Best brunches in Hackney to get your brunch fix

Well Street Kitchen - Best brunch places in Hackney

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.

Brunswick East

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.

Brunswick East inside

Brunswick East brunch

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 Bakehouse47-317 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney Downs, London, E8 2BT3

Palm Vaults

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!

Palm Vaults, Hackney sign

Palm Vaults, Hackney interior

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

Hash E8

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

Oslo Hackney

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 outside

  • 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, Hackney outside

Well Street Kitchen, Hackney inside

  • Well Street Kitchen | 203 Well St, Hackney, London E9 6QU

E5 Bakehouse

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, Hackney outside

E5 Bakehouse, Hackney inside

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

Clapton Table

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, Hackney brunch exterior

  • Clapton Table159 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 8EQ

What’s your favourite brunch place in Hackney? Have you been to any of the places on our best brunches in Hackney post? If you love brunch as much as I do, please leave us a comment, pin some photos and show us some love on social media using the buttons below.

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54 comments

  1. Belinda Y. Hughes

    Wow, tough choice! Leaning toward the vegan and pet friendly, though. However, once covid quiets down, and since my furbaby is feline, I might get a pet sitter and cross the Pond to try them all! Too much yumminess and atmosphere not to. Thanks for reminding me there’s a world out there to go visit and nosh at.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you Belinda! Travel is one of the best experiences for the soul; and when it’s paired with food, that experience becomes even more incredible! x

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  2. Kalin

    These all sound like amazing spots! I lovee those pictures of food and my mouth is watering!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks for the comment, Kalin! Hopefully this post has inspired you to explore Hackney’s delicious brunch spots! x

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  3. Jenny in Neverland

    Thanks for these recommendations! I’ve lived 20 minutes from London all my life but I honestly can’t remember the last time I visited. I’ve just never discovered any of these cute places before so thanks for the heads up!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks for stopping by, Jenny! Hackney has some of the best brunch places in London, and the food in all the spots I’ve mentioned is absolutely delicious! Plus, they mostly use local and organic produce so it’s even tastier x

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  4. Sarah Mark

    Ohh wow! Looking and reading about all these brilliant bunches is making me so hungry! I have heard some good things about E5 bakehouses bread I wish I lived closer so I could try it for myself.

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    1. blushrougette

      Hi Sarah – thanks for leaving a comment! I buy my bread at E5 Bakehouse and it’s the most delicious sourdough I’ve ever had. It’s absolutely amazing! x

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  5. Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

    Thanks for sharing, these places look lovely, it’s making my hungry 🙂

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

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    1. blushrougette

      Hi Nic – thanks for the lovely comment! I hope you can stop by to enjoy some of these lovely places next time you’re around! x

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  6. Brigit Pettit

    Ok yum!! These places all sound amazing!

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    1. blushrougette

      They’re so good, trust me! x

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  7. Johnny

    Some really nice and neat brunch spots! I used to work in Hackney and live near there too so a bit surprised why I didnt know about them (could’ve not been paying attention). It would be nice to go and taste the different kinds of brunches on offer. I’ve even been pass Oslo Hackney many times and been wanting to check it out one day. Maybe now I’ve got the perfect reason to do so 🙂

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

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    1. blushrougette

      As always, thanks for the lovely comment, Johnny! I love the independent brunch spots in Hackney – they’re my go-to places when I crave good food during the weekend! Next time you’re around, make sure you check out at least one of them x

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  8. Serena

    I never really go to Hackney but I love the sound of these places! Palm Vaults has been on my list for so long!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks for the comment, Serena! Now you’ve got the perfect excuse for stopping by Hackney – brunch and cake! x

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  9. Jenni

    Omg I miss London so much! Thank you for the great ideas. I will keep them in mind when we are allowed to travel there from
    The Netherlands again 💖

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks for stopping by, Jenni! I hope you can check at least one of these brunch spots on your next trip to London! x

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  10. Change of Tomorrow

    Oh man. I really crave some toast and coffee now!

