Sunday, September 27, 2015

10 Of The Best Independent Coffee Shops In Plymouth

coffee-shops-Plymouth
Despite not drinking coffee myself, I love nothing more than heading to a coffee shop on my days off for a delicious treat on the weekend, whether it's by myself, catching up with friends or to get some work done, either way you just cant beat it. It's a given that every coffee shop I also go to I have to Instagram the food, it's like the law right?  There are so many cafes and coffee shops in Plymouth now which are both branded and Independent. Don't get me wrong, I love nothing more than a Starbucks or a Costa, but when a hot chocolate and a cake comes to about £8 I would rather be lining the pockets of a local and independent coffee shop. In the past couple of years we have had lots of new ones popping up and of course I have been eating and drinking my way around them! From my experience I wanted to share 10 of my favourite independent coffee shops in Plymouth that everyone should visit if you ever find yourselves in Plymouth! Be warned that you may feel particularly hungry after reading this post! In no particular order...

#1. Rumpus Cosy

Rumpus Cosy is without a doubt one of my favourite quirky cafes in Plymouth, with mismatched cups and saucers and a delightful offering of drinks and delicious cakes, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Their hot chocolates are amazing and are presented so well (see above), the marshmallows even come in a tiny plant pot - so cute! I just love little touches like this and it makes the place super Instagrammable (definitely a word!!). One of the Plymouth Blog Meets was also held here, which can read more about here
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#2. Wills At One

Tucked away in Royal William Yard, Wills At One really is a secret garden. There is no nicer place than this to visit in the summer, the gardens are beautifully kept and become a little sun trap. They serve the most delicious afternoon teas as you can see, and this place offers peace and tranquility which is something that really is hard to find these days.
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#3. The Boathouse Cafe

Recently done up, The Boathouse Cafe is situated on the Barbican and has the most perfect view of the yachts in the harbour. They have a full menu and are often open late into the evening. This is a lovely place to stop off for a warm or cold drink whatever the weather.
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#4. Prime Cafe Bar
Prime Cafe Bar is without a doubt one of my favourite cafe finds from 2016, and it's not a place that many people know about. It's tucked away in Ebrington street which since the arrival of some new cafes I've never even visited before, and I had definitely been missing out. Ebrington street is really up and coming in Plymouth with a bit of an edgy vibe to it.

Prime Cafe Bar is a place that I could imagine coming to by myself, sinking into their cosy armchairs and blogging for the day, whilst surrounded by copious amounts of tea and of course, cake. The best bit? No one would bother you. It's probably one of my favourite coffee shops in Plymouth with a definite Hygge factor. Their cake is amazing, and they serve generous portion sizes as you can see below. It's 100% worth a visit away from the hustle and bustle of town, and if you get a window seat it's perfect for people watching!
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coffee-shops-Plymouth
One of my favourite finds of 2017, GCHQ was one of the newest independent coffee shops on the scene at the end of 2016, and they are also situated in the up and coming area that is Ebrington Street. I mean, light bulb envy, seat envy, cake envy and even puppy envy - this place is a wonderful escape from life for a couple of hours.

Coffee and a slice of cake won't set you back much, and you're free to sit and relax for as long as you like. I love the idea that lots of locals regularly use this coffee shop because of their amazing coffee. I can definitely imagine myself coming back, watching the world go by whilst getting my blog on with a rather large slice of cake.

I'd been following their Instagram page for a while before I first visited, and noticed that they had the cutest little waiter who's in fact a Golden lab called Ozzy. Having a little face appear at your table isn't unusual, but he's super friendly and adds a bit of extra character to the place. If you're at a loose end on a weekend, I'd definitely recommend you to stop by, it's such a refreshing change from the centre of town! The lovely owners have also kindly offered all of my readers a 2 for 1 offer on tea and coffee, just say you came from my blog to claim the offer!
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coffee-shops-Plymouth
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#6. The Strand Tea Rooms

