Although well-known chains are popular, nothing quite beats a cup of tea and a slice of cake in a local space. Luckily, the cafe culture in Hull is thriving with quirky independent tea bars and coffee houses, and we've rounded up our favourite spots for midday refreshment.

Planet Coffee, Newland Avenue
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Being Newland Avenue's largest coffee spot, Planet Coffee certainly lives up to its name. Offering an extensive range of hot and cold beverages, along with a great selection of light bites and cakes, their menu stretches over several beautifully decorated walls. The two-storey coffee haven provides enough space for larger groups, as well as quiet corners for those wanting to soak up the atmosphere alone. Meanwhile, the opportunity for free WiFi and a comfortable sofa makes the space ideal for students seeking an inspiring place to study, or to catch up on that book you've been meaning to read. Fitting nicely into Newland's vibrant nightlife, the shop is open Monday to Friday from 8am-9:15pm, Saturdays 8am-6:15pm and Sundays 10am-4:15pm.

Thieving Harry's, Humber Street

With its stunning views of Hull Marina, Thieving Harry's is an ideal spot for a scenic break from work or to meet up with friends. Situated in the upcoming cultural hotspot of the city, the once pop-up cafe is now permanently located in the refurbished Fruit Market warehouse where they first started out. The space retains some of its former charm with restored foldaway doors and upcycled furniture and fixtures, making it a truly unique eatery. Thieving Harry's prides itself on the art of coffee and creating great food, serving fresh baked goods and a selection of breakfasts and lunches. Open daily from 10am-4pm, this coffee house will be at the forefront of the area's cafe culture scene come 2017.

Liquid Jade, Zebedee's Yard

Nestled away in a renovated art room of the former Hull Trinity House Academy, this bright and airy tea bar is ideal for a break from the bustling streets of Hull's city centre and Old Town. Serving a broad range of whole leaf teas and fresh coffee, as well as an assortment of light lunches and locally made sweet treats, Liquid Jade certainly offers a pleasant pit stop for shoppers, tourists and workers alike. In the meantime, their outdoor seating area provides a great space for those who want to soak up the last of the summer sun. Recently licensed, visitors can now order a cheeky glass of wine or alcoholic beverage of their choice to accompany a tasty salad or panini.

Blondes, Cottingham

Located just outside of Hull in the village of Cottingham, this quirky cafe specialises in vegetarian and vegan cuisine, and also offers various gluten- and dairy-free alternatives. Priding itself on sustainable, local and organic food, their earth-friendly ethos makes Blondes stand out from the rest. The cafe serves a wide choice of vegan milkshakes and muffins, paninis, ice cream and smoothies, as well as a good cup of tea or coffee. Strikingly decorated, customers also have the chance to buy the gifts and homeware displayed in the small eatery.

Lydia's, Newland Avenue

This small cake shop is based just beyond the bridge on Newland Avenue and offers takeaway treats as well as a delightful space to sit-in and sip. With its upcycled and homemade vibe, it's a great spot for a catch-up with friends and a cheeky dessert. Lydia's also plays host to a series of clubs and activities, from language cafe sessions, to knitting and crochet clubs and even regular film screenings. Customers are also given the opportunity to give back to the local community by buying an extra coffee or snack with their order; the money raised then goes towards something to eat and drink for someone who really needs it.

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