Karma Coma. It’s Cafe Aroma

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January 14, 2013 by indiecafes2013

One of my favourite cafs, because you always get a friendly welcome and a seat with a view of the world passing by between Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

Just a few paces from the madness that is the many entrances to Leicester Square Tube Station. Hungry tourists tentatively eyeing the slices of pizza at a glass fronted take-away counter. 

Between the rush hour and the last tube home

Between the rush hour and the last tube home

For years I walked past this “tourist trap” at 22 Cranbourne Street. Didn’t even realise there were seats inside. What a mistake

I popped in last week for a pre-theatre bite. “Hey. How are you? You’ve not been in for ages.”

The food’s slices of pre-cooked pizza, the thick doughy sort. With a bit of salad on the side and maybe some chips. The falafel is good. I think they are all Moroccan here.  And you can’t really go wrong with a baked potato.

There’s something cozy about the brown tables, brown walls and posters of stars from another era. It never seems busy and you’re more likely to be sharing the room with small groups of tourists taking a cheap re-fuelling break than the lap-top and Wi-Fi set.

You get a lovely view of the world passing by in the interzone between Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

Pret a Manger

And you score maximum not-a-franchise karma points too, because you are right opposite Pret and Cafe Nero.

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