The original Cà Phê, with its shiny cart, parasols and spread of deck chairs, is a fixture in Broadway Market every Saturday. The husband-and-wife owners have been instrumental in bringing the unique taste of Vietnamese coffee to London. It’s quite unlike a European brew – very strong, dripped slowly through a tight filter, and often served cold over ice, or with sweetened condensed milk, or both. Now, Cà Phê has opened its first permanent site, a broom cupboard of a takeaway on Upper Street. As well as coffee, you can pick up a four-pork bánh mì (the Vietnamese East/West fusion baguette that’s the sandwich of the moment). There are 3 suitably squat tables on the street for eating al fresco.
Cà Phê, 149b Upper Street, N1 1RA (07780 784696).