Kioskafé combines three of my favourite things: coffee, magazines, and great design, so of course I loved it.
It’s from the founders of Monocle, the uber hipster “global affairs, business, culture and design” magazine, and equally awesome Monocle Cafe in Marylebone, which probably explains the en pointe branding and overall aesthetic of Kioskafé. Like Monocle Café, you can spot Kioskafé by its candy striped awning, but this one has been created to combat the shrinking news trade, and is certainly a celebration of all things print.
The magazine selection is broad, though there’s a limited number of each title. All my favourites were present and correct, from Cereal to Suitcase to Like The Wind and Sidetracked. There’s also a list of global newspapers that you can have printed on demand – hot off the press, literally!
Kioskafé is just round the corner from Paddington station and the setup caters to travellers/commuters/time-pressed passers-by – it’s very much a takeaway place, with minimal indoor seating, a few patio tables, and all coffees made to go. Travel essentials and miniature toiletries are available to purchase, so forgetful holiday-makers won’t be caught without a toothbrush or clean underwear!! There are various Monocle books, tote bags and merchandise for sale too – good for gifting.
Open 7 till 7, 7 days a week, Kioskafé is a welcome hipster hangout in an otherwise barren area. The staff are incredible – great to talk to, so knowledgeable about all their stock, and keen to talk travel, coffee, design and of course Monocle. They’re the type to remember your name and your order, and that’s the kind of personalised service that keeps people coming back.