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Algerian Coffee Stores

Shopping, Off licences Soho
4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
© Michelle Grant Algerian Coffee Stores

Unassumingly nestled in the heart of Soho, Algerian Coffee Stores has traded from its Old Compton Street site for over 120 years and, remarkably, is still using the original wooden counter, shelving and display case. The range of coffees here is improbably large, with a high number of house blends alongside single-origin beans, flavoured beans, rarities and Fairtrade coffees

It also sells some serious teas and brewing hardware. If you’re just passing by, the take-away option is the best coffee deal in London: less than a £1 for an espresso, and not much more for a cappuccino or latte; both delicious, and both available with an extra shot for no extra charge.


Venue name: Algerian Coffee Stores
Address: 52 Old Compton Street
Opening hours: Open 9am-7pm Mon-Wed; 9am-9pm Thur, Fri; 9am-8pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube
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Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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As much as I love coffee (I do!) I actually almost never make it at home (having to go out to get a caffeine hit helps keep my coffee consumption at bay). Yet, despite never buying coffee for consumption at home, Algerian Coffee Stores draws me as a magnet whenever I find myself in that part of Soho (often). Let me explain. Sure, they stock quite some coffees, including rarities (such as Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee) or curiosities (such Kopi Luwak - coffee beans that have gone through the digestive tract of a civet to reach you) and grind them to suit your preferred method (i.e. espresso or filter). But the truth is this is one amazing looking heritage store out there period. With its vintage shelving and counter top and old school displays, it feels like a store John Soane would have opened up if he were a shopkeeper. They also stock a crazy variety of confectionary from around the world. You know, the things you never knew existed but now need to try. There's Turron from Spain, Havanna dulce di lece cookies from Argentina, panettone from Italy, chestnut paste from France, etc. My Argentinian friend stops by here when she needs to gift someone with something typically Argentinian. Enough said. Make sure you go if you are in the neighbourhood! Just beware they sometimes have unpredictable working hours.

The original. Brilliant un-lofty service, and you can still get an espresso for a pound.

Algerian coffee stores provide an excellent double espresso for only 1£ per cup! Aside from coffee, they offer a vast assortment of coffee machines, teapots, sweets and delicacies from all around the world!


I don't drink coffee much but the smell of this place really enticed me to inside. I love going there and buy gifts for coffee lover friends. How can you not like the smell of coffee beans? mmMMmmmm....

Great coffee selection although I am taken aback that some of the staff don't know what an Aeropress is.

I was recommended this place from friends, for their amazing coffee! And it's absolutely true! For only £1 you get an espresso or americano, and for 20p more you get a milk based espresso drink. It must be the cheapest coffee available in London, and it still is of great quality! The only minus is that they only do whole milk, no semi skimmed or soya - but it is still worth it!

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