The days when coffee shops were merely a pit stop for your morning hit of caffeine-on-the-go have been left in the 90s, along with dial-up connections and mood rings. Now it’s all about carefully sourced single-origin beans, foam art and comfy sofas for lounging. Britain’s coffee culture is booming. Sure, we still love a cuppa, but tea just isn’t as cool as a foam-capped flat white, or a tall latte—unless of course is a loose-leaf Rooibos flown in from Southern Africa, or a skinny-mini green tea, both of which you can get here. With independent coffee shops popping up on every corner, there’s no longer any reason to head to Starbucks (who’s coffee I don’t rate). Baila has become a hub for fresh talent, both coffee- and music-related, and is a great place to swing by for your morning coffee fix.
Baila has a great community feel and caters for everyone, be they business men and women on their lunch break, teens taking time out from revision, lads and ladies catching up with friends or mums with their tots (there is a great play area upstairs and special ‘nibbles’ pots for kids available!) They keep things local, sourcing their coffee beans from Bristol’s Extract roasters, their loaf cakes from around the corner at The Café, and their panini from a cheery Italiano-turned-local. Their decadent truffle-like brownies are a force to be reckoned with, as are their pastries which may be the biggest I have ever seen! The zingy lemon drizzle loaf cake with bursts of lemon curd dotted throughout the sponge is one of my favourites.
Sundays at Baila are the place to be. Their ‘Sunday Sessions’ draw in the crowds, with musical talent invited to liven up your afternoon. Its like a coffee-lovers night club—there’s no need for booze and strobe lighting, the atmosphere is great. Head to the Baila website to find out who will be at their next event.
BAILA Coffee and Vinyl
85 Victoria Road,
T: +44 (0)7894 859051
Open Mon (9:00-17:30), Tues-Fri (8:00-17:30), Sat (9:00-17:30), Sun (10:00-16:30)