In need of a caffeine boost? Sure, you could grab something on the go from a big-name chain, but if you fancy your latte with a little extra je ne sais quoi then why not check out these coffee shops with a twist. Offering delicious drinks that are finished with a flourish, these hotspots will transform your mid-morning pick-me-up into an unmissable coffee event.
1. Farm Girl, Portobello Road
Bringing some Melbourne sunshine to Portobello Road, Farm Girl offers a fresh and healthy outlook on the brunch scene. Combining country farmhouse warmth with Californian beach house chic, this carefully designed eaterie will make you feel instantly at home with its tempting range of dishes, from all-day breakfasts to fresh pastries. It’s their coffee that really steals the show, which uses beans roasted by fellow Australians The Roasting Party and a custom pink La Marzocco machine. As well as the staples they’ve got a Rose Latte, infused with rose water and finished with petals, a Liquid Gold Latte filled with warming spices, and their iconic Butterfly Matcha which is a stunning blue. Exquisitely crafted and finished with a flourish, these coffees are not to be missed.
2. Pophams Bakery
Inspired by the coffee houses and patisseries of Vienna, Pophams offers moreish treats alongside quality coffee. Supplied by local roasters Ozone, Pophams’s ensures that each cup is crafted to perfection. Their delicate latte art is the icing on the cake, though these tempting coffees will make it difficult to keep it pristine for too long. Pophams have also recently started selling homeware, so you can have a go at creating some latte art of your own.
3. EL&N London
It’s easy to see why EL&N has been dubbed London’s most Instagrammable cafe. Its aesthetic pink colour palette, walls of flowers and love hearts, and statement lighting make this cafe an immersive experience. Attention to detail is everything at EL&N, with their tempting pastries and delicate latte art being just as photogenic as your surroundings. Head over to their Instagram to see how they create these mini masterpieces, from latte teddy bears to seasonal scenes.
If you fancy your coffee with a side of retail therapy then look no further than AIDA, a Shoreditch concept store that marries high fashion with barista-style coffee. Home to a number of unique indie labels and brimming with Scandi chic, this hangout aims to be a hub for Shoreditch’s vibrant community. While their café offers a range of speciality lattes, including Matcha, Turmeric, and Chai, it’s their Rose Latte that really draws the crowds. A cup of rose syrup and beetroot juice are topped with petals and the signature milky swirl, making this one utterly instagramable treat.
5. Flotsam & Jetsam
This independent Antipodean-style café focuses on refreshing food packed with flavour, freshly baked pastries and, above all, quality coffee. The combination Allpress coffee beans and highly skilled baristas ensures that these double-shot delights are perfect every time. Their classic latte art compliments Flotsam & Jetsam’s laid-back vibes, but you can also find some more unusual offering available.
Established in 1860, Tsujiri specialises in all things Matcha. Matcha cakes, Matcha ice cream, and Matcha chocolate tarts are all on offer, presented in incredibly satisfying and inviting ways. Their Matcha latte comes topped with a range of cute designs, including roses and blossoms, while anime favourite Totoro also makes the occasional appearance. Pick up a pack of Matcha from their range of DIY kits to exercise your creativity and culinary skills at home.
Why not try your hand at Latte art at one of the many enthusiast’s courses available in London? Origin Coffee’s Southwark-based latte art course lasts 1.5 hours and lets you in on all the secrets of milk steaming and how to keep a steady hand when perfecting your designs- the ideal treat for coffee-lovers looking to up their game.