Located in the heart of the Barbican, this quaint tea room is stuff that dreams are made of. With mismatched tableware and a cluttered interior this place oozes character, old fashioned tea rooms are few and far between and this is the first one I have found in Plymouth. Their cream teas and cakes are SO yummy, you'll also have a pretty sweet view of the harbour!
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This one hasn't been open for very long and is situated on Mutley Plain. I absolutely love the concept of this coffee shop as you can combine washing your laundry with stopping off for a coffee and a piece of cake. Waiting for your washing to finish can be boring so I think this concept will really work. Needless to say you don't need to be washing your laundry to be able to go!
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#8. The Bakery

Also in The Royal William Yard (my favourite place in Plymouth, if you hadn't noticed) is home to The Bakery. Filled with door step sized pieces of cake and plenty of tea and coffee, it's the perfect place to stop off at to refuel after a walk by the sea. I devoted a whole post to The Bakery last year which you can read here
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#9. Chocaccino

Who doesn't love chocolate? On the cobbled streets of the Barbican you'll find Choccaccino, you'll be warmly invited in by the sweet smells of chocolate, and there is plenty of chocolately delights to choose from. I treated my mum to an afternoon tea here last year and everything was chocolate themed, there were chocolate chip scones, chocolate sauce, truffles, mousses...the list goes on. Is there ever such a thing as too much chocolate? I'll let you decide!
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#10. The Americano Coffee House

Last but not least is the Americano Coffee House! Located in the busy shopping area of Plymouth by the Drake Circus mall, I can only describe the interior as looking like a cave, but a nice one! So many comfy chairs and sofas and everything is lit up by twinkly fairy lights. There is so much choice of smoothies, milkshakes, warm meals and cakes to indulge in. This is a perfect place to visit in the winter as it's just so cosy!
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So, that's my round up of the 10 best independent coffee shops in Plymouth, it was definitely a lengthy one! A few of these places are off the beaten track though and I want as many people to know and love them as much as I do! With so much choice, its always a difficult decision to decide where to eat next...

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! Have you visited any of these before? Which coffee shop would you like to visit? Do you prefer chains or independent cafes?
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Plymouth Bloggers Picnic

Last Saturday I headed down to another little local bloggers meet which was a rather fabulous picnic, again arranged by the amazing LittleEllieMae. The picnic was held in a local park in Plymouth which I frequently take outfit pictures in (you can see my last one here!), with everyone bringing their own goodies to eat we just had to hope that the weather would hold out for us!
The first ever Plymouth meet up I did was at Lush last summer and at this point Plymouth had about 6 bloggers to their name, there's now around 50 bloggers that I have been in contact with in some way and it's great to see our local community expanding so much, I only knew a few bloggers at this event that I had met before so it was lovely to get chatting to some others with similar interests. Ellie had set up a lovely gazebo which was rather lucky as the heavens decided to open on a couple of occasions, but it definitely didn't dampen our spirits!
 It's not really a picnic without lots of scrummy food! Everyone chipped in with the food and we definitely didn't go hungry, Ellie also came up with the idea of a blogger bake off so I spent my evening before whipping up a delicious lemon drizzle cake - which was delicious if I do say so myself! 
 We even had delicious pink lemonade made by Ellie, it looked so pretty and tasted pretty amazing too!
 So, there was a clear winner with the bake off...
 Kim is an apprentice baker and put together this amazing lemon & raspberry flower celebration cake which you can find the recipe for here if you are brave enough to attempt this masterpiece! The effort that was put in was notable and was beautifully decorated with flowers and macaroons - Kim was a clear winner and definitely deserved her little prize!
I can confirm that the cake tasted like a dream too! 
The picnic had never been so quiet when we were all tucking into our cake so it was perfect timing for Megan to serenade us with the sweet music of her ukulele!You can also spot my yummy lemon drizzle cake in the tin - yum!
We finished off with what was a lovely afternoon by taking a group shot. A picnic was one of the most relaxing blogger meet ups that I've been to with enough time to spend chatting with everyone who was so lovely! So, thanks again Ellie for organising yet another brilliant meet up, I can't wait for the next! 

