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Five coastal cafés with top reviews on Tripadvisor, including Felixstowe, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Lowestoft





With the summer season officially over, now is the perfect time to enjoy a quiet stroll by the beach.

However, with the temperatures dropping, nothing is better than escaping into a warm, cosy café to enjoy your favourite drink.

However, choosing just one of the many wonderful cafés by the Suffolk coast can be tricky – especially, when some go that extra mile to stand out from the crowd. To make the choice easier, and to avoid any unpleasant surprises, we’ve devised this list of five top reviewed cafés on Tripadvisor.

Here are the best ones:

Ruby’s Kitchen, Felixstowe

Ruby's Kitchen, Felixstowe. Picture: Google Maps
Ruby's Kitchen, Felixstowe. Picture: Google Maps

Where: 1 Bent Hill, Felixstowe IP11 7DG

Overlooking the Felixstowe beach, Ruby’s Kitchen offers a range of tasty treats, including a Sunday roast – with vegetarian and vegan options also available.

From an all day breakfast to homemade chilli con carne, salads and jackets potatoes, the café has been hailed as this year’s travellers choice on Tripadvisor.

Opened seven days a week, the eatery also serves alcohol.

Children’s menu as well as private dining is also available.

Ninedeli, Southwold

Where: 9 Pinkney's Ln, Southwold IP18 6EW

After opening its doors only three years ago, the café has become Southwold’s favourite – ranking as number one on Tripadvisor.

Run by James Scott, the eatery serves locally roasted coffee and a selection of freshly made sandwiches and home baked cakes.

If you fancy a coffee with an extra kick, you can also order your drink with a shot of alcohol – known as ‘alcohots’.

Although the café closes its doors at 5.45pm, do not be disappointed as takeaway meals are still available until 10pm.

Munchies, Aldeburgh

Munchies, Aldeburgh. Picture: Google Maps
Munchies, Aldeburgh. Picture: Google Maps

Where: 163 High Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5AN

Located in the heart of Aldeburgh, the café has been ranked as the town’s favourite on Tripadvisor.

The eatery describes itself as being a friendly and relaxed café, which serves all day breakfast baps, hot lunches and freshly squeezed juices – all from locally-sourced ingredients.

Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available.

All of their packaging and straws are sustainable and recyclable, and if you bring a bucket of beach litter, you get a hot drink on the house.

Dogs are welcome.

No. Fifty One Cafe, Southwold

No. Fifty One Cafe - also known as Bread+butter@No.51 - Southwold. Picture: Google Maps
No. Fifty One Cafe - also known as Bread+butter@No.51 - Southwold. Picture: Google Maps

Where: 51 High Street, IP18 6DJ

Also known as Bread + Butter @ No.51, this café can be found on Southwold High Street.

The bistro serves fresh, home-cooked dishes from locally sourced ingredients.

Customers have plenty to chose from, including croque monsieur toastie, avocado, eggs and harissa with sourdough or a french toast with berries and mascarpone.

The Thatch Restaurant & Coffee House, Lowestoft

The Thatch Restaurant & Coffee House, Lowestoft. Picture: Google Maps
The Thatch Restaurant & Coffee House, Lowestoft. Picture: Google Maps

Where: Kirkley Cliff Road, NR33 0BY

With the name originating from the thatched roof of the building, the eatery offers breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as desserts and ice cream.

Customers can also chose from a wide range of hot and cold drinks, including locally brewed ales, lagers and wines as well as fair trade coffee.

From freshly fried fish and chips to burgers, steaks, sandwiches and baguettes, this is the perfect spot to enjoy the best sea views in Lowestoft.