Tucked away in the back streets serving hot and cold drinks, cakes, soups and sandwiches. Open Mon-Sat 08:30-15:30.

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28 Reviews

First Review by Maggierogers


Points +20

20 Sep 2023

Amazing tiramisu!

I can thoroughly recommend Java. Lovely, fresh vegan food - I had the croustade followed by the best tiramisu ever. Quirky decor and good tunes too!



Points +43

17 Sep 2023

Brilliant little hidden venue

Follow the signs down some alleys off the main street, and in courtyard full of flowers you find this venue. Food was absolutely delicious with a great variety of vegan dishes in addition to veggie options. The croustade of the day when we went was delicious along with a lovely salad and home made vegan coleslaw. My parents enjoyed the avocado on sourdough with halloumi which came with what looked like a mountain of avocado. Will definitely be back if we're in the area again.

Pros: Delicious food, Lovely courtyard, Great variety of options

Cons: Stops serving hot food at 2:30


Points +251

06 May 2023

So so great!

They are a veggie cafe with plenty of vegan options. It was a Saturday so there was a special brunch menu - the spring onion pancakes with avocado was amazing and their coffee was great.


Points +451

06 Apr 2023

Best Vegetarian Cafe in Swanage

It wasn’t clear to me how many vegan options there were if any. Nonetheless I had the Roasted Chestnut Mushrooms and Peppers in Toast which included a salad and non vegan Feta cheese. My wife had the soup of the day. Both were delicious. We both had Flat Whites with Soy and Oak Milk. Excellent service too. Out of the way place, down an alleyway, so a little hard to find.

Pros: Taste, Presentation , Ambience

Cons: Clearly Defined Vegan Options on the menu.


Points +308

27 Jan 2023

Will definitely go back!

Fully vegan and vegetarian. Unbelievably delicious dishes; lentil pie, parsnip soup, avo toast. The salads were superb.
Lovely service and great value. #Veganuary


Points +28

05 Dec 2022

Delicious Vegan/Vegetarian cafe

Very trendy little place. Excellent home cooked food with either vegan or vegetarian options. Stumbled by it by chance. Animal friendly also. A really little gem. So pleased we found it. No where else in the town had any options.

Pros: Good vegan food. More choices in the summer, Home cooked tastey. , Really friendly owner and dog friendly


Points +138

23 Jul 2022

Big fan of this place

Probably your best bet as a vegan in Swanage. A must visit!

Pros: Delicious scrambled tofu brunch, Lovely iced coffee , Suntrap courtyard location, ideal to relax outside


Points +132

09 Jul 2022

Delicious food

Had breakfast here twice. The coffee was nice and I had the banana bread with yoghurt, berries and toasted oats on one day and the vegan breakfast on the next. Both were delicious. We sat in the courtyard which was surrounded by flowers. Such a nice place with friendly staff. Would definitely visit again.


Points +156

08 Jun 2022

A hidden gem

We had an al fresco lunch here and enjoyed the vegan tart with salad. The coffee is the best we've tasted locally. There are vegan cake/dessert options, too.

Pros: Vegan options , Excellent coffee, Dog friendly


Points +330

03 May 2022

Nice little cafe with radiating staff

Nice atmosphere, not pretentious, tasty food, unfortunately they were very busy and sold out of many vegan options

Pros: Good choice, GF options, Very fairly priced

Cons: I expected more vegan choice in a vegetarian plac


Points +120

03 Nov 2021

Mmmmmmmm yes…

Lovely quirky little vegetarian/ vegan cafe. Great food.

Pros: Lovely location and quirky cafe, Friendly staff , Delicious food


Points +343

06 Aug 2021

Just lovely

We had a nice family lunch here in their fragrant, cozy courtyard. The vegan tart was tasty and the accompanying salad was innovative. We had a nice time and would return.

Pros: Vegan choices , Cute courtyard , Tasty

Cons: 40p extra for non dairy milk - bit steep!


Points +238

09 Oct 2020

Hidden gem

We were delighted to have spotted the A board advertising this little cafe which is tucked away in Swanage’s alleys (also home to a fab vegan cosmetics shop and an all-too-tempting chocolate shop with lots of vegan treats) and had a delicious lunch of savoury vegan rolls (billed as “sausage” but much tastier than usual ones) with chutney and a beautifully presented salad. Enjoyed it so much that we returned later in the week!

