illycaffè, the leading company in high-quality sustainable coffee, has opened its first cafe in Bristol today, its third standalone site, thanks to growth in the UK coffee market. The new site is the premium coffee company’s first UK venture outside of London.
Situated on Bristol’s iconic Clifton Triangle on Queens Road, the new outlet combines a genuine Italian cafe experience with illy’s chic design ideals and innovative high-end technology, offering consumers the chance to refuel and relax in stylish surroundings.
The 70 sq m site is located right next door to the historic Clifton Village and fits perfectly into Bristol’s vibrant city centre.
Situated next to Bristol University and Bristol Museum, the cafe offers unique preparations of the illy blend and a varied selection of sweet and savory treats, from breakfast bomboloni pastries to light lunches and selected Mediterranean dishes. The store features a retail corner with a variety of illy products available for purchase.
Design items include a reproduction of the iconic 1934 illustration designed for illy by renowned Bauhaus artist, Xanti Schawinsky and a spectacular chandelier, composed of approximately 100 cups of the illy Art Collection, created by some of the world’s greatest contemporary artists and designers.
Sam Chandler, Marketing Manager at illy UK, commented, “Our world-renowned illy Caffès have proved really popular with Londoners so we’re excited to bring our passion and expertise to Bristol’s burgeoning food and drink scene.
'A cup of illy coffee is the final act in a long and varied ethical journey that’s seen us named one of the world’s most ethical company’s every year since 2008 and the end product of an obsession with quality that began all the way back in 1933.
'There’s simply no better place than an illy Caffè to share a coffee and, with the opening, we hope we can bring some happiness to the area in these uncertain times.”
The concept of the new illy Caffè will allow coffee lovers all over the world to share in the atmosphere of a genuine Italian coffee bar and bring a piece of Italy to the centre of Bristol.
illy has two standalone coffee shops in Regent Street (pictured) and Brompton Road, as well as one within the Victoria & Albert Museum.