There are many reasons coffee shop dates are great. We at Caffeine find the heady aroma of brewing beans whips us into a frenzy – we have to remember not to sit right next to the grinder – but even if you’re not quite as passionate as that, speciality coffee gives you something to talk about. And beside, cafés are made for friendly conversation. There’s definitely a lot less pressure there than sitting across from someone you barely know in a fine-dining restaurant, trying to find common ground.
Coffee shops aren’t just great for first dates though – couples who have been dating or married for years can enjoy romantic coffee dates too. With the variety of venues and products on offer these days, it’s a great way to experience a new atmosphere or try a new brew or food.
So without further ado, here are our top 5 coffee spots for a romantic date.
Ozone Coffee Roasters – 11 Leonard Street, London EC2 4AQ
If laid-back and antipodean is your vibe, take your date to Ozone. Famed for its Kiwi cuisine, it’s the perfect spot for an unhurried flat white over brunch on a lazy weekend. Just don’t be upset if your date falls for the barista…
Covent Garden Grind – 42 Maiden Lane, London,WC2E 7LI
For centrally located coffee and cocktails, there are few better venues than Grind’s Covent Garden site. There is an energetic playlist and lots of booths to cuddle up in. If the date goes well, you can drink espresso martinis into the night.
Monocle Cafe – 18 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7QA
Serving Allpress Redchurch blend, this stylish, bijou coffee shop in Marylebone is the perfect place to snuggle up over a cappuccino. Make sure to try the delicious cinnamon buns – a proven aphrodisiac.
Fernandez & Wells – Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
F&W brews coffee by Staffordshire’s Has Bean. Enjoy the views of Somerset House, order some excellent tapas (great for sharing!) and finish with a walk around the Courtauld Gallery to see works by Monet and Van Gogh.
The Ned – 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ
Want to impress? Take your date to this five-star City hotspot located in an art deco masterpiece. Start at Malibu Kitchen and, if the date goes well, move on to one of the six other restaurants (or even one of the 250 bedrooms). Just check your bank balance first.