When it comes to the best brunch in Islington, how do you find it? What should you get when you do find it? 

Luckily we have the answers for you. As experienced Islington locals, we've pulled together a list of some of the area's very best brunch spots. Each one has their own unique style, but all offer delicious brunches to enjoy. 

Whether you’re after the perfect vegan scramble or a simple avocado bagel. Brunch is the perfect meal for late risers or a long overdue catchup with friends. So make sure you try out some of these establishments next time you find yourself in Islington. 

1. Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi has won its place because of its delicious self-toast breadboard. It’s hard to miss as you walk by, with an impressive cake display adorning the window that we couldn't resist. 

The restaurant offers a taste of traditional Mediterranean flavours. Not to mention the scrambled eggs and cured salmon focaccia is especially tasty.

Weekend brunches are especially popular so get there early. Vegan options are limited but there are options to choose from. 

Address: 287 Upper St, The Angel, London N1 2TZ

Phone: 020 7288 1454

Follow @ottolenghi


2. The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a self-proclaimed ‘caf’. It deals with your absolute simple caf food and drinks. Don’t let that fool you though, the menu offers a huge variety. With plenty of veggie and vegan options, plus a range of different types of dishes. 

Whether you’re after some American style pancake stacks or a breakfast burger. There is something to suit every taste palette. It also prides itself on fantastic service and a friendly community. A place where you can get to know your community and feel welcome time and time again. 

Address: 31 Camden Passage, The Angel, London N1 8EA

Phone: 020 7226 5454

Follow @thebrekkyclub


3. Urban Social

Urban Social has the best brunch in Islington for egg lovers. No matter how you like your eggs, this menu has something for you. Try out a super spicy alternative with the Nudja, avocado and egg sourdough toast. Or opt for something a little more familiar with eggs on toast.

You can also add a bit of fizz to your brunch, with the option to order a glass of prosecco with your meal. Not a drinker? Then you can enjoy some delicious freshly made juices.

Address: 236 Upper St, London N1 1RU, United Kingdom

Follow: @urbansocialcoffee


4. Caravan

If you’re after a brunch in Islington that has a lot to choose from, then Caravan is the place to be. Choose a bowl of their delicious cereals and fruit or go big with a full plate of pancakes. 

Nestled on a bustling market street Caravan is always ready to welcome walk-ins. If you want to make sure you grab a table though, you can book easily through their website. 

Address: 11-13 Exmouth Market, Farringdon, London EC1R 4QD

Phone: 020 7833 8115
Email: [email protected]
Follow @caravanrestaurants

5. Megan’s

Looking for the best dog friendly brunch in Islington? Megan's welcomes both humans and their furry friends. 

Megans loves to help people to connect people through the power of food. Our favourite is the Turkish Brunch Feast — make sure to share some eggs and Sucuk with friends. Want something all to yourself? Dip some freshly toasted bread into your own Shakshouka baked eggs. 

If you prefer something a little lighter, then there are lots of salads and oats to choose from. 

Address: 6 Esther Anne Pl, Islington, London N1 1WL
Phone: 020 3468 0221
Follow @megansrestaurants

6. Sunday

You’ll be hard-pressed to find another Islington brunch spot with a more flavourful menu. Sunday offers international brunch options for those wanting something new. 

For a truly unique brunching experience, opt for the weekend special. Previously specials have included Jamaican Ackee saltfish and fried breadfruit. There’s also been a delicious kimchi omlette with coconut, miso minced beef. 

Address: 169 Hemingford Rd, London N1 1DA
Phone: 020 7607 3868
Follow @sundaybarnsbury

7. Boulangerie Bon Matin

Calling all pastry lovers. The best brunch spot in Islington for the sweet toothed is here. Boulangerie Bon Matin is a french-style cafe that offers delicious coffee and patisserie. 

Don’t worry though, if you’re still after a classic brunch menu, you won’t be disappointed. Opt for the best cinnamon french toast you’ll ever have or go all out with a big plate of eggs benedict. There are also vegan options for those looking for tasty vegan dishes. 

Address: 178 Tollington Park, Stroud Green, London N4 3AJ
Phone: 020 7263 8633
Follow @boulangeriebonmatin

8. Euphorium

Euphorium is an artisan bakery that has been a staple of Islington since 1999. It is now regularly regarded as a favourite for the locals.

It’s decadent brunches aren’t just tasty, but they also look beautiful. If you want a truly Instagram-worthy brunch spot then this is the place. Go healthy with one of their paked breakfast pots. Or, if you’re looking to go all out, grab a full english. There’s even a vegetarian option!

Address: various
Follow @euphorium.uk

9. New London Café

New London Cafe is the ultimate brunch spot for coffee aficionados. With a retro feel and vintage-inspired interior you’ll be transported back in time. 

Choose one of the many impressive pancake stacks or go for a nutrient-rich smoothie. For those looking for something more substantial, there’s the ‘Totally English’. Get all your favourite english breakfast items on one big plate. 

Address: 216 St Paul's Rd, Highbury, London N1 2LL
Phone: 020 7354 7321
Email: [email protected]
Follow @new_london_cafe

10. Crepeaffaire

Sometimes you want a quick treat of something sweet for brunch. Crepeaffaire is the expert in feature packe crêpes. Eat in or take out on your travels. Adorn your crêpe with some classic nutella or get all the trimmings with the Oreo Cookie. 

There’s also an extensive vegan menu, so you can go dairy free and still have all the flavour. If you’re more of a savoury bruncher, not to worry. There are plenty of savoury crêpes to choose from including the popular Vegan Spicy Chick’n.

Address: 51-53 Camden Passage, The Angel, London N1 8EA
Phone: 020 7354 8699
Email: [email protected]
Follow @crepeaffaire

The best brunch in Islington

Choosing the best brunch in Islington isn’t an easy job. Every week a new spot opens up and we become spoilt for choice. 

Give all our suggestions a try and see which one is your favourite. 

If you’re looking to move to Islington soon, why not take a look at our available apartments? Vantage Point offers excellent transport links from Archway Tube station. It’s close to all these delicious brunch spots! 

You can also take a look at even more Islington recommendations here.

The best brunches are worth travelling for, so be sure to check out our brunch guides for Bethnal Green and Greenwich.

Mark Flint


Mark is a regular contributor to the Essential Living blog and shares all the latest news and sourcing the very best content for our customers.