Notting Hill, one of London’s swankiest neighbourhoods, and setting to one of the greatest Rom Coms! It was a coffee (well a spilt coffee) that sparked a romance between William Thacker (Hugh Grant) and Anna Scott (Julia Roberts). If you head into Notting Hill now, the same Portobello antique market is bustling with market traders, antique dealers and a number of the coolest coffee cafes around.
Here are our top 5 cafes in Notting Hill to visit if you are looking for the best coffee.
Where is Kuro coffee and Kuro lates?
3 Hillgate Street, Notting Hill, London, W8 7SP
Kuro coffee is a hidden gem nestled between the pastel homes in Notting Hill Gate, London. The decor takes its inspiration from Japanese minimalism and is beautiful yet simple and cozy. The staff are super friendly, polite and welcoming. Great full bodied, fruity coffee by Ozone served here, as well as tasty pastries. If you are feeling something different, the matcha is excellent. They now also do Kuro lates where Kuro turns into a sophisticated wine bar.
Where is Amoret specialty coffee roasters?
53 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, London. W11 3HG
An absolute favourite of Ben, our founder. The smell of freshly roasted beans engulfs you as you walk in and you will soon notice the roastery at the back of the cafe where the coffee is roasted in house. The coffee is excellent. All coffees served score above 83/100 SCA and as of July 2023 they have single origin offerings from Ethiopia, Nicaraguan, and an exciting Papa New Guinea. We had the Ethiopian which was organic and a natural processing method. This gave it an incredible chocolate bodied base that was well balance with hints of honey and blueberry coming through.
The coffee shop is a real coffee experience and one to head to if you are in the area. It is close to the station and just a short walk to The Portobello Road.
Where is the Notting Hill Coffee Project (AKA NHCP)?
63 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JS
A super cool, modern, glass fronted coffee shop opposite the London Underground. The cafe is green, leafy and calming when you walk in.
Like Amoret coffee, they also roast the coffee in the cafe. This is done out the back on their stunning Giesen W6e Iron Dutch Coffee Roaster. Like RiSE coffee box they feature a coffee from around the globe each month, so if you head there often you will be able to enjoy a variety of coffee. The mission of the cafe is to “strive for quality, sustainability, and community”. The coffee of the month are bought through direct trade making them far more traceable and high quality. We had the Brazil
Where is Coffee Plant in Notting Hill?
180 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2EB
The Coffee Plant is a short walk from Notting Hill tube onto the famous Portobello Road market - one of Londons most renowned markets. Whilst walking along through the antique shops and food market you will find this cafe in the heart of the market. They sell hot drinks, snacks, toasted sandwiches, smoothies as well as freshly roasted coffee beans, which are roasted a couple of miles away. The cafe is a great place to learn more about the beans and where they have come from and the staff are very knowledgable about the coffee they produce.
Where is the Notes coffee roasters and cafe?
59a Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 3DB
Another favourite London cafe of ours. Australian owned and inspired cafe in Notting Hill. It’s a hidden gem tucked away in a fantastic building with a court yard taking you through to the entrance. Incredibly healthy food options, and a great brunch spot. If you are looking for the best coffee in Notting Hill this may not be the best spot but if you are meeting friends for a casual Saturday morning brunch this is for you!
What is there to do in Notting Hill?
Aside from coffee, of course.
if you are visiting this West London suburb, and have grabbed a coffee to go at one of our recommendations above, then its time explore the area.
Portobello Road / Portobello Market
Most famous for its antiques market, bric-à-brac shops, jewellery and book shops; this colourful and vibrant road has a range of great cafes, restaurants and bars. The brightly coloured terraced houses are worth a trip themselves. The market is a foodies heaven. It started as a fruit and veg market, but has now grown into a foodies paradise.
If you are there during the August bank holiday, then Notting Hill carnival could be worth a visit. Over a million people attend Europes biggest street party. Notting Hill Carnival is a Caribbean festival with a huge parade of floats and performers running along the Notting Hill Carnival route. Its an incredible atmosphere with streets filled with dancers, bands, drums, music and delicious Caribbean food.
Are you a movie buff? Yes? The head to the famous blue door from the Notting Hill movie, the rom com staring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
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