To celebrate National Coffee Week from 11-17 April 2016, we’ve put our heads together at Street Eats London to share our favourite coffee spots in London. Whatever your taste, wherever you live, whatever your mood, there’s something for you…
Best for: Scandi Fika (coffee and pastry).
Grab a coffee Scandi style with a cinnamon bun – kanelbulle, whether it’s a breakfast treat or a late afternoon Fika. The cardamom buns (pictured above) are a great twist for some warming spice. This spot was a favourite while exploring Stockholm and we’re glad to find not one, but three Fabrique exports in Hoxton, Covent Garden and Notting Hill. Beans are from Swedish coffee roasters Johan and Nyström, and try out the stone oven-baked breads, too.
Coffee Taste: Strong, we reckon this is how it’s done in Sweden.
Top Tip: Head to the Hoxton bakery after shopping for flowers in Columbia Road Market.
Where: Hoxton; Covent Garden; and Notting Hill.
Fabrique Bakery | Arch 385, Geffrye Street London E2 8HZ | 8 Earlham Street London WC2H 9RY | 212 Portobello Road London W11 1LA
Ozone Coffee Roasters
Best for: Your usual brew; alternative brews – aeropress, and drip coffee; wholesale supplies.
Ozone Coffee Roasters is a familiar name in New Zealand, having started off from a journey to coffee plantations in El Salvador and eventually opening their own roastery café in London’s Old Street, while also supplying other UK cafés and restaurants (phew). Not only can you drink your usual latte or flat white here, you can also go for alternative brews including the aeropress and drip coffee, while choosing from a great lunch menu.
Coffee Taste: “Burundi”, Gaharo Hill is made using the aeropress, with smooth, fruity notes and a rich chocolate aroma.
Top Tip: Coffee aficionados can take it further and buy coffee beans from here, or go for barista training.
Where: Old Street.
Ozone Coffee Roasters | 11 Leonard St, London EC2A 4AQ
Bean About Town
Best for: A global affair. Bean About Town offers coffee blends from around the world, think Costa Rica/Herbazu, Brazil/Fazenda Nossa Senhora de Fatima, Guatemala/Acatenango.
Serving fresh coffee out of the cute trucks and market stalls, Bean About Town is a nifty mobile outfit providing freshly ground, traditional hand-pulled coffee in on-the-go cups. There’s plenty of choice, from classic cappuccinos to chai lattes, and there’s almond or soya milk, too. The beans may have travelled far but they are roasted a tad more locally by Coffee Compass in Brighton. If you’re a fan of coffee art you’ll be impressed with the beautiful creations.
Coffee Taste: The signature espresso has hints of cocoa and almonds.
Top Tip: Visit Bean About Town at Southbank Food Market and you can select a dessert from another of the many vendors for the perfect pairing.
Where? Popping up all over town.
Bean About Town | Southbank Food Market, St Katharine Docks, Kentish Town, Clapham North and Kensington Olympia.
Le Pain Quotidien
Best for: Bubbles… or lack of. This Belgian spot has got froth down the fine art. The cappuccino is as smooth as James Bond on an (espresso) martini.
If you like coffee in a bowl this one’s for you. This place has “comfort” value in abundance, from the rustic wooden benches and chilled tunes (perfect for tapping away on your laptop with the free wifi) to the smell of baked goods and uber-friendly service. And there’s nothing like having coffee by candlelight – this place stays open ’til 9pm when most cafés close up shop early evening.
Coffee Taste: Soothing.
Top Tip: This place serves an all-day brunch so pop by any time of day for chorizo baked eggs, an adorable dippy egg or organic scrambled eggs with Atlantic smoked salmon. Lush.
Where: All over London.
Best for: A relaxed coffee with friends.
If you’re on the hunt for somewhere super chilled to while away the hours with a coffee in hand, then make this your local coffee hang out. Tucked away from the noise of Brixton Village, Parissi offers up cosy corners with freshly made patisseries, mezze-style lunches and of course, killer coffees on tap.
