Do you remember that feeling in the morning where your brain just can’t seem to function until you’ve had your cup of coffee? I know that feeling too well – so much so that I would get a headache on days where I missed my coffee fix. It felt like having a mini withdrawal from not having coffee. Like most people perhaps, I really didn’t care too much where I g0t my coffee. But with years of drinking coffee, I guess one would acquire a certain taste and would know which coffee actually tastes better.
You can be spoilt for choice when it comes to coffee shops when you’re in London. It seems like every street has a coffee shop. London has become a big coffee-drinking city as much as it is a big tea-drinking city. And so with all this choice – where can you get good coffee?
Here are my 3 go-to coffee places that I would like to share with you:
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
The name is quite a mouthful but they have consistently served high-quality coffee every time I get the chance to pop by their shop at Spitalfields Market. I usually drink a latte and occasionally would order a cappuccino if I fancied chocolate sprinkle on top.
Have you ever had a latte that tasted like watered down coffee? Well don’t worry, you won’t get that here. Believe me – I had a few of those watered down lattes that I’d never again go back. With DCSA’s latte, you can still taste a strong, distinct coffee flavour despite there being a 3/4 of milk in your drink.
I am only familiar with 2 of their shops – one in Spitalfields Market and another one close to Picadilly Tube but on their website, they have a couple of other shops scattered around London.
A medium-sized latte costs about £2.80 – it is cheaper than some of the places I know but I think this price point is still above average considering you could get a cup coffee from a chain for around £1.90. I guess you get what you pay for.
Beany Green’s coffee is up there with Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. The lattes are just as strong. For me, the difference comes down to the overall creaminess of the drink. That said, if I don’t have much time to walk to Spitalfields Market, I wouldn’t think twice about getting my coffee fix from Beany Green instead.
There tends to be a queue in the mornings at its Broadgate Circle branch so you would need to factor in waiting times if you don’t want to be late for work. A cup of latte is priced around £2.90 – not too dissimilar with DCSA. They have a decent breakfast menu as well so if you fancy more than just a cup of coffee, you can choose from a variety of cakes and breakfast rolls to help boost your morning.
I discovered Caravan (Exmouth Market) when a friend decided to celebrate his birthday there. Since then, Caravan’s been one of my favourite places to go to for brunch. Not only is their food delicious, the coffee is of very good standard. The lattes here are crafted with care and if paired with their brunch selection, you could say you’re on a promising start to an indulgent day. A latte costs £2.90 and I definitely recommend checking out their brunch menu at Exmouth Market on a weekend.
That’s my round-up of my favourite coffee places. Do you know of a coffee shop that serves a warm and comforting cup of coffee? Please share them here.