Perhaps there is another town, somewhere, that does tea-and-coffee culture with even more glorious variety and quirkiness than cafes in Penzance do – but we haven’t found it yet.
Where else can you order a kite-surfing or paddleboard lesson with your proper coffee? Or enjoy a pot of tea and fresh flaky pastries overlooking our curvaceous 1930s Art Deco lido, with the bay and St Michael’s Mount beyond?
Away from the water, you can enjoy chunky open sandwiches deep amid the agapanthus and azaleas of one of our famous gardens. Meanwhile, tea rooms in our main streets will tempt you with window displays crammed with moist and sticky homemade cakes. (Cornish cream tea, anyone?)
If you like a little culture with your cuppa, cafes in Penzance also offer arty eats and drinks in our famous galleries.
For more substantial bites, nothing can beat a Cornish pasty while watching the world go by from a Penzance cafe window. Eat and enjoy a little local colour – with perhaps a piece of our famous moist and moreish saffron cake to follow…