This place is incredible. Across the street from Riding Horse Cafe, Kaffeine is a tiny coffee shop with friendly baristas and excellent drinks.
It is perpetually busy but the baristas take it all in stride. My latte and banana bread was divine. Definitely intend to go back.
Amazing coffee and service. After just two visits they recognized me. Everyone is super nice and the coffee is as expected: top notch. My fav is the latte with an extra shot. The think its crazy but I love it.
Highly recommended for coffee lovers.
Their pastries and lunch look outstanding as well, but I haven't tried yet!
Kaffeine has been in my top 3 cafes for a long time. Staff are super friendly, food and coffee are superior quality and the atmosphere is very laid back. The cafe has preserved its local charm despite increasingly popularity.
Try the banana bread and the Afghan biscuits!
This place makes the BEST coffee in London! I was there for business and would get up extra early just so I could walk there to get my Kaffeine fix ; )
Make sure to order the Saffron and Pistachio toast while you're there!
A friend recommended I try this place while in London, and it was a good call. It's a small place and very busy. Well staffed with friendly folks, so the service was good. The coffee was expensive, small portions, but as promised delicious. The food offerings also looked good. They have a great website with an active blog so make sure to check them out online to see the weekly feature. Highly recommend. I'll try to return.
One of the really good cappuccino I tasted in London, but still light in coffee...
This coffee joint was also one of the busiest I visited. Baristas are cool, and fast. But I needed to ask them about everything, for napkins, sugar, etc.
The place is tiny, and you don't really feel in a cosy space. Really I felt, is space, where I just drink my coffee, and leave right after.. But it is a great brew.
Probably the consequence of their perfect location :)
Lot of workers from the surrounding offices come here for a quick break.
Food seemed to be tasty, and fresh. The space is beautiful, and next time I would try their mint tea.
This perfectly trendy coffee shop is a refreshing change from the chain stores off Oxford Street. (Although you're lucky if you find a seat in the crowded little space!)
The cups are quite small, but don't be fooled -- the coffee is bold, easily the best in the area. Prices are on par with Starbucks, but the fresh taste and quirky atmosphere are worth a trip off the main street.
Just a few minutes' walk off the chaos of Oxford Street is this gem of a coffee shop. We usually order flat whites with either a dark chocolate brownie or banana bread, and all are absolutely scrumptious! The flat whites have been consistently strong and creamy; the brownies fudgy with that wonderful bitter kick of dark chocolate; the banana bread aromatic and moist (get it toasted!). The last time we went we also decided to get a takeaway Moroccan whiskey, and it was pretty much just as good as what we had in Morocco. There's nothing like using fresh mint!
An extra bonus is that the staff are very friendly. Some of the coolest coffee shops in London can have staff with the worst customer service, but every time we've stopped by Kaffeine, we've always been treated very well.
So if you ever find yourself trapped amongst the suffocating crowds of Oxford Street, turn off and go towards Great Titchfield Street for a relaxing coffee and treat.
The place was absolutely fantastic and lived up to all the great reviews posted so far. The coffee was so far the best I've had in the UK and the staff and decor were great. I'd definitely recommend this for a quiet coffee with friends and it is definitely something I'd cross town for.
The cafe itself it's a bit small, which is not a criticism, so you may find yourself waiting for a table. There is also a table sharing policy, so beware if you are socially awkward, but I think a great way to add to the already vibrant social atmosphere of the place.
Central London has it good with the many hipster-esque/charming coffee shops such as Kaffeine. This small shop was busy, but we managed to find a place in the back to sit (using crate boxes as both stools and tables). Service was nice and friendly. We ordered cappuccino and soy latte along with a plum/ginger muffin, Portuguese egg tart, and a savory scone, and the server brought them to us without us standing and waiting. The muffin and scone were tasty, but the egg tart was a disappointment (too cold, too dense). The food selection was plentiful though, so I could opt for something else next time. What made Kaffeine stood out more for me from the other coffee shops was their lemon/mint-infused tap water: quite refreshing!
