It’s known as a nightlife hotspot, but Shoreditch also offers up some amazing breakfasts too. From Peruvian inspiration to a good old British fry up, The Resident picks out 19 of the best breakfasts in and around Shoreditch
If there is one reason to go to BIRD it is to try their fried chicken and waffles. Crispy organic chicken wings and thighs served with homemade waffles and endless amounts of rich maple syrup, it will definitely satisfy anyone’s sweet and salty cravings. Plus their all-day menu offers plenty more fried chicken with different sauces.
42-44 Kingsland Road E2 8DA; 020 7613 5168; birdrestaurants.com
2 The Barge House
Situated on the Regent’s Canal, this quaint café and bar hosts an impressive brunch and dinner menu changing every single day. Their food is always packed full of flavour and their staff have a laidback, genuine nature which makes you feel right at home. But don’t miss their famous breakfast in bread on weekends – a hollowed-out sourdough loaf filled with delicious eggs concoctions. It is a food coma in waiting!
46a De Beauvoir Crescent N1 5RY; bargehouse.co.uk
Andina is a winner in our book as it makes us feel good in more than one way, offering healthy meals inspired by the Peruvian Andes. Their juice bar serves pressed juices, superfood smoothies, and Peruvian coffee alongside favourites like their Peruvian street food chicharron sandwich, tamales or ceviche dishes from their ceviche bar. For a more traditional breakfast, they offer classics with a Peruvian twist like quinoa porridge, and the sumptuous Camote Pancakes – Sweet potato pancakes with spiced chancaca honey, coconut whipped cream, and seasonal fruits. These healthy and delicious brunch options will fill you up without all the usual guilt that comes with most brunches.
1 Redchurch Street E2 7DJ; 020 7920 6499; andinalondon.com
After three years of pop-ups and the goal to create the best eggs Benedict in London – after being constantly disappointed elsewhere, Yolk has a permanent location. And, in our mind, Yolk has succeeded. Dishing out perfectly cooked poached eggs every time with one of the silkiest hollandaise sauces going around, Yolk has fast become a favourite for so many brunch fanatics.
Unit 4 Finsbury Ave. Sq. EC2M 2PG; yolklondon.com
5 The Book Club
Their breakfast menu might be small, but its dishes pack a real punch. Buttermilk pancakes, Asparagus Feta scrambled eggs, and a full English breakfast will be more than enough to kick-start your day. But breakfast isn’t the only thing The Book Club is good at. Their cocktail menu offers fun takes on classic cocktails with catchy names, and their bar food offers light – and not so light – bites to snack on throughout the night.
100-106 Leonard Street EC2A 4XS; 020 7684 8618; wearetbc.com
6 Jones and Sons
This is the bottomless brunch deal to end all bottomless brunches. For £38 each, you and your mates can feast on unlimited amounts of Prosecco, Bloody Mary and gin fizz as well as all-you-can-eat food. Yes, you have two hours to eat and drink as much as humanly possible. You will be rolling home. But Jones and Sons is as much about quality as it is about quantity for each meal is absolutely scrumptious as well as filling. Be sure to book well in advance as seats are limited.
23-27 Arcola Street E8 2DJ; jonesandsonsdalston.com
7 Beigel Bake
Walk down Brick Lane and you can’t miss Beigel Bake, a Jewish-style shop that serves up bagels 24 hours a day, perfect for stopping by for breakfast or on your way home after a fun night out. Their menu includes classic items like hot salt beef bagels with mustard and bagels filled with salmon and cream cheese, and pick up freshly made bread or one of their delicious pastries. Beigel Bake is the closest London gets to a New York bagel.
159 Brick Lane E1 6SB; beigelbake.com
8 Hoi Polloi
Located inside the rather cool Ace Hotel, Hoi Polloi offer an extensive breakfast and brunch menu that is sure to satisfy. Dishes like eggs Benedict, wild mushrooms and aged cheddar omelettes, buttermilk pancakes and porridge are just a few of the items on their delicious menu. Lovage’s cold press juices and shakes are on the menu from their shop. Enjoy juices with fresh vegetables and fruit, or one of their healthy and filling breakfast shakes like the Mean Green or Morning Boost.
Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JQ; 020 8880 6100; hoi-polloi.co.uk
9 The Hoxton Grill
Its red leather booths give it the look of a classic US diner and The Hoxton Grill does indeed serve up American classics. Their breakfast and brunch menu features dishes like eggs any style and pancakes, through to a gluttonous mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon and jalapenos. Don’t be mistaken, The Hoxton Grill is a popular late night destination as well with plenty of cocktails to choose from and a tasty all-day menu with more American favourites.
81 Great Eastern Street EC2A 3HW; 020 7739 9111; hoxtongrill.com
10 The Breakfast Club
You know you are in the right place when you see a long line of people waiting to eat stacks of pancakes and other delicious plates that The Breakfast Club has to offer. American pancakes, French toast, avocado and poached eggs are just a few of the dishes The Breakfast Club serves up. Don’t worry if you cant make it in the morning; they serve their breakfast menu till 5pm every day and even on their dinner menu they offer their classic stacks of pancakes and more. Just be prepared to queue.
