December 09, 2013

Discover Exeter (for Foodies)

If you’ve been caught in the Christmas madness, I invite you to take a break and find out a little bit about my home town and where to find its best food places.

Exeter, Devon, United-Kingdom is where I’ve called home for the past four and something years. When we moved here, the place was new to both Luke and I and we didn’t think we would stay for very long. It has taken us a little bit of time to fully appreciate Exeter and discover it from the inside out. It is a medium size city, which still has got plenty of independent shops and eateries. Over the past year or so, by chance or by word of mouth, we’ve found out about a few gems, our favourites often being places that don’t necessarily catch the eyes at first sight, and are truly authentic.

Here is a list of some of our favourite cafés, restaurants, food shops, etc. There are still many to discover and if you know of any special place, feel free to share in the comments below.

Cafés & Restaurants:

• Dinosaur Café (5 New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4HH): Turkish restaurant and mezze bar, very friendly staff, delicious and authentic food

Mashawi (44 Sidwell Street, Exeter, EX4 6NS): favourite Middle-Eastern restaurant, try the falafels wraps

• Herbies (15 North Street, Exeter, EX4 3QS): cosy vegetarian restaurant, daily board in addition to menu

The Plant (1 Cathedral Yard, EX1 1HJ): another vegetarian hangout, yummy cakes and lemonades

Curry Leaf (50-51 North Street, Exeter, EX4 3QR): south Indian specialities

Tye Pye Dong (175 Sidwell Street, Exeter, EX4 6RH): Asian noodle bar, communal tables, cheap and fuss free

• Jamie’s (15 Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX2 4TA): one of Magdalene Road’s independent eateries, cheap, friendly & delicious

The Coffee Cellar (22 The Quay, Exeter, EX2 4AP): down on the quays, sit outside and enjoy toasted tea cakes for breakfast

Boston Tea Party (84 Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RP): often busy, but always great for cakes, smoothies, teas and salads

Café Espresso (12 Castle Street, Exeter, EX4 3PT): tiny café near the castle that makes great toasted sandwiches

Gourmandine Crêperie (14 Catherine Street, Exeter, EX1 1EU): when in need of crêpes, this is the place where to go

Tea on the Green (2 Cathedral Close, Exeter, EX1 1EZ): best Devonshire cream tea in town

The Exploding Bakery (1B Central Station Buildings, Exeter, EX4 3SB): the place to go to indulge in cakes or grab a soup before catching your train

Devon Coffee (88 Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RP): for coffee lovers, delish cakes, pastries and toasted sandwiches


The Bike Shed Theatre Bar (162-163 Fore Street, Exeter, EX4 3AT): eclectic decoration and great cocktail menu

The Cosy Club (1 Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX1 1SG): quirky and another good selection of cocktails

Rendez-Vous Wine Bar (38 Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1PE): smart and with a good selection of wines, great food too

Speak Easy Cocktail Lounge (60 New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4EP): if not closed for a private booking, this is another great place to go to for cocktails

The Rusty Bike (67 Howell Road, Exeter, EX4 4LZ): popular pub

Food Shops & Places

The Real Food Store (11 Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 2JB): shop run by locals that sell local foods, in store bakery.

Seasons (8 Well Street, Exeter, EX4 6QR): macrobiotic and healthy little food shop, best place in Exeter for healthy foods

• Best one (120-121 Sidwell Street, Exeter, EX4 6RY): up Sidwell street, good selection of foreign foods and vegetables

• Farmers Market (corner of South Street and Fore Street, every Thursday): weekly market, local, organic and beautiful produce from vegetables to fruits, meats, fish, baked goods and flowers

Whistle Wines (2 Central Station Buildings, Exeter, EX4 3SB): always good advice, great wines, the shop sometimes organises wine tastings

Bon Goût Delicatessen (45 Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX2 4TA) : when looking for something for a special occasion

The Exeter Trails leaflets have recently been launched and provide you with great themed itineraries of independent shops and eateries in Exeter. Check these out!

I hope this will give you plenty of ideas if ever you come to visit lovely Exeter...

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