Sunday 16 September 2018

Daily Grind Speciality Coffee Bar

18 Exchange St
Coffee: Sacred Grounds
Also: Beans, milkshakes, baked treats
Coolness:  Tattoo-inspiration meets an ethos that would make your mum feel welcome

Daily Grind is in amongst the narrow arteries of Dundee's old city, two streets back from the river Tay.

Contrasting with the grand stone buildings of Dundee's industrial past, the glass-fronted Daily Grind takes up a sizeable piece of real estate in combination with sister business Hard Grind barber shop.

As you pass the Stoormtrooper mannequin at the door, the coffee bar and friendly baristas in the centre of the room beckon you to have a chat and place your order. You'll enjoy seasonally changing coffees from Arbroath-based Sacred Grounds and they also sell retail bags of beans for home brewing. You can get a take-away or take your time at a table along the right hand wall.

Even before you've had your coffee you may experience a bit of sensory overload when you first visit Daily Grind.

The decor is motivated by tattoo art with a retro twist. Built on a backdrop of gleaming white, your eyes are pulled from one chunky black and brightly coloured design to the next, before you notice walls filled with quirky line art of ships, hearts, skulls and other classic tattoo stalwarts. The whole left of the coffee shop is dedicated to a large range of graphic-led apparel - both their own and from Dundee brand Abandon Ship - all of which has something to say.

The best thing, though, is that this is a very welcoming place that goes out of it's way to be inclusive. As well as coffee, the team are clearly passionate about tattoos, design and barbering that's positively sculptural, but they also celebrate difference. From LGBT Pride pins at the till, to Abandon Ship's 'not everything sucks' slogan adorning the coffee machine to welcoming and interested staff, the Daily Grind offers a very friendly port to anyone, in any storm.


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