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Top 5 places to re-caffeinate in Exeter

Term has started, it’s time to brave the 8:30s, organise your deadlines, and start tackling those weekly readings. Fortunately, there’s one marvellous creation out there to help you ace the year- coffee! There are tons of great places to pause and re-caffeinate in Exeter, both on and off campus, here are my top five, ranked. 

5th Place: The Exploding Bakery, Queens Street Exeter

The Exploding Bakery is probably my favourite café in Exeter; I’m gluten intolerant and finding a place that can produce great coffee and cater for that isn’t always easy, but The Exploding Bakery manages it! They have a delicious range of gluten-free and vegan cakes and snacks available, all of which can be paired with their rich and tasty coffee. Plus it’s reasonably priced and not too far from campus. 

Coffee Taste: 4 Stars 

Location: 3 Stars 

Price: 3 Stars 

Atmostphere: 4 Stars 

 

4th Place: Pret a Manger, University Forum/Exeter High Street

If you’re exhausted on campus and in need of a caffeine high, head to the Forum with your reusable cup and a 50p coin. Pret offers filter coffee for 99p, and a 50p discount for anyone with a reusable cup, meaning you can get a filter coffee for 49p! It’s a cheap and convenient way to re-caffeinate if you’ve got a long day on campus. 

Coffee Taste: 3 Stars 

Location: 4 Stars 

Price: 5 Stars! 

Atmosphere: 2 Stars 

 

3rd Place: Camper Coffee, Amory/Queens Building

Camper Coffee is delicious! I’ve met a lot of people who claim it’s the best coffee on campus. Located conveniently in the Amory and Queens buildings, you can grab a drink before heading into your lectures. It’s not the cheapest on campus, but it is cheaper than chains like Costa. Don’t forget to pick up a stamp card to get your 9th coffee free! 

Coffee Taste: 5 Stars! 

Location: 5 Stars! 

Price: 3 Stars 

Atmosphere: 3 Stars 

 

2nd Place: Waterstones Café, Exeter High Street

The Waterstones Café is something of a student hot-spot in Exeter, particularly in deadline season. It’s a great place to go to sit and work on your essays and coursework, surrounded by coffee and books! The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is amazing, and the coffee tastes great. If you buy the Waterstones fiction or non-fiction book of the month you can use your receipt to claim a free coffee too! 

Coffee Taste: 4 Stars 

Location: 5 Stars! 

Price: 4 Stars 

Atmosphere: 5 Stars! 

 

1st Place: Comida, DH1 Students Guild

Comida is my favourite place to re-caffeinate in Exeter; located conveniently in the middle of campus, it’s a great pit stop on your way to your next lecture, seminar, tutorial, or lab. Best of all it’s really great value for money! Barista drinks start from £1.80, or £1.55 with a reusable cup, and all alternative milks (including nut and pea milks!) are free. What’s more all profits from Comida fund the Students Guild at Exeter, so you’re helping the student community too! 

Coffee Taste: 5 Stars! 

Location: 5 Stars! 

Price: 5 Stars! 

Atmosphere: 4 Stars 

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