Love this place! It's in my top three coffee houses in the city, and with good reason; they make a mean espresso with their Square Mile beans, and for soya milk they use Bonsoy (which, if you haven't, you must try). Plus I'm always welcomed when I come through the door and at least one person asks me how I'm doing.
They also sell a small variety of beans in the shop.
How I imagine the perfect morning- a big cup of hot coffee with dense milk foam and a melt-in-your-month strawberry filled croissant. I am a great coffee connoisseur and a cappuccino from a street machine on the go is just not my thing. I'd prefer to stand up 15 minutes earlier and have time to enjoy my morning coffee. It is something like a ritual for me. So you can imagine my happiness when I found this place. The professional barista is so polite like you are old good friends. Because of the pleasant interior of the place, the quality service and the perfection of the menu all of the visitors are smiley and forgot, at least for a moment, their busy schedules, work problems and stress composers. You are more than welcome to come any morning, you will probably find me there :)
My favourite cafe in London by a mile.
Fairly easy to get a seat if you come for breakfast. Banana bread is a MUST TRY at some point. I've been for breakfast twice when they were sneakily giving away samples to tempt customers. Get it toasted, they serve it with a bit of butter, and it is simply divine. Their breakfast croissants are awesome too.
It gets packed on weekday lunches. The queue moves fast if you're taking out, but it can be a challenge finding a seat. That being said, one of the most amazing things about kaffeine is that most people seem to take out (I've only ever eaten in) so as long as there's just 1/2 of you, getting a seat shouldn't be a problem. Weekend brunch timings (11/12) are slightly emptier.
All their sandwiches are great. They often have interesting combinations and they all work. Likewise, their salad combinations are a safe bet.
I pretty much just get the latte, and often end up ordering 2. It's well poured, the right amount of creaminess to coffee ratio. I never add sugar to theirs because it's always served right. Solid latte art too (always helps!). They also usually have a few types of beans. One of the nice things is that despite it being largely self-service, when they come around to clear the cups, you can order more coffee from them at that point. They also often suggest trying the other beans on offer, and all have different notes so it's definitely worth doing.
Outdoor seating - they have what is essentially a bench outside. Seats 4-5. My preferred spot when it's sunny. On a weekend you can stare at Riding House Cafe just opposite and wonder why on earth they have an hour long waiting list when Kaffeine is so much better.
Toilets - Special mention only because I love their soaps and the scents they have the in toilets
Cards - If I remember correctly it's a minimum 7 pound charge
This place has fantastic coffee and would highly recommend if you're in the area. It's always bustling and busy, so I've always gotten my coffee takeaway, but seems to have a nice vibe. They also offer a range of food such as salads, sandwiches, and baked goods which all look delicious. Will be trying some of their food asap!
Yelp and my twin sister advised a visit here! On my flat white tour of London on this visit, it was certainly a tasty experience. Small, as a fair warning. Perhaps flat whites are always small?
Huge thumbs up for the small glasses of water placed on our table when we sat down. Very refreshing. Slick decor inside, exactly how you'd imagine all this hip coffee shops to look (visible wood and bricks must it appears! :P )
Popped in here on Yelp's recommendation and to escape Oxford Street. My latte and banana bread (again, chosen on Yelp's recommendation) were both absolutely delicious. The Mrs was a bit disappointed as there was no Diet Coke, but there are lovely jugs of cold water filled with ice and cucumber. As noted the cafe itself is pretty small so maybe not a first choice during peak periods.
I was in the neighborhood looking for a coffee shop where I could sit and get some work done and yelped up Kaffeine. When I got there, I realized that it wasn't what I was expecting.. it was small, busy, and packed with people. As I waited in the queue, I was admiring their pastries and takeaway items, but unfortunately I just had a huge lunch so anything besides coffee wasn't going to go down well... then I thought about it. Yupppppp, I ended up finding some room for dessert. There was a raspberry and custard muffin calling out my name so I got that. And as for coffee, a Flat White.
