Café culture is on the rise in London. Sceptics would argue that whilst we English folk relish in the chance to pop into the pub for a craft pint, we don’t feel the same satisfaction in having a three-hour social experience of coffee and artisan deli-style food in a quant café.

Those people are wrong, and we’re here to prove it, with our list of the Square Mile’s top five hipster cafés. The coffee is strong, the food is comforting and you’ll soon start to feel as if you’re a chic Parisian or a trendy, modern Swede, as you sip your espresso.

Also, Starbucks doesn’t count.

1. Curators Coffee Studio – Delivering you the hipster trifecta; out-of-this-world coffee with its very own house blend, a thirst-inducing Instagram feed and food so fresh, they don’t even have an online menu. Not to mention, regular art exhibitions from local artists. So popular, they’ve opened two more locations; after all, variety is the spice of life. Open Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5.30pm.

2. The Association Coffee – If you appreciate outstanding coffee and contemporary design, you’ll feel right at home here. Exposed brick walls, stripped wooden floors and books hanging on pipe shelves; the whole place has a certain NYC ambiance and we couldn’t be happier. The art of good coffee making is taken extremely seriously and is perfectly paired with fluffy pastries, cakes and generously sized sandwiches and baguettes.

3. The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs – So good, they’ve gone international, with their first-ever US shop to open in Chicago, very soon. The name says it all and it’s a cocky move; but everyone agrees, DCSA sets the rule for good coffee. They even make their own beans, available for purchase. As if we didn’t love them enough, it turns out Social Affairs stands for much more than you might think. The founders are big on humanitarian work, and work with local, national and international charities.

4. Café Below – Located below the crypt of St Mary-le-Bow Church in Cheapside. If a venue could be a success based on history alone, this would be the winner. Thankfully, this family-owned place also serves impeccable food. We’re cheating a bit, because this one is more of a restaurant than a café but the breakfast makes for a loophole in our rulebook. Fresh bread that’ll make your mouth water and coffee roasted by the founders of Climpson and Sons Café in Hackney. One for the early birds; brekkie is available Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 10am.

5. Prufrock Coffee – Based in Clerkenwell, this venue doesn’t just make great coffee, they also make great baristas. Part-café, part-coffee-training-school. Modernity is a centric element, and it’s not quite as cosy as its counterparts, but the menu will win you over (if the coffee hasn’t already). Fresh, light and seasonal dishes, as well as sweet and savoury baked treats made in the downstairs bakery. Coffee buffs should try the latte art workshop. Weekdays, 8am to 6pm, weekends 10am to 5pm.