Have you been to a blogger meet up recently? What do you think of the show stopper cake?! Send me your links to read if you also went to this meet up!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

OOTD | Sleeveless Knit

Sleeveless Knit - Primark
Jeans - Abercrombie
Bag - Primark
Shoes - Lipsy

On Saturday I went to a Plymouth blog meet up which was a picnic at a local park, it was such a fun afternoon and everyone I met was lovely, so expect a blog post on that later this week! This was the outfit that I wore and I feel like it's the perfect transitional wear for Autumn, it's still fairly warm but too cold for shorts and t-shirts. I wore my new sleeveless knit jumper from Primark which is available in a few different colours, I might go back and get them all! They are super easy to wear with a pair of ripped jeans and slip ons or converses. I've never actually owned a knit like this before and I'm thinking of ways how I can continue wearing this through the next few months without it looking silly! If its pom pom shoes or pom pom bags, I need it! I fell in love with this Dune Jerry pom pom keyring which landed on their site a few weeks ago, I adore my new furry friend and think it's the perfect accessory for any type of bag!

How would you style this sleeveless knit? Do you like them? Do you like pom pom keyrings?
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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Travel | Mykonos

Mykonos-Town
I knew after visiting Mykonos last year on a cruise that I had to return to the most beautiful island in the world to explore it more. I really am not lying when I say this, in my eyes there's more to it to Santorini and other islands I've had the chance to visit, and I really can't get enough of the narrow white washed streets, perfect weather and luscious beaches, you'll probably have had a glimpse of what this island life was like if you follow me on Instagram. Heading to Greece in August, I couldn't have picked a hotter month and it really was that, being on an Island it does get pretty windy though - which is a nightmare for someone with long hair like me, the only saving grace was that the wind meant you could sit out in the sun without there being a really intense heat. After discovering a lot more of the island this time, it's only right for me to share this pretty little island with you...(be warned though that there is rather a lot of photos!).
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We stayed at the Porto Mykonos Hotel which was literally a one minute walk into Mykonos town, the location couldn't have been any better, and as you can see we had the most stunning sea view. Personally for me I wouldn't stay any further out of Mykonos town as you don't have the choice of restaurants, cafes and availability of buses. From the port you can also get ferries across to other islands for the day such as Delos which I would have loved to have done if the weather wasn't as hot!
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Our room was a typical Greek room that was clean, white and had a tiny bathroom - but don't they all?! What sold it to me was the location of the hotel and the stunning sea view from the balcony (more about that later). We had breakfast included which was a simple buffet which had hot food, cereals and cakes, all which could be enjoyed with a sea view. The staff were excellent and I wouldn't hesitate in going back to the same hotel.
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Porto-Mykonos-Hotel
The pool and bar area was just perfect - some perfect backdrops for that perfect Instagram shot!
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Despite not being a large amount of sunbeds we never struggled to get one during the day, they were so comfy to lie on and nothing like the uncomfortable plastic sunbeds you find in some resorts. However, as this was a boutique hotel (as most of them are in Mykonos) I think there was only around 60 rooms.
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Porto-Mykonos-Hotel
Breakfast time was just amazing, clear skies, good view and delicious breakfast, what more could you possibly wish for?
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I got some wear out of my favourite Triangl bikini - I won't be buying another due to the sheer price and custom charges I had to pay! Very annoying grr.
Mykonos-town
There was such an abundance of restaurants in Mykonos town, we loved the ones directly next to the sea, with the gentle lapping of the waves and a view of the sunset it really was heaven.
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 The sunsets were amazing...
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 The food was even better, there's none of your typical English pub type restaurants here, it's mostly Greek and Italian cuisine.
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 The sea lined restaurants lit up at night were breathtaking against the pink skies.
Trio-bambini
 There was always room for a Greek yoghurt frozen ice cream, sooo delicious! Trio Bambini was one of my favourite places, they also had great wifi haha!
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Posing in my Topshop dress in the back streets of Mykonos town. 
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Mykonos-Town
 There was motivation around every corner, I remember seeing this last year and being able to relate how true this statement was, there really is no elevator to success!
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 The Island really was super windy!
