Favourite Coffee Spots in Canterbury


Like a lot of people, coffee is one of my biggest loves (and vices) in life. I pretty much love everything about coffee culture: sitting with my laptop in a coffee shop amongst other hard workers (and not caring whether people think it’s pretentious or not), how all coffee lovers are usually fast-paced and know their order to perfection. I love the smell of coffee, and the fact that there is an endless selection of it – from Frappuccino to Americano, from Mocha to Espresso, and all of the different and delicious roasts that come from all over the world.

Ironically, I’m drinking herbal tea whilst I’m writing this blog post, but that’s only because I’ve already had two coffees this morning and I’m trying to cut down by filling myself with tea.

One of my favourite cities to get coffee in (after London and Venice) is probably Canterbury. I associate Canterbury with sentimental memories of University and becoming more independent, so maybe that’s why I enjoy being here so much. There’s definitely no shortage of places to get coffee here, but I’m going to share with you my favourite three.

Water Lane


Admittedly I found this coffee shop after I left University, which I’m so gutted about, but I’m trying to make up for lost time! I had heard about this place before, as people on my course would talk about the evening events that they would host occasionally. It’s definitely a coffee shop popular with students.

It’s situated away from the bustle of the high street, and tucked down a lane on the edge of the river Stour. I love coming here and getting a window seat so I can gaze out of the window and admire the cute little river, and the occasional punting boat that goes by. It’s such a peaceful spot to come for a read or do some work. Alike to many places that sell really great quality coffee, the sizes are quite small – quality over quantity though (although sometimes I’m just in the mood for a huge bucket of coffee).

The first time I came here I sat by the window and browsed the huge and interesting books that they have stacked up on the tables; if I’d had sat down on the cosy looking sofas I would have stayed all day!

Recommendation: Soy Cappuccino


Willows Secret Kitchen


I found this coffee shop in my first year of University and it’s got to be one of my favourite ever places to get coffee. All of the best places are usually tucked away in a secluded area like this once (hence, ‘secret’ kitchen).

As far as I know there isn’t much (if any) vegan meals, but they definitely serve soya milk for coffees and I saw on their Facebook group that they offer vegan and gluten free friendly cakes. If you eat meat there are really good options for lunch and I heard that the toasties they sell are best in Canterbury – it’s also vegetarian friendly. Although Willows is one of the smallest coffee shops I have ever been in it doesn’t put me off at all as I have never struggled to find seating. There are a couple of nice seats at the window so you can gaze outside whilst drinking your coffee, and there are two tables in the middle. I usually visit quite early in the morning so I’d advise you to do the same; it’s a great coffee shop so I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets busy during lunch (I would assume it’s mainly people getting takeaway food and coffee though).

There is an array of magazines and books to browse so it’s no problem if you haven’t got any reading material with you. The staff and owners are super friendly, and it has a really welcoming, cosy vibe. This is the definition of a hidden gem!

Recommendation: Flat White (try it without sugar, don’t ruin it!)


Pret A Manger

Perhaps a boring choice for some, but I absolutely love Pret. I love how they care about the environment unlike a lot of other coffee chains, and I also love how they tend to give free coffees to regulars unexpectedly (who wouldn’t?!). I don’t just appreciate their policies; they also do the best coconut latte I have ever had – mmm. Their prices aren’t steep and I’ve never visited a Pret that had an atmosphere that I didn’t like. The burgundy tones and usual warm lighting always puts me in a nice calming mood.

The Pret in Canterbury is particularly cosy because of its wooden and rustic interior, it’s like a little Tudor house made into a coffee shop. I love getting a seat downstairs and watching people pass by in the high street.

Recommendation: Coconut Latte



P.S Here’s a post that features another coffee place in London that I recommend.

And here’s a post that features a cute coffee place in a beautiful garden centre.

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  • WhodoIdo
    Posted at 15:06h, 13 September Reply

    I went to the uni in Canterbury – love Canterbury! Might have to go back to try the coffee shop!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 16:20h, 13 September Reply

      Me too! It’s such a lovely city, you should definitely visit again.

  • EDUopinoins
    Posted at 09:23h, 12 September Reply

    In the list for our next trip. It looks great and cozy 🙂

    • Jenny
      Posted at 19:42h, 12 September Reply


  • Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life
    Posted at 14:22h, 11 September Reply

    I’m a sucker for a great coffeehouse! I just love the comforting and relaxing atmosphere.

  • silvia iorgu
    Posted at 14:05h, 08 September Reply

    Great recommendations! From one coffee lover to another, I always scope out the best coffee places before visiting a city hahah, so posts like this go on my Bookmark list

    • Jenny
      Posted at 14:45h, 08 September Reply

      Me too! I’m glad that you enjoyed 🙂

  • aneclecticlady
    Posted at 14:05h, 08 September Reply

    There’s nothing better than a pretty cup of coffee in a cup or mug that also tastes good! Thank you for sharing!

