Top 3 Coffee Shops in Soho



There many great coffee shops in Soho. People that work in the area really are spoilt for choice. However, unless you like working in these coffee shops, you’ll probably only end up going to one or maybe two on a regular basis. So where are the best places to go?

Number 1

Having thought long and hard about which cafe merits the top spot, Milk Bar is a deserving winner. What I love about this cafe is its modesty and the quiet but friendly atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for a bit of peace and tranquility in a very busy area of London. They serve Square Mile coffee, have good baristas, and a good menu too. A minutes walk from Soho Square, come get your caffeine fix here!

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Number 2

Tapped and Packed No. 193 is in at second. It is the brainchild of the Tapped & Packed team who were part of the group that pioneered the emergence of great quality, specialty coffee shops in London. They have two other cafes in the area but this is their latest venture. They roast the coffee on site and offer a nice variety of fresh food that tastes as delicious as it looks! With plenty of seating this is a great place to come in groups or by yourself.

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Number 3

Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar is just off Carnaby Street and is a great place to sip on excellent coffee if you need a break from a hard day of work (or shopping!). Being part of the Coffeesmiths Collective, you expect high standards and they are well met in this cafe. With a nice array of food on offer and friendly service, it’s a great place to go if you’re near Carnaby Street. They serve Climpson & Sons coffee as their main blend and there’s always a tasty guest espresso on offer. They also hold free drop in coffee training sessions on Thursday evenings if you want to perfect your home brewing skills!

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What do you think? Do you have a favourite coffee shop in Soho?


5 Responses

  1. Brian's Coffee Spot

    08/15/2013, 11:15 am

    Controversial list, Henry :-) I can think of at least five places you’ve missed out!

    Rather embarrassingly, I’ve never been to Milk Bar, so I’ll have to rectify that at some point.

    Two of my favourites in Soho are Foxcroft & Ginger and the old-fashioned Bar Italia. I’m very fond of TAP 193 as well :-)


    • Henry

      08/19/2013, 08:48 am

      I’m not sure I’ve been to the old-fashioned Bar Italia, where is it exactly? I’ll have to check it out next time i’m in the area!

  2. Laura {This City Life London}

    08/15/2013, 11:47 am

    I haven’t tried Milk Bar either! Looking at the coffee map it looks like I’ve got a few more to try before I could narrow it down to a top three! But I have enjoyed Speakeasy and Tapped and Packed 193.


  3. Shell Daruwala

    08/15/2013, 12:14 pm

    Interesting choices, but all in all a great post!

    I would disagree with MilkBar being peaceful. The only times I have been there it’s been so busy that besides not being able to find seating available I’ve had to wait up to 10 minutes for a coffee! The guys there are certainly passionate about their coffee and know their stuff.

    Tapped and Packed is another controversial one. As much as I’d like to love the place, I just cannot get excited about their home roast espresso… and I’ve tried it a few times! What they do really well are the single origin filter coffees, and this is where TAP excels. Again, they really know their coffee theory, and are happy to chat to you all day long about it if you express an interest! I know that roasting your own beans is the holy grail of coffee shops, but it’s not as easy as buying in a machine and some great beans.

    None of the independent cafes which I have visited that roast their own beans have matched (in my opinion) the depth of flavour you get from an expertly roasted blend by the likes of Has Bean, Square Mile, Union, Nude and now Alchemy, whose roasters have many years of experience behind them, and you can taste it in every cup. I think more cafes should stop trying to do it all and concentrate on delivering the best possible end product… making delicious, perfectly extracted coffee from expertly roasted beans.

    As for Speakeasy… I definitely need to check the place out! :-)

  4. Phil B

    08/16/2013, 10:04 am

    I love a good ‘Top x’ post, they always stir up a lot of debate due to everyone having such a strong opinion of what they think is best which is always a good thing!

    I have only been to the TAP 114 on Tottenham Court Road and loved the feel of the place, had a tasty flat white as well from what I remember. Speakeasy is a lovely little cafe, great for people watching in the busy Carnaby Street area and the baristas helpful. Milk Bar is the only one I have never tried, will make sure it is on my list next time I am in London though!


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