What’s the best thing about the weekend? It’s brunch time! Brunch ought to be my most favourite meal of the day. I mean, what’s not to love when you can get the best of two meals in one sitting?! Whether you’re more of a savoury person or with a sweet tooth, brunch always got you covered. Need some inspiration around town? Here is a list of London halal brunch spots for you to pick for the weekend and we’ve also included other non-halal but vegetarian-friendly brunch restaurants that we love. Let me know which one’s your favourite!
Where to find halal brunch places in London
- Smoke Daddies
- The Terrace by L’Opera
- Pamban Cafe
- Balans Soho Society
- Coffee Addict
- Cobblers Cafe
- Apple Blue Patisserie
- Heart of Balham
- Grounded Coffee Co.
- Dolci Cafe
- Blue Ivy Cafe
- The Blues Kitchen
- Other brunch spots we loved (not halal but vegetarian-friendly)
Searching for a quality halal fry-up? This is one to be on your list to check out. Popina is an award-winning artisan bakery and cafe-deli in Mayfair. As you might expect from the area, it’s going to be on the pricier end for a classic English fry up (with halal beef bacon and beef sausages), but rest assured it’s going to be a worthwhile treat. Apart from the fry-up, they also offer a terrific green shakshuka with raclette cheese melt, eggs benedict (with halal beef bacon), brioche french toast, Turkish eggs, etc.
This is officially the cue for Eggslut to move aside as Eggoland is the real deal! Founded by Sohail Ahmed, an Afghan refugee and professional boxer, Eggoland is the new egg-specialist restaurant and hot spot in town. By egg-specialist, it essentially means cooking eggs just the right way and it’s all about quality and execution. Having tried their ‘Staple’ sandwich, it was sheer perfection in every aspect. Plenty of options are available on the menu – something for vegan and vegetarians, meat lovers, and those who fancy something a little more luxurious such as duck confit, etc. Additionally, they make a really good cup of Karak Chai too which makes a fantastic pairing to their egg buns!
Smoke Daddies have been winning hearts and bellies in the Balham area with their smoked barbecue offerings. In addition to their signature halal smoked meats, they’re expanding their offerings by launching a brand new brunch menu. The weekend brunch menu features the likes of steak & egg, shakshuka, pancakes, their own version of fry-up breakfast, and many more. Just like the way they make their smoked meats, you can expect fantastic quality and delicious flavours from them. It seriously doesn’t get more exciting for Balham locals!
The Terrace by L’Opera
L’Opera has gone through some renovation work and reopened with a fancy Insta-worthy interior that makes it the top of everyone’s brunch list. It’s not just about pretty decor, but they also offer a great selection of brunch dishes ranging from Crushed Avocado with Sourdough, Lotus Biscoff French Toast, Sujuk, Loaded Croissants, etc. If you have a sweet tooth, they have plenty of cakes for you to choose from, including the very popular Saffron Milk Cake! You can also expect some super cute latte arts from their drinks to complete that Insta-perfect brunch shot.
Arabica is one of my go-to breakfast spots if I happen to be around Borough Market / London Bridge. Their Arabica fry-up is not quite your usual fry-up but a modern Middle Eastern take on the classic brunch dish. Its house-cured lamb bacon, beef sujuk, and Za’atar bread give a very refreshing and umami twist to the brunch classic. You can also switch up your usual coffee with a cup of Turkish Coffee (comes with Turkish delight) to wash down all that delicious food!
Bringing a burst of colours into Hackney, Palaette is one of the new hot brunch spots to watch out for. Featuring white marble tabletops, a terrace with blankets and a cute interior in general, the restaurant is an Instagram-hit and got the food to live up to the hype as well. The menu features both savoury and sweet all-day brunch dishes, burgers, special coffees, as well as mocktails. You can expect every dish to come with vibrant presentation and taste!
Pamban Cafe is on a mission to bring proper chai from its heritage of both India and Sri Lanka, as well as speciality coffee and fusion brunch dishes to London. For example, dishes include the likes of Indian Nachos with Tamarind Sauce, Mumbai-style Poached Eggs & Avocado, Kithul Waffle with Coconut Nectar, etc. and are perfect to wash down with their speciality Pamban Chai, which is seeped with ginger, jaggery, fennel, cinnamon, pepper, and cardamom to create that multi-dimensional flavour profile. Do note that the Canary Wharf branch is only open from Mondays to Thursdays, while the Camden branch is only open from Fridays to Sundays.
