As well as pristine beaches, stunning scenery and friendly locals, the region of Cornwall is also famous for its outstanding fresh produce and delicious food. From beach shacks serving the fresh catch of the day to independent coffee shops and everything in between, you’ll find plenty of great cafes for cheeky pit-stops during your visit. The ideal places for relaxing and recharging after a busy day surfing, exploring the beaches or hiking in the local area.
Cornwall cafes to enjoy a bite in
- Courtyard Deli
- The Duchy of Cornwall Plant Nursery
- Mount Zion
- Olive’s Café
- The Rock Pool Café
- Porthmeor Beach Café
- Kynance Cafe
Great for: Veggie, vegan and gluten-free options
Make sure you try: Their toasted homemade cinnamon brioche.
Courtyard Deli in Falmouth sells a fine array of delectable dishes from its cosy upstairs café where worldly flavours can be sampled in a friendly and bright setting. The downstairs deli offers a diverse selection of produce from different countries and cultures, both to have in and take away.
Muffins, scones and cakes are baked on the premises, and there are all your regular deli items such as cheeses and chutneys to accompany them. The deli produce covers a wide range of meats and salads, and pre-packed ingredients from around the globe, each carefully sourced for quality and originality.
The Duchy of Cornwall Plant Nursery
Great for: Veggies, vegans and lovers of baked goods.
Make sure you try: Afternoon tea with traditional Cornish splits.
The Duchy of Cornwall Plant Nursery in Lostwithiel is a high-quality plant emporium with an award-winning café and homeware shop. Sporting wonderful views across the Fowey valley to Restormel Castle, the Duchy Plant Nursery sells top shrubs and blooms, and the café serves food made using locally-sourced produce from 9am until 4.30pm daily.
Settle down in the café or terrace and browse the daily papers or gardening books with a decent sandwich, freshly baked bread or a proper Cornish cream tea. The calm and comfortable interior complement the experience and the warm welcome from the staff is the icing on the cake.
Location: St. Agnes
Great for: Coffee lovers.
Make sure you try: One of their smoothie bowls.
Meaning “health and happiness” in Japanese, Genki’s atmosphere, ambience and setting certainly help to nurture those benefits. This little beach café is close to the popular surf beach in St. Agnes. Providing nourishment throughout the day, you can enjoy a moment’s peace and good eats in their tiered Zen garden.
Breakfast ranges from Sunday bacon baps to slightly more healthy acai bowls and smoothies, lunch is a myriad of salads and sandwiches and themed summer evenings include tapas, sushi and fine cocktails. A chilled out beachside mini gem, Genki is a welcome stopping point on the way to the sea and a destination in its own right.
Great for: Great coffee and healthy lunches.
Make sure you try: The spicy bean and chorizo stew.
Small but well proportioned, this lovely family-run spot serves up plenty of tasty treats, with an extensive menu including falafels, fresh sandwiches, pastries and quiches to brighten up your lunchtime. On the grind is local Olfactory Coffee which hits the senses as soon as you walk through the door.
Get your hot brew fix and get friendly with the locals on one of the small tables. You can also take away a bag of roasted goodness and enjoy the beans at home. Grounded is a welcoming and cosy café, with lots to offer and a very good choice for pause when exploring the lovely city of Truro.
Great for: Music lovers and coffee addicts.
Make sure you try: One of their superb coffees, alongside a slice of homemade cake of course.
Is it a café or is it a record shop? Well, it’s a bit of both and more. Jam is an eclectic mix of vinyl, coffee art, books and muffins in a shop that could be the definition of “shabby chic”. Nestled in Falmouth Old Town, Jam is not like a music store you’d find in the city but the retro shambolic atmosphere is all part of its charm.
Music and good coffee pair up like the seaside and ice-cream. Jam serve them up in style with the latest and greatest vinyl backing soundtrack. A cool place to hang out and spend a few bob on keeping vinyl alive.
Location: St. Ives
Great for: Coffee, coffee, coffee!
Make sure you try: Their delicious espressos.
Forget snazzy cakes and eating etiquette, Mount Zion is all about coffee. Set just off the harbour of St. Ives, this old woodsman’s workshop has been transformed into a top-class coffee shop.
Their slogan states your drink isn’t rushed, which is totally plausible when you see how much effort goes into each coffee. Sit with one of Tunnock’s famous teacakes or a caramel wafer bar and watch the harbour in all its splendour with a perfect brew.
Location: St. Ives
Great for: Anyone with a sweet tooth.
Make sure you try: Their homemade cakes and Cornish cream teas.
Olive’s Café is the ideal hang-out for any cream tea and cake lover. So it’s no surprise that the small elevated room inside and a scattering of tables out front are generally filled by those with a sweet tooth. As you enter, the counter displays mouth-watering delicacies and the vibrant eye-catching exterior lures you in.
This area of St. Ives is a touch quieter than the rest and has plenty of galleries and studios to explore. Olives Café is well suited to get the energy levels back up before heading over towards the Island and the sandy Porthgwidden Beach.
The Rock Pool Café
Great for: Light lunches and tasty cakes.
Make sure you try: The caramel sea salt chocolate.
The Rock Pool Café looks out over the glittering ocean and is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch and an array of moreish cakes. On a fine day, we recommend you grab a bench outside and enjoy the heat of the sun and comforting sea breeze while satisfying your tastebuds.
Inside, you can browse through a selection of locally made ceramic goods from Welbeck Tiles. Combine your refreshments with a stroll down to the rock pool beneath the café and hunt for crustaceans and sea treasures while dipping your feet into the cool waters. After you’re done at the cafe, pay the pretty little fishing village of Mousehole a visit.
Porthmeor Beach Café
Location: St. Ives
Great for: Vegetarians and seafood lovers.
Make sure you try: The pea, blue cheese and jalapeno arancini.
Enjoy incredible ocean views and an array of contemporary tapas-style dishes at this lovely beach café, set right on Porthmeor Beach. The food and drinks menu here is extensive and bursting with creativity and flavour. All of the dishes are made using fresh, local and seasonal produce where possible, meaning you’ll get a true taste of Cornwall here.
What’s more, they claim to be the best sunset spot in the whole of the West and their outdoor terrace is dog-friendly. Meaning they are the perfect spot to head to for dinner and drinks after a day of exploring the local area with the pooch in tow.
Location: Kynance Cove
Great for: Vegetarians, seafood lovers and coffee addicts.
Make sure you try: The fresh crab sandwiches.
From its perch atop the cove, this gorgeous beach cafe enjoys some of the loveliest views in the whole of Cornwall. Run by Luke and Victoria Donovan since 1999, this welcoming spot is a popular haunt with the locals and tourists alike.
Tuck into delicious sandwiches, salads, burgers, pasties and much more. The menu here is extensive, the food delicious and the views breathtaking. So, if you’re in the Kynance Cove area make sure you pay Luke and Victoria a visit.