The very scrumptious Lempicka is on Beverley’s Wednesday Market, the smaller of the town’s two market places.
Called variously “La Boutique”, “La Chocolatier”, “Continental Café” and just plain “Lempicka”, this is a superb coffee shop with in a continental style. The signs, the design, the coffee, the chocolates and even the little glass of water to accompany an espresso all say: France!
Aletia, the owner, tells me she took over Lempicka almost by accident. A few years ago the café was up for grabs and Aletia, a self-confessed former “health freak”, imagined a haven for healthy eaters. Nothing wrong with that, but I’m delighted to see that Aletia’s priorities have changed, as demonstrated by the plates of cakes and rows of gorgeous chocolates!
The usual coffee options are there and are top of the menu, plus a welcome surpirse… Turkish coffee. Something I’d love to see in more coffee shops. Pity it isn’t made the Turkish way (on a hob, see this Wikipedia article); at Lempicka it is more or less an espresso poured over cardamom. As a result, I found myself unwittingly drinking the cardamom, so the search for a proper Turkish (aka Greek) coffee continues!
Aletia offered me a latte, so I had that as well! It came with professionally-crafted latte art (she obviously knows her stuff). I also tried my girlfriend’s hot chocolate and a cake…. both very nice.
Aletia is passionate about coffee and about creating an all-round brilliant café, and she has succeeded. Lempicka has a lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, and a perfect mix of coffee, cakes and chocolate.
It’s fantastic spot for relaxing with a good drink, reading the papers or chatting away; just what Cosy Coffee Shops is about.
Outside the front door is Beverley, a historic town between Hull and York. It’s a bustling place with a famous Minster, nice shops and plenty of old bars (arches) and gates (streets).
I would recommend a visit to Beverley, and highly recommend a visit to Lempicka, probably the best coffee shop in East Yorkshire.
A short description: click here
An article about Wednesday Market, featuring Aletia: click here
13 Wednesday Market
We visited on 28 February 2009.