Kingston is not short of coffee shops, but if you are new to the area and not sure where to go, we asked local regulars for their recommendations.
Local Hero on Thames Street topped the list of favourite places to get a good coffee. They also offer various brunch items and the ambience is great if you need somewhere to meet friends near the town centre.
Many of the locals we asked suggested Beanberry for a great coffee experience as this establishment has everything you need for a quiet afternoon, with free Wi-Fi available, seating, and a range of pastries for a sweet snack. The flat white, with its “chocolatey and caramel aroma” that comes from Guatemalan beans, was a particular favourite.
Ole and Steen
Ole and Steen may be a chain but locals love the Americano from this place and described the Kingston store as “spacious” and “chill” enough to spend hours here.
With a beautiful view of the River Thames and a French-inspired menu, Côte is a great place to go when you’re in the mood for more of a dining experience and the service from the staff members has been described as “attentive” and “lovely.”
This café experience would be best with a group of close friends or family to chat and spend time together.
The Press Room
The Press Room is a cosy coffee shop near Surbiton station that offers amazing coffee and delicious pastries.
One person said it was their favourite place to do their work and recommended the brioche toasted buns. It offers delicious smoothies for non-coffee drinkers too.
Gail’s offers a variety of freshly baked bread alongside coffee and pastry options.
It has many vegan-friendly options, and although not cheap, many described the prices as fair.
Old London Road Café
This hidden gem on the Old London Road is a favourite and the oat vanilla latte comes highly recommended, hot or iced.
The sweetness is just right and leaves enough room for the rich flavour of the coffee to shine through.
This is a great place to do work, as it doesn’t get too loud, and it has multiple tables spread out perfectly so you can drown out the noise and focus on your work.
If you ever find yourself looking for a new coffee spot, make sure to come back to this list and decide for yourself whether the Kingston locals were right.