2-4 Rufus Street N1 6PE; 020 7729 5252; thebreakfastclubcafes.com
11 Berber and Q
This East London smokehouse has become a favourite among meat-loving late-night feasting Londoners but few have discovered their niche brunch menu available on weekends. Try their version of a full English, the Israeli breakfast – Hummus, honeyed feta, Israeli salad, boiled eggs, avocado, tahini dip with za’atar, roasted beets, yoghurt & date syrup served alongside Cay tea or Turkish coffee. This is the perfect place to try out a Middle Eastern breakfast.
338 Acton Mews E8 4EA; berberandq.com
12 The Blues Kitchen
For those who say you can’t have BBQ for breakfast, we say you have never tried The Blues Kitchen. Their brunch menu is not for those looking for a small nibble, but for those with a major gap to fill. Among the regular breakfast staples like pancakes and egg dishes on their menu, they feature plenty of main dishes filled with smoked meats like roast chicken or their beef rib sandwich.
134-136 Curtain Road EC2A 3AR; 020 7729 7216; theblueskitchen.com
13 Cereal Killer Café
It’s become somewhat of a bucket list item in terms of Shoreditch experiences and a sought-after location for those in need of a sugary fix that reminds them of their childhood pantries. The UK’s first speciality cereal café, at Cereal Killer Café (we never get bored of the name) you’ll find the best of British and American cereals, as well as a selection from around the globe – we’re talking Frosties, Weetabix and Lucky Charms. Choose your cereal, add some milk, and then, to fancy it up a bit, add some toppings like fresh fruit, nuts, or, our personal pick, crispy m&ms. Get ready for the sugar buzz.
139 Brick Lane E1 6SB; 020 3601 9100; cerealkillercafe.co.uk
14 Duck & Waffle
We wouldn’t blame you if your choice for breakfast at Duck & Waffle is purely for the views – located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, the restaurant is the highest in the UK. Start your morning off with a selection of freshly baked pastries and seasonal fruit while sipping a Mimosa, and then move on to the ‘Elvis Does Winter’ buttermilk waffle with peanut butter, candied chestnuts, caramelised clementine and pumpkin ice cream. Prefer something a little more savoury? There’s always the Ox Cheek Benedict eggs, finished with sriracha. Duck & Waffle is the ideal location to spoil the one you love (or just a treat for yourself).
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; 020 3640 7310; duckandwaffle.com
15 100 Hoxton
For a range of weekend delights, you’d be hard-pressed to find something as good as 100 Hoxton’s brunch menu. Not only does the menu leave you wondering how to choose (read: Koroke, a Korean croquette with poached eggs and cheese sauce), the staff are always warm and attentive, and the whole restaurant still retains a lovely neighbourhood feel.
100-102 Hoxton Street N1 6SG; 020 7729 1444; 100hoxton.com
The Bombay café in London, Dishoom has been widely praised as a restaurant offering a dining experience of quality without fuss, with a menu that praises the flavours of Indian spices and fragrances. You won’t find Eggs Benedict on the menu here – there’s an even better array of choices, from spicy scrambled eggs in Akuri to The Big Bombay (laden with streaky bacon, masala baked beans and buttered pau buns), regulars to Dishoom may just want to keep this one on the down-low. A jewel in Shoreditch’s breakfast crown.
7 Boundary Street E2 7JE; 020 7420 9324; dishoom.com
17 Dalston Superstore
This East London gay bar is a favourite amongst LGBTI Londoners for big boozy drag nights and all-night raves but has recently opened its doors for a brilliant brunch. Be surprised by how good a club can do breakfast with Sweet Potato & Beets with Eggs (poached eggs, fried sweet potato and beet hash, tahini,
toasted seeds, chives). You’ll be spoilt for choice at this quirky breakfast joint.
117 Kingsland High Street E8 2PB; dalstonsuperstore.com
18 St John Bread and Wine
We’ve mentioned it before and we’ll say it again, St John Bread and Wine has got to be one of the best spots in London to get a bacon sandwich. There’s a kind of simple perfection in sitting down to a breakfast menu that encourages you to share a spread of porridge and kippers with your morning espresso before you venture out into the Spitalfields market. The menu seems simple, but dishes are gutsy and filling, and you’ll leave feeling more than satisfied. While you’re walking out the door, ask if they’ve got some of their famous custard-filled doughnuts to take away – you’ll thank us later.
94-96 Commercial Street E1 6LZ; 020 7251 0848; stjohnbreadandwine.com
As its name states, Canteen’s approach to breakfast is crucially casual. There’s a dedicated list of butties, as well as eggs any way you like. When we visited for breakfast the café was busy with a lively crowd of locals and passers-by, enjoying a rare fine day in London. The smell of Arabica coffee, open space and quick service means that you can stop for a good breakfast on your way through on a busy morning with no fuss.
2 Crispin Place E1 6DW; 0845 686 1122; canteen.co.uk