Charlie’s Cafe, 59 Portobello Road, W11 3DB and Portobello market, Notting Hill

Note – these photos were taken on my new Panasonic Lumix LX3 – we like?

Went to Portobello Market with mi madre two Saturdays ago – she hadn’t been since she lived in London in the 60s but not a huge amount seems to have changed since then, apart from the size of it and the swarming crowds. Seriously though – where on earth does Kate Moss find those fabulous vintage dresses she wears? Most of what I saw was manky old tat and identikit art-student clothes – although there were some nice antiques by the Notting Hill side and I loved the food and plant sections. Did buy a lovely coat to be fair though (although I saw an identical one three stalls down, so much for bespoke) – well it would have been rude not too. Personally I prefer Spitalfields market I think. Am I totally missing out on some secret fabulous bit of Portobello market? Are the boutiques better than the stalls? Please let me know where’s good to go for next time!

Anyway we also met Lady B and Captain Von Trapp in Charlie’s Cafe – which is just off Portobello Road (follow the little sign by the Highland Shop at the Nott Hill end) – a gorgeous little oasis from the busy crowds.

Its an organic lemonade and quiche kind of place and it had free tables and a cute little outside terrace, which is all you need for Saturday lunch really. The waitresses were hilarious – in a don’t-speak-English-very-well-not-entirely-sure-what-I’m-doing kind of way. A decent quiche, coffee and juice came to £55 between 4 or £13.75 each. A great place to meet friends pre- or post-shopping.

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