Top 10: London’s Best Coconut CappuccinosBy Angelica Malin
Coconut cappuccino. Is this a thing? I can totally make this a thing. Months ago, people judged us for ordering matcha lattes and now the green drinks are literally everywhere – even my mum is ordering them. And today, we’re declaring that coconut milk cappuccinos are. the. next. big. thing. Going dairy-free? Becoming a vegan? Just like the taste of coconut? You’re not alone. This week, we’ve teamed up with our friends at The Coconut Collaborative for special Coconut Week on About Time – for coconut inspiration, follow Coconut Collab on Twitter here, like them Facebook here and keep up to date by using #CCcoconutweek. You can see all our lovely coconut features here. Enough small talk, here’s where to find London’s best coconut cappuccinos, happy sipping, kids:
Order: Coconut Cappuccino – a choice of coconut, almond or soya milk (from £2.20)
Why Visit: Ethos is a dedicated veggie restaurant serving dishes from around the world that are full of flavour, healthy and a refreshing change from the pre-packed variety . The restaurant is a pay-by-weight concept and rustle up gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options. People travel far and wide to get their hands on the Hyderabadi Scotch Eggs. I mean, rightly so – they are delicious. Their coconut cappuccino comes highly recommended by us, especially paired with a their sweet potato and date brownies.
Where: 48 Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8DX
Order: Coconut Cappuccino – a choice of almond, coconut, hazelnut, hemp, rice or Bonsoy soya milk (£3.20)
Why Visit: Nama is London’s nicest healthy haven. Think: a great raw food restaurant based in Notting Hill, tucked away on Talbot Road, it’s a raw food nirvana, offering, beyond dining, raw food courses, catering, raw food cleanses and juice cleanses. Why? Well, 100% raw food diet has amazing health benefits and it helps that it all tastes totally delicious. Everything from the raw version of a Thai curry to the ‘raw’ lasagne is sublime. Try their vegan cheesecakes – the chocolate ganache cheesecake with coconut cream seriously cannot be missed.
Where: 110 Talbot Road, London W11 1JR
Order: Coconut Cappuccino (£2.60 plus 20p)
Why Visit: Farm Girl in Notting Hill is the hip hangout for the yummy mummy and healthy crowd alike. This Aussie Cafe serve up smoothies, salads and all the brekkie dishes – you’ll be hard pressed to find something you don’t like. Come here for homemade granola, porridge and excellent coffee – prepare to queue on the weekends, the secret is out about Farm Girl. You can add avocado onto your porridge. We’re not sure if that’s something you want to do, but give it a go.
Where: 59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB
Order: Coconut Cappuccino – a choice of almond, rice, soya or coconut milk (£2.50)
Why Visit: 106 Baker Street is a quaint cafe in Marylebone – they’ve perfected the art of making glorious flats white and they boast a pretty nifty cake selection, including fresh banana bread, ricotta cake and great Italian-inspired sandwiches. They have a daily-changing menu featuring freshly-prepared salads, pastries, quiches and hot and cold mains to tempt you. Insider tip: the banana bread is world class.
Where: 106 Baker St, Marylebone, London W1U 6TW
Order: Coconut Cappuccino (£2.45 plus 50p)
Why Visit: Who Loves You Café is located in the heart of Chelsea. They offer wide a selection of juices that have been specially designed to help improve and maintain one’s health as well as artisan coffees. The team is dedicated to sourcing premium seasonal ingredients, free from nasties, and strive to use fresh local organic products. Come here for all the healthy breakfast treats – expect blueberry protein waffle, with a generous spoonful of peanut butter, and marinated quinoa, topped with two poached eggs, avocado and kale salad. Don’t miss their take on a Snickers bar, made with peanuts, dates gluten free oats and cacao. You can get your coffee with coconut, soya, rice or oat milk. Dreamy.
