From trendy mobile trucks specialising in artisan coffee to smaller neighbourhood bakeries, you’ll find that Stockport coffee shops are really serving up the goods
A lot of people already know that, when it comes to restaurants in Stockport, there’s a pretty wonderful selection of incredible places for foodies. But, there are also so many brilliant coffee shops in Stockport and amazing bakeries in the area for those who love heading out for freshly-baked goods, breakfast treats or who like to set up shop and work from a café. Food in Manchester is a thriving scene, and the coffee culture in the city is something that has really taken off over the last few years. So much so, that some people visit the city with the aim of doing a Coffee Crawl as Time Out suggests. But what about the lesser-known hotspot coffee shops in Stockport? We round up some of the best.
BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN THE HEATONS
Nook in Heaton Moor is a gorgeous dog-friendly (perfect if you’ve chosen to stay at our Stockport Serviced Apartments due to our pup-friendly credentials!) café and coffee shop, and is incredibly popular with the locals. In true Heatons style, it puts the customer first in everything it does and strikes a brilliant balance between being trendy, comfortable and cosy, as well as serving up good quality coffee. The owners are real advocates for shopping local and making sure everything celebrates the immediate surroundings, so you can expect the coffee to be a local artisan brand and the baked goods to be handmade with care. Love nothing more than sneaking out for an indulgent breakfast? Don’t miss out on some of the tasty treats that you can get your hands on here, such as waffles, freshly made bagels and pastries. Although not related to coffee, it might be worth noting that they serve craft gins and local small-batch beers on an evening too, so it’s a strong all-rounder!
111 Heaton Moor Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4HY; @thenooknc
Possibly one of the best coffee shops in Stockport and one of the best servers or artisan coffee in Manchester, this contemporary little café solution is one of our favourites. Kafeine came about in early 2019 when Nicola and her partner Steve decided they wanted to replicate the café culture vibe that inspired them in Sydney, back home in Stockport. Now, their beautifully up-cycled coffee horse trailer focuses on bringing locally roasted coffee, T2 teas and much more to the wonderful community of Stockport. They share the age-old irritation that you can find many places selling coffee, but that it’s hard to find somewhere that’s selling really good coffee. After spending many afternoons in the local Stockport parks with her kids, Nicola knew she had to fill the void. You can find them supplying coffee in Thornfield Park in the Heatons where they have built up a loyal following based on the reputation of great coffee served with a smile. Like many other van enthusiasts, if you fancy yourself something similar, they love sharing the process and story behind building and renovating their beautiful vehicle.
Thornfield Park, Heaton Moor, Stockport; kafeinekart.co.uk; @kafeine_coffee
Feed General Store
We’ve already raved about their incredible Sunday Roasts, but Feed General Store is also one of the best places to head to for coffee in Stockport too so we couldn’t not mention them twice. Owned by the wonderful Maya Rigby of Wolfhouse Kitchen, the Mackie Mayor and The Rose Garden fame, Feed runs as a café and general store serving local produce and seasonal food and it’s another place that is fantastic at championing artisanal values. The Stockport café has become very well known for its brunches and as an indulgent coffee and cake stop. Plus, it’s trendy too and the large space that used to function as a music shop gives off all those warehouse-y, but rural and wholesome feels. If you’re someone who likes to appreciate good design with your dinner, then this is the place for you. Oh, and did we mention that they are some of our favourite neighbours and just over the road from our apartments? Roll out of bed and straight in – there’s nothing better.
393 Manchester Rd, Stockport SK4 5BY; feedgeneralstore.co.uk; @feedgeneralstore
Like to support places that are consciously attempting to create positive change? B’Spoke Coffee House near Heaton Chapel Station focuses on tackling plastic pollution, champions sustainability and local community and serves up quality coffee too. They provide some of the best speciality artisan coffee in Manchester, as well as quality tea with ethical and ecological care and attention to detail from the point of growth to when they hand you the cup. Like with some of the other coffee shops in Stockport, they only use compostable cups and give a meaningful discount to customers who use their own reusable cups. They also do brews and coffee bag deliveries by bike. It’s always nice to support places making such an impact in both local communities, but also in the wider environment, isn’t it?
5 Tatton Rd S, Stockport SK4 4LU; bspokecoffeeehouse.co.uk; @bspokecoffee
BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN CHEADLE
Coffee Fix café in Cheadle is a popular spot for locals, and not just for coffee, people love it for its hot chocolates too. It’s a real community hub, and according to Trip Advisor it’s been popular for its coffee for nearly a decade – it won espresso of the year in 2012. It’s less of an aesthetically pleasing spot, so if you’re someone who loves to soak up the trendy atmosphere of contemporary coffee culture hotspots, this one is probably not for you. But, it’s the love that comes with the coffee that the community rave about. So, if it’s a good strong brew served with a smile that you’re after, then this is the coffee shop for you.
