How to get your caffeine fix in Nottingham

Most students can agree that coffee and university go hand in hand, and thankfully Nottingham’s thriving food and drink scene has got all caffeine addicts covered.

So, whether it is grabbing a quick fix between studying or arranging a brunch date with a friend, here are our six must-visit cafés to try out this academic year.

Hockley Kitchen

Located in the heart of Hockley, this independent neighbourhood café is perfect for those that enjoy people-watching alongside their coffee. Their friendly staff and relaxed, inviting environment ensure all customers feel welcome. They have a delicious selection of cakes and sweet treats to enjoy, as well as plenty of breakfast and lunch options made fresh for every order. Hockley Kitchen is an excellent choice for those with dietary requirements, as they provide a range of vegan, dairy and gluten-free alternatives across their food and drink menus.

200 Degrees

After recently opening their third venue in Nottingham to celebrate their tenth anniversary, it is clear how popular 200 Degrees is amongst the locals! However, their flagship store, located on Flying Horse Walk, will always have my heart. Its charismatic venue, housed in a beautifully quaint 17th-century inn, is a corner of peace and quiet away from the hustle of the city centre. Their own signature coffee beans are ethically sourced, and their drinks menu is complimented by a range of fresh fruit smoothies, decadent milkshakes and soft drinks to suit all tastes.

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Fox Café

With quirky décor, tasty food, and a busy yet welcoming atmosphere, Fox Café is a great place to enjoy brunch. They have a huge variety of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and paninis – freshly prepared for each order with an aesthetically-pleasing presentation. Their classic coffees are aromatic and full of flavour, making the perfect pair with a slice of handmade cake. Fox Café also provides delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free alternatives across its menu. Despite the potentially long waiting times during busy periods, this authentic café is well worth the wait!


Blend is a spacious, independent café located a short walk from the city centre in Sneinton Market. Situated between vintage clothing stores and creative businesses, this hidden gem is the perfect place to stop off between shopping. Their entertaining menu includes their famous grilled cheese sandwiches, named after equally famous celebrities (Mother Choriza is a personal favourite), as well as pastries, handmade cakes and artisanal coffees. Blend also strives to be carbon neutral, providing fully compostable takeaway packaging and using locally sourced coffee and food ingredients.

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The Pudding Pantry

As the name implies, the Pudding Pantry offers a range of mouth-watering desserts, such as cookie doughs and loaded pancakes to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. As their ingredients are either homemade or sourced from local producers, you can be sure of high quality, great tasting food with each visit. If you are looking to double up on dessert, be sure to try their famous ‘freakshakes’ and loaded hot chocolates. For you coffee lovers that are finished with class for the day, switch out your usual cuppa for an espresso martini!

NTSU Grumpy Mule

Let us not forget NTU’s very own café, Grumpy Mule – the perfect place for those campus full days where we desperately need our coffee fix. The contemporary, spacious venue has plenty of seating to relax with friends before class or get some studying done. You can even enjoy watching fellow students using the indoor 30ft rock-climbing wall, which spans three floors from the Sports Centre. Serving great-tasting coffee, seasonal smoothies and a variety of light bites and snacks for reasonable prices, what is not to love?

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