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The World’s Most Popular Independent Cafes

16 Jan | news | BY Betway Insider | MIN READ TIME |
The World’s Most Popular Independent Cafes

Analysing social media data and search volume, Betway unveils the most popular independent cafes in the UK and around the world.

Whether it’s tourists looking for the must-visit location in a new city, or locals searching for a trendy brunch hangout, the world is full of stunning independent cafes to try. But which cafes around the world are the most popular?

To find out, online slots site Betway has measured the social media popularity of over 300 independent coffee shops the globe, comparing the number of TikTok views, Instagram hashtags and Google search volume to determine which independent cafe is the world’s favourite. 

Here are some of the key findings at a glance:

  • Onibus Coffee in Tokyo is the most popular independent cafe in the world with over 82,000 Instagram posts under its hashtag.
  • Federal in Manchester is the UK’s most popular independent coffee shop with over one million views on TikTok.
  • Surprisingly, New York City loses out on the top spot for being home to the most popular independent coffee shop in the U.S., with locations in California and Ohio dominating the top three.

The Top 10 Most Popular Independent Cafes in the World 

From aesthetically pleasing interiors to mouth watering cakes and pastries, the world is full of incredible independent cafes and coffee roasters. Thanks to social media, it’s never been easier to share your recommendations and search for new places to try, but where will you find the most popular spots in the world for a cup of joe?

The top 10 most popular independent coffee shops in the world:

Rank

Cafe 

Country

City

Hashtag

TikTok views

Instagram hashtag use

Average annual search volume (global)

1

Onibus Coffee

Japan

Tokyo

onibuscoffee

566,000

82,004

14,800

2

Panaderia Rosetta

Mexico

Mexico City

panaderiarosetta

4,700,000

3,150

14,800

3

AMA Cafe

India

New Delhi

amacafe

425,600

21,615

40,500

4

Federal

United Kingdom

Manchester

federalcafe

1,100,000

11,332

33,100

5

Ozone Coffee Roasters

United Kingdom / New Zealand

London / New Plymouth / Auckland

ozonecoffeeroasters

2,600,000

14,088

12,100

6

Crew Collective & Cafe

Canada

Montreal

crewcollectivecafe

309,400

3,969

33,100

7

Sightglass Coffee

United States

San Francisco and Los Angeles

sightglasscoffee

197,000

14,249

27,100

8

Cafe Olimpico

Canada

Montreal

cafeolimpico

694,400

3,602

266,400

9

Fox in the Snow

United States

Columbus

foxinthesnowcafe

36,000

3,187

27,100

10

Feya

United Kingdom

London

feyacafe

1,800,000

8,343

8,343

1. Onibus Coffee, Tokyo, Japan

Coming in first place as the most popular independent spot for coffee in the world is Onibus in Japan. With over half a million TikTok views, 82,000 Instagram posts and almost 178,000 Google searches a year, Onibus is a must-visit for coffee enthusiasts.

Onibus has several locations across Tokyo, with its original being location in Okusawa. It’s coffee beans are sustainably sourced whilst the coffee shops themselves are known for highlighting the work of local artists, displaying this on its coffee cups and throughout its interiors.

2. Panaderia Rosetta, Mexico City, Mexico

In second place is Panaderia Rosetta, located in Colonia Roma in Mexico City, with the highest number of TikTok views in the entire ranking (almost five million).

Panaderia Rosetta is known for serving delicious baked goods and coffee, and is perhaps most famous for its guava pastry, cardamom buns, and conchas. The brainchild of Elena Reygadas, named the world’s best female chef in 2023, this is another must-see location for food and coffee lovers.

3. AMA Cafe, New Delhi, India

AMA Cafe in New Delhi comes in third place with a whopping 486,000 Google searches per year and over 21,000 Instagram posts under the cafe’s hashtag. 

AMA Cafe serves a range of coffees and teas, freshly baked breads, pastries and artisanal cakes. This beautiful spot for coffee also has an in-house coffee roastery, serving delicious blends sourced from the Himalayas.

Two spots in the UK claim fourth and fifth place – Federal in Manchester and Ozone Coffee Roasters in London

The UK’s Top 10 Most Popular Independent Cafes

The UK is home to a wide range of independent coffee shops to try, from cosy corner cafes to sleek coffee houses worthy of a post on the grid. But where will you find the most popular independent coffee shops in the country?

The top 10 most popular independent cafes in the UK:

Rank

Cafe

Location

Hashtag

TikTok views

Instagram hashtag use

Annual search volume (global)

1

Federal

Manchester

federalcafe

1,100,000

11,332

397,200

2

Ozone Coffee Roasters

London

ozonecoffeeroasters

2,600,000

14,088

145,200

3

Feya

London

feyacafe

1,800,000

8,343

100,116

4

Daisy Green

London

daisygreen

895,100

7,994

177,600

5

Granger & Co

London

grangerandco

698,800

16,507

79,200

6

Society Cafe

Oxford / Bath / Bristol / Cheltenham 

societycafe

309,200

7,623

145,200

7

Origin Coffee Roasters

Porthleven / Bristol / London

origincoffeeroasters

143,800

7,375

118,800

8

WatchHouse

London

watchhouse

197,100

7,889

97,200

9

Ezra and Gil

Manchester

ezraandgil

250,300

4,943

97,200

10

Bold Street Coffee

Liverpool / Manchester

boldstreetcoffee

210,200

2,426

64,800

1. Federal, Manchester

Federal in Manchester is the most popular independent cafe in the UK, with the second highest annual search volume (397,200) and the seventh highest number of TikTok views in the entire ranking (1.1 million). 

