If you’re visiting London there is a 99.99% chance you will find yourself in the Covent Garden neighborhood. Not only is the Covent Garden market, a top tourist attraction, located in this area, but popular spots like Trafalgar Square, the National Portrait Gallery, and Leicester Square are all minutes away by foot. If you find yourself in Covent Garden and in need of a caffeine fix or just a spot to sit and rest your feet, continue reading to discover the BEST cafes in Covent Garden. Try 1 or all 5 and let me know which Covent Garden coffee shops ended up being your favorite!
1. Drury 188-189
One of the best cafes in Covent Garden for an affordable lunch and a lively atmosphere
Hands down one of my favorite cafes in Covent Garden. I visited Drury 188-189 several times on my last trip to London. The vibe was comfortable and lively as the place was always filled with visitors. You’ll find people chatting with friends, grabbing a quick lunch, or reading a book. This coffee shop is all about the #DisconnectToReconnect trend that many cafes in Europe are adopting. This means no WiFi and no computers.
The coffee is wonderful and they make a mean flat white, but the food is what really stands out. This is one of the best cafes in Covent Garden if you’re looking for a solid food selection. The homemade pastry selection is divine, try the caramel pistachio brownie. The food menu has plenty of healthy options like avocado toast, yogurt bowls, fresh pressed juices, and sandwiches. The lunch option where you pick 3 premade salads or pair a protein with 2 salads was a great deal at £7 to £11.
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2. Monmouth Coffee Company
One of the BEST covent garden coffee shops for coffee snobs seeking the highest quality espresso
Monmouth has developed quite the cult like following with their high-quality brews and beans. The location at 27 Monmouth Street is the original location…hence the name. They’ve now expanded to two other locations, one in Borough and one in Bermondsey. This Covent Garden café is best for takeaway as the chance of finding a seat in the small area in the back is slim. There is a small selection of sweet and savory pastries if you need a light snack. You can also buy a bag of beans to take home. Monmouth roasts their own beans and their baristas are awesome at helping you find a roast you’ll love.
3. The Black Penny
One of the few cafes in Covent Garden that offers WiFi and won’t give you the evil eye for bringing your laptop
The Black Penny offers excellent coffee, reliable WiFi, and a stellar all-day breakfast menu. Pair your morning latte with a breakfast hash, brioche French toast, or a granola bowl. The space is small but has a few tables and chairs inside and out as well as counter space. The service is friendly and they don’t mind if you bring your computer and work.
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4. Abuelo Cafe
One of the best cafes in Covent Garden for Instagrammable bites and solid toasts
Abuelo is one the cutest little cafes in Covent Garden. Take a seat at the communal table or the snug sofa corner. This small space is beyond cozy and serves organic farm to table meals. The coffee is high quality and made from organic single origin beans.
Abuelo makes some delicious and very Instagrammable toasts. Try the honey whipped mascarpone with figs, the roasted pumpkin on activated charcoal sourdough with goat cheese, or the truffle mushroom. Whichever you decide you won’t be disappointed.
One of the few Covent Garden coffee shops to tick all the boxes: WiFi, seating, solid coffee, and excellent food
Lundenwic is a small Copenhagen inspired Covent Garden café. The space has a clean and bright design. Seating is available along the narrow counter on the main floor. Additional seating with a few tables and chairs can be found downstairs…which is surprisingly bright and welcoming. This is one of the best cafes in Covent Garden if you want some healthy bites to-go or to stay in if you can find a seat. Salads, warm toasties, and yogurt bowls are thoughtfully prepared alongside some top-notch cakes and pastries. My favorites were the ricotta and berry brioche and the grilled ham and cheese toastie.
Honorable Mention - Jacob the Angel
Jacob the Angel is located in Neal’s Yard, one of the quirkiest spots in London. The coffee is solid and perfect for take-away as the space is small. This Covent Garden coffee shop gets an honorable mention because it’s right next to Monmouth and I personally think Monmouth is a bit better quality wise. If the line is too long at Monmouth, stop next door to Jacob the Angel.
I hope this helps in your search for some of the best cafes in Covent Garden. All 6 coffee shops are well located and a perfect spot for a break between sights!
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