While New York is teeming with Aussie expats running coffee-fueled empires, London hadn’t quite caught on–that is until Farm Girl arrived in 2015. Located in the heart of Notting Hill, the Australian café prides itself on providing a relaxed, holistic, and healthy approach to Oz culture. Australians are famed for their coffee, like the ubiquitous flat white (microfoam poured over espresso), but founder Rose Mann has upped the game with her signature rose-infused lattes, and the “latte black,” which is made with activated charcoal, cashew milk, and date syrup (yes, it tastes like dessert). Also on the menu? The fluffiest buckwheat pancakes ever eaten, oven baked eggs, and a coconut bacon sandwich.
Mann grew up on a dairy farm outside a tiny town called Derrinallum, two and a half hours from Melbourne. “Proper rural Oz!” as Mann says. “I was sick of having to travel to Lantana in Fitzrovia from Notting Hill for a good coffee and healthy, fresh food,” she continues. “My friends were sick of hearing me complain, so I opened my own place. It’s funny, because now, two years later, we are surrounded by amazing coffee shops.” But Farm Girl still stands out from the pack; interior designer Beata Heuman created an effortlessly stylish space in a building with old school charm and an enchanting courtyard.
Mann runs the café with the help of her trusty partner, Anthony Hood (aka Farm Boy), and together, the duo has created a hub for healthy comfort food, resulting in a queue out the door every day. But don’t be deterred–this place is always worth the wait. And we would know: Away partnered with Farm Girl for several foodie events at our London pop-up store, starting with our launch party, where they served passionfruit donuts (need we say more?). Now every Londoner is wondering what they ever did without a little Down Under in their lives.