque St Paul's Square, a great scene to look on while sipping a rich cup of coffee and enjoying some cake.
This is a bit of a hidden local gem, with very reasonable fried breakfasts drawing a steady crowd, plus freshly ground coffees and a range of teas and snacks.
Cafes in Kings Heath
The original Cherry Reds is on York Road in Kings Heath. Brunch fans will love their American style pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and bagels.
Serving coffee and healthy bites by day, then cocktails and craft beers by night, Black Lab is a creative and lively addition to Kings Heath with regular live music shows.
Gorilla Coffee Cafe
They call themselves a 'coffee and craft beer bar', uniquely combining a bicycle repair shop with a cafe serving coffee, premium beers and light bites.
Cafes in Moseley
Discover Middle Eastern delights with Lebanese flatbreads, Arabian coffee and Turkish desserts served up in an exotic but tasteful setting.
The owner draws on his roots in Yemen, the birthplace of coffee growing, to inspire this hub of high quality coffee and relaxation on Moseley high street.
A very pleasant place to while away the hours, with great coffee and comfortable leather seating. The street corner location offers plenty of people-watching through the sweeping glass front.
Rustic, genteel and well-located on the crossroads of Moseley high street and Wake Green Road. Lewis's does wonderful brunches, as well as regular supper nights featuring Lebanese cuisine.
Cafes in Stirchley
All across Birmingham, foodies know about Loaf's legendary sandwiches. It's not unusual to see queues form outside as people wait to get lunch or buy freshly baked brea to take home.
This is a place to feed the soul as well as the body. P Cafe hosts regular exhibitions of local art, poetry and spoken word events, as well as photography and live music.
Cafes in Harborne
Boston Tea Party
Housed in an old Victorian school yard, Boston Tea Party is the perfect place to duck into for an escape from the cold. The reange of cakes, snacks and salads includes gluten free options.
Boo Boo Coffee
The extensive breakfast options range from eggs with avocado to bacon sandwiches to superfood smoothies. The interior is trendy and artistic, and sweet treats include flapjacks and homemade muffins.
Other independent cafes in Birmingham and nearby
A vibrant spot in Balsall Heath where you can dip into anything from language lessons to local music acts to dance classes. Coffee, beers, soft drinks and meat-free food are available.
Under Pressure Espresso
"Striving to serve up some of the best coffee in the country" in Sutton Coldfield, Under Pressure is one of the few speciality independent cafes in the area.
The German Cafe
For a bit of schnitzel or bratwurst, The German Cafe in Shirley is perfect. They also serve up meatballs, fruity desserts and a selection of German wines.
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Posted by Ahmed Ahmed