While this place is a bit of a magnet for students, it also shelters an assortment of cool young locals, which adds up to a comfortable, buzzing atmosphere. It’s a go-to when lusting after coffee paraphernalia, like Hario grinders or the iconic Otto espresso machine, but most people here are after a more immediate caffeine hit and some sustenance. Seasonal menu specials are fresh and familiar; the beef and lamb pies are homely in the best sense of the word, especially when accompanied by smooth mashed potato.
As you would hope from the roasting headquarters of Toby’s Estate (bear witness to some of the action through the glass wall at the back of the cafe) the coffee is great and consistently so. Options of filter and syphon should pre-occupy those whose tastes run beyond espresso, and the dozen varieties of beans available to take home gives coffee geeks even more variations of black gold to consider. Bowls of coffee will please anyone who prefers to drown in the comfort of a hot drink, but the spiced hot chocolate and orange hot chocolate might be a less excessive antidote to chilly, blustery days.