This little neighborhood in London 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.
Portobello Rd, London W11 1AN | +44 131 281 8755
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.
194 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2ES | +44 20 7727 8096
Breakfast & Brunch
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. Read my full review here.
175 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB | +44 20 7229 9111
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.
59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB | +44 20 7229 4678
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.
57 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AA | +44 7795 965595
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.)
208-212 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH | +44 20 7313 8050
HONEST BURGER: If you're an American, most burgers in Britain will leave you disappointed. Not Honest burgers. They're good. Honest. Read my full post here.
189 Portobello Rd, London W11 2ED | +44 20 7229 4978
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.
310 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TA | +44 20 8969 4500
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.
119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN | +44 20 7727 4242
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.
137 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5QL | +44 20 7221 3355
Coffee & Other Treats
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.
212 Portobello Rd, London W11 1LA | +44 20 7221 3721
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. Read my full post on Melt here.
59 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AA | +44 20 7727 5030
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.
63 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AD | +44 20 7727 1121
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* photography by Noah Darnell