Cafes and coffee shops in Sunderland and how wonderful they are
Sunderland has taken café and coffee shop culture to its heart with some of the best cafes and coffee shops anywhere in the North East. Many of them also offer a lot more than just coffee and good food.
One of the best coffee shops and one that provides so much more than just coffee is Holmeside Coffee in the heart of the city and just a few minutes’ walk from both the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and the nearest Metro. Holmeside Coffee is part of the Independent music venue and is run by local band Lilliput. In keeping with these cultured lads their coffee shop not only provides great coffee it is also home to Holmeside Writers, Lamplight Film Club, Holmeside Book Club, many independent music events and the recently established monthly SOLO Arts Project.
Another great coffee shop which also offers so much more is the award winning Pop Recs Ltd run by local band Frankie & The Heartstrings. Pop Recs Ltd is also situated in the city centre and just a few minutes’ walk from both the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and the nearest Metro. As well as being one of the best cups of coffee in the city Pop Recs Ltd is an independent record shop full of great vinyl, an art gallery which is full of some of the best photography in the North East a clothes shop and a music venue that puts on free gigs. As a music venue it has hosted some of the most exciting gigs in the North East including big names such as Badly Drawn Boy, Maximo Park and Edwyn Collins.
While not being the only café to serve vegetarian cuisine the Good Apple Cafe is the first strictly vegetarian and vegan café in Sunderland and one of the best independent cafés in the North East. Their vegan and vegetarian breakfasts, sandwiches, wraps and salads, the daily special and their range of coffees and teas are some of the best you’ll find in the North East. This cosy and very friendly cafe is about a minutes’ walk from Park Lane Metro and The Bridges shopping centre.