A Coffee Lover’s Guide to Dorset

While we love drinking and making coffee at home, one of our favourite weekend traditions is going out for a cup of coffee. We try to avoid chains and instead prefer to go to independent shops that have great roasts, some of which even roast their own beans. This list is by no means exclusive and we’ll be adding to it as we discover new places. Please share your favourite local shops in the comments below!

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Grab a coffee, have a snack, leaf through surf magazines. There’s seating outside, in the café section as well as in the back if you are looking for a quiet atmosphere. Oh, and don’t forget the surf, ride and skate shop featuring fun clothing brands, accessories ranging from kayaks to jewellery, and more magazines and coffee table books.

Location: Poole

Coffee Saloon

If we had a separate blog post on best banana bread in Dorset, the Coffee Saloon would top that. If you do go in for an excellent cup of coffee or even swiss-water decaf make sure you try a slice and ask them to butter and toast it! Also, The Dancing Goat at Ashley Cross in Poole belongs to this chain.

Locations: Poole, Wareham, Weymouth

The Lookout Café

If you are going for a boulder at the Project Climbing Centre don’t forget to check out the windowless but cozy upstairs. From the lookout café you can watch the action below, play board games, work, or simply try your way through their dozens of flavours of tea or soups of the day. The almost famous brownies are super sweet but will satisfy a sweet tooth.

Location: Poole

Rockets and Rascals

Lock up your bike (locks are provided), grab a bite to eat and and enjoy a cup of coffee. This place is packed with bike related things: a little shop, cycling caps, magazines, guests stopping in their Rascals lycras to fuel up before or after a ride…

Locations: Poole, Plymouth

South Coast Roast

Probably one of the more commercial ones on this list but nevertheless a great spot to enjoy a cup of coffee in Bournemouth. If you are more of a tea drinker you should also try their selection of teas or cakes.

Location: Bournemouth

Author: Anna

Anna ("Bee") is a globetrotting, outdoor-loving German expat who prefers tea over coffee and sleeping in a tent over bivvying. She is rarely seen without her camera and something Gore-Tex in her pack.

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    • Absolutely agree. We’ve given up valuable cupboard space for a range of coffee making tools but it’s still great to go and get an excellent cup elsewhere.

    • I’m with you on the coffee Amber! Where are you based? We’ve not got much mountaineering down here but some sloping hills and beautiful landscapes if you are ever in the area. And, well, the coffee obviously!

    • Thank you David 🙂
      I couldn’t agree more! At the Coffee Saloon for example each Barista has his own playlist. We’ve gone on a specific day of the week because we liked the music – sometimes even had a cheaky sing-along. But there’s so much more culture in an independent coffee house as well!
      Also, do visit Dorset if you get the chance, it’s beautiful.