Sat inside for a little while soaking in the ambiance until I decided to mosey on over elsewhere to find a place to work. Last thoughts on Kaffeine -- cool place, good coffee, busy place.
They take their brew seriously here which would be reason enough to make a visit. But the food is also incredible. Their menu changes regularly depending what's fresh and in season.
Located just a hop and skip away from Oxford Circus, this is a great shop to make a detour for a caffeine boost and bite. Staff is friendly and they keep their cool even during the busiest times.
Be warned, the place can get very crowded - especially around lunch time on a weekday. On cold days when it's busy, you can't even see inside the front glass as it gets all steamed up because of all the people inside -- But I think it's well worth fighting the crowds for a spot.
I love Kaffeine, pun intended. The location's more private, away from the commercial buzz of Oxford Street; the people here are super friendly; the weekly menus of salads, sandwiches, and pastries are hardly disappointing; and above all, the drinks just hit the spot for those practically running on caffeine (like me).
The woody ambiance provides a nice laid back and rustic scene- It's such a place to relax in on a dreary wet day. Overall, this independent Aussie/New Zealand establishment is a cozy, yet wildly popular, gem by a busy area of town.
came all the way from L.A., and we were DEFINITELY NOT disappointed! Great location and amazing coffee! We will be back next time we find ourselves in London again. :)
Salads and coffee are both orgasmic. Seating isn't organised too logically though... I'm rarely able to get a seat even if there aren't that many people with the result that I often try to introduce friends to this place and we have to go across the road for lunch instead. Alsoo banana bread was a little dry the last time but is usually delish.
Love their cappucino
I love their coffee!!
I work around the corner and I stop in on my way to work. It gets quite busy at all times of the day, so be prepared to wait.
I love their coffee so much that I asked if they did a larger size (they only have one size for a couple of the coffees) they told me that they only do the small size because they do not want to compromise the taste quality of the coffee.
Note: seating is limited and the coffee may be a little strong if you are not a regular coffee drinker.
We came here because it got the highest rating in the London Coffee Guide 2011 (incidentally the reviewer is the owner of Prufrock, which is another incredible coffee joint in London).
As expected, the coffee tastes as if it were brewed by experts. The espresso I ordered was smoky, yet ever so slightly creamy. Baristas and staff in general were good and very friendly---this is one of the only places where your coffee is automatically served with a small glass of tap water, and the staff actually comes around to refill your glass as well.
I had a pain au chocolat with my espresso---sadly I was not very impressed with this particular pastry. The chocolate inside was good, but the pastry puff was a bit tough. But I guess you don't come to Kaffeine for the pastries....
Clientele - a mix of people on their way to the office, hipsters, and young ladies having a chat
I just wanted to start out by giving a little shout out to Ryan for putting this place on my radar. I totally would have never discovered it without you - sigh!
A fab breakfast spot, nothing too fussy just yogurt, toast, porridge and coffee but all lovely and severed by really helpful staff. Chatting with Larissa we were discussing the loveliness of the cakes. I actually ate banana bread for breakfast here! It's so night to go somewhere where they actually make their stuff on site. What's that made from? Of course they can tell you right away, they made it!
Now a place called Kaffeine you'd expect to have mind blowing coffee, meh - I've had better. The Aussie guy that owns this place is like many coffee drinkers from the other hemisphere, they like it strong and bitter. Too bitter for my little British taste buds. But staying that during 8-9.30am the place was pretty busy with very cool and hip types so it obviously is popular with many.
Other nice things are that they take cards and that they have a loo. Top stuff!
I love this area of London affectionately known as NOHO. It has all the things i like about SOHO (lovely bars, shops, restaurants) but without the hassle, the bustle, the hustle.
Sure hasslin, bustlin, and hustlin all have their place but sometimes i just want to wander in a more peaceful environment.
It was on one of these wanders that i discovered the gem that is Kaffeine.
Sexy and black on the outside it lured me through its doors.
On the inside the decor is somewhere between a giant sauna and a game of jenga. All of the furniture is pine and slatted and boxes.