  • darlingceo
    Posted at 13:23h, 08 September Reply

    I love a good coffee shop! These look so comfy and cozy!

  • thatssodarling
    Posted at 02:12h, 08 September Reply

    Those coffees look pretty and delicious! Maybe someday I can make it out there to try them!


  • Sophia Dang
    Posted at 16:35h, 07 September Reply

    I think I was English in a past life. Love the coffee spots and dreary weather!

  • Sophia Dang
    Posted at 16:34h, 07 September Reply

    I think I was English in my past life. Love the coffee spots and dreary weather.

    • Jenny
      Posted at 16:41h, 07 September Reply

      Ahh I love those things too 🙂

  • jaycer123
    Posted at 16:33h, 07 September Reply

    I’ve only been to a Pret A Manger once, but it was a lovely experience

  • bella
    Posted at 16:21h, 07 September Reply

    Will be following your blog…this post is awesome!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 16:34h, 07 September Reply

      Thanks so much!

  • Justine
    Posted at 18:56h, 06 September Reply

    I love finding little coffee shops on my travels. Especially if they have books 🙂

  • Kaylie
    Posted at 18:29h, 06 September Reply

    Whenever I travel to the UK I always take a reusable coffee cup, I love how a lot of places there give you a discount. I love the lobster sandwiches in Pret!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 19:11h, 06 September Reply

      I love that too, but I’m so bad at remembering my reusable cup!

  • Helene Choo
    Posted at 13:01h, 06 September Reply

    I love Pret too! I miss it, because they don’t have it here in Spain where I live…But when I used to live in London, I used to have it all the time:) Their crayfish and avocado salad is the best…And their coffee is actually really good for a chain, like you said:) Also adore the smell of coffee…I think it’s a sign of adulthood, isn’t it haha!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 19:10h, 06 September Reply

      Oh noo! I’ve seen Pret pop up in several places abroad so maybe it’ll be there one day! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Tia
    Posted at 00:06h, 06 September Reply

    I love coffee and traveling. I so need to go to these places.

  • Gabbski
    Posted at 21:47h, 05 September Reply

    I’m planning a trip there over the weekend! Now I know where to pop for a nice cup of coffee! Thank you 🙂

    • Jenny
      Posted at 09:37h, 06 September Reply

      Yay that’s great, I hope you enjoy them!

  • Gem
    Posted at 20:08h, 05 September Reply

    What cute coffee shops! I love coffee culture too. I just wish I could drink more without the jitters!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 20:49h, 05 September Reply

      Oh my gosh, same!! I hate that feeling. It’s unreal that some people don’t get affected by caffeine.

  • DailyLifeTalk
    Posted at 17:45h, 05 September Reply

    I totally love these pictures, they are so convincing 🙂 Pret a manger would have been my place, I would support their cause of caring for environment. Great post, Jenny 🙂

    • Jenny
      Posted at 17:46h, 05 September Reply

      Aw I’m glad, thanks so much 🙂

  • Sierra Annastasia
    Posted at 17:00h, 05 September Reply

    Oh my goodness I was just telling someone else how obsessed with coffee I am lol! Since I don’t live (or have plans to visit) England, I’ll have to see if I can find your recommendations around where I’m from 🙂

  • beautyuk1234
    Posted at 15:59h, 05 September Reply

    omg, now I want coffee, them photos were amazing and they all sound like great places to go to

  • Archie McCarthy
    Posted at 15:47h, 05 September Reply

    Nice, I never knew the Water Lane one existed! Good find.

  • Renuka
    Posted at 15:46h, 05 September Reply

    Lovely article put together… will try those places myself.

  • miss444c
    Posted at 14:56h, 05 September Reply

    I love the photos – did you take them or are they stock photos? Really sets the mood of your post, well done!! I love coffee too – but now I make a coffee smoothie with collagen, green powder, etc – not exactly that same coffee feeling but trying to turn back the hands of time haha!! Nice post!!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 14:58h, 05 September Reply

      I took them myself. Thank you! <3 I've never thought of doing a coffee smoothie before, that sounds quite good actually 🙂

  • ifeelthereforeiamblog
    Posted at 14:32h, 05 September Reply

    Awesome post! Thank you! If I ever go to Canterbury, I’ll make sure to check out these cafes. Because I love them for just the same reasons as you do – the laptop workers, the smell of coffee… it’s magical. 🙂

    • Jenny
      Posted at 14:57h, 05 September Reply

      That’s great, thank you! Coffee is just amazing ahaha

  • Menaka Bharathi
    Posted at 14:17h, 05 September Reply

    very nice post, loved the spots you have mentioned

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