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By Anna Holbrook & Severine Etienne

Tea & Coffee – the elixir of life for so many of us.  Thankfully we have an abundance of wonderful cafés for our caffeine fix in both Queen’s Park and Kensal Rise – the best of which we bring to you here.

Whether you are taking your baby for a stroll or simply need a place to warm up and have a natter with friends over a steaming cuppa (and perhaps a well-deserved piece of cake), you’ve got some great (largely independent) options to choose from.  Many of the cafés now also serve hot food throughout the day.

If you’re new to the area, it’s worth noting which premises are large enough to house buggies and have baby changing facilities.

Many of the cafés listed are part of the Queen’s Park Mums Membership Card programme so do make a note of these and remember to keep your card in your wallet at all times (dads too)!

1. An Other Cup Cafe

If you see a broad array of pushchairs at the entrance, it is because this café delights kiddies and adults alike all week long. An Other Cup sits inside The Maqam Centre – the busy bee of the neighbourhood, proposing a large programme of classes such as swimming, ballet, music and art. With a modern (and clean) space full of toys and books for babies and toddlers, the parents can finally relax with a pastry and a coffee from The Roasting Party or a tea from Storm Teas. The all-day brunch menu has a Scandinavian flair (we love their pickled beetroot) and the friendly staff make everything from scratch for lunch orders.  Includes kids menu.

Space for prams: Yes
Baby changing facilities: Yes (within the swimming pool changing rooms)
Outside seating: Yes (private courtyard)
QPM’s Membership Offer: 10% off all food and drink Mon – Fri

Wrentham Ave, Kensal Rise, NW10 3HJ

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An Other Cup – The Maqam Centre

2. Bel & Nev

These guys win the prize of the best banana cake in town! The lovely couple (Bel & Nev) at the head of the café are both Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs who prepare all their food. The small heartfelt family business offers a menu full of avocado, eggs, bacon, sourdough bread, brioche buns and homemade chilli jam dishes.

The comfy setting with cushioned benches makes it a great place to have a bite with the little ones (before their ballet or art class two feet away).

Space for prams: Limited
Baby changing facilities: Yes (mat available)
Outside seating: V. small number (front)
QPM’s Membership Offer: 50p off any coffee and cakes with your QPM’s card Mon-Fri after 12pm.

15 Station Terrace, Kensal Rise, NW10 5RX

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Bel & Nev

3. Bob’s Café

In the heart of Queen’s Park, Bob’s Café is more of an all-day cheerful bistro serving seasonal dishes and staples such as steak frites, handmade burgers and healthy salads plus a wonderful kids menu for all ages.  They also of course offer a fabulous selection of coffees with walk-ins welcome.

Space for prams: Limited
Baby changing facilities: Yes
Outside seating: V. small number (front)
QPM’s Membership Offer: 20% off bill when ordering food Mon – Fri

77 Salusbury Rd, Queen’s Park, NW6 6NH

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Bob’s Cafe

4. CABLE co.

Come here for a great coffee, a cool vibe and good sounds. CABLE co. use locally roasted beans and pride themselves on their premium tasting coffee. Their house speciality food items are the “Old school Toasties” – such as the cheese, leek and paprika toast, and the avocado on toast with crumbled feta. No wonder the tiny café is always crammed with hipsters of all ages and young families grabbing a quick breakfast on a Sunday morning before heading to the QP Farmers’ market!

Space for prams: Limited
Baby changing facilities: No
Outside seating: V. small number (front)
QPM’s Membership Offer:  50p off any cake or pastry with a coffee at Cable co. after 12pm any day (this particular offer expires 1st April ’19)

Bridge House, Chamberlayne Rd, Kensal Rise, NW10 3NR

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CABLE Co.

5. Gail’s Bakery

With 43 bakeries in and around London, most of us have encountered Gail’s and revel in their delicious assortment of breads, cakes and dainty sandwiches.  There is no exception when it comes to the local branch in Queen’s Park.  Set in the middle of Salusbury Road, Gail’s QP is often extremely busy with parents after school drop off time; laptop workers throughout the day; and locals picking up their weekend loaves.

We especially love the mini Rose Pistacchio and Honey Lavender cakes – such a treat.