Thankfully there were no overweight naked germans or scandanavians towell whipping each other or balancing towers of wood despite the cosy temperature but instead a nice display of delicious looking food and a fine aroma of coffee.
I ordered a flat white which was made to perfection and served in a sexy black on the outside, white on the inside cup.
My only problem with the place is that there arent many tables as such and most of the seating is the jenga sauna blocks where you have to precariously balance your cup,
That said i came back for a second coffee on meeting a friend about 10 minutes later.
I'm continuing my review of London coffee houses since I'm on a quest to find London's best coffee house... Or so I guess...
Kaffeine is actually great! It was an amazing place to go, brighter interiors than Tapped and Packed (the competing best coffee house in the area). It definitely feels a little more corporate than Tapped and Packed, but it feels a little fresher and less "indie".
Coffee here is good! The flat white I had was good, not the best I've had yet, but definitely good both hot and cold (i.e. after I've spent way too much time watching a screen).
The lunch food didn't really pip my interest today, but only because I wasn't quite as hungry for a sandwich, BUT it looked like that they had a pork belly salad, which I'm thinking, DEFINITELY a must try next time I'm there. Wait, yes, I said next time... Kaffeine has peaking my interest enough to try it again.
A question for other London coffee reviewers though: Why don't coffee houses have WIFI? A little upsetting. But I'll ding this place a little less for it because I am slowly getting to know the LCH scene. Service was non-chalant, but at least not almost rude at another place I went to. (see other reviews for reference)
Anywho, great place. Worth going back! I heart this place... so far.
Let me preface this by saying I am not a huge coffee drinker. Tea - that's more my thing. But after reading the endorsements here thought I couldn't not order coffee here. So I opted rather cautiously for a cafe latte and quite liked it. Not up to the best Cafe con leche I've ever had, but good enough.
I also made off with an 'Afghan biscuit', which was tasty, and I would have happily settled in the small, wood everywhere, seating area, had I not swung by just when they were closing.
I'd definitely return.
Great little refuge just off the chaos of Oxford shopping.
After a Sunday morning stroll, stopped here for a long black, toasted lemon bread with ginger butter, and just to plan my day. Kaffeine's staff and customers this a.m. are Australian-centric. Which is great since some of the best coffee shops in the world are in Sydney and Melbourne.
Long black was smooth and very dark roast. Atmosphere cosy without being coy, and the toast was thick and fluffy at once.
Shared a table with another stranded traveler. All in all a mellow time.
These guys use Squaremile coffee and have 'guest' beans in on a regular basis.
They do an excellent espresso and filter coffee. Depending on the beans and roast it can vary a little. Their espresso is robust, good mix of bitter and mellow and has good lingering quality.
They have a good food menu, with some nice items on there for breakfast.
Some of the best coffee in London is made here using Square Mile beans and a synesso machine (for those that care)! The espresso has excellent body and crema. The macchiato is served with just a dash of foam (just how I like it) and flat whites are without fault.
In addition to fab coffee there is an equally good selection of cakes to be enjoyed. I love Portuguese custard tarts and those served at Kaffeine are amongst the best I have had in London. The banana bread is tasty too - get it toasted with some butter.
Situated relatively close to Oxford Street, Kaffeine is a welcome remedy to the chaos of the hoards on the rare days I can face heading to Oxford Street on a weekend. I recommend ratio of 1:1 for time spent on Oxford Street vs Kaffeine. You will have a more focused approach after a few espressos, if nothing else!
Kaffeine has a good mixture of seats - outdoor benches which are nice on a summer's day, bar stools at the window and standard tables and chairs. My preference is the bar stools so that you can see what is going on in the world around you.
One of my favourite coffee options in London - enjoy!
I went back.
And the coffee, it put fire in my loins.
Dear Kaffeine, you are perfection, love from Chowney-face.
This could be my love letter to Kaffeine, but I should probably give you more detail.
Situated a stone's throw from Oxford Circus, this tiny coffee shop is always packed to bursting. The owner is also responsible for Prufrock, so knows how to make a decent cup of Joe.
