The Burgh Coffeehouse, Commercial Street, Dundee DD1

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The Burgh Coffee house on Commercial Street is a new independent coffee shop in the centre of Dundee, slap bang between the main shopping streets and the museum district.
It has an artfully decorated interior on two levels, with a range of single seats at the window and a few tables and sofas inside. Upstairs there are booths and a library of encyclopedia. It has the feel of an artful loft apartment.
The high ceilings and well-spaced chairs mean it feels relaxed and pleasant – a nice place to escape from the shopping hordes nearby.
The range of coffee and food is standard – croissants and sandwiches – and the espresso was ‘ordinary’, but overall it’s a welcome addition to the city’s coffee choices.

Coffee **
£1.40
Environment ****

Soho Joe, Dean St. (Tottenham Ct Rd / Soho)

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Anywhere with a free croissant with every hot drink before noon is a find, especially this central in London. With an espresso a reasonable £1.50, free newspapers and lots of tables and food, it’s got to be one of the most complete coffee offerings in London. Enjoy!

Coffee ***
£1.50
Environment *****
Others **** (food and even alcoholic drinks)

Bivio Cafe, Chichester Rents WC2 (nr Chancery Lane)

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The largest single espresso I have possibly ever seen – perhaps a communications error between the very smiley deli staff – resulted in a watery and not especially good espresso coffee. However, I have to admit I quite liked the taste!

The deli is small and clean, with small touches like fresh flowers and magazines making it a pleasant enough place to pass 10 minutes. The buzz of the drinks fridge tended to detract from the overall charm, however.

Lots of seats inside (though it looks like you could hardly use them all at the same time) and 4 tables outside in the pedestrian passageway mean it offers options if you’re looking to hide away.

Coffee **
£1.40
Environment ***

Rossodisera, 3 Monmouth St, WC2H 9DA (nr Neal’s Yard & Covent Garden)

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Nice and convenient Italian cafe-restaurant at the end of Monmouth Street.

If you’re in the area for coffee alone, then Monmouth Coffee is the obvious option just up the road – but if you want food, drink and a very Italian feel, Rossodisera is a better choice.

Coffee ****
£1.50
Environment ***
Others **** (food and drink)

Carter Lane Coffee House, Carter Lane EC4 ( St Paul’s Cathedral / Blackfriars tubes)

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Carter Lane, an area near St Paul’s which “has more lawyers than people” according to a sign in a barber’s window, also has some decent coffee.

This new (at time of writing – October 2012) little shop is barely more than a coffee machine, some pastries, and a bench at the window for sitting.

But that coffee machine is one of best in the world, and it makes a delicious smooth espresso.

So, as far as I am concerned, this new Carter Lane resident can stay.

Coffee *****
£1.20
Environment ***