Candid Arts Cafe

As we’re writing this, we are actually waiting to get sandwiches and tea that we ordered 30 minutes ago but that they lost our order. Usually, if that happens, we’d never go back to that place, but we love this place, the Candid Arts Cafe, so much we’re pretty content to wait patiently in the eclectic atmosphere in happy anticipation of how yummy the food is while writing an enthusiastic recommendation.  We’re also pretty okay with it because it’s very locally run by only a few people and of course the place is packed on a Saturday because it’s so well-loved.

If you’ve been searching for a proper coffee shop/café decorated with love, a hidden away spot you can spend hours writing, thinking, and chatting with friends to nice music (Simon and Garfunkel was the album for the past 30 minutes), this is it. It’s decorated like your Grandma’s living room if your grandmother was incredibly artsy and into vintage and her living room doubled as a theatre’s prop room with Grecian columns, enormous Shakespearean candlesticks, cast-off lamps and giant paintings. Three floors up over a warehouse that hosts regular art exhibits, there are windows all along one wall that bathe the room in sunlight on pretty days. The menu is also incredible, with fresh and tasty baguettes and hot dishes. A’s favorite sandwich is avo, brie, and ham sandwich (4.50) while C gets the vegetarian curry (6.50) when she can. C is partial to the ginger tea (1.50) while A likes their lattes.

It’s a stone’s throw away from Angel tube station off the busy Upper Street. Turn left out of the station and then take your first left onto Pentonville Road and then first left again down the side street/alley – there’s a big sign for the Candid arts warehouse and the café entrance is just next door.  Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 12pm – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm.  Map

Update: we indeed got our sandwiches and oh my goodness they were amazing

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1 Response to “Candid Arts Cafe”


  1. 1 Football in London February 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I have recently been to England and I visited that cafe. I liked it very much. Good food, good service, and nice atmosphere.


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