If you want a quick breather from the bustle of Borough Market, head for a pick-me-up at Monmouth across the way. It's on the corner of Park Street and Stoney Street, but the aroma of freshly ground coffee will lure you in better than any directions we can give you. Monmouth serves what is honestly some of the best coffee we have ever tasted. We kept it simple with a cappuccino and savoured it in the window-seat overlooking the market. Once our friends arrived we relocated to the long wooden table that you share with other coffee-lovers. Slabs of bakery goods line the far wall, or if you're in the mood for something savoury, there's a basket of freshly baked bread.
Monmouth has a lovely, down-to-earth feel about it - from the ridiculously reasonable prices (we paid £2.50 for a huge cup) to the note trusting customers to pay for what they've eaten. Everything is organic, from the milk to the cane sugar laid out in flowerpots. You can even pick up their Costa Rican beans to fuel your addiction at home.
27 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9EU