Small Business Saturday: Stirling’s best independent coffee shops

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November 26 marks Small Business Saturday, so what better way to support local businesses than to buy yourself something delicious? Stirling is full of brilliant cafes and coffee shops, but here are my favourites.

Best for studying: The Burgh

Right in the heart of

Stirling, the Burgh is a student favourite. There’s lots of space and always free tables so I never feel guilty for staying for a couple of hours. The dark academia vibes really help me get into the zone to study. Whilst their coffee is not the greatest in my opinion, they do offer student discount and lots of snack options.

Must try: Loose leaf tea (there’s dozens of flavours so always something new to try)

Best for vibes: The Book Nook

Aren’t the tea sets are so cute? / Image credit: Freya Deyell

Whilst the Book Nook has only been open for two years, it’s already become one of the most popular spots in Stirling. As the name suggests, they’re not just a coffee shop – they sell books too! The place is beautifully decorated in pastel colours and whilst the menu is limited, their bagels are delicious.

Must try: Deluxe hot chocolate (they even blowtorch the marshmallows!)

Best for takeaway: Café Sixty Four

If you want proper homemade food and delicious coffee with an eco-friendly twist, Café Sixty Four is the place for you. You can tell everything is made with so much care and they offer Too Good To Go bags at the end of each day to cut down on food waste. Seating is very limited however, so what better excuse to get a takeaway or delivery?

Must try: Lentil soup (this will fix all your problems I promise)

Best for vegans: HBW Coffee

Gluten free avocado toast with vegan cream cheese. / Image credit: Freya Deyell

Vegan food has been a contentious topic in Stirling lately, but the scran at HBW is simply top notch. With a menu change on the horizon, there’s something for every palate. I would also argue their coffee is the best in town, and their hot chocolates are to die for too.

Must try: Biscoff pancakes (I would do anything for a gluten free version of these)

Best hidden gem: Darnley Coffee House

The perfect amount of cheese for a baked tattie. / Image Credit: Freya Deyell

A part of me wants to gatekeep Darnley Coffee House because the food is just that good. Located in the area of Stirling referred to as the Top of the Town, it’s a bit out of the way, but definitely worth the trek up the hill. They make the most of fresh local produce with their ever-changing types of soup.

Must try: Homemade cordial (the cherry vanilla flavour changed my life)

Will you be visiting any of these cafes this Small Business Saturday? Or do you have another favourite I didn’t mention? Let us know!

Featured Image Credit: Harry Williamson

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