Nestled between fabric stores, haberdashers and street food traders, this cute independent café is a lovely spot for breakfast in Soho. Aside from flat whites, obviously, they’re known for Antipodean brunch staples like avo on toast, banana bread, and sourdough slathered with vegemite. Ideal to fuel up on a weekend morning, or grab a quick bite before work.
Okay, sure, a doughnut for brekkie might not adhere to any #wellness trends, but sometimes all you fancy in the morning is a damn good sugar rush to get you going. Crosstown is your place – they’ve got sourdough doughnuts down to a fine art, with cinnamon scrolls, vegan cranberry matcha and crème brûlée specials, washed down by a strong black coffee.
From Scandinavia via Edinburgh, there are often queues outside the door for these winning cinnamon buns, coffees and breakfast delights. Authentic Swedish pastries are baked on site each day, with flour from Shipton Mill and beans sourced from Edinburgh coffee roasters Obadiah. Pick up a Bun Box to enjoy breakfast at home or for a take away treat for ultimate brownie points sprinkled with cinnamon.
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
Nope, it’s nothing to do with Whitehall ministers or government. This industrial-chic espresso bar is just a great spot for grabbing a quick coffee with friends. It’s a favourite hangout for Soho creatives and the perfect respite during a day wandering around central London. Tuck yourself away for an intimate breakfast catch up over fresh pastries, or head upstairs to indulge in guided coffee tastings to broaden your knowledge.
The Breakfast Club
The clue is in the name, inspired of course by the cult eighties movie. If there’s one thing they do remarkably well, it’s a cooked breakfast with all the trimmings. This is a cosy and incredibly popular Soho spot. As well as breakfast essentials, you’ll find fiery chicken wings, burgers and breakfast burritos.
Vintage Italian café is the name of the game here: expect classic pastries, deli goodies and proper coffee to start the day the Italian way. There are two Soho outposts – a Brewer Street deli and Green Street restaurant - and the brand has been a West End stalwart since Lina opened it in 1944. The décor is a retro mint green and white, and the walls are laden with delicatessen goodies.
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