Walking onto Exeter’s slightly grim High Street, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t much to do beyond shopping and eating at chain restaurants here; but this isn’t the case. In fact, there are dozens of amazing places to eat, drink and hang out in the city — you just have to scratch beneath the surface. Here are a few of our favourite hidden places in Exeter that you’ve probably never heard of.
Magdalen Road Bakery
One of the cosiest cafes in Exeter, this cafe is worth venturing out of the city centre. They do excellent breakfasts, huge and delicious baked goods, and super coffee. You’re extremely lucky if you get there while they’re baking, the smells are out of this world! While you’re in the neighbourhood, take a wander down Magdalen Road and check out all the charming speciality shops.
Hidden away along the riverfront, this is the perfect stop after a kayak up the river, or a stroll out from the city centre. Serving good quality pub-food, and offering a wide range of ale and beer, this is one of Exeter’s prettiest spots in the summer.
A registered charity run entirely by volunteers, Book-Cycle works on a donations-only basis. Choose up to 3 books a day, pay whatever you fancy and you’ll help plant trees across Devon, send free books to schools and orphanages worldwide, as well as keep Book-Cycle alive. If that’s not a good enough reason to curl up with a classic, we’re not sure what is.
The Hidden Treasure Tea Room
Afternoon tea done well is a unique treat, and this place definitely delivers on all counts. True to its name, this homely cafe looks more like your nan’s sitting room. Indulge in a set menu of cucumber sandwiches, scones, and petit fours.
OK, there’s a reason you haven’t heard of this one — it’s only just opened. But you heard it here first: whether you’re after Polyjuice Potion or Butterbeer, this Harry Potter themed pub, nestled on Gandy Street (said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley), is the place to go.
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Originally published at KOMPAS Blog.