I am a freelance writer, editor and teacher based in north London.
Published November 5th 2012
A great café should do more than provide a decent caffeine hit. I can get that from instant, without having to venture out into the cold. Coffee Circus, tucked away on the corner of Crouch End and Stroud Green, provides one of the best examples of how to run a decent café.
The coffee is exceptional, rich and strong, and they sell an impressive selection of niche coffees from around the world. If you don't care about such things, fine, but if like me you are a coffee connoisseur, this gets you going. You can tell that they are passionate about their beans and are always on the lookout for more examples of fine coffees to sell.
The décor in the Crouch End shop is mismatched and quirky and there is usually a decent, chilled out soundtrack. The tables are carefully arranged to provide a cosy atmosphere and the veranda section at the back is light and airy.
The Circus has grown from its roots in Camden Market to its bricks and mortar home in Crouchy. They display artworks from local painters the café in order to provide a nicer place to relax and help creative people gain exposure.
The Broadway is littered with cafes, some opening and closing in the space of a few months, yet the Circus seems to be here to stay. It has gained a fantastic reputation and a loyal fan-base and always seems to be full and brimming with punters. One of the best cafes in the area, this is the perfect place to pull a chair for a little rest on a busy day.