Cafe Pistou, Exmouth Market

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On the western corner of Exmouth Market, opposite the hipster hangout Caravan and beside Nero’s is this lovely, earthy, French-style cafe. New, I think – yes, since November 2014.

Probably about 20 small tables inside and a couple outside, it’s a relaxed place at 8:30 on weekday mornings. The central square bar has a commanding view over all patrons, so service was quick and friendly. It is more of a restaurant than just a coffee shop or café, but relaxed enough to be welcoming and family-friendly.

Espresso was – thankfully – Italian, not French style. Citrus, sweetness, very like a long Monmouth coffee. Very pleasant, though I am glad I put a sugar in.

Lovely place; I’ll come again.

Coffee ****
£2.20
Environment ****

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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)