What I always liked in London is local markets, whether it’s fresh vegetables stalls or designer accessorizes. There are several well-known markets in the city – Portobello Road, Borough Market and Spitalfields to name a few. But what attracts me more are small areas, usually just one street called a market. They are not busy with tourists and are a nice place to hang out at the weekends. Actually you can spend all the day starting with breakfast, then shopping and having a haircut and finally staying late for a drink.
This time I went to Exmouth market – a pedestrian street in Islington (North London) with restaurants, shops and coffee places among others. Almost every cafe has seats outsides which makes that street very sociable. Some shops were closed on Sunday, but I was lucky to check out one tiny crafts shop – In With The Old. They have lots of hand made lifestyle products: jewelry, stationery and homewear. After spending some time there I dragged myself out in a search of any local coffee shop.
Just on the edge of the market I found Briki – an artisan coffee shop with big windows overlooking the two streets. I immediately walked in and my attention was immediately hooked by drawers with snacks and cookies sticking out. What a nice design idea! The place is super quiet and I was able to do some work while drinking cappuccino. There is a big choice of sandwiches and cakes and prices are very moderate. They also offer breakfast (porridge, granola with yogurt and croissants) and lunch (soup and salads).
There are old school scales as a part of an interior design, plants and vintage coffee pots. In Russia we would say “Simple and with a taste” 🙂 And this is the first coffee shop I visited with 2 entrances from different streets. Looks like an interesting idea to attract more clients. It’s a bit out of the map, but if you are going to Exmouth Market I would recommend checking out Briki ∗
Where? 67 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL, London View Map