Best Local/Independent Coffee Shops in Sunderland

Sunderland is quickly becoming a hub of local and independent businesses, with many serving incredible coffee. As someone who is a coffee lover, I really enjoy trying all the different cups from these incredibly places. Right now, with the world being the way it is, having a nice coffee is often the highlight of my day! So here is a list of my favourites, and the ones I am yet to try, most of which are open for takeout right now.

  • YOLO Coffee
    Located at the Stack Seaburn, YOLO coffee has a great tasting coffee. However, their special hot chocolates are incredible. I cant decide which is better, their chocolate orange or cherry bakewell.
    Open 8am-5pm 7 days
    Postcode: SR6 8AA
A cherry bakewell hot chocolate
  • Flamingo Coffee Seaham
    It was fairly recently when this was finally tried, and I have no idea why we waited so long. The coffee is so good and the view wasn’t half bad. I can’t wait to visit in the summer under normal conditions, sitting outside with an iced latte!
    Open Wednesday – Sunday 10am-3pm
    Postcode: SR7 7EE
Coffee and Brownies
  • Holmeside Coffee
    Although its closing in January, Holmeside has been an asset to this city since 2013. If you can, get there before it closes because it is honestly a great place to be!
    Open Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm
    Postcode: SR1 1PP
Take pre-lockdown with donuts from Glazed
  • Grinder Coffee
    I know I big up Grinder a lot, but its only because I truly love the business! The coffee is always great, and the lads who own it are just lovely people. If you haven’t been, trust me this is not one to miss!
    Open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, Saturdays 9am-3pm
    Postcode: SR2 7AA
Grinder Coffee and autumn walks
  • Toney Minchella, Whitburn Bents
    One of the more well known local businesses in the city and have been in operation since 1935! Their coffee bar at Whitburn Bents is in an idea location for a walk along the clifftops.
    Open 7 days a week 9am-4:30pm
    Postcode: SR6 7NT
Gingerbread Latte from Minchellas
  • Fausto Coffee
    Sat in a prime location at Roker Pier Point, Fausto is a great place to stop for coffee replenishment.
    Open Mon-Fri 9am-3.30pm Sat-Sun 8.30am-4.30pm. **Temporarily Closed**
    Postcode: SR6 0PL
Fausto Coffee and the view
  • Love Lily
    Another great place in Roker is of course Love Lily. Famous for their pancakes and desserts, this spot is a great place if you’re a sweet tooth. And their coffee menu is full of the usual coffees, and speciality ones.
    Pre-order only, place orders by calling: 01915656329
    Open 9am-4pm 7 days a week
    Postcode: SR6 0PP
Love Lily hot chocolate

Places yet to be discovered

  • Coles Kitchen Roker
    This place keeps popping up on my Instagram feed, and I am desperate to try it! Their sandwiches look incredible, and the I’ve heard good things about the coffee too!
    Pre-order only, call: 07517717780 to place order
    Open Tuesday – Saturday 9am-3pm
    Postcode: SR6 9LX
  • Coffeehous Sunderland
    This beautiful coffee shop is high on my list of places to try! Their Instagram feed is full of amazing latte art, cakes and sandwiches which all look delicious.
    Open Monday – Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm ** Temporarily Closed **
    Postcode: SR1 1QD

Well thats my top favourites. Let me know if there is anywhere else I need to add to this list.

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