Space for prams: Limited
Baby changing facilities: Yes
Outside seating: V. small number (front)

75 Salusbury Road, Queen’s Park, NW6 6NH

6. Minkies 

You can’t miss Minkies with its strategic location next to Kensal Rise underground station.

Under new management since Dec 2017, Olivia is a landscape architect and foodie, and Oliver a fitness instructor and chef.  Both have a passion for delicious and approachable food in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
New look Minkies with a revamped food and drinks offering, focuses on fresh, vibrant and delicious flavours as well as being a friendly  hub for Kensal Rise locals.

Space for prams: Limited
Baby changing facilities: No
Outside seating: Yes (front)

The Glasshouse, Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 5RQ

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Minkies coffee & breakfast

7. Milk Beach

The newest and very welcome addition to the Queen’s Park cafe scene comes in the form of Milk Beach on trendy Lonsdale Road.

Sydney born owner Elliot wanted to emulate the design concepts found in his home town, whilst offering premium quality coffee and he has achieved just that!  Elliot’s business partner has been the UK Roasting Champion for two years so it’s no surprise they roast their own coffee from Ethopian farmers they know and trust.

What’s more, the diverse food offering is top quality with a Head Chef previously at the helm of Duck & Waffle.  We defy you not to love the epic brunches (but if going to work, it’s worth noting that WiFi is currently not offered to guests).

Space for prams: Limited
Baby changing facilities: No
Outside seating: Yes (front)

19 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park, NW6 6RA

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Milk Beach. Photo credit: Charlie McKay

8. Gracelands Cafe

The go-to cafe for mums and dads after nursery or school drop off with its relaxed atmosphere, joyous staff, rustic vibe, kiddy corner and delicious food menu (for adults and children alike)!  It’s always a joy to come to this cafe, but it’s probably better to come with friends and family than alone with a laptop as we all know our kiddies can be prone to a little noise!

Space for prams: Yes
Baby changing facilities: Yes
Outside seating: Yes (back & front)

118 College Rd, Kensal Green, NW10 5HD

9. Salusbury Deli

Part of the Masseria Group (includes The Salusbury pub, Messapica & The Chamberlayne pub), The Salusbury Deli with its modern decor has a loyal following and enjoys a central spot on the Salusbury Road.  Enjoy great coffee, impressive salad plates and delicious smoothies.

Space for prams: Limited (outside peak times)
Baby changing facilities: Yes
Outside seating: Yes (front)

56 Salusbury Rd, Queen’s Park, NW6 6NN

10. Park Cafe

In the heart of Queen’s Park itself, this cafe has seen lots of changes in recent times but now owned by the Urban Leisure Group (alongside The Alice House) sells wonderful Coleman coffee, a great selection of homemade pastries and caters for stress-free lunches.  The perfect place for a coffee and cake with the family on a warm day (or when wrapped up well in the Winter)!

Space for prams: Yes
Baby changing facilities: Yes (in the external toilets)
Outside seating: Yes (front & back)

Queen’s Park, NW6

Other options:

Kitchen 79 (Queen’s Park) – All day bistro serving a range of hot foods from breakfast through to dinner, less of a walk-in coffee spot (QPM’s receive 20% off bill mon – fri until 7pm & weekends from 7pm)
Hugo’s (Queen’s Park) – mainly attracts families for weekend family breakfasts but walk ins for coffee welcome plus lots of seating & space for buggies
L’angolo delicatessen  (Kensal Rise) – Italian deli serving wonderful coffee and fresh counter Italian cheeses and charcuterie with mainly outdoor seating
Wild Card (new to Kensal Rise) coffee shop serving quality coffee and pastries – limited seating
Messapica (Kensal Rise) – All day bistro serving hot food, salads and a variety of drinks with plenty of indoor seating
Dark Habit (Queen’s Park) – coffee shop renowned for their premium blend coffees but far from child friendly
Starbucks (Queen’s Park) – you know what you’re getting plus fab space with enough room for buggies.
Costa (Queen’s Park  & Kensal Rise) – Strong coffee and plenty of seating in central QP & Kensal locations

Main image credits: Courtesy of Minkies & Charlie McKay for Milk Beach

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