10 insta-worthy cafés in Herts & Beds
Vintage teacups, hanging plants, neon signs and almost too pretty to eat pastries (hey, we said almost!): these stunning cafés are guaranteed a double tap on your feed.
Blossom and Wild, Berkhamsted
This pastel-perfect coffee shop (wellll, technically it’s a tea parlour) is an iPhone addict’s dream. From the stunningly decorated cakes and coffees topped with pink froth to the oh-so-elegant décor, floral touches and gilt-edged china there are photo opps galore (no filters needed). We challenge you to find one prettier.
Brewhouse Coffee, Wheathampstead
Packed with quirky touches – even the art is taking selfies! – and natty quotes, Brewhouse has got feelgood factor in spades. It’s family run (tick in the indie box) and the daily array of cakes and pastries deserve a spot on your Insta grid alone.
Fussey & Baer, Hitchin
Unusual name for a speciality café… It’s a combo of the owners’ grandmothers’ maiden names. A proper third wave coffee shop with real creds and cinnamon buns of the gods. We’re loving the sunshiney pops of yellow everywhere – perfect for setting off your cold brew shots in portrait mode.
50Nine, Radlett, St Albans and Luton
An explosion of colour (and that’s just the food and drink!) this award winning health and wellbeing café has three fab local venues. If protein pancakes and vegan omelettes washed down with a clean green juice tickle your creative tastebuds, this place is guaranteed Insta catnip.
JJAM Café, St Albans
Founders Jack and Scott honed their hospitality experience at some of London and America’s hottest hotels and members’ clubs so this is a café with class. The St Albans outpost (there’s one on Regent St, too), the Saddlery, is in the rural, out-of-town site of Osprey London store (in case you’re in the market for a new handbag). Pared back sophistication and rustic charm are the order of the day – we’re getting major Soho Farmhouse vibes. Camera phones at the ready.
Rosebuds at Duck Lane, Shefford
This little gem has long been a hit with the locals, not only for its doorstop-size wedges of cakes but also its super friendly service and sweet vintagey vibes. Grab yourself a loaded hot choc or a latte and a delicious brekkie (veggie options abound), and pick one of the many pretty corners to get gramming.
Monday Muscle, Bishops Stortford and Hertford
Fitness and coffee might not be two things you’d naturally put together but here it works. This coffee house and ‘nutrition hub’ is all about helping men and women enjoy healthier lifestyles, founded by Lee Amico as a place to talk to like-minded folk about his passion. Now you can pick up a personalised training plan with your flat white (or protein shake). Slick and masculine, with, plenty of… erm… muscle.
The Vardo, Bedford
This plant-based café is vegan heaven – yep, you can eat everything on the menu! Not that you’d know it from looking at the indulgent cakes, macarons and cheeseboards (yep, vegan cheese is their ‘thing’). Naturally, you’ll find lots of plants around and some fun neon signage for good measure.
The Groundworks, Hitchin
If it’s location you’re after, this one in Hitchin’s Churchyard (No 1. no less) is a corker. It’s got al fresco tables where you can watch the world go by, proximity to pretty cobbled streets packed with indie stores and the looming church spire as your backdrop. Inside it’s packed with greenery, wood panelling and fillament bulbs – plenty of camera fodder. Go hungry as the brunches and burgers are not to be passed up.
Nkora, St Albans
Hipster heaven here you come. Another third waver, with branches in London’s coolest post codes, Nkora is the place for serious coffee drinkers. Its monochrome palette and Scandi-esque décor are a blank canvas to get creative with light, filters and food styling – check out their grid for inspo. Plus it’s got a prime spot on Market Place, a hop, skip and jump to the clocktower if you want to capture a coffee-on-the-go snap.