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7 of the cosiest coffee shops in Darlington

Artisan coffee, bespoke afternoon tea or sweet treats only – there’s a Darlington café for every occasion.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 07.10.2023
7 of the cosiest coffee shops in Darlington

HATCH LUNCHEONETTE

32 Blackwellgate, Darlington DL1 5HG

If you’re serious about your coffee, then Hatch Luncheonette should definitely be top of your list of coffee shops in Darlington to visit.

Serving ethically sourced, locally roasted Rountons coffee from a SanRemo Café Race, you can taste the quality in every cup.

And, if you’re feeling peckish at any point, their menu of good, honest and, most importantly, healthy food is a winner.

Wednesday – Thursday: 9am – 4pm

Friday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm

Sunday: 10am – 4pm

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7 of the cosiest coffee shops in Darlington

MRS PALMER’S PANTRY

3–5 Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL3 5QA

While many hospitality outfits serve afternoon tea now, it’s surprisingly rare how few get out their best china, rustle up traditional, homemade fare and put on a proper English spread.

Well, Mrs Palmer’s Pantry is one of them.

Every item of food you see in this Darlington café is homemade, with every sandwich made fresh to order. Because of this, gluten-free and vegetarian options are, quite literally, a piece of cake.

Thursday – Saturday: 10.30am – 4pm  

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SUNFLOWER CAFÉ

11 Buckton’s Yard, Darlington DL3 7QL

You won’t be able to suppress a smile when you visit this cosy Darlington café – and not just because of how tasty their homemade pies, quiches, soups and cake are.

The family-run Sunflower Café more than lives up to its name, offering a warm and welcoming retreat in which to while away a morning with a sunny disposition.

On a dry day, take your cuppa outside onto their small terrace and sip in front of their bright and beautiful sunflower mural. It’s sure to brighten up your day.

Monday – Friday: 9am – 3pm

Saturday: 9am – 4pm

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7 of the cosiest coffee shops in Darlington

THE BUMBLE CRUMBLE

4 West Row, Darlington DL1 5PL

The Bumble Crumble specialise almost entirely (as you may have guessed) in that quintessentially English dessert: crumble.

Choose from a delightful array of creative combos – think strawberry shortcake, Biscoff and apple, Oreo crumble, Milkybar cookie dough or (our personal favourite) the Peachy Blinder – and top with either custard or ice cream.

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 4.30pm

Friday: 10am – 5.30pm

Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm

Sunday: 10am – 3.30pm

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ECHO 3 COFFEE HOUSE & ROASTERY

11 Clark’s Yard, Darlington DL3 7QH

This quirky, foliage-filled bolthole is the coffee connoisseur’s dream hideaway.

The freshly roasted, speciality coffee you’ll find in this Darlington café is matched only by the superiority of their home-baked sweet treats, which count autumnal classics like pumpkin pie and ginger and fruit tarts among their number at the minute, as well as evergreen favourites like crème egg Scotch egg brownies.

Better still, it’s dog friendly.

Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 3pm

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THE HIPPO LOUNGE

Darlington DL1 1RR

The Hippo Lounge sits right at the heart of the restored Darlington Hippodrome and is ideally placed for a pre-show bite.

Among the more contemporary coffee shops in Darlington, The Hippo Lounge provides a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere throughout the day, with free wi-fi making it an equally great fit for out-of-office working.

And with freshly made steak pies, sausage rolls (including vegan options) and mini quiches from Bank Top Bakery, and Harry’s Handcrafted Donuts providing the sweet treats, you’ll find plenty of tasty fuel for work or play.

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm

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ORIGINS COFFEE LOUNGE

29 Grange Road, Darlington DL1 5NB

This stylish Darlington café along Grange Road is something of a hidden gem, perfecting for catching up with friends over a cuppa and a slice of something nice.

But while the décor is contemporary, the food on offer here is as traditional and homely as it comes. Homemade cakes, biscuits and sweet treats dominate the countertop; because we all know that a brew just doesn’t taste quite right without a little snack.

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm

Sunday: 11am – 3.30pm

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