Beckenham high street is full of little eateries, cafés, and smart bars. If you wander further up from the church, closer to the train station, you'll find Raggio's, the most adorable little spot I've come to know yet.
The decor has a simple palette of wood, off white, and plenty of glass, with fresh flower accents in little vases in the window. It is both pretty and grown up, with a clean quality a feature of such hang outs.
Raggio's, though an Italian café, offers the most incredible, yet simple bakes. Their well-made shortbread is excellent. With simple seasoning like rosemary and lavender, it is delicious without being overcomplicated.
The have a wide range of fruit and herbal teas, but they do their coffee very well.
I spent around two hours in here, emailing and Skyping my sister. The staff didn't bat an eyelid, and although I was a new face, they treated me like they would a regular, with a smile and even a little banter when I couldn't decide on what tea to have.
Raggio's is the kind of quiet venue you need when you have an essay to write, or just need a cosy little space to chill out in, with a pot of your favourite tea, or much-needed espresso. Fellow customers are a mix of middle aged parents and OAP's. Only a few young professionals drop in, but they're far and few from what I've seen.
Beckenham's high street might be the busiest area of this little village-like area, but head a little further and you'll find a place of respite. Recoup in Raggio's and you might you stay for a bite or two.