80 Church Rd, Gatley, Cheadle SK8 4NQ
SkEight is a Stockport coffee shop with a difference, and one that has been running as the ethical heart of Cheadle Hulme for years. Functioning as a social enterprise, they have run their business in an honourable way that benefits the local community since 2015. They reinvest all their profits into supporting local community groups and projects and they only sell ethically sourced, sustainable coffee from their partner Grumpy Mule – so not only can you guarantee a good cup of caffeine, you also know you’re paying back too. Again, it’s not somewhere that is focused on being a fancy place and it’s not as trendy as some of the other coffee shops in Manchester, but it’s still a lovely place to spend some quiet time sipping a hot drink.
Station Rd, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 7EF
BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN STOCKPORT TOWN CENTRE
Tandem Coffee House
This independent cycle-themed coffee shop is a lovely café to spend some time in and is another one that is dog friendly. The Stockport Old Town eatery prides itself on being a welcoming space and is open Monday to Saturday for brews, lunches, and treats. Artisan coffee is a focus at Tandem Coffee House and Heart and Graft roasts the coffee locally – it’s ground on demand for freshness and finished using free-range milk. If you would rather a good old cuppa, you’ll be pleased to hear that they are just as passionate about tea and serve loose leaf blends by Suki tea in stump teapots. You’ll hear a lot of locals talking about this one, so make sure you check it out when you’re on your travels.
47 Lower Hillgate, Stockport SK1 1JQ; tandemcoffeehouse.co.uk
This is a café and coffee shop that ranks extremely highly on the infamous Trip Advisor, and you’ll struggle to find anyone saying a bad thing about it. Laco is another dog-friendly place and the locals credit it as being a home from home, so it’s obviously somewhere that’s really welcoming to cosy up in a corner and watch the world go by with your coffee. You’ll find lovely homemade cakes and bakes, and the coffee is good quality and served in traditional mug and saucer – we know that some of you look out for that and don’t all want the trendy tumbler servings! The interior of the café is contemporary and cosy too, with statement low-hanging lights, plenty of greenery and indoor plants, and a strong selection of local artwork hanging on the walls. There’s a real sense of community in Laco, so if that friendly atmosphere is something that you rate, head on down to Stockport Old Town.
32 Little Underbank, Stockport SK1 1JT
Rhode Island Coffee Shop
Another one in the Old Town where you’ll find friendly service, big smiles and a welcoming atmosphere is Rhode Island. The award-winning coffee shop, which also offer a huge selection of handmade cakes, treats and sandwiches, is a winner with so many people in and around Stockport, so if you like to go off recommendation, we reckon this one is probably a winner. What’s even better is that they purchase all their coffee in an ethical way, and they also support Coffee Kids, a wonderful charity who help solve the problems created by the unfairness of the global coffee market. You can sip on your morning latte and know that you are contributing to something much bigger and better – what a way to start the day, hey?
2 Little Underbank, Stockport SK1 1JT; rhodeislandcoffee.co.uk
BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN MARPLE
Libby’s Bread and Wine
We’ve already mentioned it in our Guide to the Best Restaurants in Stockport, but it is well deserving of a second mention. Libby’s Bread and Wine is a Stockport coffee shop that really does stand out from the crowd. Libby’s Bread and Wine runs as an incredible bakery and coffee shop throughout the day, and you can expect to find very indulgent artisan cakes and bakes, as well as good coffee. With a great lunch menu too, before turning into an intimate and sumptuous small plates restaurant on an evening, there are so many reasons to pay a visit to this place. Everything that is produced here looks unbelievable – they clearly puts their heart and soul into everything they do. They were featured as number three on Total Guide To Manchester’s Reasons to Visit Marple, and it is no surprise that it hit the top spot. Plus, with lovely picturesque canals and aqueducts too, Marple is a really nice day out and a perfect place to head to for a little touristy mooch around.
1-3 Town St, Marple Bridge, Stockport SK6 5AA; libbysbreadandwine.com; @libbysbreadandwine
BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN LEVENSHULME
This one is perhaps the best coffee shop in Manchester, let alone, the best coffee shop in Stockport. That’s not to mention its reputation as the best bakery in Manchester too. It’s a real firm favourite for lots of people, and draws in the young and trendy crowd through its Instagrammable edible creations and its contemporary and Scandi aesthetic. You can really see the influences from international coffee culture here, so if that’s the kind of vibe you like, you should definitely pay a visit to Trove. Spend some time soaking up the cosy atmosphere while sipping on a perfectly poured flat white. Established in 2011, it’s a destination for innovative, seasonal brunch dishes alongside freshly baked sourdough, pastries, cakes, jams and chutneys, all made in house by their talented team. If you’re interested in the nutritional element of patisserie and breadmaking too, Trove has a real focus on organic baking and uses organic flour, wild yeast and seasonal ingredients for flavouring. Good news for loyal customers too – they even have a bread subscription service. If you can’t get enough of the vibe here, you should check out their other project, Erst, which has won high praise in the Manchester Evening News and The Times’.
1032-1034, Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3WX; trovefoods.co.uk; @trove_foods