Let me start by saying this – I can’t say no to a good avocado on toast with poached eggs on top. I know, it’s such a millennial thing, isn’t it? But sometimes the good things in life come in the form of ripe and ready avocado mash. After several successful and failed attempts at making poached eggs myself (the trick is in the white wine vinegar, they say), I can say I’m really excited about going out for brunch again. The Covid-19 pandemic and self-isolation rules clearly haven’t decreased my love for food. Now, Hackney is one of the best places to get brunch in London. So I thought I’d throw in a post with some the best brunches in Hackney that I’m most looking forward to going to once they reopen.
Note: check each place beforehand to see their current Covid-19 measures.
Down Under comes to East London! With an original branch in Dalston (tucked away behind a car park just off Dalston Kingsland Station) and a recently opened one in Hackney Downs, it’s safe to say Brunswick East has the best Australian brunch in London. And Brunswick East, Dalston comes with outdoor seating – perfect for sunny hot days for an extra Aussie vibe.
But it’s not all about the avo mash on toast (or my favourite, the Crown Price Smash). Brunswick East offers specialty coffee, seasonal weekday and weekend dishes, fresh juices and wonderful cakes. Veggie, vegan and gluten-free options are also available. Did I mention it also sells homemade organic sourdough loafs and baguettes straight out the oven? Now you can see why it’s in our list of best brunches in Hackney!
- Brunswick East | Unit 3D Stamford Works, Gillett Street, Dalston, N16 8JH
- Brunswick East Bakehouse | 47-317 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney Downs, London, E8 2BT3
When it comes to trendy décor, Palm Vaults is at the top of its game. The Hackney Mare Street hotspot is synonymous with all things pastel pink and mint green and has a very similar vibe to Sketch. Think hanging flower pots, exposed brick walls and pink leather armchairs. If that isn’t a top-notch Instagrammable café in London, I don’t know what is!
But the interiors aren’t everything, Palm Vaults also has one of the best brunches in Hackney. Apart from an all-day brunch (which I’m a big fan of), Palm Vaults has a variety of great cakes and coffee (pink variations included!). There are also plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes and free-from options. More pros? It’s dog friendly! The cons? You can’t make a reservation, but I can assure you the wait is totally worth it.
- Palm Vaults Café | 411 Mare St, London, E8 1HY
Now, I haven’t been to Hash E8 myself but I’ve heard endless good things about this American style all-day breakfast and brunch place in Hackney. Describing itself as a “modern greasy spoon”, Hash E8 boasts an original menu with everything from eggs benny to french toast and pancakes. Plus, there’s bellini, fizz and mimosas on the side. Yum.
- Hash E8 | 170 Dalston Ln, Hackney, London, E8 1NG
This place is clearly a favourite for a reason. Located in an old renovated Victorian railway station right next to Hackney Central Station, Oslo Hackney comes with many surprises. During the day, it serves delicious sweet and savoury waffles, brunch and lunch options. In the evening, it transforms into a bar/restaurant with memorable cocktails and dinner dishes. And then, later in the night it turns into a club with the upper floor opening! The upper floor is also a music venue with plenty of events throughout the year. And during weekends? Oslo has some of the best Sunday roasts I’ve ever tried.
- Oslo Hackney | 1A Amhurst Rd, Kingsland, London E8 1LL
Well Street Kitchen
For the love of toast! The weekly and weekend superfoods at Well Street Kitchen are equally delicious and wonderfully presented. Located on the historic Well Street Market (one of London’s oldest markets), it has one of the best brunches in Hackney with a simple, yet fresh and healthy menu. With everything from granola and muesli to brunch including smoked beef brisket and hash browns, you can either have your food of choice in or take it away. A load of cakes, patisseries and locally produced jam fill the counter, and they also host pop-up cuisine events. Dreamy.
- Well Street Kitchen | 203 Well St, Hackney, London E9 6QU
Okay, let’s talk about E5 Bakehouse. Located in the heart of London Fields, this artisan bakery and coffee shop is known for its incredible loaves (Hackney Wild bread anyone?) and a pastry selection made with locally sourced organic flour. They even go the extra mile and they stone mill onsite!
E5 Bakehouse also serves breakfast and hearty lunch dishes daily (as well as freshly baked sausage rolls and brunch on the weekend!), made with with seasonal, organic and local produce. You can also join cooking classes and learn how to make bread, sourdough, fermented foods and even pizza! A must if you’re looking for brunch in London Fields.
- E5 Bakehouse | 395 Mentmore Terrace, Hackney, London E8 3PH
This one is one of Lower Clapton’s finest! Clapton Table is a brasserie that also happens to have some really good Mediterranean dishes (for veggies and meat eaters!). Think starters such as bruschetta, grilled halloumi and kofta. And for the mains? Well, they serve everything from moussaka and falafel to homemade burgers and all kinds of grilled meat. If you fancy something a little lighter there’s always muesli or your usual brunch classics. They also have a really nice deck filled with plants outside. Which, if you ask me, is perfect to sit in in the warm summer days. Tempted much?
- Clapton Table | 159 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 8EQ
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