The general perception of Milton Keynes is that it is highly saturated with chain restaurants. My Milton Keynes Food Guide is here to dispel that myth! In this first guide, I’m sharing the best coffee shops in Milton Keynes – and they are all independent! It annoys me when I see gorgeous little high streets with a Starbucks or Costa full of people – they just don’t know what they are missing! Not only is the coffee better at independent cafes, but the money goes straight into the pockets of passionate people who contribute to the community. And this is why I have started the MK Food Guide.
It will only feature independent restaurants, eateries and vendors. I love spending an afternoon in a coffee shop and watching the world go by so here are the best independent coffee shops in Milton Keynes.
MK Food Guide: Best Coffee Shops in Milton Keynes
- Bar Bar Black Sheep, Wolverton
- Bogota Coffee Company, The Hub
- Green Elephant Café
- MK Gallery Cafe, Central Milton Keynes
- Out of Office, Stony Stratford; Olney; Newport Pagnell
Bar Bar Black Sheep, Wolverton
As far as trendy coffee shops go, Bar Bar Black Sheep is certainly very trendy. It’s a cosy, comfy spot that I can’t believe I hadn’t visited before! The coffee is good and they serve a hearty selection of cakes and treats.
Bar Bar is more than a coffee shop; it’s a social enterprise backed by The Black Sheep Collective bringing creativity and the arts to the community.
Find it: 16 The Square, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5DG
Bogota Coffee Company, The Hub
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.
Bogota is hands down THE best coffee in MK. You won’t meet a smoother taste!
Find it: 4 Rillaton Walk (The Hub, off Avebury Boulevard), Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2FZ
Green Elephant Café
Green Elephant Café can be found in the MK Community Foundation building in central Milton Keynes, Acorn House. Boasting a brilliant menu that caters for vegan and gluten-free, Green Elephant also uses local suppliers and is big on sustainability. The coffee is sourced from world-renowned Square Mile Coffee roasters in London and it’s great. Their bread comes from Geoff’s Artisan Bread and Incredible Bakery, meat from Woburn Country Foods and ice cream from Willen Ice Cream Co. It’s a great spot for brunch, lunch or coffee and it’s within good reach of the surrounding offices in CMK.
Oh and you MUST try the banana bread – it’s incredible!
Find it: Acorn House, 381 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP
MK Gallery Cafe
MK Gallery brings a lovely independent cafe to the city centre. Bright, bold and unapologetically MK, the interior makes this a welcoming place to be and the coffee isn’t half bad either. The cakes are also worth writing home about – try the carrot cake or lemon drizzle cake, you will not be disappointed. It’s also a great place for the ‘gram – make sure you check it out in my Instagram guide to MK.
Find it: 900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3QA
Out of Office, Stony Stratford, Olney & Newport Pagnell
Out of Office has a special place in my heart because it’s where Dan and I had our first date! The original shop opened in Stony Stratford in 2017, and since then two more locations have opened in Newport Pagnell and Olney which testament to what a successful little shop this is.
With their cute orange owl branding and lovely coffee, this is the ideal place to spend a Saturday afternoon. I love the iced coffees in the summer.
Find it: 45b High St, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1AA | 41 High St, Newport Pagnell MK16 9HN | 38 Market Pl, Olney MK46 4AJ
Where do you like to grab a coffee in Milton Keynes? Send some recommendations my way! I will keep adding to this post as I find more places to get your caffeine hit.
What is your favourite coffee shop in Milton Keynes? Check out my other MK Food Guides for more eating out inspiration!
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