Once you’ve strolled along Golborne and Portobello Roads, picking up anything from cutting-edge fashion to fantastic fruit and veg, elegant antiques and vintage bric-a-brac, you might well fancy a decent cup of coffee. Well, you’re in luck because both market streets have an outstanding selection of tempting coffee shops. There are too many to list all of them here, but these are a few favourites.
57 Golborne Rd, London W10 5NR
When the weather is right, the pavement tables outside this Portuguese cafe are the number one place to watch Golborne Road’s street life. Coffee is excellent here – try a Galão, a milky brew made with a shot of espresso. Partner it with a pastéis de nata, a beautiful custard tart encased in puff pastry. If all the seats are taken at Lisboa, pop over the road to Golborne’s other excellent Portuguese coffee house, Café O’Porto at 62 Golborne Road.
95 Golborne Road, W10 5NL
Serving Viennese coffee specialities, Kipferl also has a deliciously decadent range of traditional Austrian patisseries and cakes. Try the sachertorte, rich, dark chocolate with sweet apricot jam, or the Linzer torte, almond tart with redcurrant jelly, cinnamon and cloves, or the authentic apfelstrudel, made with puff pastry, apple, raisins and nuts to an 18th-century Viennese recipe.
Lowry & Baker
339 Portobello Road, London W10 5SA
Small but perfectly formed and with a couple of pavement tables, Lowry & Baker has a laidback ambience that makes it a favourite with both locals and visitors up the north end of Portobello Road. Palate-pleasing gourmet coffees and some wicked cakes make this a great place for a relaxing break from the hurly burly of Portobello and Golborne Market shopping.
The Orange Coffee Van
Acklam Road Food Market, just off The Portobello Road/Cambridge Gardens Junction.
Mirco, in the picture wearing the orange jacket, is the owner and master barista at the Orange Coffee Van, a cleverly converted VW camper. He serves superb coffees in the open-air food market on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and you can also order a beer there, plus pastries and cakes. He has a covered area in case there’s the odd shower.
Big Red Tent Vinyl Cafe
273 Portobello Road, London W11 1LR
Vinyl Cafe is a little different since, as well as enjoying some top-notch coffee you can browse their vinyl albums and hear some great music. They also stock a selection of local craft beers. Scrumptious cakes and delicious snacks are on offer, as well as full English breakfasts. Although only opened in 2015, this friendly coffee shop has that real vintage Portobello ambience.
72 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QR
‘Life’s too short to drink cheap coffee’, goes the catchphrase printed on the Barista Fusion’s awning, and the quality of their coffee lives up to the slogan. As well as quality coffees, this family-owned cafe serves breakfasts, sandwiches and a range of fusion teas. They’re just a couple of steps off Portobello Road on Lancaster Road.
180 Portobello Rd, London W11 2EB
Specialising in organic and fair trade coffees from around the world and roasting all their own beans, the Coffee Plant is the place for coffee connoisseurs. The pavement tables outside are a prime spot for watching all the market action as you sip delicious coffee made by skilled baristas. It’s also a great place to stock up on coffee beans with the crops of everywhere from Ethiopia to Rwanda, Colombia and Mexico on offer.
137 Portobello Road, London W11 2DY
Morelli’s has a fascinating location list with cafes in places as far-flung as Texas and Tbilisi, and Manila to Monaco. Luckily for us, they also have an outpost on Portobello Road and with your gourmet coffee you can sample some superb and authentic Italian ice creams and sundaes. If you can resist the gelatos, you’re made of stronger stuff than we are.