Camera shop, café and exhibition gallery in one - Camera Café is a winning combination that’s attracting students, photography lovers and coffee drinkers from far and wide. Covering the fact my camera’s a Canon (they’re Hasselblad specialists), I popped in to meet owner, Adrian Tang, to find out a little bit more about Bloomsbury’s favourite hipster magnet.
Camera Café is the first and only venue of its kind, offering a specialist Hasselblad shop and repair service, a downstairs art gallery and a living room filled with students curled up on sofas tapping away on their laptops. It’s an extremely homely and welcoming space and free Wi-Fi ensures it’s usually busy with those working on a deadline. Famous Hasselblad photographs line the walls, there’s a cabinet filled with an array of interesting lenses and photographic treasures and there are piles of books, magazines and board games to keep customers consumed for hours.
But Camera Café didn’t begin life as a hipster hybrid. It opened in 1999 as a humble café, but struggling to pay the bills, Adrian’s brother started selling his own cameras in the shop. Business improved and today they’re still the number one place to go to buy or service Hasselblad cameras, lenses and accessories. It’s also the place to go if you need your camera repaired and they specialise in repairs to classic manufacturers such as Hasselblad, Leica, Rollei, Nikon & Canon or other Analogue and Digital cameras.
If you’re not interested in photography - it’s still the place to go for a good cup of coffee. They also serve toasted paninis, homemade soups, freshly baked sweet treats and delicious chow meins. Yes, chow meins! They also serve a range of freshly squeezed juices - apple and mint is delicious - and a unique selection of teas.
10% off your total bill in the café.
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