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Top 5: Camden Town coffee shops

Artisan cafes of all shapes and sizes now pepper NW1, so here are five essential pit stops to escape from the crowds - and the chains

Buzzy: downstairs lounge at Leyas
Buzzy: downstairs lounge at Leyas

Coffee Jar

With chunky, rustic seating, the Jar serves a range of Monmouth-based coffees and home-made cakes. Too busy? Head to Falla and Mocaer over the road, run by a charming French couple. 83 Parkway/ 82 Parkway

Ruby Dock

The syphon method: Tower 47
The syphon method: Tower 47
The third outlet from the folk behind Lantana, off Goodge Street, with a dedication to perfection at every stage. Weekly changing guest blends showcases different roasters. 44-45 Camden Lock Place

Tower 47

Specialist brewing processes and rare roasts aplenty, with chemistry set theatrics of the NYC-style bubbling syphon method. The result is coffee as light as herbal tea, but still packing a punch. Or go for a darker brew with the pour-over filter method. 47 Chalk Farm Road



Perfection: Ruby Dock
Perfection: Ruby Dock
A small ground floor seating area plus Amsterdam-style lounge, all exposed brick work and mismatched vintage furniture. Coffee was Union Revelation on our visit, exuding deep notes of caramel. 20 Camden High Street

The Little One

Primrose Hill Brazilian-English beans specialist hole-in-the-wall has opened a larger minimalist space on Jamestown Road, up past the Holiday Inn. Well out of touristville so plenty of room too. Corner of Oval/Jamestown Rd

And one for the road…

Casa Tua Brand new café Casa Tua is tucked away a moment from Camden Road overground. As well as brewing up some fine Italian roasts, the diminutive outlet is also fully licensed and hosts cocktail classes. Full review coming soon.
176 Royal College Street

Want to read more? Soak up the history of the famous Camden Coffee Shop on Delancey Street here

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