I’m not sure you can call a store on Piccadilly a hidden gem, but it’s surprising how a store sitting in the centre of a busy and touristy area can fly under the radar of local Londoners.
Carpo is named after the Mythical Greek Goddes of Fruits of the Earth, reponsible for ripening and harvesting – perfectly apt for a Greek-owned store celebrating the finest in dried fruits, nuts, coffee and chocolate. Founder Kostas Kontopoulos chatted to us about his 23+ year old business, and his passion for selecting only the best varieties of produce, which is then picked, packaged and processed at its absolute prime. The London Piccadilly store is Carpo’s first (and only) international branch – the other two are in Athens, Greece. Read on for pictures and details.
The store is gorgeously designed, lit beautifully and packed to the rafters with delicious and unusual nature-inspired goodies. We left with bags of dried Greek nectarines and Thai hibiscus flowers, vivid pink and green pistachios which had been roasted in-house, vegan chocolate truffles and slabs of milk chocolate studded with fruit and almonds. Yum. Carpo also has a coffee bar where you can buy freshly roasted beans or sit and enjoy your beverage of choice, perhaps along with a Greek koulouri, a sesame covered rusk biscuit.
Carpo is a fantastic store for buying foodie gifts, or for stocking up your pantry with something a little bit different! We suspect that it would be very difficult to walk out empty handed, given that there are treats to cater for everyone, from vegetarian, to vegan to gluten free. Thanks for having us, Carpo!