Insider’s Guide to the best coffee shops and cafes near Fenchurch

A busy thoroughfare right in the heart of the City of London, Fenchurch Street is home to some fantastic coffee shops and cafés. Whether you prefer a wake-you-up espresso or a caffeine-free beverage with plant milk, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in this bustling part of town.

Here’s our guide to some of the best coffee shops near Fenchurch Street:

Royal Exchange Grand Café

This isn’t quite your ordinary café and the clue is in the word ‘grand.’ Situated in the middle of the Royal Exchange, an impressive space that is steeped with history, the café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you only want a coffee, it’s worth popping in, as you’ll get a decent cup. A good venue for business meetings or a catch-up with friends.

Secret Frog Coffee Co, 28 – 30 Houndsditch, EC3

If you’re serious about coffee and are a fan of Monmouth beans, this little espresso bar is a must. Serves seriously good coffee and a vast range of teas to suit every palate.

Taylor St Baristas, 125 Old Broad Street 

A small, cosy café near Fenchurch Street that serves speciality coffee and a range of hard-to-resist cakes.

Flock, 105A Minories, EC3N 1LA

As the name suggests, this is a popular spot for tourists and office workers and you’ll be lucky to get a seat at peak times. It has a range of breakfast and lunch items along with the requisite sourdough/avocado combinations that are so popular nowadays. If you’re more of a traditionalist, their burgers and fish and chips have scored highly in customer reviews.

Arancini Brothers, 11A Kentish Town Road, NW1 

If you want to pick up something tasty with an Italian twist for lunch, this place won’t disappoint. Their freshly made stews, salad boxes, and trademark arancini are delicious. The coffee’s great too.

St Katharine Docks Café, C2 Ivory House, CW1 

A charming little café that serves excellent coffee and hearty breakfasts. They have tables overlooking the water, which are great for wiling away a bit of time when the sun is out. They also do a range of takeaway wraps and sandwiches.

Café Brera Ltd, 3 Fenchurch Place, EC3M

A taste of Milan slap bang in the heart of Fenchurch Street. This café serves a variety of Italian blend coffees along with sandwiches, ciabattas, tortes and cakes to die for.

Coco di Mama, 3 Eastcheap, EC3M 

For generous portions of Italian food to go and the sort of flavoursome, smooth coffee you’d expect from an Italian takeout.

Black Sheep Coffee, 150 Fenchurch St, EC3M

One of the better coffee chains, this café also serves a full range of iced-coffees, smoothies and healthy shakes, bowls, and a range of speciality coffees. Be warned, the Norwegian Waffles are hard to resist!

Association Coffee, 10 – 12 Creechurch Lane, EC3M 

With new coffee blends available with each season, this café is a favourite with coffee connoisseurs. They also do a variety of teas, juices, pastries, and cakes. 

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