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The Best Cafes in Notting Hill

If you’re a serious coffee lover then make a point of visiting these Notting Hill establishments. The cafes here have baristas as skilled as they are knowledgeable about the world’s most popular, most vital, brewed beverage. Kick start your day or recharge your battery for the night ahead with a great cup.

The Coffee Plant
180 Portobello Road W11 2EB
Strictly for those that like jolt alongside their caffeine and not for lovers of MOR coffee
this fiercely independent coffee shop forgoes any “Friends-like” sofas and
Starbuck–style customer service to bring you a great cup in a unique environment.
The best coffee by far on Portobello Road and, with a wide selection of beans from
around the world, they can set you up for a fine cup at home. Staff are abrupt,
frequently disinterested, the beats are loud, the space at times chaotic - all a fine
antidote to corporate coffee chains.

Kitchen & Pantry
14 Elgin Crescent, W11 2HX
Kitchen and Pantry is an incredibly comfortable spacious coffee shop cum deli counter just off Portobello market. Large fans, huge windows, leather sofas and rustic tables make this a reliable coffee haven for
locals and visitors alike. Although it can be at times overrun it still maintains a nice
neighbourhood vibe. Food and drink are surprisingly reasonable given the neighbourhood -
lattes are less than two pounds and the outdoor seating faces the sun from morning until
late afternoon.

Cafe Oporto
62A Golborne Road, W10 5PS
Cafe Oporto is a gem of a Cafe tucked up the Golbourne Road across from the
better known Lisboa Patisserie. Busy at any time of the day this is testimony to
a great atmosphere, excellent coffee and outstanding prices. This is an excellent venue to meet up with friends or simply enjoy a cup on your own and drink in the vibrant atmosphere that is the Golbourne Road.

Lisboa Patisserie
57 Golbourne Road, W10 5NR
This destination-patisserie on Golbourne Road is known for outstanding desserts and people travel from across London for the Pastel de Nata custard tarts. The seating area is tight and the furnishings can only be described as functional but the employees are friendly, the coffee is top-notch and the place buzzes with a lively colourful crowd. The sidewalk tables are by far the top choice on a sunny day.

Orange Coffee
Under the Westway Flyover – by Portobello Road or Ladbroke Grove
A one-man operation serving fine coffee and treats from a bright orange VW. This moveable coffee van is noted for coffee and excellent tiramisu in a purely al-fresco environment on Portobello Road. The mismatched array
of tables and sofas are generally set up only on Friday & Saturday but as a truly quirky landmark Orange is a worthy addition to any local’s weekly routine.

Best of the Rest:
Honourable Mentions go to Pescheria Mattiucci for outstanding coffee and commitment to quality though they are truly more restaurant than coffee shop –hit this place for top Sicilian coffee made on a classic antique San Marco machine. Further mentions include 3 Westbourne Grove stops: Nicole Fahri @ 202 for outstanding sidewalk people-watching coffee, Cafe Rico @ 118 for its spacious patio & Belleville Cafe @ 77-79 for a truly French coffee experience.

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