Best independent coffee shops in Milton Keynes

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.

This blog post was written before the national lockdown. Opening hours and menus may differ during this period, so please check with the restaurants and vendors directly. Please adhere to the latest government guidance.

The Green Elephant Café

MK Food Guide: Best Coffee Shops in Milton Keynes

  1. Bar Bar Black Sheep, Wolverton
  2. Bogota Coffee Company, The Hub
  3. Coffee Chai Chill, Wolverton
  4. Gordoni’s, Wolverton
  5. Green Elephant Café, Central Milton Keynes
  6. Homeground MK, Central Milton Keynes
  7. MK Gallery Cafe, Central Milton Keynes
  8. Out of Office, Stony Stratford; Olney; Newport Pagnell
  9. Upper Regency Café, Central Milton Keynes

Bar Bar Black Sheep

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. Bar Bar is a gallery and an advocate for performance arts in MK so whilst you are sipping on your coffee, have a browse of all the posters on the wall. You can also buy a suspended coffee which means someone who needs it can walk into Bar Bar and get one, no questions asked. Which personally, I think is rather lovely.

Find it: 16 The Square, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5DG

Coffee Chai Chill

This is a recent opening for 2020 and one that is firmly on my list. My lovely Facebook community group have given great feedback about this place!

Coffe Chai Chill has 10 different types of chai on the menu, so if you love chai – this is certainly one for you! It also serves freshly baked good from Barney’s Bakery.

Find it: 28 Church Street, Wolverton, MK12 5JN

Follow Café Chai on Facebook.

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. And it’s dog friendly!

Bogota is hands down THE best coffee in MK. I challenge you to find a better blend!

Find it: 4 Rillaton Walk (The Hub, off Avebury Boulevard), Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2FZ

Read more: How Bogota became the best coffee shop in Milton Keynes


Gordoni’s is another coffee shop on my hit list that my community group LOVE. This family-owned business sell giant cannolis and freshly baked Italian goods which look absolutely divine. You can grab a coffee there too. When it comes to coffee shops and cafés, Wolverton definitely wins!

Find it: 7 Stratford Road, Wolverton, MK12 5RL

Follow Gordoni’s on Facebook.

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 vegan banana bread – it’s incredible!

Find it: Acorn House, 381 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP

Homeground MK

You’ll find Homeground MK inside the YMCA building in Central Milton Keynes. This coffee shop is a fantastic way to support the work of YMCA who help young people train professionally and learn new skills to make them more employable. Homeground serves coffee from Wooden Hill and it’s a decidedly cosy place to set up for the day. All the food is freshly cooked – add the brunch to your list too!

Find it: N Sixth St, Milton Keynes MK9

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

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

Iced Coffee at Out of Office Coffee

Upper Regency Café

Upper Regency Café isn’t just a great spot for brunch, I think it’s a lovely destination for coffee too! You can find better coffee in my opinion, however the location just in front of Fred Roche Gardens makes it an ideal location for a central spot if you work in central MK or want an escape from the centre.

Find it: 222 Upper Fifth St, Milton Keynes MK9 2HR

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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I'm Sophie, a 20-something blogger and content creator helping you to discover great independent eats and adventures in Milton Keynes. I work with and champion local businesses to show people that there's more to MK than chain restaurants and roundabouts.

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