Charlie's Portobello Road Café

Earlier today I was in Charlie's Portobello Road Café in Notting Hill again. No matter what the weather is like, Portobello Road is always busy at the weekend and so was the café. Wherever I live, I'm always on the lookout for a cosy café. For example, in Hamburg I mostly went to the Savory Bistro in Harvestehude. I don't like the big coffee chains like Starbucks, McCafé and what else is out there. One of the advantages of living in a city as vibrant as London is that you have so much to explore when you move away from the touristy paths and into areas where Londoners actually live. So there are really many opportunities to find such small cafés.

Charlie's Portobello Road Café

Despite the fame Notting Hill gained thanks to the film of the same name, it is still mostly just that: A place to live (if you can afford it). You won't find any attractions there. Of course, Portobello Market is an exception, but Charlie's café is at the very beginning of Portobello Road, where the street is not yet crammed with people, and tucked away from the street. Check it out!

Update: Unfortunately, on my recent trip back to London I had to find out that Charlie's café has been closed and replaced by a hipster restaurant. Too bad, but what can you do when rents keep going up...