While Starbucks quietly withdrew from Kentish Town a while back, we were nonetheless surprised to see Costa’s significant high street presence stripped off all its branding recently.
This week on social media we put the question to readers about what they’d like the former Costa unit to be. The dozens of responses make a fascinating glimpse into the collective state of mind, from predictable high street jokes to well-considered community suggestions, including library extensions, clothes stores and much more (well over 40 suggestions and rising, in fact). There were more than a few votes for Waitrose to move in, too. Lol.
Kentish Town Stores
Arguably the cutest little coffee shop in NW5 (see our featured pic, top) in the most adorable historic building tucked just behind the high street. Go for brews, brunch – and lifestyle products, too. Read our interview with founder Luci here @kentishtownstores
A brilliant re-purposing of the former post office: in post-Covid times it will make an awesome co-working space, as well as serving a vast selection of healthy and not-so healthy treats. More here @neighbourhoodorganic
Smooth, strong espresso from Kiss The Hippo roastery in an inspired reboot of the former Meadows cafe (above). We have yet to try the food, but the Turkish wraps, burgers and sarnies look like a strong offer. More here @kantin_eatery
One of the best coffee options in the lower Royal College Street area, tucked away under Camden Road Overground. Their ethical roastery Send is also located here, which trains people with special educational needs and disabilities. More here @hiddencoffeecamden
We love this tucked-away Gospel Oak ‘community canteen’ – it’s a useful pit stop before after the Heath, too. More here @mothercanteen
Always rammed in the Before Times, this has atmospheric KT views from its little pavement, too. More here @saintespresso
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