Vanilla Black Coffee & Books is a cheerful hidden gem among the rainbow houses and shops on Kennington Road. Its large shopfront window lets in plenty of natural light, which complements the stylish, Scandinavian-inspired white and yellow interior. Alongside being a cafe, Vanilla Black also sells books and gifts, displayed on wall-length shelves for browsing.
This spot is ideal for families, who can retreat downstairs to the cosy sofa and fireplace area, complete with a kids’ corner full of books and toys. For sunnier days, outside seating options are also available in the hidden courtyard with lavender and olive trees.
Vanilla Black’s seasonally changing menu is short and sweet, with simple and healthy choices such as beans on toast with a poached egg. They also serve specialty coffee; customers are encouraged to try the Vanilla Black signature drink, a long black with a touch of bourbon vanilla extract.
Staff are friendly, and service is always with a smile.