February 17, 2017

London Fashion week has moved to Brewer Street in Soho. Once known for its nightlife, soho is now brimming with coffee culture. If you’re in the area and need a caffeine kick I have a made a list of my top five favorite coffeeshops to visit.

TAP – 193 Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZF

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Based in the heart of Soho, the outside of the coffee shop is unassuming and very easy to miss so look for the big bicycle mounted above the door and that’s yours café. As you walk into TAP coffee you see simple wooden benches and a stripped floor illuminated by skylights and industrial lighting. Minimal decor is the true charm of this place. Tap is quite a spacious café compared to the rest of the café’s in the area. It’s also buzzing with people any time of the day. They offer a wide variety of cakes, cold sandwiches, hot sandwich, various salads and lot of healthy gluten free options. If I’m visiting for breakfast then I would get my all-time favorite almond croissant with a delicious flat white. Otherwise it’s coffee with one of their sweet treats. All in all, this is a great place for coffee, conversations and more.

Soho Grind – 19 Beak Street, London W1F 9RP.

Soho Grind is one of eight branches of Grind coffee, others residing in Holborn and Shoreditch. They serve delicious coffee made with Grind House Blend which comes all the way from their roastery in Shoreditch. Every time I’m in Kingly Court or Carnaby Street, I love to head to Beak Street and drop in to Soho Grind for a quick coffee on the go. If I have more time on hand than I will sit near the window sipping my usual flat wite with one their pastries and watch the world pass by – one of my favourite actives when I am in the café. Talking of pastries, I absolutely adore their Portuguese custard tarts – these pastéis de nata even have an option with raspberries embedded in them.

Every day from 5pm, Soho Grind turns into a cocktails heaven, serving a selection of both signature and classic cocktails. I absolutely love their Espresso Martini. A good coffee makes excellent Espresso martini ..enough said! Grind is fabulous café and will definitely bring a big smile on your face when you leave this place.

Flat white -17 Berwick Street, London W1F 0PT

Flat White is located in the vibrant heart of Soho amidst the Berwick Street Market: A frontier land between the Old Soho of street traders, fabric stores and vinyl shops and the New Soho of creative industries, media and fashion. It serves an antipodean style coffee along with a good selections of cakes and pastries. Flat White was established in September 2005 and was one the pioneering café’s to bring artisan style coffee culture prevalent in Australian and New Zealand to London. The sandwiches are great, and the chocolate brownie is impossible to resist. Partnered with a perfect flat while made from Dark roast company beans, it’s a guaranteed cure for rainy-day blues.

Milkbar – 3 Bateman Street, Soho, London, London W1D 4AG

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Just 3 minutes away from Flatwhite café lies its sister café called Milkbar. Milkbar has dark interiors and dim lights so it is a perfect place to catch up with friends, relax and watch the world walk by. This place is for those who appreciate life’s simple pleasures: perfect coffee, tasty food, art, music & great friendly service. Milkbar offer some of the best all-day breakfasts, healthy quick lunches and antipodean inspired café treats. Great coffee, lovely staff, great atmosphere and yummy treats. Milkbar is a perfect place to spend some downtime in Soho ..Just be aware that they don’t have any restrooms!

Crosstown doughnuts and Coffee Shop – 4 Broadwick St, London W1F 0DA

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If you’re looking for a perfect sweet treat with your coffee then look no further as this is your one-stop place for yummy doughnuts and a perfect cup of coffee in Soho. This places serves proper artisan coffee made with coffee beans from Caravan coffee roasters. Crosstown have so many delicious flavours, from simple vanilla glazed doughnuts to some unique flavors like creme brulee, chilli chocolate and chai tea. I decided to go for my all-time favorite matcha doughnut with flat white coffee. Crowsstown is a tiny joint so I personally prefer to have a coffee and doughnut on the go. Again this place is open till late. At 9 pm I’m sure you get your coffee but I cant guarantee the doughnuts cause they sell fast!

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