Looking for the best cafes and coffee shops in Notting Hill? Here are 9 fabulous spots that will do the trick.
Notting Hill is a cafe-lover’s dream. Just a quick stroll around reveals a thriving cafe scene, full of enticing spots for you to plump down and sip your coffee (or caffeine free alternative if that’s more your jam) to your heart’s content.
As someone who works at home when I’m not travelling, I cannot get enough of a good cafe. Yes, I’m that person sitting there with my Macbook ordering coffee after coffee so I can escape the doldrums of my home office (have you ever tried working in one room for a period of more than five days? Take it from me, you go a little crazy).
That’s all very well and good, but why the life story Julianna?
Because it means that I’m a fiend when it comes to finding a good cafe. Bad coffee = unacceptable. Unfriendly staff = definite no no.
A cafe should be homely, comfortable and serve banging coffee that has me tapping my toes uncontrollably to the music. These are the Notting Hill cafes that made the cut.
PS: I think you’ll also love my Notting Hill area guide. The best things to do and places to see in Notting Hill.
The Best Cafes and Coffee Shops in Notting Hill
Farm Girl Cafe
One thing is for sure: the Aussies have well and truly infiltrated London’s coffee scene. But when they bring with them fabulous ideas like Farm Girl Cafe, you can’t be too mad about it.
This Notting Hill cafe promises to help you “start your day the Aussie way”, and, well, after trying it, I’m convinced the Aussies are on to something.
From scrumptious avocado toast to healthy acai bowls, this is the perfect spot for a very, very long brunch.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Melbourne-inspired cafe without serving up some pretty amazing coffee. As well as the standard options like the Antipodean fave flat white, they also have some more interesting choices like a rose latte.
It’s definitely my pick for one of the best cafes in Notting Hill.
Notting Hill is well-known for its fabulous shopping as well as its equally-fabulous coffee shops, so you just knew that somewhere along the way, someone was going to combine them.
The result? 202 Cafe, a chic space where you can sip a latte and enjoy a light meal while you eye off some new threads.
You could probably guess that a bunch of clothing designers would put equal thought into the decor of their Notting Hill cafe, and it’s a real highlight. Part industrial and part vintage chic, it all works rather nicely.
Like the clothes, the menu is minimalist inspired with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and simple meals.
So, if you’re looking for an uber cool Notting Hill coffee shop to impress your stylish friends, this brunch hotspot is a great choice.
Yet more evidence of the Aussie invasion of London (complete with plenty of avocado toast), Dayrooms Cafe is yet another coffee shop inspired by the land down under.
Just in case you hadn’t got the picture that both Australians and Notting Hill-ians really, really love brunch – it’s Dayrooms Cafe’s specialty.
And a great specialty it is. The breakfast bowl is a revelation, just heaps of yummy and super-fresh ingredients all mixed together. It’s so good that it’s hard to believe it’s healthy (allegedly.)
They also do a mean coffee, with plenty of milk alternatives if you’re avoiding dairy.
With so much emphasis on being “modern”, “agile”, “dynamic”, it’s just really nice to find an old school cafe still doing its thing.
Right down to the old 60s style booth seating, Mike’s Cafe has stoically refused to change and I love them for it. It would be a shame to see the London I grew up in completely erased by a sea of chi chi eateries (though it’s very nice to have them too).
In a sea of smashed avocado toast and green smoothies, sometimes you just want some greasy fried eggs and/or syrup-laden pancakes. For those times, there’s Mike’s Cafe.
It may not be the fanciest coffee shop in Notting Hill, but the service is friendly, the prices are affordable and the menu is full of classics. That sounds pretty good to me.
Bluebelles of Portobello
Perfect for when your lazy Sunday has been perhaps that bit too lazy, Bluebelles of Portobello offers up a fabulous all-day brunch menu.
Picking something from the brunch menu is quite the decision, but I can never go past the “green breakfast”. Perfectly prepared eggs, with feta plus spinach and guacamole as well. That’s enough veggies to call it a healthy meal, right?
They serve up other meals too, all inspired by Italian cuisine as well as Notting Hill itself.
The beautiful wooden decor feels warm and comforting. It’s the kind of place where you can settle in with your friends to chat until your coffee goes cold.
Though, since it’s some of the best coffee in Notting Hill – you might not want to let it go to waste.
Stepping into Biscuiteers is a bit of a sugar rush – both literally and figuratively.
Since 2012, it’s boasted one of Notting Hill’s most charming shopfronts (quite the coup around this neighbourhood), as well as a seriously adorable interior. Vogue magazine even named it one of London’s most instagrammable locales.
No-one likes a cafe that’s all style and no substance, but luckily Biscuiteers delivers on the food front as well.
They’re best known for their delicious, iced sweet treats – they have even opened up an Icing School so you can learn their secrets.
Even if you’re not planning on going all Bake Off, a macaron and coffee from this iconic coffee shop is pretty brilliant.
Once upon a time, coffee was what you mixed up from a few granules and hot water. Yes, I’m talking about the dark days when instant coffee reigned supreme (though we all remember those tres chic adverts – who didn’t want to be the kind of person who drank Nescafe Gold back in the early 90s?).
Luckily, we’ve left these bad times behind us and headed enthusiastically in the other direction. Today, you’re more likely to get a coffee with actual tasting notes than something that came out of a tin.
For those particularly impassioned coffee enthusiasts out there, there’s Coffee Plant. With more than 25 varieties of hand-picked beans, they take coffee really, really seriously.
Best of all, you can feel great about getting your caffeine fix as everything is fair trade and organic.
Who knew that visiting one organic cafe in notting hill could be good for your energy levels, your body and the people who toil their lives to make the coffee in the first place.
You’re welcome to sit in or take your coffee away, and you can even buy the beans to replicate that perfect cup at home.
Cafe in the Space
Without getting too sappy, it is true that a good coffee shop is more than just a place for a hot drink.
It gives you an excuse to stop and enjoy a few minutes or hours, preferably in the company of some good friends (or, if you’re a loser like me, your laptop and a panicked sense that you’re permanently behind on your to-do list, which is basically the same thing right?).
Few places embody that more than the Cafe in the Space. It’s certainly not the fanciest cafe in the neighbourhood, but it’s definitely one of my favourite Notting Hill Gate cafes.
Served up out of a literal hole-in-the-wall at St John’s Church, a delightfully simple menu reminds you of dishes whipped up by your Mum or Grandma. The emphasis on organic ingredients also means its also a fave organic cafe in Notting Hill.
So, the coffee isn’t made by world-famous baristas – but it’s served up with a smile and often a friendly chat. That’s makes it a winner in my book.
Note: Cafe in The Space is only open 10am – 3pm Monday to Thursday.
The Butter Bakery
The Butter Bakery. Just the name alone is enough to get me craving some delicious, indulgent carbs.
Delicious and indulgent is the name of the game at this French and Persian inspired coffee shop. Their barbari is particularly delicious – think of it as the Persian equivalent of a French baguette.
Pretty fitting, really.
As well as great light bites, the Butter Bakery also does delicious coffee and tea as well. Or, if you’re looking for a healthy option to go with all that buttery goodness, there’s some great juices and smoothies as well.
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