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The 5 most Instagram-worthy coffee shops in Birmingham

Getting that perfect Instagram post can be so hard these days, so why not make it easy and try the most aesthetic coffee shops in Brum.

With winter quickly approaching, and the weather sometimes being unpredictable, a coffee shop is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. They can be ideal places for students to get some much-needed coffee whilst spending the afternoon doing uni work, especially when the library surroundings aren't quite cutting it—a prettier surrounding might make you more motivated! Failing that, grab some pals and unwind with a good coffee and a chat. Either way, these places guarantee a good Instagram post is on the cards, so you can save worrying about your social media for another day.

Birmingham has some of the best coffee shops in the UK, so why not take advantage of them? Here are the top five prettiest in the city centre:

1. Yorks Cafe

Yorks Cafe have three locations in Birmingham. They have an industrial vibe going on with their decor but with plenty of greenery and coffee is relatively cheap. All three locations have a breakfast/brunch menu and a lunch/later menu so there's also plenty of food options too!

Their first location on Stephenson Street has two floors and is located next to New Street Station, so is the perfect place to grab a coffee before your train. Their basement has a five-speaker surround sound movie screen showing free films six days a week, and with craft beer and wine as drink options making it a great spot to spend an evening at. The Ikon Gallery houses the second Yorks which has an outdoor terrace, making it perfect for a sunny afternoon, but with large floor-to-ceiling windows inside, you can get the same effect in the winter too! Their final location is on Colmore Row by Snow Hill Station and is the only cafe of the three to offer doughnuts, which a baker arrives at 10:30 am every day to deliver. All three locations offer something different but each promise beautiful interiors, good food and most importantly, great coffee.

2. 200 Degrees
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200 Degree, located on Colmore Row, and was only opened in 2012 so is still relatively new to the scene. With locations also in Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Leicester, and Cardiff, it has become popular in a short space of time. The interior is absolute goals with exposed brick walls, red neon signs, and filament light bulbs—coffee starts from £1.90, perfect for the student budget.

3. Quarterhorse Coffee

Quarter Horse Coffee is on Bristol Street, just outside the city centre. The interior is extremely minimalist but can be considered the perfect place to work for no distractions. The coffee is a bit more expensive, starting at £2.90, but a cheap place for brunch. They also offer a coffee tasting course for £10 a person where you can learn about all the different types of coffees and what their scent and taste mean—amazing for any coffee lover.

4. Urban Emporiums

Urban Emporiums have two locations: Church Street and the Jewellery Quarter. They are completely independent, do an amazing brunch menu and coffee starts from £2.15, what more could you want? They have two floors with plenty of space to work or bring friends and they cater for everyone with vegan and gluten-free alternatives.

5. Faculty

Faculty is located in the Piccadilly Arcade in the city centre. It's tucked away but has plenty of charm and when sat down you can see the bakers at work in the kitchen, producing fresh bakes every day, and with vegan options available they cater for everyone. The Faculty is also the perfect stop for tea as they have a wide range of different varieties, and good coffee too.

If you're looking for a change in surroundings this semester, these are the perfect coffee shops to try. Your pals will be impressed with your aesthetic coffee shop knowledge, and how good the coffee is, or you'll impress yourself with how much work you can get done in one afternoon. A guaranteed pretty environment and place for a new Instagram post, it's a win-win.