Travel Report: Tartine Artisanal – Tooting Bec, London.
October, 2019. It’s getting chilly here in London as… unfathomably… yet another winter starts revving up its ugly engine. I swear the last time I looked I was in Belgrade with a special someone and the sun was beating down on the back of my neck. I guess time flies when you’re putting in 10-12 hours a day relaunching a travel blog. A decent chunk of those hours were melted away here at Tartine Artisanal, a cool, bakery-cafe just around the corner from my London digs in the fizzing neighbourhood of Tooting Bec.
October, 2019. I’ve certainly been around when it comes to Tooting Bec cafes, but Tartine Artisanal has been my number one choice ever since I gave it a whirl one morning back in August. Good coffee? Check! Friendly service? Yup! Reliable wifi for the committed travel blogger? Surprisingly so. And believe me, that last one can be the bane of my life.
October, 2019. I’m a fussy bastard when it comes to coffee. It drives me up the wall when people think it’s acceptable to give you a lukewarm cuppa in the morning, or serve you a latte as if it’s an espresso. But here they get it just right; so much so that I often flit between a one shot latte, flat white and mocha. Price-wise they’re really competitive too at £2.30, which is not only cheaper than other cafes in the neighbourhood, but also because you’re looking at a bigger cup.
October, 2019. And as an added bonus, they also do a loyalty card. Spend as much time in here as I do and you might find you get an extra cheeky stamp or two along the way. #NoPromises.
October, 2019. Tartine Artisanal was launched in 2015 by an Algerian family, which means they also do a mean pot of mint tea, which came in useful for those looong writing sessions when I feared another latte might very well kill me.
October, 2019. I can’t pretend even for one second that this place has been good for my waistline. In fact, I consider it something of a personal victory whenever I manage to avoid the temptation of their bakery counter. I particularly recommend the pecan pie when it’s available.
October, 2019. Tartine Artisanal does a pretty good range of breakfast dishes too. Look at me trying to keep it respectable with a bit of salad!
October, 2019. With the cafe’s Algerian roots, you’ll find their menu has a North African/French/ Mediterranean twist. My go-to afternoon snack when I’m in the middle of a blog marathon is their excellent hummus & pitta, priced at £3.50.
October, 2019. Tartine Artisanal actually has two branches in Tooting. My regular haunt is at 9 Upper Tooting Road, just a thirty second walk from Tooting Bec Underground Station. Their other flagship branch is at 94 Tooting High Street near Tooting Broadway Underground Station. For more info, head to their website.
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