This little neighborhood
often serves as our bubble.
We can escape public transport for days
by walking around
and enjoying the shops & cafes sitting around us.
We really love our neighborhood.
I think you'll like it, too.
PORTOBELLO ROAD MARKET: Every Saturday morning, Portobello Road comes alive with the weekly market. Antiques, silver, paintings... and every knick-knack in between find their way out to the street. Just go to the Notting Hill Gate station, follow the signs out for the market, and then follow the crowds. In just about 5 minutes, you'll be in the thick of colored row-houses and an endless sea of people. I like to go from 9-11am to avoid the worst crowds.
BOOK + KITCHEN: This bookshop and cafe combo is a great spot to spend a few hours. Curl up with your little one in the cutely-curated kid section or read a book over a cup of tea in the garden. Read my full post here.
BISCUITEERS ICING CAFE: This cute boutique not only sells adorable iced cookies, but offers you the chance to make them, too. Learn from master icers in the cute boutique cafe. Or opt for cakes and coffee, like I so often do.
GRANGER & CO: For all of the non-Aussies, Bill Granger is an Australian chef. This is his London restaurant and it's well-loved. The line for brunch on the weekend is pretty insane. (Go before 10 to miss it!) The corn fritters (add avocado salsa!), ricotta hotcakes with banana, their obscenely fluffily scrambled eggs, and the toasted coconut bread are our favorites.
CHURCHILL ARMS: This pub is one you may have seen on Pinterest- it's covered in Flowers and really beautiful. But the best part is inside the pub- in the back is fantastic Thai food. It's a local favorite and constantly full of people, but with all the main dishes priced around £7.50, it's easy to understand why. No reservations.
CONTINENTAL PANTRY: This larger-than-it-seems space has a small grocery shop up front of items from continental Europe (think French mustards, Italian meats, etc.) and a well-designed cafe in back. The perfect spot to spend a quiet afternoon with a friend, book or laptop. Find my full review here.
MELT CHOCOLATES: This tiny chocolate shops makes pristine treats such as luxury chocolate truffles, chocolate lollipops and simple wrapped handmade caramels. When the weather is warm, grab a cone of their homemade ice cream (their truffle-esque chocolate or creamy salted caramel will knock your socks off!) and wander around glam Westbourne Grove. It's an indulgent, but slightly-mandatory, treat.
OTTOLENGHI: This small shop gets endless tourist attention. Whether people are coming to see Yotam Ottolenghi's creations in person or stopped in their tracks at the display of meringues piled in the window, it's hard to resist wandering in and buying a souvenir. Read my full review here.
THE OAK: This place defines a "gastro-pub" almost better than any other place that I can think of in London. With chic menu offerings and a casually elegant setting, you'll find this as the perfect place for a lunch date or a dinner with friends.
PIZZA EAST: If it's a warm night, you can bet your bottom dollar we are at Pizza East on the secret terrace. The spicy sausage and broccolini pizza is fantastic. So is the lasagna. Get one of each and split with someone you love. Or get them both for yourself and I'll give you a big high five.
DAYLESFORD ORGANIC: This place is posh to the max. While we go to the Notting HIll location, their are others. Expect gorgeous and fresh food... at a price. I once read a review describing the clientele as "cashmere swaddled mummies and their posh prams" and it's no joke. But the food is good and the scene is unique. I recommend going for breakfast or lunch, as dinner is slightly quiet. (Get a bit of background on the Daylesford story by checking out my visit to the Daylesford farm.)
FABRIQUE: If you're out on a Saturday morning stroll through the market or need an easy place to meet for coffee, this tiny bakery needs to be it. With famous Scandinavian-style cinnamon rolls and pretty crystal tumblers full of coffee, Fabrique is a great neighbourhood favorite. Find my full review here.
FARM GIRL CAFE: This increasingly popular cafe oozes all the Instagram essentials: white walls, pops of pink tables, greenery growing on the walls, great lighting and healthy breakfast fare. Complete with colourful lattes made of brightly tinted matchas and rose lattes sprinkled with dried petals, Farm Girl has hit a sweet spot in Notting Hill. As it's located just by the start of the market, it makes for an easy stop on your way in from Notting Hill Gate. Find my full review here.
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* photography by Noah Darnell