Best Coffee Shops In St Ives Cornwall

The Best Places To Go For Coffee In St Ives

My Favourite Coffee Shops In St Ives Cornwall

For those of you who know me, you know I’m a BIG real coffee drinker. My idea of heaven is a mug of strong coffee so big you could almost dive into it!

It is no surprise then that I have frequented many of the lovely coffee shops in St Ives. It is VERY note-worthy to mention that ALL of our coffee shops in St Ives are INDEPENDENT ones. We don’t (at the moment and please let it stay that way) have any chain coffee shops.

Just in case you are wondering, the nearest chain coffee shop is a small Costa coffee shop in the Tesco supermarket at Carbis Bay.

Hub St Ives

The Hub is a wonderful coffee shop (who also do great food and drink too). It is on Wharf Road, over looking the harbour and is in possibly the best position in town for a coffee shop!

The look of The Hub is a sort of trendy warehouse style. Lots of wood, metal and leather. They have both upstairs and downstairs seating with outdoor seating at the front and on their balcony. We love sitting on the balcony upstairs when the lifeboat is having a practice, you get a great view of the action!

The Hub is both baby/child and dog friendly. There is plenty of space for prams and they have high chairs and baby changing facilities.

Their coffee is supplied by Origin and The Hub have a superb coffee making machine and baristas really know how to make a good coffee.

The Hub St Ives opens every day at 9am until late.

Market Place Tea Rooms

Market Place Tea Rooms are a picture perfect place to go for a coffee. It is right on the corner of Fore St and Market Place, near to the church and lifeboat hill.

Inside the tea rooms it is quite cosy with an upstairs and downstairs. Their coffee is excellent and I challenge you not to have any of their delicious looking cakes.

Cafe Art

Cafe Art is slightly more tucked away at the front of The Drill Hall in Royal Square. It is quite a vintagey, eclectic mix of a cafe, with loads of art and colour everywhere. The furniture is all mis-matched, in that vintage sort of way (the sort of look I aspire to but can’t quite pull off!).

It is a fairly small cafe inside, but you can usually find a nice little space to have your coffee and relax. They do have a seating area outside which overlooks Royal Square and is a real suntrap (when it is actually sunny!).

They do fabulous coffee and cake and also lots of lunch things like sandwiches and paninis.

Cafe Art opens daily at 10am

Scoff Troff Cafe

Scoff Troff is at the top of Lifeboat Hill, near Jo Downs glass on Market Place. It is a pretty new cafe but is quickly getting an excellent reputation for great coffee and good food.

They do great coffee and cake – again I’ve not eaten a meal here but I’m told their pizza is amazing!

My kids know it has the cafe that does milkshakes in little bottles. They love it!


Olives Cafe St Ives

Olives Cafe is a really little gem of a place, tucked away on Island Square. It is pretty small inside, but, as they say, perfectly formed in every way.

Their coffee is most excellent and their scones are the largest (and very homemade) of any I have ever seen!

Olives is closed at very quiet times of the year, so you do need to check their website to make sure they are open.

Porthmeor Beach Cafe

I love having a coffee at Porthmeor Beach Cafe. The view is beyond gorgeous and the coffee is nice and strong. They don’t do the BIGGEST coffees (I would like them to be maybe double the size), but the combination of taste and setting still makes this a great place to have a coffee.

I love to sit outside on a sunny day on the terrace. If it is raining or cold, grab a heated pod built under the cliff road. It is SUCH a treat to sit there all warm looking out at the rainy sea.

Which are your favourite coffee shops in St Ives? I’m always on the look out for recommendations!

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