Where: 517 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0TX
Order: Coconut Cappuccino (£2.70 + 50p charge)
Why Visit: Megan’s, an all day eatery serving up Mediterranean flavours in the King’s Road, have recently expanded to a second home in St John’s Wood. Megan’s serve up killer breakfast dishes including their mighty homemade muffins, porridge with caramelised banana and honey and malt and honey Granola. Sample their fresh salads, quiches and hot dishes, alongside fish and meat grills, and tasty organic sourdough sandwiches for brunch and lunch. The menu at dinner features tiger prawns, swordfish skewers, flamed mackerel fillet with baked beetroot and cote de boeuf for two. Their coffee is fantastic too!
Where: Locations here
Order: Monmouth Coconut Coffee – a choice of organic coconut, soya or almond milk (£2.50)
Why Visit: You can’t help but fall in love with this raw and wholefood veggie cafe, with its airy interior with wooden counter and tables. Wild Food Cafe is the hip hangout in Neal’s Yard frequented by plant-powered lovers – the vegan and vegetarian eatery create exceptionally tasty dishes from veggies that have been locally sourced from independent suppliers. Their ethos: ‘to promote aliveness and embody a world in which plant-passionate, nutrient-packed food is necessary.’ Can’t say fairer than that. Come here for the baked sweet potato fries, quinoa burger and sensational raw caramel slice made with Brazil nuts and a Medjool date filling.
Where: 1st Floor, 14 Neal’s Yard. Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP
Order: Cappuccino with Climpson & Sons espresso and coconut milk (£2.40)
Why Visit: Healthy Stuff is a cute health shop and cafe in Dalston, which opened in 2011 – the owners really bring together their strengths and passion towards wholesome, healthy food and good quality coffee. It’s a great spot for breakfast – to keep it simple, order the sourdough toast, which comes with a selection of spreads from the shop including pumpkinseed butter and organic fruit spreads. If you fancy something sweet, try their granola with natural yogurt, blueberries, banana, goji berries and honey. The smoothies are also fantastic, as is the coffee, try the smoothie with blueberries, oats, banana, honey and milk – it’s our all-time favourites.
Where: 168 Dalston Lane, London, E8
Order: Cappuccino with a choice of soya, almond or brown rice milk (£2.50)
Why Visit: Alright, they make a brown rice, not coconut cappuccino here, but it’s so good I couldn’t miss it out. Detox Kitchen serves fresh, bold and delicious dishes that are free from wheat, dairy and refined sugar. Their focus is on celebrating good quality, seasonal, whole ingredients to create the comfort of a kitchen away from home. Here, you can expect a plethora of healthy breakfast options – everything from granola, berries with coconut yogurt to sweetcorn and courgette fritters with avocado salsa. Grab a smoothie while you are there – the Wake Me Up with blueberries, banana and pineapple is totally dreamy. Don’t miss their avocado, mint and coriander on rye bread, it’s the bee’s knees.
Where: 10 Mortimer Street, London, W1T 3JJ
Order: Coconut Latte (£2.25)
Why Visit: Well, it’s just so easy, isn’t it? There’s literally a Starbucks everywhere – and hey, we’re not ashamed to say we like their Coconut Latte. Dark, rich espresso lies in wait under a smoothed and stretched layer of thick foam, made with lovely sweet coconut milk. Did you know, cappuccino is considered mostly a breakfast beverage in Italy, while espressos are enjoyed any time of day. At Starbucks, you can customise your coffee however you want it – try new coconut milk for a twist on a classic – or try their new Burnt Toffee Latte, it’s really rather delicious.
Where: Throughout the UK
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Order: Coconut Cappuccino – a choice of almond, hazelnut, coconut, soya, rice, hemp or quinoa milk (£3.20)
Why Visit: Where to start with Whole Foods? The place is a health food lover’s dream. They sell everything – from freshly made nut butter to the most random, fantastic health food products, such as spelt bread, gluten-free cereals, cold-pressed juices and a fantastic range of vegan goodies. Most of the Whole Foods stores have cafes where you can buy treats, such as coffee, hot chocolate, gluten-free cakes and get smoothies to order – you can find us in the Kensington branch, sipping coconut cappuccinos, all winter long. You can’t beat their coffee for customisation – they’ve got everything from rice to hemp milk, and you really make your coffee your own.
Where: Locations here
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