Somebody recently mentioned to me that a coffee shop that’s doing really well is considering opening a second branch. … in Paris! The owners think that London is over-served by hipster coffee places whereas Paris isn’t. It’s true – almost every time I walk around (any area) in London I discover a new coffee shop that’s opened up.
What does this say about us? Are we all becoming more and more addicted? Is tea slowly being replaced as the traditional hot beverage of choice in Grand Britannia?
Given this trend, and given that I’ve been hanging out in MANY coffee shops since starting a business last year, you can imagine narrowing down a list of favourites was challenging. If you look closely, there is a difference between good coffee, and exceptional coffee and so without further ado, here are 5 of my favourite places:
- Allpress (Dalston)
The larger branch & roastery of the smaller Shoreditch outlet has a super cozy, brightly lit, warehouse converted restaurant space. Ideal for sipping their consistently excellent coffee.
- Ozone (Shoreditch)
This is also a roastery. This place has such a cool vibe and the food is also great.
- Terrone (London Fields)
Tiny little container inside Netil market. If you’re at Broadway Market, go there to get your fix, you won’t regret it!
- The Department of Coffee (Soho)
I just love their coffee. Something about their roasts and how they froth the milk…
- Flat White (Soho)
They make the densest (is that a word?) flat white. A tiny paper cup filled with espresso and super condensed, frothed milk – voila!