5 of the best little coffee shops in the North East

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Seeking the best coffee in the North East? Try one of these cafes.

Holmeside Coffee, Sunderland

Punctuated with cactus plants and vintage light fixings, Holmeside wouldn't look out of place in the country's cosmopolitan hubs.

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Housed in the grounds of the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, this hip hangout serves up excellent freshly made coffees, with an espresso costing £1.40.

Visit: Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland SR1 1PP - facebook.com

Olivia's, Gosforth

Sitting in the shade of Trinity Church, Olivia’s Bakery and Café are a social enterprise committed to sourcing their produce using sustainable methods and also promote real homemade baking with their range of sweet treats.

The coffee comes from Rounton Coffee in North Yorkshire and every cup is rich and delicious.

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Visit: Trinity Church, Gosforth NE3 4AG - trinitygosforth.org.uk

Clifton Coffee Shop, South Shields

Housed in a four-star hotel, the Clifton holds itself to high standards.

As well as serving up tasty sandwiches and paninis, the South Shields cae offers a well-made cup of coffee.

Visit: 2 Henry Nelson Street, South Shields NE33 2JL - theclifton.co.uk

Fausto Coffee, Sunderland

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Sandwiched between Roker Park and Seaburn Beach, Fausto offers pleasant views of the North Sea.

The cycling themed cafe serves up delicious plates of food including stuffed flatbreads and bagels. The Sunderland cafe also offer some of the finest, freshly made coffee in the North East

Visit: Marine Walk, Sunderland SR6 0PR - facebook.com

Humbles, Seaham

Just north of the Durham Heritage Coast, Humbles is a pleasant cafe happy to accomodate visitors who have been exposed to the elements after a stroll by the sea. The cosy coffee house provides a great range of hot drinks, including tasty, rich coffee.

Visit: 310 North Terrace, Seaham SR7 7EU - facebook.com