Ozone Coffee Roasters
Big in NZ for their blend of coffee & brunch, it was a real risk to imagine that formula working in London. But hey, look at them now. Watching their in-house roaster grind up those magic beans from the balcony is pretty satisfying, whilst their all day imaginative brunch offerings are real popular and keep the regulars coming back at all hours. They may have got this far with their coffee, but come the evening it really is more of a restaurant. You would expect pasta with rabbit ragu at just any cafe now would you? You'll find plenty of tech-fuelled meetings and high powered dealings happening on weekdays, whilst it's an altogether more relaxed vibe on weekends. They do their thing, they do it well.
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Friends of Ours
Inspired by the cool neighbourhood cafes of Melbourne, this Hoxton joint serves up that fresh antipodean flavour in a homely little spot. This is the kind of place where they want to remember your face and remember your order. Which is lovely isn't it. The food here is pretty darn nice - they don't stray too far from the usual avo' on toast and poached eggs but why would they? Great pastries too.
Making your way down New Inn Yard, your eyes will find themselves drawn to the industrial chic aesthetics of Cream, a self titled 'daytime canteen'. It's the classic cafe aesthetic with white walls, green plants and wooden tables making this a pretty calm and tranquil place to grab a coffee or, if you're feeling a little flush, some lunch. It's a slightly more classy affair than your usual cafe - and the prices definitely reflect that - but sometimes that boat needs to be pushed out.
This independent coffee house claims to be on a quest for the best coffee out there, and they're certainly heading in the right direction. This cosy little spot in Palmers Green boasts some of the best produce out there, sourcing all their local grub, coffee beans and pastries from Haringey, Smithfied and Broadway markets. In other words, whether you're coming in for a cheeky cuppa, an espresso buzz, a fresh sandwich or a weekend brunch, you know Kiva have got you covered.
When we found out there’s a café in Hackney Wick making homemade jam from organic fruit collected from their family farm in Greece, we kind of lost our sh*t. Named after Gaia, the ancient Greek goddess of Earth, and inspired by traditional Greek recipes passed down through generations, this spot is all about serving organic superfoods in a super-mythological atmosphere. Think butter beans in lentils, fish fillets, granola, sourdough toasties or spinach and feta pie. Yum.