Make your Christmas shopping more bearable by stopping off at one of Southampton’s many cafes and coffee shops for a refuel. We’ve compiled a list of some of what Southampton has to offer in the shape of quick tasty meals, festive beverages and sweet treats.
Muse is becoming a well known independent coffee stop in Southampton. Starting up in Portswood, Muse now have a second coffee shop at the end of London Road, it’s painted in their trademark pale pink, so you won’t miss it! You can grab a specialty coffee such as a biscoff latte, or a rose hot chocolate. There’s plenty of quick bites available whether you’re a sweet or savoury person. There’s waffles, pancakes and loaded croissants to choose from, along with a range of bagels and toasties.
Nestled in Bedford Place, Retro Cafe is a nice cosy spot to stop off and refuel away from the hustle bustle of the city centre. Retro Cafe has plenty of comfortable chairs to sink into, and quick hot or cold meals.
A more recent addition to Bedford Place, Happy
Bean has a selection of quick bites to choose from, including pastries and
homemade sandwiches, as well as baked goods. We love the raspberry brownies!
Happy Bean is proud to serve a variety of vegetarian and vegan snacks, and
boasts ample seating indoors. If you want to do your bit for the planet, Happy
Bean prides itself on being as environmentally friendly as possible, with no
single use plastics, using local goods and recyclable or compostable packaging.
Head to Southampton’s award winning pizzeria for a handmade pizza. You can warm up with a drink and Popsi’s Churro Nuggets to top up and refuel. You can also build your own pizza, so it’s just how you like it!
If you fancy a quick bite of something different while you’re out and about, head to Southampton’s very own Mexigo! As the name might suggest, Mexigo offers a variety of quick Mexican food, from bowls and burritos to nachos and tapas. For just £1 more you can add tortilla chips, dip and a can of your choice. You can take a seat and enjoy your meal, in the happy vibrant atmosphere located on London Road.
There’s a whole host of Christmas treats you can chose at Coffee #1. There’s a pigs in blankets wrap and a turkey, bacon and cheddar panini, or if you fancy something sweet, there’s the Christmas fruit loaf or Irish cream roulade. Coffee #1 has plenty of comfy chairs and there’s even books to read if you get comfortable in that cosy atmosphere. The Southampton branch is conveniently located on Above Bar Street, so you can get back to the shops as soon as you’ve refuelled.
Speaking of books and coffee, Waterstones Cafe
is another cosy retreat in the city centre. Pick up the latest bestsellers for
all ages, take a look at the gifts and games, then pop downstairs to warm up
with a coffee and cake. We recommend the Honeycomb Tiffin with a Gingerbread
Conveniently located in West Quay South, Five
Guys is a great stop for a quick, hot meal. Five Guys have a menu full of
generously sized meals, so you can fill up ready for a second wind on your
Christmas shopping spree. Grab a burger and some cajun fries, then head back next
door into West Quay.
This Vegan cafe is located in the Hanover Buildings, just down from Above Bar Street, so you can nip out of the centre and then back at ease. The cafe has two floors with plenty of seats for a quick pit stop. You can have a hot or cold meal, and enjoy an After Eight Hot Chocolate, perhaps with a Toffee Apple Cupcake too? There’s an array of sweet or savoury treats to choose from.
After browsing through Robin’s Nest’s array of vintage and independent treasures, why not pop upstairs for a drink and a bite to eat? There’s a breakfast and brunch menu, as well as festive coffees of course! It wouldn’t be a proper cafe without cake, so don’t forget to head to the counter to see what locally sourced goodies you can treat yourself to aswell.
For some people, ice cream is for all seasons, and they won’t be put off by the weather! Enjoy more flavours of ice cream than you could ever imagine, on their own, with a waffle or crepe at Sprinkles Below Bar.
If you’re looking for a festive pit stop, Costa is just the place! There’s the Quality Street Purple One, Terry’s Chocolate Orange and After Eight flavours, and there’s also a Christmas coffee roast blend this year. To accompany your specialty hot drink, you could have a Reindeer cake or Clementine and Cranberry loaf cake.
This little cafe will transport you from the cold English winter and away to the hot summers of Italy. There’s a wood fired pizza oven and pasta options, as well as a wider choice of items from elsewhere, such as a traditional English breakfast and paninis.
In our city there’s no rush and plenty of places to find those perfect gifts this Christmas. Why not stay for a bite to eat or grab a quick break during your shopping. Stick around, there’s a lot to explore!