Brick Lane and other East London Treats

Brick Lane and other East London Treats

For a slice of East London culture head to Brick Lane. Feast your eyes on your surroundings and take in the street art as you walk through one of London’s most iconic areas. It’s a coffee and foodie heaven!

The Brick Lane Markets are on every Saturday and Sunday, including other food markets and stalls scattered along the street and down laneways off to the side. It’s a vibrant and eclectic place to visit and one for the London Bucket List for sure!

Walking through the graffiti lined streets of Brick Lane.

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It’s worth noting that the markets are open from 11am to 6pm on Saturday’s and 10am to 5pm on Sunday’s. If you’re there early you can still enjoy the sights and stop by for a coffee.

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We stayed in London over the weekend and chose accommodation in nearby Bethnal Green so that we could enjoy as much of Brick Lane as possible. (In previous trips we’d only had a quick walk down the street.) It was just a short 5 minute walk from where we were staying so it turned out perfectly!

Exploring Brick Lane.

When we first arrived in London from Australia, I was told the rule for finding great coffee is “the further east you go, the better it gets.” I was skeptical that it could improve that much…But it’s TRUE!

Our Brick Lane Highlights

Beigal Bake

As we entered Brick Lane we passed a bakery that looked fairly plain and ordinary, it didn’t catch my eye and I kept walking by. Jori suggested we stop for a quick snack. Perhaps a croissant? I was more keen to find a sit down cafe so we continued on. A little ways down the road we caught up with a friend who had heard of this highly recommended bakery on Brick Lane. It was Beigel Bake, the one we had just passed. We decided to turn around and check it out.

A must visit in Brick Lane!

Oh boy, were we glad we did! Beigel Bake, famous for its traditional, fresh-filled bagels is not to be missed. It’s located at the Bethnal Green end of the street. It’s a simple, no-nonsense bakery where the service is quick and the bagels are fabulous! They also serve an array of pastries, cakes, and other breads. We weren’t yet aware of how good the bagel would be so Jori and I shared an almond croissant and a cream cheese bagel. This bagel is the best I’ve ever had. Beigel Bake is so popular that the bagels are constantly being made out the back. This means that they are always super fresh and oh so delicious.

The best cream cheese bagel!

Photo of Malika enjoying a bagel in Brick Lane, London

This bagel was bagel heaven!

Seriously, it was THAT good!

The bakery never stops serving; it is open 24 hours a day. This makes it ideal for an early morning snack before the markets and other cafes open, or a late night bite after a night out. Make sure you know what you want before you reach the counter as it is usually very busy and the service is quite fast paced.

We were so impressed by this place that we stopped by again on our walk home that evening for another bagel. This time I had a cream cheese one all to myself, and Jori opted for the famous Salt Beef, Mustard, and Gherkin bagel. Both got the thumbs up!!

Cream cheese bagel and salt beef, mustard and gherkin bagel!

Coffee at Dark Sugars

Next on the list of things to do was find some great coffee. We wandered into Dark Sugars Cocoa House. Dark Sugars sells artisan chocolates made with cocoa beans from Ghana. As I’m writing this I’m wishing we’d tried some. We were still savouring the taste of the bagels however, and were keen for a great cuppa coffee. The chocolate is on the list for our next visit.

Dark Sugars in Brick Lane.

As Dark Sugars is a chocolate shop, it is a very casual setting and not really a sit down cafe but they do have a few seating options out the back. We grabbed ourselves a flat white and sat down to enjoy it. If you like GOOD coffee, I definitely recommend this place. YUM!

Beautiful artisan chocolates in Brick Lane.

This was such a good coffee at Dark Sugars.

They all looked so delicious!

Simple though it was, we were so thoroughly satisfied and overjoyed with the tasty delights of our morning at Brick Lane.

Sunday Brekky at The Breakfast Club (Spitalfields)

Although not actually on Brick Lane, The Breakfast Cafe is still in East London and just a short walk away. We’d read some great reviews and were keen to check it out. We arrived at a good time, by the time we left around 11am there was a growing line out the door of the cafe and down the street.

Love this bright yellow doorway to this awesome cafe!

Waiting to be seated at The Breakfast Club cafe.

Iconic Brekky Club sign.

The Breakfast Club is an American style diner serving a fusion of English and American dishes with a unique Brekky Club flare. I was craving a really good meal with avocado, which might sound weird but it’s a favourite food of mine. I chose the avocado on rye bread with cannellini beans, sea salt, and an added poached egg. Jori had the All American, an american style savoury pancake breakfast with the works. Both meals were gorgeous. I definitely felt like my avocado cravings had been satisfied. To top if off they served good cappuccinos and delightfully refreshing freshly pressed juices.

Avocado, cannellini beans, and sea salt on rye bread = SO GOOD!

Coffee and fresh juices.

Jori loved his brekky!

We’ll be back again next time for sure and perhaps to make a visit to their secret bar, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town…You need a secret passphrase to enter. You’re in luck, I’m going to let you in on the secret. When you arrive at The Breakfast Cafe Spitalfields mention to a staff member “I’m here to see the Mayor.” You’re welcome, have fun!

If you’d like to read about our other adventures around the world head on over to our blog page and take a peek! 

For a slice of East London culture head to Brick Lane. Feast your eyes on your surroundings and take in the street art as you walk through one of London’s most iconic areas. It’s a coffee and foodie heaven!

The Brick Lane Markets are on every Saturday and Sunday, including other food markets and stalls scattered along the street and down laneways off to the side. It’s a vibrant and eclectic place to visit and one for the London Bucket List for sure!

A photo of a wall lined with street art in Brick Lane, London.

Walking through the graffiti lined streets of Brick Lane.

