My Guide to Coffee and Cake In London’s Soho
Ignore the generic chains and explore some of the more interesting options for your caffeine fix in Soho.
- Bubble tea used to be seen as a weird Asian food fetish, but it’s now everywhere. Bubbleology – which has an outlet in Soho’s Rupert Street — brings a touch of quirky cool to this unlikely line of beverages.
- I usually go for a plain assam milk tea, but the fruit teas with “popping bobas” (small taro balls filled with juice that burst in your mouth) seem to be the most popular.
- Having begun life with an outlet on Leather Lane, this is a quality coffee operation that is now slowly beginning to expand its presence.
- They take their coffee seriously, but the Carnaby Street branch still retains a relaxed, informal feeling — despite being in the heart of one of London’s busiest retail precincts.
- Drawing on its Antipodean roots, Flat White has long been one of the shining lights of the coffee scene in Soho.
- It’s a small space, but worth squeezing in to find a table a soak up the atmosphere.
- Soho used to have a bit of a seedy reputation — all sex clubs and adult book stores.
- It’s gentrified cafes such as Jackson & Rye that are ensuring that any seediness or sexual edge is well in Soho’s past.
- There’s nothing wrong with Jackson & Rye — they serve up a decent brunch, and the coffee is solid, but it’s the kind of place you could comfortably take an elderly relative who doesn’t like surprises.
- Having begun life in Copenhagen, there are now multiple Joe & The Juice outlets across London and elsewhere in the world.
- It’s the Soho outlets that I tend to find myself in.
- The juices are good, I like their sandwiches, they play good music, have free wifi, and seem to have a policy of only employing good-looking young guys who are probably straight but possibly a little bi-curious. That’s a killer combination.
- L’Eto Cafe is up the Oxford Street end of Soho’s Wardour Street.
- L’Eto’s feature is a fantastic display of cakes in the window (they look better than Princi’s), but they also have a really extensive breakfast menu.
- On their breakfast menu, I love the tomato and anchovy omelette. Great coffee too.
- On my first visit here I initially I thought the service was a little offhand, but I warmed to them — perhaps it’s just very European and cool.
- There’s something effortlessly cool about most things emanating from the Nordic and Scandinavian region of the world. One thing I’m particularly fond of is their obsession with coffee and cinnamon.
- Nowhere is this done better in London than the Nordic Bakery. Their Golden Square location is a little oasis of calm amidst the otherwise frenetic activity of surrounding Soho.
- This is a ridiculously popular counter-service Italian cafe and restaurant.
- I have an irrational dislike of it.
- For me it’s always too busy, too noisy, and serving up sub-standard food and coffee. But I’m obviously in the minority, as everyone else I’ve ever met seems to love it.
- If you’re obsessed with cycling, or just into a bit of lycra, then this is your kind of place. Coffee is good and they also serve snacks and food.
- This is more of a chocolate shop than a traditional cafe.
- I don’t want to over-state this, but the mocha that they serve here is spectacular — the cup draped in melted chocolate and filled to the brim with a milky chocolate and coffee combination.
- A great option if you love chocolate.
Originally published at feast.media.