Whether you enjoy yours en route to the office, or on a Sunday besides some bubbly or Bellinis, we agree a good breakfast or brunch is a must. We round up the best brunch and breakfast spots in Marylebone, to guarantee your mornings will always be off to a great start.
The Providores and Tapa Room
Restaurant, European, Street Food, Vegetarian, Tapas, $$$
Spread across two floors, and divided into two restaurants, The Providores and Tapa Room is the brainchild of the excellent Peter Gordon. It comprises a more formal Providores restaurant upstairs and a more casual all-day dining Tapa Room on the ground floor. Bringing a taste of New Zealand to London, the atmosphere here is buzzing. You can expect to see Regent’s Business School students between classes, mothers with oversized sunglasses, and the occasional fashionable blogger sipping on a flat white – a coffee that the Providores and Tapa Room do so well. We adore the combination with whipped yoghurt and hot chilli butter on sourdough toast. Look out for long queues on the weekends; while the Providores does take bookings (also for their scrumptious weekend brunch), the Tapa Room does not.
A spin-off from Monocle magazine, this adorable café on Chiltern Street is hard not to love. The interior is modest but sophisticated, and conveys the same classic air as its namesake magazine. The breakfast menu is intriguing and offers less traditional breakfast staples, from a Scandinavian breakfast selection to a shrimp katsu sandwich. We love this little spot for a cute, clean, tasty breakfast with a side of matcha hot chocolate. Be sure to grab something from the cake and pastry selection, the cardamom buns are almost as good as a cosy breakfast in bed.
The Daylesford Farmshop provides a healthy, guilt-free start to the day, bringing the goodness of the country into the heart of the city. The ingredients used are fresh and organic from the Daylesford farm in the Cotswolds, and can also be purchased from the farmshop attached. From cold-press juices and kale chips to home-made nut granola and flax seed bircher, the Daylesford Farmshop provides a great healthy range. It also satisfies a conscious mind, through their promotion of responsible farming, free trade, and sustainable resourcing.
With their cinnamon buns and dark rye bread being the talk of the town for some time now, the Nordic Bakery could not be missing on our list. Bringing sleek and chic Scandinavian dishes to Marylebone’s New Cavendish Street, the Nordic Bakery provides quick and light, sweet and savoury breakfast treats. These are assured to turn any early morning frown upside down. We love the sandwich selection, from the traditional smoked salmon and black pepper version to the Swedish classic of meatballs and lingonberry jam. Needless to say, we also recommend picking up one of the famous Finnish cinnamon buns, or maybe two, or maybe three…
For the health-savvy, for the smoothie aficionado, and for the well-rounded foodie, the Natural Kitchen is a dream. Possibly the neighbourhood’s snazziest grocery provider, the flagship Natural Kitchen in Marylebone does food for takeaway from the colourful deli downstairs, or to eat in at the buzzing café upstairs. We love the rich, quality ingredients here, and the added option of taking home fresh produce from the butcher downstairs is definitely a plus. The Natural Kitchen has plenty of options to start your days nourished and energised. We also love the latest addition of a frozen yogurt bar on the first floor of the Marylebone branch. Take our word for it: a day that starts with frozen yoghurt is never a bad day.
Embrace the heavy wood and traditional Austrian vibe
Brother to the famous breakfasts of The Wolesley and The Delauney, Fischer’s brings to Marylebone elegance and old-time charm in the form of a mittel-European grand café. Serving a very fine selection of Austrian breakfast dishes, freshly baked viennoiserie, and absolutely dreamy melt-your-heart hot chocolates, Fischer’s takes us back in time to 1910 Vienna in full swing. We highly recommend trying the breakfast Gröstl, for a taste of a true authentic Austrian morning specialty, as you dine among paintings of Austrian days and dames gone by. The cafe also includes a typical cake and pastry shop, making it near impossible to leave without picking up a praline pretzel, an apple and apricot strudel, or a raspberry and poppyseed gugelhupf. We can assure you, Fischer’s will have you loving mornings faster than you can say lederhosen.