Ordinary London | Notting Hill, Portobello Market & Farm Girl Cafè Review

Yassmine and I already revealed about our series about London, we have created in collaboration in this post and this vlog. We were both super happy to read about your excitement regarding this series because we are pretty excited too!

So here you go with the first part of London we are showing you: Notting Hill and Portobello Market! We want to try to have the same starting point for every “Ordinary London” posts/vlogs because of this we have chosen Victoria Station since is a pretty busy and used station by many tourists and local people too. In this case, in order to reach Notting Hill from Victoria Station you can take the yellow tube (Circle line) towards Edgware Road and in less than 15 minutes you’ll reach your destination!

As soon as you exit from the Notting Hill Gate station what definitely will catch your eyes is the so pretty and characteristic house architecture 🙂 After a few meters (and loads of pictures already) you’ll reach Portobello Road which (I advise you) it’s a VERY VERY LONG ROAD. In order to have the right energy to enjoy completely Portobello road market, which is not at the start of the street, we stopped for a coffee at Farm Girl Cafè.

Now, the location of this cafè doesn’t really catch the eye immediately from the outside because you have to enter in a little garden before seeing the actual place but yes, as you can see from the pictures and from the video of Yassmine, it’s really pretty!

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Also the internal design does not disappoint and the staff is very friendly. The menu gives many choices for breakfast/brunch/lunch annnddd guess whatt?!? They have maaaany gluten free, vegan and vegetarian option, yay!

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We didn’t taste food tough, we just got something to drink and I have to say that my ginger tea was really good but the almond mocaccino wasn’t as good as expected, the cappuccino of the friend of ours who cam with us was good though! The overall prices of food and drinks is medium and acceptable, actually it’s “low” considering that area of London… so if you pass by we both suggest you to stop there for a break 😉

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After this fulfilling stop we continued our exploration. What you can’t miss while walking through Portobello Road is looking also at the perpendicular streets that cross this long road because often you’ll notice amazing houses or buildings which from the main street you couldn’t be able to see.

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As cited earlier in the post Portobello Road is very well known for it’s market, where you can literally find anything, from branded modern stuff to vintage objects, handmade jewellery, bags, shoes, anything!! Moreover, it is very probable that most of the things you’ll find there are unique and rare to find somewhere else so that’s definitely a positive point!

Plus, during weekends, right at the end of Portobello Road you’ll find an amazing street food market which will make your stomach and food desire go crazy! You will totally be absorbed by a cloud of different smalls, from Brazilian, Spanish, french to Italian food. In particular, Yassmine recommends to stop by the Greek stand and taste their amazing Pita 😉

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Although it has to be said that also the actual shops that you’ll find walking by the market are pretty  nice 🙂

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Once you’ll finish your tour around Portobello Market (which again, I’ll repeat you, it’s veeeery long so will take up a lot of time, especially if you stop watching some stands), our suggestion is to just start walking randomly around the streets behind the main road because really, there are so many hidden beauties that you might miss if you just walk along the ” usual path”  🙂

Click here to see the video Yassmine made about this lovely day!

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This post was written by Lisa, an Italian girl globetrotting around Europe, blues&soul music lover and singer, addicted to crafting & healthy food. Oh yes, and in the meanwhile she’s a Marketing student.

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24 Comment

  1. Debbie says: Reply

    Yay thank you Lisa! What a good review. 😊😊 I especially love the fact you found a good coffee/tea place to fuel your exploration (& I love ginger tea)
    Blessings and love, Lisa,
    Debbie ☺

    1. Thank you Debbie for reading! Oh yes gigner tea is soo good! Have a lovely weekend ❤

  2. Deduco dal perfettissimo inglese che ormai stai a Londra da un po’! Da quanto tempo? E hai visto il Notting Hill Carnival??

    1. In realtà vivo a Londra da un mese! 😀 Ahh ne ho sentito parlare molto ma ancora non ho avuto la possibilità di andarci! 🙂

  3. What a nice article! Portobello is love. Will be coming back… And maybe try the ginger tea? 🙂

    1. Thanks Angela! Oh that gigner tea was very good! 🙂

  4. I love that part of the Portobello Road, particularly the bit between Chepstow Villas and Pembridge Road! Actually I would quite like to live there, right in front of the Farm Girl Café. I’ve been to the lovely café last August and absolutely loved that place 🙂

    1. Oh yes I love that part too! Living there would definitely be a dream of mine too! And so nice to hear you loved the Farm Girl Cafè too, it’s such a cozy place! 🙂

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  6. My favourite cafe on Portobello was Vinyl Cafe. Had an amazing matcha latte, great tunes and the barista was a deadringer for a Hemsworth brother. I wish I could go back! 😉 xo, Natalie http://natalieast.com

    1. Ohh that’s sounds a great place! Thank you for telling me, I’ll definitely check it out! 🙂

  7. There’s nothing like Notting Hill and the Portobello Road market, it’s such an amazing place with such a unique atmosphere! Thank you for your honesty in reviewing the cafe. And loved your pictures! 🙂
    Alessandra

    1. Yesss exactly! Thank you for stopping by and for the kind comment Alessandra! 🙂

  8. I love this part of London:)

    1. Me too, it’s so pretty 😍

  9. Maria says: Reply

    Some of my favorite places of London. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you for reading Maria! 🙂

  10. Love the Notting Hill area and Portobello Road Markets – we were there last year (did some posts about it too). Our younger daughter lives about 20 minutes away from there so she took me round (in all the years I lived in London I hadn’t been to the Portobello Road Markets!). I agree you need to allow quite a bit of time and even then you can’t see everything as that would probably take you months! The side streets are lovely and there are so many gorgeous cafes and eateries in the area. Definitely a place to go back to! 🙂

    1. Ahh yes, this is an area that you’ll never be bored to visit more than once! Luckily your daughter brought you there, would have been a petty to miss such a nice place! 🙂

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  12. I like this part of London:)

    1. Yes, it’s really nice, isn’t it? 🙂

  13. Oddio il farm girl! amiamo anche noi quel posto! abbiamo vissuto per un anno a Londra come ragazze alla pari e la conosciamo bene! vorrei farti i complimenti per il blog perché la grafica è davvero stupenda e invoglia a seguirti e le informazioni curiose e dettagliate! GRAZIE!

    1. Grazie mille a voi per questo bellissimo commento! ❤ E sì, Farm girl è anche tra i miei cafè preferiti!

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