Review: Abuelo Cafe, Covent Garden

Tucked away in the bustling district of Covent Garden, Abuelo Café offers a haven of warmth, comfort, and unmatched gastronomic delights. This family-owned gem has been enchanting Londoners and visitors alike with its irresistibly cozy ambiance and flavors that transport you straight to the heart of Latin America – with a wholesome Australian twist.

Stepping inside Abuelo is akin to entering a warm embrace, as the cozy, rustic interior exudes a sense of familiarity and belonging. Wooden tables, exposed brick walls, and an assortment of lush greenery make for a convivial setting where stories and laughter are shared over steaming cups of expertly brewed coffee. At the helm of this delightful establishment are a family whose passion for their heritage and love of food are palpable in every corner of the café.

As the founders of Abuelo are designers, its no surprise the interior of the cafe is so stylishly chic. With 40 years of hospitality and architectural experience behind Abuelo, they focus on creating spaces that have a sense of homeliness, with an eclectic, artistic edge and Abuelo is no exception.

Brunch for three

At the heart of Abuelo’s appeal is its extraordinarily Instagramable menu, which is inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Latin America, with an emphasis on Argentinean and Australian influences. The fare is lovingly crafted using farm fresh, locally sourced ingredients, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that will please even the fussiest palates.

My wife and I visited with our food loving pup Nyla and were impressed with the variety of tastebud tantalising brunch dishes presented in front of us. The Huevos Divorciados de Turco was a delightful medley of poached eggs, labneh, salsa Rosa, chimichurri, creamy avocado and smoked paprika – served with toasted sourdough fingers slathered in butter.


Sourdough heaven

A culinary ode to comfort food manifested itself on our table as the humorously titled dish Big Dippers – a warming tomato soup served with cheese laden garlic bread toasted fingers.

The truffle mushroom toastie was nothing short of heavenly, but it was the dessert plate of warm banana bread smothered in a creamy vanilla ricotta and drizzled with Happy Bee farm honeycomb with toasted coconut that really stole the show. Make sure you also order one to go and thank me later.


Comfort on a plate

Abuelo’s coffee also truly sets it apart from the myriad other tourist-clad cafes in the area. Sourced directly from family-owned farms in Latin America and roasted on-site, their coffee boasts a depth of flavor and aroma that is difficult to find elsewhere. The dedicated team of baristas artfully pour each cup with a finesse that is genuinely captivating. For an extra touch of decadence, pair your coffee with one of their tasty house-made cakes or buttery flaky pastries.

In a city teeming with cafés vying for attention, Abuelo Café emerges as a truly distinctive offering. From its enchanting atmosphere to its exquisite menu, every aspect of this Latin/Aussie-inspired haven has been meticulously curated to deliver an experience that is both captivating and memorable. Whether you’re a local, a visitor, or a seasoned coffee aficionado, the delightful world of Abuelo Café awaits you, promising a sensorial journey that is sure to leave you yearning for more.


Banana bread with a side of fresh doglin

The café’s commitment to sustainability is another noteworthy aspect that sets it apart. From supporting local suppliers to using eco-friendly packaging and reducing food waste, Abuelo Café operates with a strong sense of environmental responsibility that resonates with the conscientious Londoners who frequent this beloved establishment.

For those eager to bring a piece of Abuelo Café into their own homes, the café’s retail corner is stocked with an enticing array of artisanal goods, ranging from carefully curated coffee beans and bespoke tea blends to lovingly crafted ceramic mugs, ensuring that the spirit of Abuelo can be enjoyed beyond its charming walls.

Next time you find yourself wandering the vibrant streets of Covent Garden, seeking respite from the hustle and bustle and a much needed caffeine boost, be sure to step into the magical world of Abuelo Café. Prepare to be enchanted by its wholesome charm and enticing offerings, and join the ranks of those who have discovered that a visit to Abuelo is not just a meal, but an experience that nourishes the soul.

Mitra Msaad

Editor in Chief