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The best places for coffee in Canary Wharf

Even the best of us need a daily dose of java to keep us going, and thankfully Canary Wharf is swimming with more than enough coffee shops to provide us with our fix.

Whether you know a piccolo from a cortado or you’re just after the best cappuccino in town, here are five great places for coffee in Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf’s best independent coffee shops

Notes

Canary Wharf station is commuter central, so it comes as no surprise that there’s a queue for Notes in Canary Wharf station whatever the time of day. It’s not just its convenient location for sleepy commuters that keeps it thriving though. Friendly baristas, a range of pastries and excellent coffee is a successful combination – so successful in fact that Notes opened a larger branch in Crossrail Place last year.

Notes, 5 Canary Wharf Station, Canary Wharf E14
Notes, Unit CR24 Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf E14

Taylor St. Baristas

Three Aussie siblings have taken London by storm in recent years with their high quality coffee and generous loyalty programme. There are two branches of Taylor St. Baristas in Canary Wharf; 8 South Colonnade is small and cosy whilst their South Quay offering is bright and light. The coffee is consistently great across all branches.

Taylor St. Baristas, 1 Harbour Exchange Square, South Quay E14
Taylor St. Baristas, 8 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf E14

Café Samba

Café Samba is a little gem we discovered on our way to our new office on Marsh Wall. There’s a queue every morning (always a good sign) and the service is prompt and friendly. If you’re lactose intolerant you can choose from soy, almond and coconut milk alternatives.

Café Samba, South Quay Walk, Canary Wharf E14

Hazev

Coffee has long played an important part in Turkish culture, which is why creating an inviting and relaxing atmosphere was one of Hazev’s main objectives when designing their café. You can grab a coffee to take away, but Hazev coffee is best enjoyed in a window seat with views over the wharf.

Hazev, Discovery Dock West, 2 South Quay Square, Canary Wharf E14

Change Please

What if we told you that your morning coffee could change lives? When you buy your first coffee of the day from the Change Please coffee van you’re doing just that.

With the support of The Big Issue, Change Please have empowered homeless people with the skills, equipment and speciality beans to become baristas. The coffee is excellent too, with coffee beans sourced from all over the world and roasted at their Old Spike Roastery in Peckham.

Change Please, Reuters Plaza, Canary Wharf E14

Image: Jordan Whitt