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Hampstead is a wonderful and beautiful London neighbourhood. It’s known as Hampstead Village because it has such a village feel to it and the incredibly big meadow of Hampstead Heath helps you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of London.
Hampstead is the perfect place to spend the day, especially a Saturday or Sunday and a whole day could be passed wandering its beautiful streets, having a look in stores on the high street, adding houses to your dream house list, eating in the many cafes, restaurants and pubs, and walking around Hampstead Heath.
However, to start your day right, whether you plan to spend the whole day in Hampstead or not, you need to have a good brunch and these are the best cafes and best restaurants in Hampstead that serve brunch!
Independent Hampstead Cafes:
LLS Cafe is the place I would recommend you go to first in Hampstead. It’s just up the hill from Hampstead Underground Station and offers a great brunch menu including an Acai Bowl, Pancakes and Pesto Zoodles with Poached Egg.
The only reason I say to go here first is because you may not get in as it is very small inside, if you get a seat then it’s decorated lovely and very homely. Don’t let this put you off though and instead aim to go early on the weekend or on a weekday when it’s more likely to be quiet.
Cafe Hampstead was introduced to Hampstead High Street to spice up the restaurant scene and is intended to bring a Tel Aviv style culture to the neighbourhood. Or so I heard.
It’s very instagram-able inside if you know what I mean, it’s light, bright and a bit fancy looking, and as well as serving lunch and dinner, it also serves brunch.
Bunny Yawn, just like the name, is very cute, it’s only small but it does have an upstairs and an outside area if the main part of the cafe is full. I would recommend going here for a coffee and a lighter breakfast option like a pastry or yummy cake as they do not offer a huge menu but their cakes definitely make up for it. They also have vegan options available and a whole array of interesting coffees, teas and smoothies!
Ginger & White
Ginger & White has 2 locations, one in Hampstead in Perrin’s Court and one in Belsize Park down the road. It’s the perfect weekend coffee and brunch spot with seating outside and inside. They offer eggs, porridge, toasties and a few more options, nothing too fancy but just what you need. It does get busy in here on weekends though so be prepared to queue or wait for a little bit.
Silverberry Deli & Kitchen
Located just down the road from Hampstead Heath Overground Station, Silverberry is a great place to go for brunch! They have a really big breakfast and brunch menu and it’s served from 7:00am-17: 00 pm, perfect for a hangover morning! It’s got a real cafe style feel to it and offers seating outside at the front and the back too.
If you want breakfast with a twist, say a European or Mediterranean twist, Roni’s Bakery is the place to go! They offer different types of Shakshuka, a Mediterranean breakfast, a healthy breakfast, eggs many different ways, and there’s outside street seating too! This is a good Hampstead Heath brunch as it’s close to Hampstead Heath so you can go for a walk around there after.
Karma Bread Bakehouse
This is a super small cafe and another cafe by Hampstead Heath Overground Station with a very small brunch menu like Avocado on Toast and Shakshuka (subject to change), however, it’s very nice and it’s possible to buy lots of different types of bread there for later in your day. They also sell coffees and a few sweet treats.
The Wet Fish Cafe
The Wet Fish Cafe isn’t in Hampstead and instead it’s in West Hampstead on West End Lane so you’ll need to get the tube or overground there for for this West Hampstead Brunch but it’s a popular place for brunch and perhaps one of the places best for brunch in Hampstead so I wanted to add it in. It has a weekend brunch menu with all of the perfect brunch options and there’s usually a queue which pretty much means it’s a good London brunch spot that you won’t be disappointed with.
For more London Brunch Ideas: My Ultimate List of Recommended London Brunch Spots!
If you’re going to spend the day in Hampstead which I suggest you do, be sure to check out these blog posts afterwards to help you have a great day there:
Chain Hampstead Cafes:
Le Pain Quotidien
There are 2 Le Pain Quotidien’s in Hampstead. One 2 buildings down from Hampstead Underground Station and the other a few meters from Hampstead Heath Overground Station. I like Le Pain Quotidien because their cafes look quite independent rather than too ‘chain-like’ and this is definitely true for the ones in Hampstead.
Good locations, good brunch menus and you know what you’re going to get there. Also, the one on End Road by the Overground Station opposite the Royal Free Hospital used to be a bookshop where George Orwell worked which I found very interesting.
Carluccio’s is all over London but that doesn’t mean they don’t offer a good brunch, because they do! The one in Hampstead is a bit further down Hampstead High Street heading towards Belsize Park but it’s also busy, especially on a weekend morning. It has lots of outside seating on a quieter section of road which I also think make’s it popular for brunch in Hampstead.
Gail’s Bakery offers a Bakers Breakfast menu in all of its stores until 3:00 pm meaning it’s a popular choice, and it offers pretty much everything you could ever want for brunch! The cafe in Hampstead is in a great location just opposite Flask Walk and Venchi Chocolate Shop, although it’s pretty small inside it also offers some outside seating.
That should leave you with enough brunch options in Hampstead and give you plenty of reasons to come back to Hampstead for brunch another time too.
As I said I love Hampstead and really suggest you take the time to explore Hampstead Village and Hampstead Heath afterwards, these posts will help you out.
And for more brunch recommendations in London, be sure to bookmark this post for future use: