An American once said ‘all happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast’, it is also a great way to spend your morning. Whether your preference is for coffee and pancakes, a hearty fry up or something in between, why not head over to Paddington. The area’s cosmopolitan mix means there is a brunch for all tastes. We take a look at Paddington’s top places to enjoy that all-important first meal of the day.
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The Summerhouse, Blomfield Road
The Summerhouse, situated on the Grand Union Canal started as a pop-up restaurant six years ago but is now open all year long. Brunch is served at weekends and on bank holidays and the menu selection ranges from fresh fruit, yoghurt and honey, to the ever popular eggs royale and eggs benedict. Unsurprisingly, with a view overlooking the canal, the restaurant is a favourite with regulars and locals. It is a truly leisurely way to spend the morning, sipping one of ‘The Summerhouse’ specials and watching swans go by. Host George is extremely welcoming, so once you’re there, you will not want to leave.
Kioskafe’ is an intriguing concept, combining a newspaper stand with a coffee bar, hence Kiosk café. The feel is designed to match that of the coffee bars in northern Europe. Customers can enjoy traditional bircher muesli or coffee and freshly made cinnamon buns while reading their favourite broadsheet. Kioskafe’s unique offering is its ‘print on demand’ newspapers from around the world, which customers can order in advance or wait while their item is printed. There is also a wide variety of magazines and papers on the shelves and busy travellers can pick up those last minute essentials, such as toothpaste, cologne and underwear.
Stop by at this quaint and cosy café if you fancy warming porridge with caramelised bananas, pancakes or ciabatta toast with homemade organic jams. Molly’s also caters for larger appetites with big breakfast offering of eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, and grilled mushrooms. There is an amazing selection of teas and coffees from around the world, like pumpkin & melon tea and Aloha Island Diamond coffee, with the added bonus of being able to buy any of the products at their nearby delicatessen.
The Parisian owner, Max, has based this bistro on his grandparents’ restaurant where he worked as a boy. Sunday brunch has just been introduced in response to demand from customers. The signature brunch dish is toasted pain poilane with avocado, poached egg and spinach, and salmon can be added. If Sundays prove to be popular, brunch will be offered on Saturdays too.
This Australian inspired café, in one of Paddington’s renovated squares with a view of the canal, has a bold, industrial edge to it, complemented by the menu that offers ‘bold healthy food’, most of which is made in-house. The breads and pastries are laid out smorgasbord-style, so you can help yourself. The brunch selection includes shakshuka served with sourdough bread, beany hash and quinoa porridge. But if you are feeling as brave as an Aussie, go for the big ‘Bondi’ breaky of poached eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, and avocado on sourdough, all accompanied by homemade chilli pesto.
It is hard to resist temptation in this artisan bakery. You are surrounded by such a wide variety of delicious-looking delights that you end up wanting to try all of them. One that stands out is a cross between a doughnut and croissant, which many customers refer to as the ‘cronut’. A less sugary choice would be the traditional croissant or perhaps a fruit scone, with a coffee or a choice from the selection of teas. There is a select amount of seating so make sure you get there early, enjoy breakfast, and admire the old-fashioned tearoom crockery in this vintage French atmosphere.
Only a few minutes’ walk from the mainline station, Mimo’s is the perfect first port of call after a long journey, which means it tends to be popular with travellers. It is Italian in character, but English on the plate. Everything from slices of toast to the full English breakfast abound. Although it is a busy place, the staff are always happy to stop at your table and have a chat.