Great spots in Leicester for a coffee break

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Written by Catalina Constantin (2022 DMU Alumni)

Leicester is one of the best places in the UK to explore as a student. The vibrant Cultural Quarter, the Highcross Shopping Complex, and several theatres, museums, and entertainment venues are all nearby, as is the National Forest. One of the best things about this multicultural city is the wide range of independent coffee shops.

You can explore all of the city’s great attractions and wonderful streets at any time, but there is an essential element in a student’s life that you might need more frequently than simply in your spare time. Whether it’s used to keep you awake while studying or as an occasion to socialise with friends, there will come a time when a cup of coffee or a little treat will be absolutely necessary.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best spots in Leicester to grab a coffee because it took me so long to figure out where to go. Now is the time to go out and treat yourself!

Whether you’re looking to study or grab a coffee, 6 Degrees Coffee House, located on London Road, is a small independent shop worth visiting.

If you’re living in our halls of residence and houses around the DMU campus or city centre you will find New Walk a great spot to enjoy a coffee. It is so picturesque and has everything from stunning green spaces to the famous Leicester Museum and Art Gallery.

Along with all of the lovely buildings and terraced houses, there are a few coffee shops worth visiting while at DMU, including Bread and Honey, Esquires, and the Kings Coffee House.

I won’t go into too much detail about Leicester city centre right now, but I hope you’ve already visited Saints of Mokha, St Martin’s Coffee Shop, 200 Degrees Coffee Shop, and the Bru Coffee and Gelato.

The University of Leicester campus is lucky to have The Tiny Bakery and Fingerprints Delicafe right around the corner. And so are we, given the range of our student properties around the area. Don’t forget to check out the coffee shop Northern Cobbler as well!

Although I have listed a few places where fellow coffee enthusiasts can enjoy a drink, if you have a sweet tooth like me, you will find a variety of food as well as pastries and desserts in most of these places.

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