I never really liked coffee until I forced myself to drink it to keep my eyes open during lectures at university... I like Starbucks and Costa, but usually, it’s something I grab at a service station or on my way home from London but whilst I'm at home or visiting a new city, I’d much rather spend my money and time on independent cafes. Milton Keynes is not short of Costas and Starbucks, in fact there’s loads. If you’re still a slave to the chains but still love your coffee fix, here are five places you need to try in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.
Out of Office Coffee House
Out of Office opened early last year on Stony Stratford high street, with another location following later on in Newport Pagnell. The cafe in Stony Stratford is actually where Dan and I had our first date, so it does hold a special place in my heart! They sell speciality coffee which is great and they always have a great range of cakes and sandwiches on offer. My favourite is the red velvet slice from Minkie Moo bakery! The interior is really quirky and in the Stony cafe, there is even an old well. They have free Wifi so you can easily make this your office set up for day.
45b High St, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1AA
41 High St, Newport Pagnell MK16 9HN
Bogota Coffee Company
Bogota has been in The Hub for some time, and it’s actually a little bit of a strange location for an independent coffee shop as it’s surrounded by chains. Despite this, Bogota has thrived and is a favourite for most people in Milton Keynes. Bogota is one of Dan’s favourite spots! I like it because it’s right next to Sweat Studios and I can grab a nice herbal tea afterwards, but their coffee is also off the scale. It’s pretty cosy inside but they have plenty of outdoor seating too.
4 Rillaton Walk (The Hub, off Avebury Boulevard), Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2FZ
Fourth & Fifth
Fourth & Fifth opened late last year and is a nod to the trendy brunch spots in New York city. Owned by the same people as Bogota, you would expect the coffee to be amazing - and it certainly is. The black and yellow interior and sunflowers make this a very Instagram friendly spot with great coffee to boot. It’s also a good spot to grab brunch or lunch if you work nearby.
Witan Studios, 280 Witan Gate West, Milton Keynes MK9 1EJ
Gyre & Gimble
Okay, so not technically Milton Keynes, but still an MK postcode… If you fancy heading further afield, Gyre & Gimble in Buckingham is an absolutely adorable little spot. Tucked away from the high street you’ll find a very rustic interior with books adorning the staircase. They also have an amazing range of chocolate flavours - I remember the look on Dan’s face when they reeled off all the flavours and intensities they could offer for his hot chocolate! They also offer cakes and sandwiches. This is about ten minutes away from where I work but if you’re visiting Buckingham or anywhere nearby it’s a lovely stop to watch the world go by.
9 Cornwall Place, Buckingham MK18 1SB
If you like coffee AND cake, I highly recommend making a trip to the cupcake bar. Although not technically in Milton Keynes, it's close enough and has an MK postcode! The interior is fresh, modern and very Instagrammable, and the cake menu changes up every day. Pictured above is a peanut butter and jam cupcake, but expect to find flavours like Eton mess, banoffee pie and jammy dodger too! This is well worth a visit for the cupcakes alone. The owner, Lauren, also makes beautiful cakes which you can see more of on their Facebook page.
9 Church Street, Ampthill, MK45 2PL
So there we have it, my favourite independent coffee spots in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.