From a shakshouka at Good Egg to a hangover cure at Arepa, here is a list of delicious brunch options around Hackney to intrigue and delight you.
By Mersa Auda
The Good Egg
A Stokey favourite serving remarkable variations of Middle-Eastern street food, The Good Egg prides itself in carefully sourcing its ingredients and preparing practically everything on-site. Mainly inspired by Jewish cuisine but adopting an American diner set-up, the menu skilfully combines tradition and modernity. The Jerusalem breakfast plate is a real treat, but popular choices include the Iraqi sabih sandwich (eggs, pickles and aubergine), Oded’s babka slice, Shakshouka many special breads and much more. The Good Egg’s fusion of styles is a celebration of London’s diversity harmoniously blending together.
93 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AS
Well Street Kitchen
This little cafe just off Well Street Market is a friendly and welcoming hub with a broad range of customers. Everyone from families to workers can enjoy a tasty brunch here: the salmon teriyaki on sourdough is a top choice, as is the avocado and goat’s curd combo. There is an early bird deal on weekdays for anyone who likes a bargain breakfast without having to forgo quality. Irresistibly cute with a warm atmosphere, at Wells Street Kitchen you will find high standards without a hint of pretentiousness.
203 Well St, London E9 6QU
Located right by the canal and affording a lovely view, Arepa is colourful, tasteful, and full of culinary surprises. Inspired by traditional Venezuelan cuisine, their dishes have a personal modern touch that makes them all the more intriguing. The breakfast criollo (perico eggs, beef, beans and plantains) will not leave you wanting, and the cachapas tower (corn pancakes with grilled ham and cheese) is truly wonderful. The hearty food and warm welcome make this a homely, special brunching experience.
58A De Beauvoir Cres, London N1 5SB
An enticingly extensive brunch menu means that you are really spoilt for choice at The Vincent. A spacious, light-filled venue with huge plants all around, this cafe is equally suitable for a celebratory brunch, a meeting, a studying session or as a hangover refuge. The 12-hour pork hash is especially appetising, but when you can choose from baked eggs, waffles, sourdoughs and even burgers, and enjoy bottomless filter coffee, prosecco or mimosa, it is no wonder that The Vincent is so very popular.
2 Atkins Square, Dalston Lane, London E8 1FN
I Will Kill Again
Roastery by weekday, cafe from Thursday to Sunday, this little space is tucked away in a Homerton alleyway, but it has a strong presence and attracts quite a crowd. The name already hints at the dark theme that inspires its decor and merchandise, and one look around the room confirms that this is an undeniably cool spot. The brunch is simply excellent. Varied and vegan-friendly, any choice on the regularly updated menu, coupled with their own Dark Arts coffee, is guaranteed to be a hit.
27a Ponsford Street, E9 6JU
Lardo’s Italian inspired menu reflects their great passion for one of the most popular cuisines in the world, as well as their desire to strive for innovation. Their Green Eggs with ham, pesto and avocado are just one example of the originality of their concoctions. Their playful approach to combining flavours extends to the starters, sides and desserts too, meaning there is a lot to stimulate the palate here.
197-201 Richmond Rd, London E8 3NJ
Morty & Bob’s
Don’t let Morty & Bob’s inconspicuous backstreet entrance mislead you. Located on the second floor, this busy cafe is not only spacious, but it also affords great views of the urban panorama to match its industrial chic design. The menu is short but to the point. Whether you order a full English or a grilled cheese toast, Morty & Bob’s is perfect for those who enjoy a classic with a little twist.
Second Floor, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 3RL