Home to countless restaurants, bars, cafés, theatres and one of the city’s top transport hubs, Victoria is brimming with places to see and things to do. You don’t have to look too far for a good quality cup of java or a quick bite to eat in Victoria, the district is teeming with cafés and brew spots for when you need your next caffeine hit. From independent coffee shops to classic greasy spoons, here’s our guide to the best cafés in Victoria.
Guide to the best cafés in Victoria
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The best coffee shops in Victoria
- Iris & June – Seasonal and sustainable
- Hermanos Colombian Coffee Roasters – From the four corners of Colombia
- Ole & Steen – The Scandi way of life
- Coco & Nut Coffee Victoria – For their famous sourdough toasties
- Knot Pretzels & Coffee – Pretzels and artisan coffee
- Green Cafe – A classic British café
- Pimlico Fresh – Nostalgic home-cooking
- Hatch 77 – Brunch in a stylish spot
- The Roasting – A café with Italian roots
- The Farmhouse Cafe Victoria – Hearty homemade classics
The best coffee shops in Victoria
Seasonal and sustainable
This independent coffee shop has branches in Victoria and Holborn (the latter is takeaway only) and specialises in tasty coffee and wholesome, seasonal food available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything is sourced from suppliers that they trust, and they work hard to put sustainability at the heart of everything they do. The food is prepared fresh on-site daily and includes chunky sandwiches, multicoloured salads and homemade cakes.
From the four corners of Colombia
Enjoy high-quality, sustainable, single-origin Colombian coffee at Hermanos Colombian Coffee's tiny branch around the corner from Victoria Station. They source their beans from all over Colombia, always discovering new farms and growers in more remote locations and ensuring they celebrate the country's culture and people. The shop is quaint, cosy and small, with a couple of tables and chairs out the front.
The Scandi way of life
Get a taste of Scandi life at Ole & Steen, a café that started in Denmark and now has 19 spots scattered around London. Enjoy open sandwiches, croissants and Danish buns in various flavours alongside soups and rye sandwiches. All of the cafés are bright, inviting and spacious, and the food is laid out inside a glass counter so you can see exactly what you’re getting, even if it does make it trickier to pick.
For their famous sourdough toasties
This independent coffee shop specialises in organic coffees and tea alongside a mouthwatering menu of vegan and gluten-free cakes, sourdough toasties and flaky pastries. They also host a “Swedish Table” for special occasions, where they can accommodate up to 30 people on a Cheese, Wine & Fine Chocolate table.
Pretzels and artisan coffee
Get your fill of coffee and pretzels at Knot Pretzels, an independent artisan coffee spot specialising in handmade pretzels. Their pretzels are baked in south London using high-quality, natural ingredients, following an age-old artisan bread-making method, meaning it takes 22 hours to make one single pretzel. All of their coffee is hand-roasted in East London, ensuring every cup comes as fresh as possible.
A classic British café
Imagine a quintessential English café and add a splash of green - that’s exactly what The Green Cafe in Victoria is. This casual spot on Eccleston Street is perfect for a classic English breakfast, a big mug of steaming coffee or a crunchy, filled baguette. It’s super laid-back, small inside and has a handful of signature mint green chairs out the front for when you fancy sipping a brew and watching the world go by.
Feast on a daily changing menu of soups, stews and brekky dishes at Pimlico Fresh, an informal café in Victoria. The menu is reasonably priced, featuring dishes like French toast with caramelised bananas on sourdough toast topped with salmon, cream cheese and avocado and a flavoursome beef lasagne. It’s the kinda spot you come to when you’re craving a hearty homemade meal.
Brunch in a stylish spot
This Victoria-based café, cocktail bar and pizzeria is renowned for its friendly service and delicious brunch dishes. Enjoy pancakes, sourdough toast, egg-based dishes, smoothies, juices, and a selection of hot beverages in a stylish, bright setting with a funky black and white check floor and an old-school feel with contemporary touches.
A café with Italian roots
The Roasting is a modern coffee shop on Churton Street in Pimlico, run by an Italian owner and specialises in the classic espresso. Their beans are fairtrade and ethically sourced, alongside a menu of homemade cakes and light bites. The café is cosy and small but bright and inviting and makes for a welcoming spot to enjoy a cup of the good stuff.
Hearty homemade classics
The Farmhouse Café is the place to go for quality, organic food sourced from the owner’s farm. The café functions as a place for people to come and feel welcomed in an open, inviting space. You can enjoy classics like English breakfasts, Mediterranean kebabs and hearty homemade pies.