Tired from walking? Here are 5 top coffee stops in North Wales

North Wales isn’t just about glorious landscapes, stunning seafronts and sore feet after a long day’s walk, there are plenty of quiet cafe’s and coffee bars to keep your energy up throughout the day. From cosy seafront coffee shops to quaint tea rooms, here are five local (non-chain) coffee shops to try when you are in North Wales.

1. Rhyl’s Harbour Hub Café
Ideally located right on Foryd Harbour along a beautiful stretch of coastline, the Harbour Hub offers fantastic coffee, croissants and other sweet treats. Perfect for a late afternoon’s stop after a walk along the coastal paths, this is a great spot to soak up the seaside surroundings and relax with a warming cup of coffee (or tea). For those looking to explore this area, you can rent bicycles from the adjacent Hwb Beiciau (Bike Hub). Remember to try their famous Welsh Rarebit before moving on in Denbighshire.

2. Llanberis’ Pen-y-Ceunant Isaf Tea House
Perfect for a post-Snowdon dessert (the tea house is affectionately referred to as the Snowdon cafe), Pen-y-Ceunant Isaf Tea House is one of the highest rated coffee shops in the Gwynedd region and one of the best spots in Llanberis for dessert. With a charming cottage setup and a roaring fire, there’s no place better to warm yourself up after a day’s hiking in the mountains. The coffee goes down particularly well with the delicious homemade tea cakes and Bara Brith (speckled bread).

3. Conwy’s Bodnant Welsh Food
This beautiful Victorian-era converted stable houses a plenitude of fine Welsh food and drink. The coffee itself is freshly ground locally and served in a gorgeous coffee bar with a comforting courtyard. However, the most stunning draw is the surrounding natural setting, right in the heart of Conwy Valley and beside the spectacular River Conwy. It makes an ideal stop for ramblers in the area or a lunching destination in its own right. A well-stocked farm shop next door provides visitors with fresh locally sourced Welsh produce.

4. Wrexham’s Vasco de Gama
Who says that everything must be Welsh in Wales? Vasco da Gama is a flashy Portuguese themed restaurant and coffee bar, named after one of the country’s most famous explorers. Although the restaurant serves a number of Portuguese food staples, the main draw for us is the fantastic coffee and cake, perfect for those wandering around the town centre and in need of some refreshment. True, the décor can be a little garish, but the coffee is well worth the visit alone.

5. Beaumaris’ Happy Valley Pavilion
If you find yourself on the Anglesey island, pop into the Happy Valley Pavilion for a range of stunning homemade cakes and freshly ground coffee. The cafe is located nearby Beaumaris Castle and next to a cute bowling green just moments from the seaside. The town itself is well worth a visit, with a mix of medieval and nineteenth-century architecture, picturesque cottage-lined streets and, of course, fantastic coffee.