Exmouth boasts a thriving cafe culture that caters to both locals and tourists. With its stunning sea views, vibrant atmosphere, and a strong sense of community, there’s a cafe for everyone, each offering a unique blend of flavours, ambience, and charm. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite cafes in the town which offer a unique blend of flavours, hospitality, and character, making them essential stops for anyone visiting this charming coastal town.
A hidden gem in Exmouth, Sea Dog Art is not just a cafe but a creative hub. This unique establishment combines artisan coffee with a gallery of awe-inspiring art. It’s the perfect place for coffee connoisseurs and art enthusiasts to come together in a cosy, eclectic setting.
As you step inside, you’re greeted by the distinctive aroma of freshly brewed coffee, setting the stage for a delightful experience. The walls are adorned with an ever-changing collection of artwork created by local artists. It’s a space where creativity flows as freely as the coffee, and the atmosphere is one of relaxed inspiration. Visitors can not only savour carefully crafted brews but also admire and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces of art, making Sea Dog Art a must-visit for those who appreciate both the visual and gustatory arts.
Nestled in the heart of the picturesque village of Otterton, just outside of Exmouth, Otterton Mill is a charming and historic destination that offers a unique blend of heritage, artisanal craftsmanship, and culinary delights.
Set on the banks of the River Otter, this working watermill has been grinding flour for over a thousand years. Visitors can witness the milling process and even purchase freshly milled flour to take home. Beyond its milling heritage, Otterton Mill houses a delightful cafe and restaurant serving locally sourced and expertly prepared dishes. The mill’s artisan bakery produces a mouth-watering array of bread and pastries, while the craft shop showcases the work of local artists and artisans.
Exmouth Pavilion, a beloved cultural landmark, graces our coastal town with its impressive presence. This versatile venue hosts a diverse array of events, from concerts and theater productions to conferences and community gatherings. With its stunning seafront location, the Pavilion offers breathtaking views of the Exe Estuary, making it a unique and picturesque setting for any occasion.
The cafe at Exmouth Pavilion offers a delightful fusion of stunning coastal views and culinary delights. Nestled right by the beach, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing meal or a quick bite while soaking in the refreshing sea breeze. The cafe’s menu features a diverse range of options, from freshly brewed coffee to delectable pastries, light lunches, and hearty snacks. It’s not just a place to savor great food, but also a space where you can unwind and appreciate the picturesque surroundings. It has great access and plenty of parking too!
Located in the Strand, Sundowners provides an idyllic setting for those looking to relax in the town. This family-run cafe offers a fantastic menu with a focus on local produce, serving up delicious breakfasts, hearty lunches, and scrumptious cakes. They also have a great number of vegan and gluten free options so they cater for all!
Hang Time Cafe
A local favourite, Hang Time Cafe is a haven for surfers, skaters, and anyone looking for a laid-back atmosphere. This cafe is known for its superb coffee, filling breakfasts, and homemade cakes. The vibrant decor and welcoming staff create a comfortable space for all to enjoy.
Bayleaf Cafe & Bar
Bayleaf Cafe & Bar is a delightful venue that’s perfect for a quick breakfast but also serves an epic bottomless brunch for those who like to wine and dine! It’s a versatile option for those seeking great food and drinks, complemented by a chic ambiance.
Overlooking the bust Strand in the heart of the town, Franklins takes pride in its gourmet offerings, from artisan sandwiches to carefully crafted dishes. With a welcoming atmosphere and a varied menu, Franklins is a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts. Open from morning until late, It’s also a great stop to catch some live music in the evening!
Cabin Coffee House
Situated near the train station, the Cabin Coffee House offers a cosy and creative setting with an abundance of house plants and plenty of inspiring wall art. It’s a great spot to enjoy a cup of expertly crafted coffee and their pastries are exquisite!
Postcards Cafe, an independent, dog-friendly establishment, made its debut in February 2022. With a menu and decor that pay homage to their deep affection for Devon and a passion for globetrotting, this charming cafe can be found on The Strand. Their offerings encompass an array of delectable sweet and vegetarian savoury delights, many of which draw inspiration from their culinary experiences around the world.
Bumble & Bee
Bumble & Bee is a charming tea room with a focus on homemade cakes and cream teas. It’s the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth while sipping on a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. The inviting decor adds a warm and welcoming touch. Using only organic, locally sourced, and seasonal produce, all their dishes are handmade in their kitchen by their talented chefs and bakers.
Cafe Patisserie Glacerie
At Café Patisserie Glacerie, you’ll discover a delightful selection of fresh coffee, invigorating juices, piping hot pasties and pies, as well as a delectable array of homemade pastries and authentic Italian gelato crafted right on-site. Renowned chefs Michael Caines and Sylvain Peltier have personally crafted a menu that’s not only fresh and bursting with flavours but also deeply rooted in the use of local, seasonal ingredients, enhanced by the refreshing sea breeze.
Arc Kitchen & Coffee House
Arc Kitchen & Coffee House is a haven for foodies. With a menu that’s both innovative and diverse, this cafe offers a contemporary take on classic dishes. The modern decor and relaxing atmosphere make it a great choice for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack!
River Exe Cafe
Uniquely situated on a floating barge in the middle of the Exe Estuary, River Exe Cafe offers a truly unique dining experience. While not your traditional cafe, the stunning views and delicious seafood make it a must-visit for those seeking something out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, as they’re situated on the estuary they’re only open seasonally from April – September, but it’s the perfect spot to be in those warmer months.
Parallel 50 takes its coffee seriously and offers a range of brews to cater to every palate. It’s a favourite among coffee aficionados who appreciate the art of a good cup of joe. They offer feel good food such as Buddha bowls, salads, baguettes, jacket potatoes, and cakes; all created using locally-sourced produce.
Deli on The Strand
Deli on the Strand stands as the town’s sole delicatessen, offering a unique and quality experience. This establishment combines the charm of a café with the treasure trove of a delicatessen, specializing in a diverse array of handpicked, high-quality products sourced from local and regional producers. Their commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness is evident in their selection of items not commonly found in supermarkets, promoting a sense of responsibility towards the environment and the community. Deli on the Strand is a destination that prides itself on its dedication to delivering exceptional, distinctive offerings in the heart of Exmouth.
Palm is a revamped 19th-century cafe in Exmouth, now offering top-tier food and drinks in a contemporary yet classical setting. From premium libations to artisanal coffee, Palm is the perfect spot to enjoy the day or a vibrant night out on The Strand.
The Exmouth Cup
Exmouth Town Council, in collaboration with Sideshore, has introduced a reusable cup program for the town. A total of 10,000 of these cups have been acquired and will be distributed to local cafes. These cafes, in turn, will encourage their patrons to borrow the cups for free and return them to any participating cafe after use.
Cafes, restaurants and takeaways in Exmouth who are part of the Exmouth Cup Scheme are:
- Parallel 50
- Sea Dog Art
- Deli on the Strand
- Postcards Cafe
- Cabin Coffee House
- Darcey’s Coffee
- EX8 1AR; Deli Store at St Andrews Road
- Harbour View Cafe and Chip Shop
- Hangtime Cafe
- WineHub Devon
- Mickeys Beach Club
Find out more about The Exmouth Cup in our blog post here.
Exmouth’s cafe scene is a treasure trove of culinary delights and picturesque settings. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely breakfast, artisanal coffee, a sweet treat, or a gourmet meal, there’s a cafe in Exmouth to suit your preferences. So, take your time, sip, savour, and socialize while exploring Exmouth’s top cafes.
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