What is your favourite independent coffee shop in Ipswich? 

From those just starting out to those setting the trend, there are plenty of places to grab a coffee and tuck into a delicious slice of cake. 

We asked our readers where their favourite coffee shops are in town, and here are some of the most popular. 

The Green Room 

The Green Room was one of the most popular suggestions by our readers. 

Using independent roasters for its coffee, the store has been at the heart of the community for several years.

One person praised it for its "excellent coffee and cakes"

Where: 18 St Margaret's Green, Ipswich IP4 2BS

Ipswich Star: Nigel Seaman, founder of Combat2Coffee. Picture: Charlotte BondNigel Seaman, founder of Combat2Coffee. Picture: Charlotte Bond (Image: Charlotte Bond)


Combat2Coffee received several mentions by our readers. 

The organisation, which specialises in mental health, and also operates a coffee shop in Bury St Edmunds, received a £14,000 grant to reach more rural areas earlier this year. 

Where: 8 Northgate St, Ipswich IP1 3BZ

Applaud Coffee 

First set up by sisters Hannah Huntly and Beth Tichie in 2013, Applaud Coffee has become synonymous with the coffee scene in Ipswich. 

It has become a popular place for coffee lovers visiting St Peter's Street, and has won several awards over the years. 

A planned takeover fell through earlier this year. 

Where: 19 St Peter's St, Ipswich IP1 1XF

Little Beans Coffee House 

Several commentors praised Little Beans Coffee House for its "great coffee" and "friendly service". 

Launched by Christine Hendry in 2021, the coffee shop has proven to be a hit with Ipswich residents. 

Where: 37 Foxhall Rd, Ipswich IP3 8JU

Ipswich Star: Partners Rodica Geogea and Ian Dobney have opened the business together. Picture: Tom CannPartners Rodica Geogea and Ian Dobney have opened the business together. Picture: Tom Cann (Image: Tom Cann)

Arkana Coffee 

If you are keen to try a new café then you should head to Arkana Coffee. 

Operated by Ian Dobney and Rodica Geogea, the pair have received "fantastic support" since opening. 

Where: 2, St Margarets Plain, Ipswich IP4 2BA

Chestnut & Rose 

Another popular suggestion among our readers was Chestnut & Rose in Kesgrave. 

Having opened in a former butcher's shop, Sarah Parsons and her team sell a delicious range of homemade vegan food.