With several locations in Manchester, Federal is an Aussie inspired cafe serving delicious all day brunch, sandwiches, cocktails and, of course, coffee. 

2. Ozone Coffee Roasters, London

With four locations across London, and two location in New Zealand, Ozone Coffee Roasters comes in second place with 2.6 million TikTok views and 14,000 Instagram posts under the hashtag. 

Not only boasting stylish interiors perfect for featuring on the grid, Ozone Coffee Roasters are dedicated to serving responsibly sourced coffee and specialise in sustainable, low-waste dining. 

3. Feya, London

Feya comes in third place as the UK’s most popular independent cafe with almost two million views on TikTok and over 100,000 Google searches per year.

Feya is known for serving delicious brunch and French pastries amongst its elegant interiors decorated with a wide variety of pinks and flowers. With locations in Marble Arch, Bond Street and Knightsbridge, Feya is a must-visit stop for coffee and cake in the capital.

Daisy Green, an Australian inspired spot for coffee and a bite to eat with locations across London, comes in fourth place. Meanwhile, Granger & Co, another Australian inspired coffee shop, comes in fifth place. 

The Top 10 Most Popular Independent Cafes in the U.S.

From New York City to San Francisco, the United States is also home to many stunning independent cafes to explore, whether it’s to grab a coffee on the way to work, or for enjoying a long weekend brunch.

The top 10 most popular independent cafes in the United States:

Rank

Cafe 

City

Hashtag

TikTok views

Instagram hashtag use

Annual search volume (global)

1

Sightglass Coffee

San Francisco / Los Angeles

sightglasscoffee

197,000

14,249

325,200

2

Fox in the Snow

Columbus

foxinthesnowcafe

36,000

3,187

325,200

3

Communal Coffee

San Diego / Oceanside

communalcoffee

475,500

11,240

145,200

4

Felix Roasting Co

New York City

felixroastingco

930,600

2,238

145,200

5

Devoción Coffee

New York City

devocioncoffee

1,400,000

2,103

97,200

6

Spyhouse Coffee

Minneapolis

spyhousecoffee

85,500

9,296

145,200

7

Mostra Coffee

San Diego

mostracoffee

122,100

11,233

97,200

8

George Howell Coffee

Boston

georgehowellcoffee

19,400

3,490

145,200

9

Quills Coffee

Louisville / Indianapolis

quillscoffee

51,600

5,501

97,200

10

Tandem Coffee Roasters

Portland

tandemcoffeeroasters

14,500

1,877

118,800

1. Sightglass Coffee, San Francisco & Los Angeles

Sightglass Coffee in San Francisco and Los Angeles is number one for the U.S. with the most Instagram hashtags compared to all other U.S. coffee shops in the ranking at 14,249. 

Known for its artisanal baked goods and wines, as well as its delicious coffee, Sightglass Coffee is a social media lovers dream. Its San Francisco location features an open coffee bar, roastery and gathering space for coffee lovers in an aesthetic factory setting.

2. Fox in the Snow, Columbus

Fox in the Snow in Columbus comes in second as the States’ second most popular independent cafe. Although there are only 3,187 posts under the cafes Instagram hashtag, which is significantly less than Sightglass Coffee, its annual Google search volume of 325,200 proves it’s in high demand!

With three locations across Columbus, Fox in the Snow serves rustic-style baked goods and delicious coffee amongst stylish minimalistic interiors.

3. Communal Coffee, San Diego & Oceanside

Communal Coffee in Southern California comes in third place with over 11,000 Instagram posts under the cafe’s hashtag and almost half a million TikTok views. 

Serving delicious coffee and a seasonal menu amongst trendy interiors, Communal Coffee is a must-visit if you’re on the west coast.

Coming in fourth and fifth place are two aesthetic locations in New York City – Felix Roasting Company in Manhattan and Devoción Coffee in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Have you ever visited any of these popular independent coffee shops, and has our list inspired you to venture out and try new places?

Methodology & Sources 

Betway pulled together a seedlist of 345 independent cafes from around the world and compared them against a series of metrics. Each metric received a score out of 10 to create a final index.

These venues were then ranked according to the following metrics:

  • TikTok views – Number of views for relevant hashtag.
  • Instagram hashtag use – Number of pictures posted under relevant hashtag.
  • Average annual search volume – Average monthly search volume (using Google Keyword planner) was found and multiplied by 12 to calculate the annual search volume.
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