What a quaint little cafe! Stubbled upon this place after wondering around aimlessly in the rain. Went inside and was overwhelmed by the display of yummy looking cakes and such sweet delights! I ordered a coffee and a cake and took a seat in the warm confines of the barge. There were a few other people in sheltering from the rain with coffee and cake too! It was really nice to sit inside in the warm and listen to the rain. My coffee was just what I needed and the cake was great and probably not what I needed, but it was delicious!!!!
A cute place, worst a visit :-)
I'm (having breakfast) on a boat, don't you ever forget.
I was looking for a morning spot to meet with some people and it had to be light and fun and not crowded and in/near Paddington. What do you know, there's a place for that.
A boat cafe! Hidden right by the canals, a light, cheap breakfast or lunch spot. The Waterside Cafe is down the canals (go past Paddington Station and walk the river, you'll find it.) It holds about 15 people but never seems to have about three or four. There are also tables outside if it's warm enough.
The atmosphere is minimal, as is the menu, but if you're looking for cheap eggs or toast or coffee and a relaxing place to enjoy them, this is the spot to be. Happy sailing.
The Waterside Café is something of an institution. In the summer its outside tables are usually filled by tourists waiting for Jason's hourly trips up the Grand Union canal to ZFL (the absurdly rebranded London Zoo).
The café itself is a greasy spoon that is a cut above the norm. The full English, ham and cheese croissant and bacon baguette together with the decent coffee make this a good place to get brunch. Additionally, it is good value for the area, with an average brunch costing between 5 and 10 pounds.
We stopped in for breakfast on our first morning in London, mostly because it was near the hotel.
My girlfriend and I both had the fried egg roll (two fried eggs on a baguette). The baguette was good, but as a meal, I'd rather have something I couldn't make just as easily at home. In short - good, but nothing special. The most memorable part of the visit wil probably be that the cafe is on a canal boat.
I will say that I enjoyed my large cup of filtered coffee (what we would just call coffee in America). It's surprisingly hard to get a decent pot of coffee, and they were spot on.
This place is very small, no more than 4 or 5 tables that seat 3 each. If it's busy at all, you will probably end up taking away your meal, which wouldn't be a bad thing, because you can enjoy walking along the canal while eating it.
Though the only two items that I was in the mood for were not available, nothing beats sitting near the water, enjoying a pleasant cup of tea while people watching. You absolutely forget that you are in busy London, rather you get swept up by the ducks gliding past, Jason's tour as well as the Water Bus ambling past.
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