Pros: Fresh, tasty food, Friendly service

Cons: Tiny but we found seating on both visits


Points +314

12 Sep 2020

Well needed lunch

It’s a little gem in an area where it’s quite difficult to get good vegan options. Had a lovely sausage roll and gorgeous salad and chutney. Sausage roll wasn’t like faux meat but was still good. Was absolutely packed so had to stand around for a little while. And it is located next to a lobster place so absolutely stunk but I’d definitely go back if in the area (which is stunning)

Cons: Not overly clear on menu what’s vegan


Points +115

15 Aug 2020

Delicious food, excellent service

The staff was exceptionally friendly, the place is very cozy and the food is both fresh and healthy! Thank you for this delicious meal.
Recommend the Dorset special blend tea.


Points +25

14 Jan 2020


Very friendly and cosy with lovely atmosphere. Several vegan options for lunch, choice of vegan cakes and various plant based milks to go in your coffee. Will definitely be back next time I visit Swanage.

Pros: Very friendly staff, More than one vegan option

Cons: Gets busy at lunchtime


Points +24

21 Oct 2019

Great coffee, good food!

Nice cosy little place in centre of swanage, good coffee and great food, options for vegans and vegeterians! :-)

Pros: Vegan options

Cons: Cash only, no credit cards accepted


Points +226

13 Jul 2019

Awesome place!

Cheap, tasty, amazing stuff. Everything is great!


Points +35

12 Nov 2018

Delicious soup

Ate lunch here with my husband (a vegetarian), had a lovely soup, delicious pasty and huge rock bun. Very helpful and friendly service, cool and quirky surroundings.


Points +2300

15 Oct 2018

Tea and cake

Stopped by for an afternoon cup of tea and cake. It seemed popular and was rather busy inside (there is limited seating) but as it was dry I was able to sit in the courtyard area outside which was nice.
I was a little disappointed because despite a cabinet full of cakes only two options were vegan. I had hope for more choice based on previous reviews/ as it is a vegetarian cafe. Having said that the cake was moist and tasty. There was a good choice of fruit/herbal tea.

Pros: Independent, Nice cake, Outdoor seating

Cons: Closes early, Limited vegan cake choices


Points +125

15 Aug 2018

Cute little Cafe

Nice place to stop by. The salad was amazing and I absolutely loved the vegan cake they served! It was really refreshing and felt inovative.


Points +207

13 Aug 2018

Proper little gem!

This little gem can be found in Commercial Road in Swanage and the whole area is a fascinating magnet for quirky shops and galleries. Walk into Java and you are cheered up immediately - the decor and collection of bits and pieces is fun and so colourful. Vegan cake and special vegan treats abound, alongside great salads with the tastiest dressings, also a good selection of vegetarian food and the best coffee around. It opens early (8am) and closes early, (3.30pm) so you need to get there by lunch time to have a chance of sharing in the vegan options.


Points +572

21 Jul 2018

A great little caf

We found this place when looking for a good coffee, which it absolutely delivered on. But we went back for some lovely vegan food - the vegan tarts and salad were great. Lots of veggie choices and some vegan. The owner is also very friendly and the two times we went there was a great soundtrack and a really nice atmosphere.

Pros: Atmosphere great , Good coffee, Veggie options

Cons: Not fully vegan


Points +210

20 Jun 2018

Could only be better if it went vegan

This place was lovely, tucked away in a quiet back street. It seems really popular and there is a good local crowd. The owner was really welcoming and helpful when it came to vegan choices. The only way this place could be improved is if it ditched the dairy and went entirely vegan!


Points +143

01 Jun 2018

Friendly for us and the dog!

Lovely spot tucked away but easy to find with the signs. Just ask and they will let you know vegan options. Dog friendly and lovely staff. Would be 5 star for me if fully vegan. Also for info was cash only.

Pros: Dog friendly

Cons: Not fully vegan


Points +30

Non Veg
06 Mar 2018

Fabulous AND Dog friendly

It took us a while to find it as it’s tucked away behind the main street - look out for the bill boards showing the way. What a find - a small cafe with eclectic and interesting decoration. The vegetarian and vegan food was so good. I had a hummus and haloumi toastie which came with a side salad and slaw. I also bought an apple scone to take away. All very tasty and left me wanting to go back. Staff were friendly and helpful and it’s also very dog friendly. The was a wide choice of vegetarian and vegan food. Loved it.


Points +20

26 Oct 2017

Dog Friendly

lovely staff,Food and Also dog friendly.
Really nice vegetarian food/vegan in a great place with quirky details!


25 Jan 2018

I have lunch here whenever I am in Swanage. Fantastic salad served with excellent home-made tarts. And REAL loose-leaf tea - no tea-bags here! Pity it is not open in the evenings.

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