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My top coffee shops, tearooms and cafes in Sunderland

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Published: July 22, 2019

When it comes to food, there are so many different places to choose from in Sunderland to suit all tastes and occasions.

This blog will focus specifically on the abundance of coffee shops and cafes in the local area. I will list six unique examples you may want to try out one time:


Love Lily

Love Lily, a tearoom located on Roker Sea Front, is a great place to visit for cake, coffee, brunch, afternoon tea and pancakes. I love the interior décor of the tearoom – it’s cute and flowery. There are various pancakes and cake slices available to purchase - from red velvet to classic Victoria sponge.

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Fausto Coffee

Fausto Coffee can be found on Marine Walk, Roker. It’s distinctive blue, pink and white building is eye-catching and vibrant. With scenic views of Roker Pier and the North Sea, Fausto is the perfect location for a drink and bite to eat. If that’s not enough, Fausto also host a wide range of events throughout the year – from Spanish classes to summer socials.

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The Good Apple Café

The Good Apple Café is unique as all the food served is vegan and vegetarian. Located on Derwent Street (not far from Park Lane Interchange), this meat-free café sells not only coffee and cake, but wraps, breakfasts, salads, soup and bagels too.

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The Looking Glass

The Looking Glass is a unique, Alice in Wonderland themed bistro located on Athenaeum Street. From classic options such as scones and afternoon tea, to pasta and paninis, there’s plenty to choose from!

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Holmeside Coffee

Now located at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Holmeside Coffee sells a range of good quality food and a selection of drinks, including hot chocolate, coffee and tea. Several events and cultural activities take place at the coffee shop, including a book and writing group. Holmeside Coffee is spacious and in a great location, with the terrace area overlooking the lake in Mowbray Park.

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Serendipity Tea and Trinkets

This unique tearoom located on Frederick Street is unlike anywhere else in the city. Its endearing, vintage décor and array of food, drink and homemade cake options make this quirky tearoom a fab place to visit with friends and family. Who doesn’t love sipping tea from cute china teacups?


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As summer departs and autumn rolls in, it’s good to know that there’s lots of different places to visit for coffee and cake in Sunderland!

Topic: City

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