Wednesday, September 7, 2016

My Top 3 Local Coffee Shops : London, Highbury & Islington

 Since we moved from the States, almost four years ago,we have lived in the same area of North London from day one. This area of the city has really become to feel like home to us. Our old flat was directly on the nice big park of Highbury Fields and recently we moved about five minutes up the street closer to Highbury High Street. All of Highbury and Islington have some really amazing coffee shops and cafes but over the past few months I have started to favor many of the same ones and have become a repeat customer at a few. Maybe it is that I started my maternity leave a month ago and enjoy ending a long walk with Oliver to get a coffee or the fact that it is nice to get out of the house when you are blogging/working to sit in a coffee shop, either way, I have a few local favorites. Here are my three local London favorite coffee shops in the area. I hope you get a chance to visit! 

Only a few minutes walk from the Highbury/Islington Tube Stop, this small and amazing coffee shop is always busy on weekdays and weekends. The staff is super sweet and always makes you feel welcome. Even Sir Oliver is allowed inside {when on his best behavior} and sometimes gets a treat of banana bread. When we first moved here I would just get a coffee in the morning, until this past year when I discovered that their breakfast and brunch are AMAZING! Oh wow. It may be small, but this little coffee house has some delicious and beautiful items. From their homemade scones to the their pancakes on the weekend, delicious. 
 Bircher Muesli is amazing and so beautiful! 
The Gluten Free porridge is pretty much art, right?

Location: 154 Canonbury Road, London N1 2UP
Hours: M/F 7:30am - 6:00pm and Sat/Sun 9:00am-6:00pm 
Free Wifi : Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes, but always ask incase it is too busy
Instagram: maisondetrecafe

A short walk from the tube on St. Paul's Road, mixed in with a bunch of great restaurants {Trullo, LeCoq, Sawyer & Grey} is this little blast back into a 1970's cafe, Nanna's. Sets of vintage brown sofas, fringed lamps and furniture that remind me of the items my Grampie had in his house, Nanna's is a funky place for a coffee in the area. I love their freshly squeezed juices and pastries personally. Nanna's is also open for dinner but I have yet to try it out, however, their menus looks delicious. 

Toast. Toast. Toast. I have had a thing with yummy thick toast and jam during my pregnancy. Just can't get enough! Toast and a fresh juice are one of my favorites at this coffee shop. 

 Location: 274B ST PAUL'S ROAD N1 2LJ
Hours: M/W 8:00am - 9:00pm, Th/F 8:00am-Late and Sat 9:00am -Late and Sun 9:00am - 9:00pm 
Coffee Served: Vagabond Coffee Roasters
Free Wifi : Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes, but must be on a lead. 
Instagram: nannasn1

So this location is not exactly in Highbury I would say. It is more Arsenal/Finsbury Park area, but to me, it is still in my neighborhood! Less then a 10 minute walk from Highbury on the corner of Mountgrove Road is this adorable Coffee Shop and Cafe and I love it. I often take #siroliveruk on walks to Clissold Park and stop here for an iced coffee and an orange polenta bread or toast after wards. Mr. Beau and I also stop here for brunch on the weekends or for a nice local dinner on Fridays. The cafe has seating outdoors, a small area upstairs that can be hired privately and then small tables throughout. The breakfast menu is full of delicious items and breads baked fresh from Balthazar Bakery daily. From the gold cutlery to the amazing dinner menus, this is a great cafe to stop in for a coffee, lunch or dinner. 
The cafe stocks some really great pantry items and locally sourced food gifts. I think all of these are acceptable to bring to a friend if they are having guests over...bacon jam and wine! 
Cinnamon Apple Challah Bread with a coffee and the sunshine. 
 Iced Coffee and what else....toast! The homemade peanut butter is pretty delicious. 
Their dinner menus change seasonally but are always full of really interesting and fresh items. 

Location: 70 Mountgrove Rd, London N5 2LT
Hours: M/W 9:00am - 7:00pm, Th 9:00am-11:30pm Fri/Sat 9:00am -11:00pm 
and Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm 
Coffee Served: Caravan Coffee Roasters
Free Wifi : Yes
Dog Friendly: During the weekdays and weekend mornings. In the evenings please ask. 
Instagram: Finkssaltandsweet

I hope you try out all of my favorites and enjoy them. Maybe I will see you there one day for a coffee! 

xoxo - Rebecca

*All photos are by Urban Flip Flops. Please do not use without permission. Times above are current to September 2016 and may change per location. 


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