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    1. blushrougette

      Then this post has done its job! x

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  11. Molly @ Transatlantic Notes

    Oh, goodness this all looks so damn good! I miss London and going out to eat! There’s a place I want to go to if I ever get back to the UK, it’s a vegan cheese shop! Looks really interesting!

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    1. blushrougette

      Hi Molly! I haven’t heard of the vegan shop you mention but sounds right up my street. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment x

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  12. Sammie & Neil

    Wow! Loads of places to try! We will be sure to check some of these out. Great post.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Sammie and Neil! x

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  13. Faye

    Oslo Hackney sounds right up my street! Breakfast, then a cocktail bar and then a music venue?!? THE DREAM. Next time I’m down in London I’ll have to check it out x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Yay! Oslo Hackney is an absolute gem, well worth checking out! x

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  14. Tarryn Leigh

    These places look amazing! I only moved to London in January so I’m desperate to explore when it’s safe to do so xx

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    1. blushrougette

      Welcome to London! There’s honestly so many good places all over the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Hackney is my favourite though! x

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  15. Lozza

    These look like such great places. I’ll have to try some of them out! ☺️

    I’ve always wanted to go to palm vaults! It looks amazing.

    Love Lozza x
    http://girlygabble.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Palm Vaults is really cute, I’m sure you’ll love it! And they have avocado cake with is just out of this world! x

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  16. grislean

    All this food looks super amazing! Now, my mouth is watering. Great post!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you! x

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  17. Lomash Kumar

    Looks like some great spots here. My mouth is watering right now. 😉
    Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks for stopping by! x

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  18. Angell

    Wish I had this list when I visited a couple years ago! Making note for my next visit though! Thanks!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Angell! You won’t be disappointed if you decide to go to any of these, I promise!

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  19. Chrissy

    For the love of toast indeed! I knew as soon as you started talking about your love of avocado toast (I’m also a huge fan), I would love reading this. Every single place sounds so delightful; I have to visit these places during my lifetime. From a fellow avo toast lover, thank you for sharing this! x

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    1. blushrougette

      Haha, I love this comment! Thanks Chrissy, it’s nice to know there are fellow avocado lovers out there! x

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  20. Michelle

    These places look amazing😍 I’d never be able to choose! If I’m ever in this area I’m definitely going to try one of these! Great post!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Michelle! Haha, I totally understand, I’m the same! It’s so difficult to choose when everything is so good x

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  21. Emily Denise

    These are great recommendations. I’m so hungry after reading this article I’ll definitely have to try these places out one day!

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    1. blushrougette

      Awesome! These are just some of my favourite places, I can’t recommend them enough! x

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  22. Giulia

    Beautiful pictures! And I love the feel of the places from your descriptions. Sadly, I’m in Canada. But the UK is on my bucket list, so perhaps one of these I’ll get to eat in one day.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Giulia! Make sure you add at least one of these places to your itinerary when you come over, you won’t be disappointed x

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  23. Roni

    Reading this has made me hungry haha! I’m surprised I haven’t been to any of these places yet because I love going out for brunch in London. I’m making note of these places so I don’t forget next time I’m planning a brunch with my friends x

    Roni | myelevatedexistence.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Roni! If you love brunch, I’m sure you will love these places too! x

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  24. Aimsy

    All of these places look amazing. I agree, you definitely can’t go wrong with a good brunch!
    I will have to check a few of these places out the next time I visit London (whenever that will be!)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Aimsy! Brunch is always a good excuse to visit new places x

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  25. Annelize

    London has such brilliant little gems! These are definitely going onto my list for our next visit.
    Brilliant post!xx

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe thank you! I hope you these tips make you enjoy London even more! x

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  26. Mark Crone

    I choose not to choose here. Your list is fabulous and is one to go through in person. I look forward to visiting London again in the not too distant future. And exploring some of these great restaurants. Thanks for sharing,

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    1. blushrougette

      Haha thanks Mark! It’s so hard to choose when everything looks so yummy! Hopefully you get to come over to London soon and get to savour these delicious brunches yourself! x

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  27. David

    Some really good recommendations there! If I am ever in Hackney I would definitely check some of them out.

    Thanks,

    David
    http://www.focusonthecustomer.net

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks David!

      Reply

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