North London café with a Danish twist and damn fine coffee
Being the picky coffee drinker that I am, it has taken me some time to discover my favourite London cafés. After moving into the picturesque Edwardian neighbourhood of Muswell Hill I soon grew bored of the coffee shops in the area. Then I discovered Nyborg's Kitchen, and I was pleased to see that they advertised Monmouth Coffee. I've since berated myself for not popping by sooner.
Nyborg's is Danish-owned. The interior décor, minimalist with its crisp white walls, simple furniture and knickknacks, is straight out of a Copenhagen café. The staff are incredibly inviting (and that's saying something for Londoners). I've already established myself as a regular, propping myself down with paper and pen, scribbling away and enjoying the welcoming atmosphere.
What makes Nyborg's a gem of a place amongst the high street chain stores, in a sense, is its simplicity. All I really want is a damn fine cup o' coffee with perhaps something sweet on the side while I'm doing my writing. No frills. The baristas serve up impeccable espresso-based drinks or French press coffee. Who cares if the lattes don't come with a little leaf on them? That's not what coffee's all about.
Predictably I keep returning for the flat whites, which are served with just the right amount (although at times the milk's steamed a tad too hot). There's a lovely selection of pastries, as well, such as carrot cake, cinnamon bread, nut brownies and orange poppy buns. Apart from sweet things, their homemade rye bread is really something. Do come by for some smřrrebrřd, the Danish open-face sandwiches.
Nyborg's also offers a breakfast selection and even hosts themed dinners as part of their supper club. If you're an espresso nut living in North London, and haven't set foot here, then you're in for a treat. For those further away it's worth the trek.