Researching this post of the best Kiwi cafes in London has been the result of 15+ years of extensive footwork. Flat whites are available all over (though I have deep misgivings about McDonalds doing them) and you can get sweetcorn fritters on many brunch menus – but you can’t beat the laidback hospitality and inventiveness of brunch in a Kiwi run cafe/restaurant. I’ve arranged these by classic & inventive, then tried to (very) roughly run them west to east for some kind of organisation – I’ve also added a wee Googlemap that might help with navigation as well.
1 – I know it’s not an exhaustive list as things keep changing, though I do my best (feel free to let me know more and I’ll add them) and 2 – we are so lucky these days with Kiwi cafes. When I arrived in London, there weren’t this many places. Please support them with your wallets!
Over the years, the quality has exponentially gotten better. I don’t have a single favourite, rather several favourites that all have an individual place in my heart.
Classic Kiwi Dishes
We’re talking excellent coffee, sweetcorn fritters, eggs benedict, pancakes & friendly teams – y’know, the classic hallmarks of a delicious Kiwi brunch.
Proud Mary’s – Shepherds Bush
Proud Mary’s (which used to be known as The Hummingbird café) is tucked away on leafy Oaklands Grove in West London – the closest tube Stations is Shepherds Bush Market. I’d love to say it’s a gem that no-one has discovered, but it seems like a nicely humming local haunt – perfect for brunch and has a great local vibe – which I’ve enjoyed since 20015. Here’s blog proof…
Sacred Cafe – Shepherds Bush, Soho, Highbury
There are a few of these dotted around London, and they almost always have lolly cake and savoury muffins on hand. These cafes are more of a light brunch offering with excellent coffee.
Butter Beans – Richmond
I haven’t yet managed to visit Butter Beans in Richmond, but have heard it’s praises sung. “Butter Beans opened its doors in 2014. We strive for perfection and create dishes that are fresh, hearty and simply unforgettable. We are magically passionate about our coffee and do what we do well. We love baking and creating new twists on cakes, muffins and melt in the mouth treats.” Walk-ins only.
Carbon Kopi – Hammersmith
Carbon Kopi is an independent coffee shop and brunch destination in Hammersmith and Fulham with a focus on speciality coffee and cocktails.Delicious, local, friendly and featuring lunchtime kiwi burgers, Carbon Kopi is simply delectable.
The Laundry – Brixton
Owned and operated by Mel, wine-lover and ex-Providores team, you know you’re in excellent hands the moment you start reading the menu at The Laundry.
Brew – Clapham, Wimbledon, Wandsworth
Inspired by NZ and Melbourne cafes, the Brew crew know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to antipodean brunch. The menu is classic, delicious and always accompanied by flat whites. Walk-ins only.
79Collective – Putney [reader recommendation, thanks Sophie!]
“79collective is an iconic South-West London coffee, brunch & lunch spot. Number 79 Lower Richmond Road has been a neighbourhood hub for over 10 years. The cafe is a representation of the community around it and working in it. Our focus is speciality coffee, delicious brunch, lunch, amazing drinks, and awesome vibes… ”
Tried & True – Putney
Sociable neighbourhood cafe serving innovative, healthy breakfasts, lunches and speciality coffee all with personal, friendly service. Tried & True is a great place for coffee, NZ wine and beer and a globally-inspired menu with artisanal breakfasts.
[CLOSED] Gigalum – Clapham Common
Prufrock – Farringdon
Prufrock’s Kitchen offers a delicious range of seasonal, home-cooked food for breakfast and lunch. And their coffee is always banging.
Ozone Coffee Roasters – Shoreditch & London Fields
Ozone Coffee Roasters, just over from the Old Street Bermuda Triangle Roundabout is another such place that has become part of a routine I never want to change. Helping to soothe that little tic in my expat heart, it’s somewhere that we keep diverting back to, time and time again. There is something about the Kiwiana carefully placed all over the beautifully industrial walls, the lovely Eggs Benedict, piping hot Flat Whites and ready supply of Lamingtons that sets up a siren call each time brunch is mentioned within a certain group of Kiwi friends…
Secret Goldmine Cafe – Bermondsey
Excellent pies. Do you need to know anything else bar the address?
The Bach – Broadway Market
A bach (pronounced ‘batch’) is a small, often very modest holiday home or beach house. Baches are an iconic part of New Zealand history and culture and are great places to unwind – this is the ethos of this small, bustling Kiwi cafe.
Long White Cloud Cafe – Shoreditch
Long White Cloud is a café and gallery space located on Hackney Road bordering Shoreditch and Hoxton, near to Columbia Road Flower Market and on the way to Broadway Market. Long White Cloud has a delicious free-range, fair trade and locally sourced menu.
Inventive Kiwi Cafes
As a nation we’re OBSESSED with brunch, and are quite proud of the inventive ways in which we break our midday(ish) fast.
Caravan – Kings Cross, Exmouth Market, City, Bankside, London Bridge, Fitzrovia & Vardo – Sloane Square
The whizz-kids behind Caravan Coffee Roasters have come a long way since opening their first gaff on Exmouth Market. Now spread across the capital, each site follows the formula with urban-industrial interiors and a seasonally changing all-day menu bristling with ideas from around the world – including the jamon and smoked san simon croquettes with saffron mayonnaise… I love their inventive menus that keep me visiting time and time again.
Manuka Kitchen – Fulham
The much renowned food & restaurant critic AA Gill loved it so much that he ate there weekly. Manuka Kitchen is run by kiwi owners Joseph Antippa & Tyler Martin – it’s modern Euro cooking with a Kiwi twist has wowed locals.
Flotsam & Jetsam – Wandsworth
A friend of mine raved about Flotsam and Jetsam for an age before I made it out to Wandsworth, but now I get the excitement. The interiors are SUPER cute, but the biggest draw here is the food – they serve an amazing coffee hollandaise with their eggs benedict that works so very well (so well in fact that my friend always orders an extra helping, and spends time in the gym just for it). It’s a busy, suburban spot and deserves all the rave reviews.
Blank Brixton – Brixton
I don’t know why it took so long for me to visit Blank Brixton, and I’m so sad I didn’t visit earlier. I adored the vibes, Lokie – doggie supervisor, the plant based menu, the tunes, the Kiwi food/beer available to take away… just all of it. Growing up in New Zealand, going to a cafe meant going there to chill out, meet them friends, read that book, or take 10 minutes to reset your mind all while enjoying amazing food and epic coffee. Blank nails this. Their mix of British, Jamaica and New Zealand flavours is what makes this brunch gem so unique.
Iris & June – Victoria
We (3 quarters of the table who all ordered the same smashed avocado dish – our table mate went mushroom toast) never quite expected a show-stopping tower of brunch to arrive in front of us. Poppadoms stacked with sprouted lentils, a sweet green tomato salsa, the pop of kasundi, homemade grilled paneer which was heavenly and a perfectly poached egg. Delicious, gluten-free AND healthy… we followed it up with an (also delicious) brownie chaser and another well-brewed flat white as we nattered on. Read more about Iris and June here.
Urban Pantry – Chiswick
After spending time in both Australia and New Zealand, Kate Frobisher was inspired to set up Urban Pantry, which opened its doors in December 2015. The menu changes seasonally, to ensure they provide the freshest and most local ingredients possible. They also have a range of specials that change fortnightly, as well as daily changing salads and sandwiches.
So, which of these Kiwi cafes are you going to visit next? (Have I missed one? Please let me know below and I’ll add it to this list!)
Oh, and here’s a handy GoogleMap.
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