The 11 best places for munch in Exeter

Basically the most Instagrammable places in Exeter


1. The Glorious Art House, 120 Fore Street

The most Instagrammable cafe in the entirety of Exeter. Glorious Art House’s eclectic wonders span three floors, two levels of seating and the top floor is an art gallery. The café itself serves a huge range of baguettes, bagels, pastries, waffles and cakes as well as a giant menu of hot drinks.

2. No. 1 Polsloe, 1 Polsloe Road

This café is an absolute gem just outside of the city centre. Flowers hang from the ceiling, green plants on every surface and the walls are decorated with local artwork and fairy lights. The prices and the aesthetic will for sure make this spot a firm favourite for all.

3. Plant Cafe, 1 Cathedral Ground

A favourite for vegans and meat eaters alike, the Plant Café is nestled in the shadow of our beautiful Cathedral. Everything is made from scratch on site and they focus on using local produce where possible. Ranging from amazing cakes (the chocolate cake is a must) to colourful salads and sandwiches. They also have a zero waste policy so you can enjoy your munch while knowing you are having a crackin’ bite not at the expense of the environment.

4. Sacred Grounds, McCoy's Arcade Fore Street

Sacred Grounds is Exeter's newest plant based cafe tucked into McCoy's Arcade. The team who run Sacred Grounds also own No Guts No Glory across the road (excellent plants).

5. The Flat, 142 Fore Street

The Flat's small Italian menu is inspired by planet-friendly lifestyles. Handmade pizza and pasta you can't really go wrong at this lil spot. All the pizza's can be made gluten free or vegan so suitable for even your most fussy friends. Sadly is only open for dinner so make sure you call to make a reservation as it gets very busy.

6. The Exploding Bakery, Central Station Buildings Queen Street

The Exploding Bakery is on the plaza around Exeter central station. It's a great place to work in town with delicious coffee and freshly baked cakes. They also have tortillas, a daily soup and salad, sausage rolls and toasties. Their cakes are made by hand in small batches, in their own words, by, "some very sexy people". So if the food doesn't tempt you to check out this spot maybe the staff will! Make sure you pop into the zero waste shop next door too.

7. Uprising Bakery, 59 Magdalen Road

This one's a little bit further out, but absolutely worth the walk. Uprising Bakery promises everything in their drinks and food is traceable back to their suppliers, absolutely no BS It also boasts a marvellous all day brunch on the weekends.

8. Devon Coffee, 88 Queen Street

This one's a favourite of Exeter Coffee Club with a great house roast but they also always have a guest roast available! A nice cosy spot for a cuppa and a toastie on a rainy day.

9. South Street Standard, 3 South Street

South Street Standard is at the back of Cathedral Green on the site of the old Vintage Store. A much bigger spot than most of these on the list so you can always get a table. Their menu has an entire section dedicated to Mac n Cheese (seven varieties)! They also have a Sunday roast menu.

10. March Coffee, 87 South Street

The proof is in the name – March Coffee serves an excellent brew. Perhaps more excitingly are their doughnuts – freshly made by hand every morning, and a very reasonably priced brunch menu on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

11. The Old Firehouse, 50 New North Road

Last but certainly not least, everyone's favourite The Old Firehouse. Fairy lights, bunting, giant pizzas, ciders and ales, and the best Sunday roast in Exeter. There's nothing not to love about Firehouse. The vegan roasts should entice even the hardest of carnivores.