Lumi, meaning “light of life” in Latin, is a new brunch spot on Camden High Street to “illuminate your senses” with their unique gallery lounge and delicious dishes. Their menu features not only brunch classics (e.g. Shakshuka, Turkish Eggs, Eggs Royale, etc.), but also some more unique creations like Creole Chicken Waffle, Mediterranean Breeze, French Toast with Orange & Ginger Mascarpone, and more. Additionally, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes available on the menu as well.
Looking for halal brunch with a twist? Look no further than Guanabana’s Latin and Caribbean take on classic brunch dishes. The rustic wooden cafe serves up an eclectic brunch menu, featuring the likes of Colombian fry-up, Havana Eggs, Dirty Rice, Steak & Eggs with Jerk Gravy, as well as Pancakes with exotic topping options, and many more. Don’t forget to pair it with a refreshing glass of Mojito Mocktail, their own Guanabana Shake, or try out the Mango Nada, which is a smoothie made of lime and chilli mango.
Here’s another one from the Maginhawa Group, i.e. the people behind Guanabana mentioned above, as well as other renowned establishments across London like Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream, Panadera Bakery, Ramoramen etc. At Bintang, you get to enjoy a taste of the Philippines through their extensive menu. For brunch options, they have an all-day Silogs section which are Filipino breakfast skillets loaded with garlic fried rice, fried egg, pickled vegetables, cherry tomatoes, and meat of your choice.
Whether it’s at their original South Kensington restaurant or its newer branch in Queensway, you can rely on Ceru to deliver you a high quality meal, including brunch. The contemporary eastern Mediterranean & Levantine restaurant offers the likes of Shakshuka, Spicy Lamb Hash, Turkish Eggs, as well as Ceru’s own take on a Turkish kahvalti.
Balans Soho Society
Balans Soho Society has been around for a while but has more recently introduced halal chicken and beef options across all branches. Brunch items include the likes of Eggs Florentine/Royale, Steak & Eggs, French Toast, Pancakes, etc. But if you’re feeling a little naughty, try out the Togarashi Buttermilk Chicken Doughnut – yep, fried chicken in a doughnut – and don’t knock it till you try it!
Crome is a French Toast-only cafe and the first of its kind in London. It’s not only your typical French Toast but you can get a range of both sweet and savoury french toast options to choose from. Some noteworthy flavours include the Chilli Cheese Cheetos, Smashed Avo & Hollandaise, Red Velvet, Caramelised Banana & Lotus Biscoff, etc. It also comes with a range of picture-perfect speciality drinks such as frappe, hot chocolates, coffees, Spanish lattes, etc. – each with a variety of flavours (e.g. ube, strawberry, pistachio, and so on) to choose from.
Drunch has two branches across London – one in Mayfair, the other in a more residential area around Regents Park. Both branches feature a stylish but laidback interior and serve a great selection of halal brunch dishes daily. Expect a range of classic brunch dishes on the menu, as well as sweet & dessert dishes for those with a sweet tooth. If you ever wonder where people get those Insta-worthy coffees with a Chanel, Dior, etc., it is Drunch where you can get your hands on them. In addition, both branches also house an evening shisha garden and offer high-calibre shishas.
An all-day brunch restaurant with a focus on Japanese souffle pancakes? Yes please! Some typical brunch classics aside, Coffee Addict’s menu offers plenty of alluring Japanese souffle pancake flavours, including Apple Pie Filling, Nutella & Biscoff, Mango Tree, Truffle 24k Gold, and it’s the first to make Ube Japanese Souffle Pancakes as well as Buko Pandan flavours. Furthermore, Coffee Addict is a cafe adorned with pink aesthetics and flower walls – but it’s one with substance with enjoyable foods!
