Discerning coffee lovers simply can’t afford to miss the Algerian Coffee Stores, a treasure trove of delights nestled deep in the heart of Soho. Established in 1887, this bazaar-like hidden gem — a firm favourite with locals — retains many of its original features, including the magnificent wooden counter and display case.
Coffee is bought by the gram as beans or ground. There’s a large menu offering some indication of what to expect from each of the mind-boggling range of house blends and single-bean coffees. But help is at hand from the knowledgeable staff for customers requiring additional guidance.
In addition to all this, the shop also boasts a dazzling array of teas called things like “osprey lapsang,” “moon palace” and “dragon whiskers,” exotic infusion herbs, confectionery and bespoke tea and coffee-making paraphernalia. And if it’s a quick pick-me-up while out shopping in Soho you’re after, you’ll be hard-pushed to beat the £1 take-out espresso shots, which can be made into a double at no extra cost.
The store’s online delivery service means you can continue to sample their delectable wares from anywhere in the world, too — just visit their website below for more details.
Algerian Coffee Stores
52 Old Compton Street, London W1V 6PB
T +44 (0) 20 7437 2480
Monday-Wednesday 9am – 7pm
Thursday and Friday 9 am – 9pm
Saturday 9 am – 8 pm
Alex Denney is a journalist and copywriter based in London — follow him on Twitter.