My Favourite London Cafes
Oh how I love to eat. And how I love to do it in London. I've been meaning to do a post all about my favourite London cafés for a while now, but such is life, and I've not been arsed. Whoops.
If you're a Londoner you'll know we tend to stick to our own little areas. Mostly. I've been here 16 years now -- six of those in Hammersmith -- so I really stick to my own area! If you are new to London though, or here on a wee trip you probably won't want to stick just to this one small corner and you might want to read my London neighbourhood guide to get you acquainted with the city.
My Favourite West London Cafes
If you've decided to stick around to see the best that Hammersmith has to offer, you are in luck. For it has a whole HEAP of cafés, restaurants, eateries to satiate every palate. There's a heavy French influence (the Embassy is nearby so we are blessed with baguette eating residents) as well as a whole heap of cute little independent spots.
If you are veggie or vegan (like moi), you're sorted because we have some of the best restaurants in London (as rated by Trip Advisor, which as we all know is legally binding.....) and if you need a hefty meat fix in the form of a Sunday roast, have no fear. Our pubs are some of the best around.
I hope you aren't hungry by the way.....maybe grab yourself a snack to eat while you read this. Just in case ;)
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A100% French export, this Creperie from Brittany serves buckwheat pancakes with a variety of delicious fillings.
Obviously, I loves me some crepe and I double loves me some wine to wash it all down with. This place stole my heart a few years back when it opened in the strangest location, opposite the Hammersmith & City line station and I have to admit, I wasn't sure it would stay open until we got back from our travels.
But it did, and now boasts a Certificate of Excellence along with a roaring trade in gluten free pancakes.
Don't leave without trying.......Crepe Tartiflette
This little Café is straight outta Paris. No really, the owners are French and brought their successful Parisian bakery to Hammersmith in 2014, after running it for over a decade in the 14th Arrondissement.
I am a huge Francophile and giving up cheese once was pretty hellish, but you will never tear me away from those delectable French pastries so thankfully, I can still happily mosey down to this little corner of Paris at will.
They do a fantastic breakfast, which at £3 for a pastry and hot drink is one of the best value deals around. I often go for the lunchtime deal (£7) and includes a baguette or quiche, dessert and a drink. YUM.
Don't leave without trying.......Pépite
This cafe is without question, a total hidden gem. Nestled away in deepest, darkest Shepherds Bush -- the husband and wife team make amazingly authentic Moroccan food night in, night out. It's a fantastic date place, and you can even BYO - making it one of the best value dinners around.
I always plump for one of their set's, usually the Menu Gourmet which is £16.50 for two courses. The portions are big, and the service on point.
Don't leave without trying.......Pastilla
I discovered this little gem a while back, but it's been a staple of the West Kensington culinary scene for over a decade!
Even though the name suggests that it is veggie and vegan, it's actually pure vegan -- with raw food options too.
Chef Ben Asamani is an absolute genius with all things whole food, and even my carnivorous friends leave the restaurant raving about the deliciopusness of the evening.
The prices are super reasonable too, averaging at a little over £10 for a main meal (cheap for London!) and the portions are HUGE! If you're on a budget, I'd HIGHLY recommend the great value buffet lunch. You can eat in, in which case it's all you can eat, or takeaway for £5.50. Given the price of a Pret salad, this is insanely cheap.
Don't leave without trying.......the Spice Island Pie
Have you tried any of these places? Have I tempted you to visit West London?!