Coffee Taste: Smooth.
Top Tip: Perfect for long, lazy brunches.
Parissi | 76 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8PX
First Aid Box
Best for: Something a little different.
From the guys behind Brixton’s much loved Shrub & Shutter, this little gem has the perfect remedy to get you through the morning. First up are their expertly made coffees using beans from South London roasters, Alchemy Coffee. Smooth, intense and local – couldn’t ask for more! But if you’re still not feeling quite in one piece, then we’d advise pulling up a bar stool and knocking back one of their brilliant botanical cocktails (served with a handy syringe on the side).
Coffee Taste: Rich and strong.
Top Tip: Post-coffee or pre-cocktail, pick up some goodies at Herne Hill Farmer’s Market and enjoy picnic style in Brockwell Park.
Where: Herne Hill.
First Aid Box | 119 Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0NG
Best for: American-style cake and coffee with a twist
Once you’ve tried the coffee here you’ll be hooked! Choose from a range of coffees made with butter, brown sugar, and a little bit of salt that are wickedly indulgent. There’s the original Cubano (two shots, steamed milk, brown sugar, butter, salt) or if you’re a mocha fan go for the Bubblin’ Brown (Cubano plus cocoa). For coffee with a kick, try the Old Smoky (Cubano plus smoky chilli) – it’s surprisingly good. Keep your coffee company with an American-sized slab of red velvet cheesecake brownie, snickers brownie, or cinnamon streusel cake.
Coffee Taste: Rich and sweet, but the touch of salt keeps it from being sickly.
Top Tip: Sit by the floor-to-ceiling window front and absorb the sophisticated yet villagey Chiswick vibe.
Outsider Tart | 83 Chiswick High Rd, London W4 2EF
Electric Coffee Company
Best for: Great tasting coffee brewed from locally roasted beans.
Renowned for making the best flat whites in West London, Electric Coffee Co use beans roasted locally at Volcano Coffee Works. Try the Brew Bar (pictured) for individually filtered coffees, best drunk without milk; the Brazilian beans have a cocoa and dried fig flavour, while the beans from El Salvador have a brighter dark chocolate and acidic taste. Baristas are friendly and enthusiastic about their coffee!
Coffee Taste: Light and refreshing, with fruit and chocolate flavours.
Top Tip: Go to Ealing on a Friday or Saturday evening for wine/charcuterie/cheese evenings with espresso and flat white martinis!
Where: Ealing and Islington.
Electric Coffee Company | 40 Haven Green, Ealing, London W5 2NX | Old Street Tube Station, London EC1Y 1B
SAID dal 1923
Best for: Chocoholics.
Serving coffee – and chocolate – since 1923, this Soho haunt is perfect for those caffeine addicts with a sweet tooth. The café come chocolatier sells London’s best mocha. Each coffee cup is delivered with white, milk and dark chocolate lavishly drizzled down the sides, providing a luxurious twist on an old favourite, which will keep you coming back for more. Don’t leave without sampling the handmade chocolates.
Coffee Taste: Strong and sweet.
Top Tip: When in Rome… make sure you visit their Italian branch.
SAID dal 1923 | 41 Broadwick St, London W1F 9QL
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
Best for: Commuters.
If it’s a pick-me-up you want from your morning coffee, then look no further. Along with your morning coffee fix, they also provide inspirational quotes and play music on full blast to keep those eyelids open at 8am. Truly a takeaway café, don’t expect chairs and tables – you’ll be in and out in moments.
Coffee Taste: Mellow.
Top Tip: Say yes to the second shot for an extra kick!
Where: Leather Lane, Chancery Lane, Norton Folgate, Spitalfields Market, Carnaby Street, St Martins Coutryard, Warwick Street and Piccadilly
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs | 15 Sherwood St, Regent Street Quadrant, London, W1F 7ED