The Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in King’s Cross, London

Discover the best brunch spots in King's Cross
Discover the best brunch spots in King's Cross | © Nicola Ferrari RF / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of India Doyle
8 February 2017

From hideaway holes to Indian cafés, King’s Cross has everything you could want for breakfast and brunch, and so much more. Culture Trip’s guide to the very best spots will have you heading straight to North London.

Formerly the home of London’s more libertine residents, King’s Cross has transformed into one of the capital’s slickest and glossiest districts, welcoming innumerable restaurants and businesses into its corner. Whether you’re waiting for the Eurostar from St Pancras International, exploring leafy Bloomsbury, or heading over to the Wellcome Collection gallery in Euston, there’s no shortage of perfect brunch spots for you to stop off at.

Granger & Co

Restaurant, Australian, $$$
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Granger and Co., Kings Cross, London
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Tucked away a couple of minutes from the station, Granger & Co’s King’s Cross branch brings a slice of Australian sunshine to the heart of London. Inside its chic, 1970s-inspired interiors customers are treated to a sumptuous menu, which offers favourites like poached eggs and avocado on sourdough toast alongside signature dishes. For those looking for a special start, the buckwheat bowl, complete with sunflower sprouts and goat’s milk, is a must-try. The ricotta hotcakes with banana butter and the bircher muesli are also guaranteed to please. Pair with a beet juice for the ultimate morning refresher. Once inside, service is quick, attentive and friendly, though prepare to queue. Granger & Co commands a loyal following who will wait patiently outside, whatever the weather.

Dishoom

Bar, Restaurant, Fusion, Halal, Street Food, Indian, $$$
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Dishoom has a great reputation for lunch and supper, but remains a relatively in-the-know spot for brunch. It shouldn’t be. Head over early and you’ll find a menu which offers morning-altering dishes such as The Big Bombay, a plate laden with akuri (spiced scrambled eggs), char-striped smoked streaky bacon from The Ginger Pig, peppery Shropshire pork sausages, masala baked beans, grilled field mushroom, grilled tomato and buttered pau buns, alongside a simpler range of naan options with egg or sausage. For conservative brunchers, the usual host of granolas and fruits are also available, sprinkled with a subtle Dishoom touch, though you’d be mad not to try something spicier.

Caravan

Restaurant, British, Vegetarian
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Caravan Restaurant, Granary Square, Kings Cross, London
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Installed in the newly refurbished Granary Square, Caravan popped up a few years ago and has since become a go-to for savvy Londoners. With a large, open-plan space and industrial design, Caravan has opted for cool over cosy. Inside, rub shoulders with Guardian editors and advertising execs. If the weather is good, the seats outside are great for people watching. Try the pumpkin waffles with baked ricotta, maple and pecans, or the kimchi pancake with pork belly, a fried duck egg and BBQ crème fraîche. Caffeine connoisseurs can also enjoy Caravan’s emphasis on organic, flavoursome coffee – small batches of specially selected beans are roasted on site, and served in-house.

Sunday

Cafe, Restaurant, British, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
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A short walk north from King’s Cross station is Sunday, one of London’s truly hidden gems. Small and intimate, the café is always packed so expect to wait, although those that don’t mind their brunch late into the afternoon will find it much easier to get a table. Portions are large and prices are low, meaning you can gorge on piles of butterscotch pancakes or the stacked courgette fritters with halloumi. Other highlights include Sunday’s lemon ricotta on toast with grilled broccoli, roasted cherry tomatoes, poached egg and pistachio pesto.

Sons + Daughters

Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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This buzzy sandwich spot is the latest venture from James Ramsden & Sam Herlihy, the duo behind the award-winning Pidgin in Hackney, and despite being open for a relatively short amount of time, their creations are already developing cult status amongst London foodies. Their breakfast muffin, stuffed with creamed eggs and smoked tomato (with bacon or sausage, should you be inclined) prompts a clamour at the counter every morning, whereas their all-day offerings, like merguez sausage and pickled onion, or mortadella on focaccia with taleggio cheese, keep their punters coming all day long. Head down and find what the fuss is about.

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