Everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, whether you’re a black-coffee-only person, fan of the full fry up or go ga-ga for granola and fresh fruit, our top 12 breakfast spots in and around Angel Islington should have something to start your day off well. By Hayley Ward
The Breakfast Club offers American-style breakfast with the likes of bacon and banana French toast, breakfast burritos and pancakes on the menu. The 80’s decor and bright colors put a smile on your face as soon as you walk in. Be warned, on weekends the queue often wraps around the building, but it is well worth the wait.
31 Camden Passage, N1 8EA; thebreakfastclubcafes.com
2The CoffeeWorks Project
Escape from the cold by grabbing a tea or coffee at the CoffeeWorks Project. The shabby chic decor with tables from old coffee crates provides a relaxing environment, and it is a great place to read. Baristas bring you cappuccino with foam art that is almost too pretty to drink, speaking of which, The CoffeeWorks has got the art of brewing loose-leaf tea down to a science with each cup accompanied by a timer.
96-98 Islington High St; coffeeworksproject.com
Caravan provides an open and airy atmosphere to chow down on breakfast on weekdays and brunch on weekends. The large windows at the front open on warm days and create a lovely indoor, outdoor dining space. The restaurant, which opened in 2010, also severs lunch and dinner.
11-13 Exmouth Market London UK EC1R 4QD; caravanonexmouth.co.uk
4Boulangerie Bon Matin
Boulangerie Bon Matin is all about modern French-style cuisine. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place to nurse it. Pastries, breads, croissants and muffins are lined up on the counter and the smell greets you when you walk in. Opt for a Danish, French toast or crepes with plenty of fillings for breakfast. If sweets are not your thing, there’s also eggs several ways and smoothies too.
178 Tollington Park, London N4 3AJ; boulangeriebonmatin.co.uk
5Bistrot Bruno Loubet
Located within the Zetter Hotel, Bistrot Bruno Loubet is a great spot to have brunch on the weekend, while sipping a Mimosa. It also serves breakfast during the week, grab a pastry and coffee on the go or eat in and have a nice breakfast before heading to work.
86-88 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1M 5RJ; bistrotbrunoloubet.com
6Sunday Café and Restaurant
Among the houses on Hemingford Road, Sunday is a small, charming café serving breakfast Tuesday to Friday and brunch on weekends. With a rotating menu, you’ll never get board of the food, so make this a regular haunt. On a warm Sunday morning, Sunday Cafe’s garden is a perfect place for a long languid brunch.
169 Hemingford Rd, London N1 1DA
Reclaimed wood and exposed brick give Vagabond a rustic feel and cool hipster vibe. This particular branch only opened in Islington in 2013, but there are two other Vagabonds in London (Stroud Green Road and Whitechapel High Street). And all sure know how to brew a quality cup of coffee.
105 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LZ; vagabond.london
8Gail’s Artisan Bakery
Gail’s counters grown under the weight of amazingly fresh bread and cakes, but it also has an equally delicious breakfast offering. Savoury fans can’t go wrong with the classic toast with jam or bacon sandwich, while sweet tooths side step that for the pancakes or cinnamon rolls. There are 17 locations around London, so you’re never far from a branch of Gail’s.
33-35 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL; gailsbread.co.uk
Euphorium Bakery calls itself, “the best in British bakery,” and it does indeed bake delicious breads and pastries. It will take a strong person to pass up the likes of chocolate eclairs, French tartes and fruity cheesecakes. Savour them on the comfy sofas dotted around the bakery, and because it is open until 10pm, you can get your fix all day.
79 Upper St, London N1 1RQ; euphoriumbakery.com
10Amici Coffee Deli
Located on Highbury Street, Amici Coffee Deli is a great place for a traditional breakfast and a cup of coffee. The Italian restaurant has a friendly staff and great service. It is also inexpensive, so it won’t break the bank.
6 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
11Maison d’être Café
Maison d’être Café on Canonbury Road serves up artisan and organic coffees and teas. Grab a pastry or scone with homemade jam to go with your coffee or stick around and get stuck into fresh fruit with yoghurt and granola. While there, discover the work of local artists displayed on the wall of the shop.
154 Canonbury Rd, London N1 2UP; maisondetrecafe.co.uk
12The Blue Legume
An alternative to classic British breakfasts, The Blue Legume serves Mediterranean-style food. The charming restaurant offers freshly squeezed juices that come in an array of combinations, and if none the combinations take your fancy, mix up your own.
177 Upper St, London N1 1RG; thebluelegume.co.uk