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 The views on our balcony were spectacular, there's few places you can stay that all offer a great sea view and location- I was in heaven.
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 Every street is pinterest worthy and beautiful.
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Mykonos-Town
Mykonos-Town
 It was very easy to get lost within the winding streets of Mykonos town, I'm sure we seemed to find a different row of shops every night! Once you're in it's hard to get back out again!
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Mykonos-Town
 Possibly the prettiest restaurant in existence, draping hot pink flowers and light globes hanging from the ceiling, this place looked stunning lit up at night.
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Mykonos-Town
 These hot pink flowers were everywhere!
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 The sunsets just kept getting better!
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Porto-Mykonos-Hotel
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There were many surrounding beaches to Mykonos town that just required a short bus trip, the bus station was just below our hotel and after hearing so much about the local beaches, we decided on Paradise beach, for only 2.40 euros for a single ride it was silly not to!
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When you arrive at Paradise Beach you're led down a winding lane filled with quirky artwork, it gives the beach a really cool vibe before you even hit the sand.
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Paradise-Beach-Mykonos
Was I in heaven?
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Paradise-Beach-Mykonos
Crystal blue waters and piercing blue skies...
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Paradise-Beach-Mykonos
Ice cold chocolate milk was needed to cool off!Paradise-Beach-Mykonos
It was time to head back on the last bus of the evening being left with this little reminder.
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This had to be one of my favourite oufits of the holiday! The Princess skirt is from Sisterjane, the top is from Bank and the sandals are from Matalan!
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Mykonos-Town
Comfiest playsuit from H&M!
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Oh so pretty.
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Well, not me personally..
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Mykonos-Town
We admired the luxurious yachts, Mark Vandelli was in Mykonos last week too but we sadly didnt spot him, I somehow don't think walking down narrow streets with other people is his thing.
I loved waking up to see different cruise ships everyday - and secretly wished i was onboard!
Mykonos-Town
 The white washed streets were perfect for outfit photos!
Mykonos-Town
It was time for one last look around the streets.
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Mykonos-Town
Mykonos-Town
 There were quite a few bakeries in Mykonos town that were literally piled high with stuff, it's crazy to think that they can sell all of this stuff!
 We picked up some mini chocolate doughnuts - which were very good by the way!
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 The windmills are a popular tourist attraction in Mykonos, you can see why the island is littered with these when the wind is so strong every day.
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Pelican-Mykonos
 The resident pelican Petros, it seems he's the only pelican on the island and is in fact an ambassador of the island. I felt privileged to spot him as we didn't get to see him again, he must be very old and if you look closely he has the cutest white tufts of hair!
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 Mykonos is actually one of the top party islands in the world, according to google, so it must be right?! There really was a lot of activity on the island in Mykonos town and further out towards some of the beaches. Skandinavian bar was a notorious bar/club that was packed with locals and tourists every night! I don't think there's anything cooler than dancing under the light of the stars!
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Mykonos-town
But drinking a fresh pineapple juice and listening to the waves lapping the sides of the bar in Little Venice in the evening was more my type of thing.
Mykonos-Town
Mykonos-Town
I didn't want to say goodbye..
There was time for one last ice cream - cookies & stracciatella!
Nutella-crepe
Nutella-crepe
Did I mention that there were creperies everywhere! The nutella crepes were out of this world! It was much cheaper to have a dessert in these little places too, being an island meals and food were generally more expensive.
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There was also time for one last sunset before we had to say bye to the beautiful island!

Sorry for the long winded post and spam of pictures but I think everything explains itself much better with a pile of photos, and maybe it will help in persuading you to visit the island?! I haven't even touched on the sheer amount of stuff we got up to though, this is more of a brief insight into what this amazing island has to offer! It's always nice for myself to look back on too and remember what I got up to in years to come! As i say with every holiday, I doubt it will be long until I'm back...

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! Would you like to visit Mykonos? What's the best place you've ever visited?

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