Camden Arts Centre Café

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Camden Arts Centre Café
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Simultaneously highbrow and homely, the CAC’s small café pulls in a mix of lunching mums with babies and bug-eyed arts students slouching in wicker chairs and spreading papers over the wooden tables. Windows overlook bustling Finchley Road (confusingly, CAC’s nowhere near Camden Town). The Café serves 'healthy and fresh' food with an emphasis on fresh produce, delivered daily. The menu ranges widely, from sandwiches and soups to baked goods and Asian noodle dishes. There are also salads, cakes, and pastries. If the weather is good you can sit in the garden. The Café also operates a takeaway service from 8-10am Tuesday through Friday; use the garden entrance on Finchley Road.


Venue name: Camden Arts Centre Café
Address: Arkwright Road, corner of Finchley Road
Opening hours: Mon, Tue 10am-5.30 pm; Wed 10am-8.30pm; Thur-Sun 10am-5.30 pm
Transport: Tube: Finchley Road or Hampstead tube or Finchley Road & Frognal rail
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Grace I

Pleasant cafe that is an oasis of calm on the very busy and noisy Finchley Road. Yes, the gourmet hot drinks and cakes are a bit pricey, but there's a nice community vibe here that almost makes you feel that you are in the heart of nearby and much more posh Hampstead. The art exhibits and bookstore are worth a look and provide great places to happily wait for friends if you're meeting up at the cafe. You can go to the soulless O2 Centre across the street or lounge happily here.

Antonia B

The kindness of the staff, the beauty of the garden and the sheer calm classiness of the place, particularly the outside bit. Lovely soup too. Just the most fantastic building and place.

Emma H

Great atmosphere, lovely staff and good coffee. The bookshop is also fantastic, and there's often very good free exhibitions on upstairs. Thoroughly recommend. 

Phillip W
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The most inhospitable cafe ever!

I was there for a group meeting, 
1) I've been told is a building policy not to allow customers to charge your devices

2) I walked in with my half finished soft drink, I sat down and was finishing it off while I was waiting for my friends (as it was rude for me to order first and I was going to pay for my friends). An apologetic staff had advised me her manager had told her to tell me I need to put the drink away because I didn't buy the drink from there.
3) Internet is only for an hour and you get a slip for the password at the counter.

I traveled around the world even in Asia where customer churn is very important, this has got to be the most pettiest cafe I've ever been to, I surprised they didn't have a clock on the table to limit your sitting time and start charging your air! I was planning to go there weekly for meetings; never again!