Looking for the best brunch spots in Hackney? Look no further! Here’s the best breakfast spots to start your morning off — East London style. From a Londoner!
When most people think of East London brunch spots their mind goes straight to Shoreditch. But there’s a not-so-new kid on the block, and his (her?) name is Hackney.
Filled with thrumming nightlife, quirky bars and pubs, chilled riverside views and enough hipsters to make to form 1000 indie bands, there’s no better place to start your morning than this East London hub — with brunch of course!
In this post, I’ll be sharing the best breakfast spots in Hackney, where to find bottomless brunch in Hackney, vegan & vegetarian brunch spots in Hackney and some quick tips to make the most of your brunch in the area.
Ready? Let’s get into it!
10 Best Breakfast & Brunch Spots in Hackney
1. Hackney Pearl
East Wing Oslo House, 11 Prince Edward Rd, London E9 5LX
If you live in London long enough you’ll realise the best cafes in the city are always Austrailian — and the Hackney Pearl proves my theory, very very right.
Fit with a hipster-chic vibe and super welcoming atmosphere (their company motto is “Don’t be a dick” if you’re wondering) it’s the perfect Hackney breakfast spot to catch up with friends and get generous portions (a godsend in London).
If you’re looking for vegan or vegetarian brunch in Hackney, they’ve got you more than covered — with a Big Veggie breakfast and a mushroom haggis practically calling your name.
If you’re up for some good ole East London day drinking, you can also try their Boozy Brunch.
Must-Try: Brioche Pudding
2. Market Cafe
2 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
When it comes to brunching in Hackney, the more local the better. Sitting pretty in Broadway Market think of Market Cafe as the Friends hangout for East Londoners.
The vibe is very low-key, fit with vintage furnishing and a no-fluff menu. Take up an Eggs Royale or Fresh Berry Pancakes before washing it all down with one of their delicious cold pressed juices.
Must-Try: Market Cafe Fry Up
3. Hash E8
170 Dalston Ln, London E8 1NG
Did someone say hash? Get your head out of the gutter! It’s Hash E8 I’m talking about.
The American style hub believes ‘Brunch is King’ (not just on the weekends!) and boy does it show.
Their all-day brunch includes the classics of course (think giant pancakes and oozing French toast) but there’s also some interesting breakfast characters on the menu (Laced cereal for example…) that you’ll simply have to taste for yourself.
Must-Try: White Chocolate Pancakes
4. Brunswick East
3D, STAMFORD WORKS, Gillett St, London N16 8JH // 47-317 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney Downs, London, E8 2BT3 (brunswick east bakehouse)
Between their Dalston and Hackney Downs location Brunswick East has made a name for itself as one of the best breakfast spots in Hackney.
There’s loads of seasonal dishes, speciality coffee and of course, avacado toast to be found here. But what makes it shine as one of the best brunch places in Hackney is their baked goods. I mean, where else can you get warm baguettes fresh out the oven on the daily? I’ll wait.
Must-Try: Okonomiyaki (savoury Japanese pancakes)
5. The Vincent
Atkins Square, Dalston Ln, Lower Clapton, London E8 1FN
The Vincent is a light and airy East London oasis — and easily takes the title for the most aestetic brunch in Hackney.
From Berry Waffles soaked in rich cream to a Full English Breakfast their goal is to be a “great local cafe restaurant doing simple things well” (mission acheived).
It’s also a very laptop-friendly establishment (here are some more work-friendly cafes in Lodnon!) so you can bang out a workday with brunch here too if you’re keen.
Must-Try: 12H Pork Hash
6. Morito Hackney Road
195 Hackney Rd, London E2 8JL
Originally found in Exmouth Market Morito has made its glorious way to Hackney — and boy are we glad it did.
The Spanish brunch spot isn’t your typical ‘Hackney breakfast’ with Latin dishes with a North Africa twang soley on offer.
They’ve become skilled at taking everyday dishes and making them taste like you’ve left the UK for the day, so definitely try this Hackney brunch spot if you’re in the mood for something different.
Must-Try: Deep fried aubergines with date molasses & whipped feta
7. E5 Bakehouse
Arch 396 Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH
Okay, I’ll admit — E5 Bakehouse is more of a Hackney bakery than Hackney brunch spot, but if you like baked goods trust me, you won’t mind.
The organic Bakehouse has made a name for itself in the loafs department, with practically all of London Fields lining up for their fresh morning bread.
Pop in for their weekend brunch menu to get your hands on their mouth-watering sausage rolls or switch up your breakfast routine with one of their baking classes if you’re keen to learn the behind the scenes.
Must-Try: Dish of the day
8. The Breakfast Club
29 East Bay Lane Canalside, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Here East, London E15 2GW
I’m always on the hunt for the best American brunch spots in the city, which is exactly how I found (and fell in love with) The Breakfast Club.
With locations across London (see my visit to their Canary Wharf spot here!) this isn’t exactly the most unique brunch place in Hackney, but dang is it good!
In American fashion the staff is super friendly, with a 1980’s vibe that’ll step you right back in time. Cue Nostaglia. It’s also one of the best outdoor brunch spots in Hackney.
Must-Try: Bacon & Egg French Toast
9. Martello Hall
Martello Hall, 137 Mare St, London E8 3RH
I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for bottomless brunch. So when I found out Martello Hall has the best bottomless brunch in Hackney…I had to do my research of course.
For two hours straight you can go ham on all the Pink Proseccos, Canova Rum Punch or ‘Make-Your-Own Bubbly Cocktail Tray’ your heart desires, plus some solid breakfast finds (did someone say Truffle scrambles eggs?).
Must-Try: Chilli Hash Browns
10. L’eau à La Bouche
35-37 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH
Opened in 2004 L’eau à La Bouche has been Hackney staple before being hipster was a (newbie) East Londoner birthright.
Because of it’s popularity, you may find this Hackney brunch spot a bit packed. But with pain au chocolats practically spilling onto the streets, who can blame them?
I also wouldn’t recommend this spot for a sit-down affair, but if you’re looking for some quick and utterly delicious breakfast, this is your spot.
Must-Try: Almond Chocolate Croissiant
Quick Tips for Visiting Breakfast & Brunch Spots in Hackney
• Many brunch places in Hackney (and everywhere now in London really) require you to book in advance — so always book before you go to avoid disappointment!
• Opening times are subject to change, check their websites before your visit
• If you’re going on a Sunday — pair it with a visit to Colombia Road Flower Market
Map of the Best Breakfast & Brunch Places in Hackney