As such, the coffee here is out of this world, and the 'baked treats' are divine. Try the portugese tarts or the brownies. The cheese muffins are enough to make you go weak and the knees.
Head down off-peak, celeb spot, freak out over the coffee. Just go.
One of my favorite coffee spots while visiting London.
Coming from a city filled with pop-ups of lux/independent/hipster coffee shops in Los Angeles, i've had my share of fair trade, individually brewed coffee. However, this place gets it right in all aspects - coffee, food, service & cleanliness.
In it was that everything that i've ordered was delicious, not just the coffee itself. They've perfected the brunch aspect of my trip to a T. It 's nice stepping into a coffee shop and having it be one of the more memorable meals during my recent trip.
For breakfast I shared a latte and had an affogato (espresso with ice cream) with a Ciabatta Roll (omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa). When I originally thought of Ciabatta, Jack-in-the-Box usually comes to mind. Greasy American Fast food. But not this one. It was delicious in every way. The mix of pancetta with their secret tomato salsa was well balanced, i had to go back went and order another one. Forget having Pret for lunch.
It is suffice to say that the price is well proportioned to the quality you receive. I highly recommend this place.
It's a few blocks north of the Oxford Tube but well worth it. (About 5-10 walk)
The manager/proprietor/dude-in-the-know was equal parts friendly and business-like. We got through the mini-line without a hitch and took a seat at the window. The flat whites did delight and the banana bread, when heated, was a toasty-warm bit of heaven with melted butter on it. (The plum jam in the vicinity was a nice accompaniment, too!) Efficient, friendly and tidy is Kaffeine. More shops should follow their lead.
Word to the wise: they are open on Sunday when others choose to remain closed.
Great sit-down cafe to meet up with a friend or grab a quick bite and a cup of coffee before work. People who work here are extremely friendly, and they make sure to provide satisfactory service to each customer who walks in. Their lattes and mochas are more creamy rather than "smooth," so if you are a fan of creamy lattes/mochas, this place would be a great choice. Additionally, you have to try their banana bread. Ask the bread to be toasted and butter-ed... DELICIOUS.
GOOD coffee and yummy (some very uniqiue) desserts. I love this place and it's got a wonderful selection of both savory and sweet snacks. FYI - It gets a little tight so there might not be enough seating.
You can always tell the genuine quality of an establishment by the amount of loyal locals who frequent it.
Kaffeine is consistently busy as many who work in the area (including my whole office!) literally crave their good quality coffee (Square Mile). It's the perfect place for a catchup over a coffee (or for an impromptu meeting) and a muffin as it's intimate, yet full of buzz! The staff are incredibly friendly and talented at making the perfect cup of coffee. If you go enough times, they will remember you, making the experience even more personal. This little gem is not to miss, just spot the locals carrying away their freshly made coffees!
The jars of water with mint, jams on the tables and carefully crafted menu is a testament to their attention to detail :)
I have to confess that I wasn't paying as much attention to the coffee here as I usually do when I'm on my own, but, from what I can recall, the flat white I had wasn't bad. The Portuguese tart was divine, even if I did scoff it down rather quickly, having not had any lunch.
The tables looked cramped but could fit four people comfortably, and I liked the assortment of coffee books I could see on the counter and would have taken one to read had I not been with someone.
It's definitely a nice, relaxing, unintimidating place for a date, although it was also very busy, so we felt we had to move on after a while, just to give other people the chance to try out the coffee. I'll definitely return here under less 'stressful' circumstances so that I can check out the place more fully.
Through the London Coffee Guide and a review here I got to know about this place. As all I read was just good, and as it is also the winner of Best Independent Coffee Shop in Europe 2010, I simply had to go there and see myself.
What can I say? It is a nice place and the service is great! I would assess the service as much above most other cafés I know.
The interior is simple, yet beautiful and light. The coffee is a pleasure and the food looks good. I just had a pain au chocolat, so now I cannot say much about the food in general, but at least the pain au chocolat was delicious.
A place you should not miss if you like to go for a coffee in London!
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