Cobblers Cafe is a fully halal brunch cafe in Edmonton founded by a husband-and-wife duo. Whether you’re in the mood for a big fry-up or a sweet stack of french toast, you can expect high-quality ingredients and incredible food that’s well worth your money. Make sure you save some space for a slice of their Russian Honey Cake, which is a signature of theirs!
Whenever anyone mentions Christophers, their epic French Toast immediately comes to mind. The Chocolate Brioche French Toast is no doubt the restaurant’s most popular dish on their brunch menu and a staple of the restaurant. If you fancy something savoury, their steak and eggs are halal, as well as plenty of vegetarian-friendly options. Alternatively, you can pre-order halal meat 72 hours in advance for other meat dishes.
Apple Blue Patisserie
Situated just by the Balham station, Apple Blue Patisserie has been winning hearts in the neighbourhood. From beautiful pastries & cakes to hearty brunch classics, they have it all. The brunch menu features some innovative creations such as the Dutch Baby & Fried Chicken, Shawarma Rama, Channa Shakshuka, etc. as well as classics like Kedgeree, Avocado Toast, and so on. And yes, it’s all halal!
Heart of Balham
Heart of Balham is a halal brunch cafe situated in – well – the heart of Balham. They’ve got an extensive brunch menu including halal fry-up, Lebanese/Mediterranean/Egyptian breakfasts, pancakes & waffles (including Morrocan pancakes and fried chicken & waffles), as well as brioche breakfast sandwiches. It’s been a local favourite for a good reason!
Grounded Coffee Co.
If you don’t already know, Grounded Coffee Co is a long-standing popular halal breakfast & brunch spot in the Aldgate/Whitechapel area. You can find all the breakfast/brunch classics on their menu, as well as the likes of omelettes, pancakes & french toasts, granola & muesli, smoothies, etc. Its laidback neighbourhood cafe atmosphere makes it a nice spot for a casual brunch catch up. Although, personally, we do find it a little hit & miss sometimes!
With flower walls, a giant pink teddy bear, plus all the breakfast & brunch classics, Dolci Cafe has got it all for the perfect girly brunch catch up. There are plenty of classics on the menu to choose from, with a great selection of coffees and even colourful creations such as Iced Ocean Latte, Iced Rose Latte, Iced Pistachio Latte, etc. to pair with. In addition, they also specialise in signature fresh juices and smoothies. If you’re looking for more of a sweet treat, there is also a dedicated waffles & crepes menu.
Blue Ivy Cafe
Just newly opened near Victoria Park, Blue Ivy Cafe is one to keep an eye out for. Its pastel pink interior and flower wall are enough to draw the attention of Instagrammers, but they also boast a lovely canal view from their outdoors garden as well! Food-wise, you can expect classics such as Halal Full English Breakfast, Egg Royale, Shakshuka, etc. as well as American Pancakes topped with halal turkey bacon, fried egg, and maple syrup.
The Blues Kitchen
If you fancy some comforting American soul food for brunch, check out The Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch. Enjoy the likes of buffalo wings or sandwich burger, beef short rib, mac & cheese, crab cake benedict (though we say Eggbreak’s is better!), and do not miss out on their signature deep-fried Oreo Doughnuts! Yes, you heard it right. You get Oreos enveloped in its dough & buttermilk batter, deep-fried till crispy and golden, and come with a luscious side of caramel for you to dunk and dip. These alone make enough reason to visit!
Other brunch spots we loved (not halal but vegetarian-friendly)
The below restaurants do not serve halal meats but have pescatarian & vegetarian options available.
- Eggbreak (Nottinghill) – our all-time absolute favourite in London!
- Tab x Tab (Nottinghill)
- Friends of Ours (Shoreditch)
- Darcie & May Green (Paddington)
- The Good Egg (Oxford Circus)
- Cafe Beam (Notting Hill/Crouch End/Highbury)
- Where’s Fred (Bank)
- Madera Treehouse (Fitzrovia)
- Brother Marcus (Spitalfields/Balham)
- NAC (Mayfair)
- Timmy Green (Victoria)
- The Riding House Cafe (Fitzrovia)
- Milk (Balham)
- Duck & Waffle (Liverpool Street)
- Dalloway Terrace (Tottenham Court Road)
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