BYD Tip

It’s worth noting that the markets are open from 11am to 6pm on Saturday’s and 10am to 5pm on Sunday’s. If you’re there early you can still enjoy the sights and stop by for a coffee.

FIRST VLOG VIDEO!

Exciting BYD news! Our weekend in London saw us vlogging for the very first time!! Have a look below at our first vlog! We’re just finding our feet and would love it if you follow along, so please click the red “YouTube” button below to subscribe to our channel!

We stayed in London over the weekend and chose accommodation in nearby Bethnal Green so that we could enjoy as much of Brick Lane as possible. (In previous trips we’d only had a quick walk down the street.) It was just a short 5 minute walk from where we were staying so it turned out perfectly!

A photo of Brick Lane in London.

Exploring Brick Lane.

When we first arrived in London from Australia, I was told the rule for finding great coffee is “the further east you go, the better it gets.” I was skeptical that it could improve that much…But it’s TRUE!

Our Brick Lane Highlights

Beigal Bake

As we entered Brick Lane we passed a bakery that looked fairly plain and ordinary, it didn’t catch my eye and I kept walking by. Jori suggested we stop for a quick snack. Perhaps a croissant? I was more keen to find a sit down cafe so we continued on. A little ways down the road we caught up with a friend who had heard of this highly recommended bakery on Brick Lane. It was Beigel Bake, the one we had just passed. We decided to turn around and check it out.

Photo of a bagel shop in Brick Lane, London.

A must visit in Brick Lane!

Oh boy, were we glad we did! Beigel Bake, famous for its traditional, fresh-filled bagels is not to be missed. It’s located at the Bethnal Green end of the street. It’s a simple, no-nonsense bakery where the service is quick and the bagels are fabulous! They also serve an array of pastries, cakes, and other breads. We weren’t yet aware of how good the bagel would be so Jori and I shared an almond croissant and a cream cheese bagel. This bagel is the best I’ve ever had. Beigel Bake is so popular that the bagels are constantly being made out the back. This means that they are always super fresh and oh so delicious.

Photo of a bagel and street art in Brick Lane, London.

Seriously, it was THAT good!
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Photo of Malika enjoying a bagel in Brick Lane, LondonPhoto of a cream cheese bagel from Beigel Bake in Brick Lane, London.

The bakery never stops serving; it is open 24 hours a day. This makes it ideal for an early morning snack before the markets and other cafes open, or a late night bite after a night out. Make sure you know what you want before you reach the counter as it is usually very busy and the service is quite fast paced.

We were so impressed by this place that we stopped by again on our walk home that evening for another bagel. This time I had a cream cheese one all to myself, and Jori opted for the famous Salt Beef, Mustard, and Gherkin bagel. Both got the thumbs up!!

Photo of two bagels from Beigel Bake in Brick Lane, London.

Cream cheese bagel and salt beef, mustard and gherkin bagel!

Coffee at Dark Sugars

Next on the list of things to do was find some great coffee. We wandered into Dark Sugars Cocoa House. Dark Sugars sells artisan chocolates made with cocoa beans from Ghana. As I’m writing this I’m wishing we’d tried some. We were still savouring the taste of the bagels however, and were keen for a great cuppa coffee. The chocolate is on the list for our next visit.

Photo of Dark Sugars Cocoa House in Brick Lane, London.

Dark Sugars in Brick Lane.

As Dark Sugars is a chocolate shop, it is a very casual setting and not really a sit down cafe but they do have a few seating options out the back. We grabbed ourselves a flat white and sat down to enjoy it. If you like GOOD coffee, I definitely recommend this place. YUM!

Photo of chocolates in Dark Sugars Cocoa House in Brick Lane, London.

Beautiful artisan chocolates in Brick Lane.
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Photo of a flat white at Dark Sugars Cocoa House in London.Photo of artisan chocolates at a shop in Brick Lane, London.

Simple though it was, we were so thoroughly satisfied and overjoyed with the tasty delights of our morning at Brick Lane.

Sunday Brekky at The Breakfast Club (Spitalfields)

Although not actually on Brick Lane, The Breakfast Cafe is still in East London and just a short walk away. We’d read some great reviews and were keen to check it out. We arrived at a good time, by the time we left around 11am there was a growing line out the door of the cafe and down the street.

Photo of The Breakfast Club cafe door in Spitalfields, London.

Love this bright yellow doorway to this awesome cafe!
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Photo of the Please Wait Here sign at The Breakfast Club, London.Photo of a sign reading Sex, Drugs and Bacon Rolls at The Breakfast Club, East London.

The Breakfast Club is an American style diner serving a fusion of English and American dishes with a unique Brekky Club flare. I was craving a really good meal with avocado, which might sound weird but it’s a favourite food of mine. I chose the avocado on rye bread with cannellini beans, sea salt, and an added poached egg. Jori had the All American, an american style savoury pancake breakfast with the works. Both meals were gorgeous. I definitely felt like my avocado cravings had been satisfied. To top if off they served good cappuccinos and delightfully refreshing freshly pressed juices.

Photo of avocado on toast at The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields in London.

Avocado, cannellini beans, and sea salt on rye bread = SO GOOD!
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Photo of coffee and fresh juice at a London cafe.Photo of an American style breakfast at The Breakfast Club in London.

We’ll be back again next time for sure and perhaps to make a visit to their secret bar, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town…You need a secret passphrase to enter. You’re in luck, I’m going to let you in on the secret. When you arrive at The Breakfast Cafe Spitalfields mention to a staff member “I’m here to see the Mayor.” You’re welcome, have fun!

If you’d like to read about our other adventures around the world head on over to our blog page and take a peek! 

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