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Emma Gannon of Girl Lost in the City chooses her five secret east London breakfast spots

Posted at 9:15 am, December 22, 2012 in Food & Drink, Top 5
Emma Gannon

Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We say it definitely is at the weekends when your body needs to recover from whatever you put it through the night before. Emma Gannon writes London blog Girl Lost in the City and has clearly been getting lost in all the right places, as she’s got five east London breakfast spots to recommend for when the need is especially great.


Clicia, 97 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UD                 Photo by Ewan Munro
‘This is one of my favourite spots to have breakfast. A five minute amble up one of my favourite streets, Church Street, and you’ll usually spot a vintage sale, enviable retro outfit or a couple that look like they’re straight out of a The Kooples ad. To help revive your Sunday morning hangover, Clicia offers you warm, salty bread alongside your order to help you soak up some of the toxins. With friendly, welcoming staff and busy tables there is always a great atmosphere in the air. The main reason this is the perfect place to relax with friends is the refreshing lattes, selection of meat and vegetarian Turkish cooked breakfasts and outdoor tables if you fancy partaking in some people-watching on a lazy afternoon.’


Homa                                                                                                   Photo by Ewan Munro
‘Best scrambled eggs with salmon, hands down. With a modern upmarket appearance and nice seating you kind of forget where you are. The brunch menu will keep you full until the evening and give you the energy for a full day of roaming around London. You’d think in this fancy establishment you’d also be paying an arm and a leg, but hooray: you can order a healthy, organic granola with raisin, almond, greek yogurt, fresh strawberries & vanilla syrup brunch for as little as £6.’

Red Art Cafe, 113 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
‘Situated in the heart of Dalston, this little eatery is the perfect place to mingle over a substantial fry up. Alongside the hustle and bustle of Kingsland Road, you can hide away on a little corner table and have multiple cups of tea whilst digging into a mound of eggs. The sizes are generous so, again, perfect for any sort of alcohol-induced headache. Not five star service but if it’s a banging pile of food, ash tray on an outside table and a pleasant atmosphere you’re looking for, then this place is for you. Also, being right next to the Dalston Rio, it’s also somewhere you can pop in for a bite pre- or post-cinema.’

Café Z Bar
‘I wish Café Z would make a Spotify playlist. Bonobo, Little Dragon, Bat for Lashes… a well put together reel of music is gently played behind you that will send you in an enjoyable state of relaxation and peacefulness. The breakfast menu is perfect and the cappuccino cup sizes come in extra-large, which is perfect for when you are in need of an early morning caffeine boost. The walls are sprinkled with coffee and literature related quotes, which leave your eyes wandering around the room for a few quiet minutes. Another firm favourite for Turkish breakfasts and heart-to-hearts.’

Happy Kitchen

Happy Kitchen
‘Get on down to London Fields, because the Happy Kitchen is literally just that, a kitchen that instantly makes you happy. It’s a big communal space with big wooden benches and a causal snack bar at the back.  It’s like you are chilling out in a friend’s kitchen, but it’s open to the public.  You can pick your treats from every corner of the room. I say treats, but these are very healthy treats. Happy Kitchen describes itself as “Organic, vegan, gluten free, sugar free artisan bakery.” No fry ups here. Only healthy, wholesome goodness in varying breakfast pots with only the finest organic ingredients. Although, between you and me, there’s news just in of something new to the Happy Kitchen: the Peanut Butter Brownie.’

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