Top 6 Quirky Coffee Shops Definitely Worth a Visit!

Tired of your regular coffee house? Looking for something a little different? Well, check out some of the hidden-gems that we think are well worth a visit!

Unique coffee houses are all the rage at the moment, and Swansea has jumped on this trend and welcomed some gorgeous independent venues to the city. Whether you are a huge dog lover, live a vegan lifestyle, or have a love for all things vintage, this list has all you need to know about the quirkiest coffee shops in Swansea. So here we go…

1. Kismet Vintage (Sketty)

Settled in the heart of Sketty, Kismet Vintage was a particularly exciting find. At first sight, you may assume that this was just a little vintage boutique, but nestled within is an intimate café surrounded by beautiful antique nick-nacks and furniture you could easily spend the afternoon admiring. But it’s not just the surroundings that make this place visit-worthy, it’s the cakes. Kismet bakes all it’s goodies on site. Enjoy all the classics, from cherry Bakewell’s, to custard tarts, and not forgetting the Victoria sponge! The cakes alone make this place worth popping in. With plenty of comfy old-fashioned seating to choose from, indulge in the full vintage experience, you’ll never want to leave!

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2. Boo’s Kitchen (Mumbles)

The extremely popular, Boo’s Kitchen is an independent, plant based, coffee shop that sits just off the bay in Mumbles town centre. It’s contemporary design, and homely feel, makes for a very welcoming venue to sit and enjoy their special blend coffee. With indoor and outdoor seating, as well as the take-away options, Boo’s is the perfect pit-stop, whether you want a coffee-to-go, or sit down and take the weight off your feet. Boo’s kitchen also serves breakfast and lunch options, including the gorgeous ‘Miso Mushrooms’ and ‘Jerky Toastie’, all completely vegetarian and delicious!

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3. Y-Shed (Gowerton)

Situated next door to Gowerton Golf Range, Y-Shed is a lot chicer than its name suggests. Hosting a lovely outdoor seating area, bright conservatory dining room, and a cosy coffee shop at the back, there really is somewhere for everyone to sit down and enjoy some of their speciality coffee blend. Coffee not your thing? Worry not, they also serve a variety of other hot drinks, as well as delicious homemade oat smoothies. How could I forget the cakes!  Y Shed make their own brownies and cakes, all to die for. You just have to try the lotus rocky road! If you are lucky, you may even stumble upon the guest appearance of Burst Swansea doughnuts, so keep an eye out for those!

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4. Framptons (Loughor)

This quaint little coffee shop on Lougher cross, is a hugely popular choice, with 4.9 stars (263 reviews) and a large loyal following of over 10,000 on Facebook! This lovely venue has a very charming country aesthetic, with beautifully distressed vintage tables and chairs, and a reclaimed wood feature wall. Frampton’s range of sweet treats is worth the visit alone. They are always bringing our new recipes, with my personal favourites being the ‘Cadbury’s Caramel Cheesecake’ and ‘Twix and Caramel Chocolate Cake’. There’s no such thing as too much chocolate, right? They also make their own tray bakes, so you can reminisce your younger days with an old school style, or get a bit more exotic with their ‘Jam and Coconut’. Frampton’s also serve their delicious all-day menu, which includes all your lunch favourites like jackets and panni’s, but also a regular special option’s to lookout for.

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5. Brynmill Coffee House (Brynmill)

Loved by locals and students alike, Brynmill Coffee House has been impressing it’s customer for 6 years now, and boasts a great review score of 4.9 on Facebook. Serving a wide range of speciality teas, fresh ground coffee, and signature hot chocolates, Brynmill Coffee House is a great pit-stop to grab a coffee before your stroll through the neighbouring ‘Singleton Park’. Don’t fancy a hot drink? They also make their own fresh smoothies, available to takeaway, to sit in, or to sit outside on their street side seating area. They also make a variety of thick ‘Cornish ice cream shakes’, with Mars being a particular favourite of mine. But what’s a coffee shop without a cake, right? Well, you’re in luck because their resident baker has been known the make ‘the best brownie around’, but also mixes things up with special bakes such as their ‘lemon and blueberry cake’ and ‘Oreo shortbread’.

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6. Dewkes Doggy Cafe (Sketty)

Situated on Sketty high-street, this unique venue is Swansea’s first Doggy Cafe. Starting as a independent and very popular Dog Supplies shop in Mumbles, director James and his wife and Co-Director Jane, more recently opened up their dog cafe in Sketty, where they welcome customers and their furry friends to enjoy a coffee and a free ‘Puppuccino’. Customers can also pop to the back of the cafe to pick up all their favourite Dewkes pet supplies, in their on-site shop, and they even offer dog grooming upstairs. The cafe has a great range of hot drink options, as well as lovely homemade cakes. They also have plans to upgrade their kitchen so they are able to offer hot meals in the near future. If you are never without your furry sidekick, then this is the cafe for you, and if you’re lucky, resident pooch Duke may be on shift!