Best Coffee Spots in Pontypridd

Pontypridd is becoming a bit of a coffee hotspot. Knowing which coffee to sample first might be a difficult choice, but don't worry, we've done the hard work for you (believe us, sampling great coffee and cakes is a hard job). 

Here's our ultimate coffee guide for Ponty – espresso-ly for you.

USW Starbucks & Crawshays

We’re keeping it in the family with the first pick and why wouldn’t we? 

With Starbucks located at the top of campus in Stilts and Crawshays nestled in the historic Ty Crawshay, students and staff are never far from a caffeine fix.

From fancy frappes in Starbucks to cosy cappuccinos in Crawshays, there is something on offer for everyone.


Olive’s Attic

Loved by students and locals alike, Olive’s Attic is a family run café offering homely coffee and food accompanied by a top floor art gallery where local artists display their artwork.

With an open mic evening being held on the first Friday of each month, Olive’s Attic, or ‘The Attic’ as it’s affectionately known, offers guests a true Valley’s welcome.

Oh, and another thing, it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away from our Treforest and Glyntaff campuses.

Olive's Attic

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Gatto Lounge

Sitting on the banks of the river Taff, with panoramic windows, overlooking Ynysangharad Park, Gatto Lounge is one of Ponty’s newest additions.

With tasty food options including Buttermilk Pancakes or a Falafel & Avocado Ciabatta, there is something for anyone. Gatto is also home to a wide range of veggie and vegan options.

An added bonus too is the outdoor terrace, which is the perfect place to watch the world go by whilst enjoying a frothy coffee.

Dog lover? Great news, the Lounge is dog-friendly, so be ready for a whole lotta loving from Ponty’s pooches.

Gatto Lounge

Image owned by The Lounges

The Prince’s Café

If you’ve never eaten a custard slice from Prince’s, you haven’t lived… A Ponty staple for over 70 years, Prince’s still holds pride of place in a lot of people’s hearts. 

Step back in time into the art-deco café with a vintage style tea-room on the upper floor which is full to the brim of homemade cakes, breads, and pasties. With a small army of friendly staff, you will be welcomed in style and be treated to traditional waiter service.

If you’re looking for a morning coffee and cake, head down to Prince’s and see why even after 70 years, this gem is still thriving. 

P.S. Please bring us back a custard slice, we’ve worked up an appetite now!


Image owned by The Princes Restaurant


From stepping back in time at Prince’s to flying straight back to today at Zucco, another new addition to the town centre.

Serving speciality coffee, healthy juices and superfood smoothies, this is the best place in town to grab something to fuel you through your day. 

With a latte coming in at only £2.50 and a smoothie for £4.50, this is a student’s paradise. 


Image owned by Zucco

The Thirsty Elephant

If you’re willing to make a day of it and head further afield, The Thirsty Elephant is a hidden gem.

Based in Pontyclun (15 minutes from the Treforest campus) by day, The Thirsty Elephant is a trendy coffee bar but by night, it transforms into a cocktail bar where different independent street food vendors visit weekly.

Fully dog friendly and vegan and veggie inclusive, this independent gem has everything you could want to make you come time and time again.

So, if you’re an early bird and are ready for avocado on toast and a flat white, or you’re more of a night owl with a taste for sticky chicken wings and an espresso martini, The Thirsty Elephant has you covered. 

The Thirsty Elephant

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