Seven of the Best Cafés in Covent Garden

Whether you're on a spending-spree, having a wander before an evening theatre trip or just doing some window shopping, making your way around London's bustling city centre is tiring. Here are the best places for a caffeine fix in Covent Garden.

Get your caffeine fix: these are Covent Garden's best coffee shops

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Farmstand

Covent Garden

On Covent Garden's Drury Lane, Farmstand has an ethical ethos that is almost as enticing as the food. Focussing on sustainable, locally sourced food, it's the ideal spot to pop in for a breakfast of multigrain porridge, banana bread or dairy free yoghurt topped with a wide choice including three different berry compotes, nut butters and syrups - all washed down with an ethically sourced cuppa.

Address

42 Drury Lane, WC2B 5AJ

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Santa Nata

Covent Garden

Named after the world-famous pasteis de nata, this café has a speciality that comes as small surprise. Come for freshly baked, creamy custard tarts dusted with cinnamon or icing sugar while watching the pastry chefs work their magic behind a glass wall, and pair it with a glass of Ginjinha – a traditional Portuguese cherry liqueur.

Address

17 Russell Street WC2B 5HP

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Avobar

Covent Garden

While an all-avocado dining concept may sound basic, Avobar pulls it off with flair. Pairing a breezy Cali aesthetic with superfood dishes, this is the place to perch on a wooden bench surrounded by avo-green tiled walls and hanging plants as you sip on an avo-based smoothie. If you’re feeling peckish, delve into pokè bowls, vegan tacos or brunch plates, and don’t forget to browse the shop, which sells a range of avocado-based skincare.

Address

24 Henrietta Street WC2E 8ND

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Crème de la Crêpe

Covent Garden

In the middle of Covent Garden’s bustling market, this quaint café serves a variety of sweet and savoury crêpes. Slide into one of the booths and browse the menu – we recommend a Dirty Harry for chorizo, cheddar cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and ranch dressing if you like savoury or, if you have a sweet tooth, the Cheap Date filled with Mars Bar and Baileys will do the trick.

Address

29 The Market The Piazza WC2E 8RE

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Jacob the Angel

Covent Garden

From the team behind famed London restaurants The Palomar and The Barbary, this stylish little coffee house slots in perfectly among the colourful shops lining Neal’s Yard. It only has 10 seats, so get there early to nab a spot or order to take away and sip as you shop. Don’t forget to try one of its signature coconut cream pies – you won’t regret it.

Address

16 ½ Neal's Yard WC2H 9DP

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The Black Penny

Covent Garden

Exposed brick, wood panelling and original features… this is a trendy coffee shop at its best. Order a cappuccino and while away the afternoon admiring the 19th-century interiors. Alternatively come for brunch; the brioche french toast topped with whipped lemon ricotta, black-cardamom sugar and blueberry compote is our favourite.

Address

34 Great Queen Street WC2B 5AA

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Teatulia

Covent Garden

With a menu of teas all grown in the owner’s gardens in Tetulia, Bangladesh, this quaint little tea shop is the perfect place for a cuppa. Set up for a morning’s work or stop by for a catch up with friends, order a pot of Oolong for a relaxing blend or a Bengal Builder’s for a comforting brew.

Address

36 Neal Street WC2H 9PS

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