Simple, functional, Moment Espresso Bar’s long hours make it a good place to rest and recover with a cup of coffee, and maybe something snack-like or a little heftier from the deli counter, after a hard slog shopping down West Hampstead’s West End Lane. Situated in a buzzing corner of northwest London, and minutes north of West Hampstead station and the Thameslink, Moment is something of a standout for its no-pretence offering.
Moment Espresso Bar can handle a lot of relaxing moments in one day. Open early until late, it’s an independent cafe down West End Lane in West Hampstead that is a definite destination for those who want an environment where refreshment comes without all the trimmings of the usual high street cafe chains. This northwest London cafe doesn’t like to trumpet about itself, but it actually hides a few gems on a menu that is characterised by a classic cafe offering, plus some Mediterranean specialties that come as a pleasant surprise.
Besides generously-sized and well-made coffee, West Hampstead’s Moment Espresso Bar serves breakfast all day long: full English and vegetarian platters, plus a Mediterranean plate and a special Israeli breakfast of two fried or scrambled eggs with an Israeli salad, served with a cream cheese bagel. If you’re lucky, stopping in at this West End Lane independent might reward you with the option to give shashouka a go. Similar to Mexican huevos rancheros, shakshouka is a North African Arabic dish of eggs poached in a skillet of tomatoes, chilli, onions and cumin – it’s absolutely delicious and a great start to the day. Next time you’re up in this part of northwest London, check out Moment’s extensive menu and sample some lesser-known cafe fare.