Fancy a coffee when you’re out in Darlington? Here are the top 5 best rated independent coffee shops in town that you can try next time.

As the dark nights roll in, there’s never been more of a need to have a favourite coffee shop to stop at in own to warm up and take a break from the cold.

Whether you prefer a super cold iced latte or a piping hot americano, there are plenty of small businesses across Darlington that serve a range of coffee and cake.

Here are the top 5 independent café’s in Darlington according to Trip Advisor for you to try next time you fancy a brew.

5. Peartree Hill Tea Room and Café

Found a little bit further out from the centre of town in Cockerton Village,  Peartree Hill Tea Room and Café is known for its huge variety of sweet treats.

The café serves up everything from cakes to scones as well as breakfast and brunch meals.

After 29 reviews, the café has a 5 star rating.

4. The Sunflower Café

The cosy Sunflower Café on Bucktons Yard is of course, perfectly flower-themed.

The breakfast café serves meals and hot drinks and has been described as “blooming brilliant”.

3. Influence Café

Influence Café on Skinnergate is known for its wide range of homemade sweet treats but also serves sandwiches and toasties.

Reviewers have noted it specifically for its “cosy seating” and “wonderful atmosphere”.

59 reviews have given it a 4.5 star ranking overall.

2. Echo 3 Coffee House and Roastery

If you’re a Star Wars fan and a coffee lover you’re in luck, and you can pop down to Echo 3 in Clarks Yard to grab a drink.

This arty café serves up coffee from its own unique blend – with its quirky branding and latte art being an Instagrammer’s dream.

The café boasts a 5-star Trip Advisor rating, with glowing reviews calling it “the best coffee in town”.


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1. Maggie’s

Boasting a 4.5 star ranking on Trip Advisor, Maggie’s is the best rated café in Darlington.

Located on Duke Street, the eye-catching light blue painted café serves breakfast, lunch and brunch options as well as homemade coffee and cakes.

Reviews rave about the “comfortable” atmosphere and “pleasant staff”.