If there’s one thing about students, it’s that we love our coffee. Sometimes, caffeine is the only thing that’s getting you through that 2500 word essay or the never-ending seminar prep. That’s why knowing where the best coffee shops in Nottingham are is critical for every student! So, no matter if you’re looking for a new study spot or somewhere to get your morning fix, our list of Nottingham’s best coffee shops has you covered. 

1. 200 Degrees

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200 Degrees is an iconic Nottingham coffee shop, with multiple sites across the city centre. Their USP is that they roast their coffee beans at 200 degrees, a lower temperature than normal, which provides a smoother, deeper taste. It has three locations in Nottingham city centre (Flying Horse Walk, Milton Street and Carrington Street, so it’s easy to try them out. The store on Flying Horse Walk also has a barista school, for you future budding baristas out there. It can get quite busy depending on when you go, but the atmosphere is still pretty chill and can make for a great place to study when there’s space.

Address: Multiple locations 

2. Effy


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Effy is a “pretty in pink” coffee shop in Nottingham, which, as you can assume, means that everything is pink. Speciality coffee made of beans from Origin Coffee Roasters in Cornwall is served along with snacks from some of the best independent food businesses in Nottingham – including pastries from Tough Mary’s Bakehouse on Derby Road and brownies from Beeston Brownie Company. It’s open from 8:30-5pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 9:30-4:30 on Saturdays, so it could be the perfect spot for a midweek study session.  

Address: 15 Hounds Gate, NG1 7AA

3. Hockley Kitchen

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Hockley Kitchen prides itself on being the local neighbourhood cafe and coffee shop for Hockley, one of the trendier neighbourhoods of Nottingham. It has its own unique brand of coffee, with beans from Outpost Coffee Roasters. They have a wide range of things on the menu, with all day breakfasts, toasties and sandwiches, jacket potatoes and cakes. There are plenty of alternative options no matter your dietary requirements too! 

Address: 21 Carlton Street, NG1 1NL

4. Blend

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Blend is an artisan coffee shop located in Sneinton Market, just outside Nottingham city centre. It’s well worth the trip, as their coffee is super fresh and some of the best Nottingham has to offer. They get their coffee beans from Stewarts of Trent Bridge Roasters, literally next door, so I don’t think it’s possible to get fresher coffee than that. There are specific laptop-friendly times, so if you want to study make sure you go at the right time. Alternatively, just sit back, relax and enjoy a warm coffee to refuel!

Address: Unit 30, Sneinton Market, NG1 1DW

5. Cartwheel Cafe and Roastery


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Enjoy sustainable coffee at this local shop in Nottingham. Cartwheel get their coffee from individual farmers, making sure to guarantee flavour and quality. As well as coffee, you can enjoy one of their delicious baked goods for that treat every student needs mid term. You can also try one of their workshops to learn the art of homebrewery and bring the best coffee in Nottingham right to your dorm.

Address: 16 Low Pavement, Nottingham NG1 7DL

These are some of the best coffee shops in Nottingham, helping you source great coffee no matter where you’re located. While not an extensive list, these coffee shops are a welcome change to wider chains, serving freshly-brewed, flavoursome coffee you can really taste. 

If you’re a Uni Of student and can’t be bothered to go all the way into the city centre for your coffee fix (I don’t blame you, it’s effort), check out this list of the best coffee near Nottingham university. 

Nottingham is also home to plenty of dog friendly cafes too, so you don’t miss out.

Last Updated on March 21, 2024