Cafe Frei

Restaurants, Coffeeshops Whitechapel
3 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)

Café Frei is a colourful, globally-minded coffee shop, located down a dingy Aldgate back street. Its remit is interesting. The menu is a sort of coffee world tour, with drinks drawn from every continent. Therefore, you can get regional Italian espressos (is that a thing? Here it is); Japanese Kyoto plum cream coffee; orange-and-cocoa-flecked Botswanan ‘missionary’ coffee; an Omani Advocaat latte, and so on. Even the Arctic gets a look in – though they’ve cheated and simply included iced coffees for that part of the very far north. Are all the drinks authentic? Don’t bet on it, but the commitment to geographic comprehensiveness – there are 65 drinks on offer! – is impressive, at least. Décor is appropriately vivid, with bright walls, illustrations of exotic wildlife and a coffee station plonked in a fake pagoda.

My Scandinavian ‘multicult’ coffee was okay. Though subtly spiced with vanilla, cardamom and nutmeg (among other bits), the actual caffeinated element was rather insipid. More satisfying was a slice of Afghan poppy seed cake. Grainy and floral, it was quite unlike any cake I’d eaten before (and I’d happily scoff it again). All in all, Café Frei is not one to travel the world for, but fine for a passing pit-stop.

By: Tom Howells


Venue name: Cafe Frei
Address: 61A Alie St
E1 8EB
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 7.30am-6pm
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East
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Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Great coffee shop. Amazing variety, great atmosphere to sit and work/study in and the staff are knowledgable and helpful without being overbearing and snobby. One of my favourite spots in the whole city!

The ultimate coffee experience! And Mexican Hot Chocolate (with chilli)! Great staff and service too.

This place is just INCREDIBLE. They have so many different and unusual types of coffee (my favourites are the Kyoto Plum cream coffee and the Casablanca cream mint latte) but also the traditional cappuccino is great, fully Italian! Just love it

This place is unbelievable! If you're a coffee lover this place is a must! I can't believe it's not heaving constantly.

Amazing place, where else can you find so many types of coffees.

My secret favorite is the nicaraguan tobacco coffee.

Definitely worth visiting !