Coffee at the London market not every tourist knows about


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

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  • Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    My sister is going to London in December. I will tell her about this.

    • Katya Jackson

      Thank you for sharing this with your sister, Robin. Come to London too 🙂

  • Never been to London will keep in mind if I visit and also share with friends who are avid travelers.

    • Katya Jackson

      Thanks for sharing with friends! Come, it’s a lovely city 🙂

  • This place looks so cute! I love the decor. It looks very warm and inviting.

    • Katya Jackson

      agree, it looks very invinting 🙂
      Thanks Melissa.

  • I love London and miss it so much! I’ll have to add this to my list next time I’m there!

    xo Bree

    • Katya Jackson

      Hi Bree,

      I love London too! 🙂

  • Oh wow the treats look amazing!! I now have another reason to go to London…

    • Katya Jackson

      Hi Shaylee, there are so many reasons to come to London .. 🙂

  • I love the amount of bike stands they have. I am in for a bike ride and coffee.

    • Katya Jackson

      Hi Tara,

      bikes + coffee = <3

  • Ela

    What a nice place! Everything looks great! I will definitely check some of these places when I am in London!

    • Katya Jackson

      Hi Ela,

      there are so many places to visit in London, but Exmouth market is really very good 🙂

  • i love to go London someday. These cafe looks amazing. I would love to go there and have cup of coffee with friends

    • Katya Jackson

      Yes, it’s a nice place to go 🙂

  • I love London! Visited at least twice a year for seven years while I lived in Eastern Europe!

    • Katya Jackson

      Claudette, I love London too 🙂 Where did you live in Eastern Europe?

  • Awesome! What a really cool cafe to spend an afternoon in. I love the ambiance. The food looks yummy too.

    • Katya Jackson

      Thanks Elizabeth, food indeed looks yummy 🙂

  • Hi! cool suggestion. looks like an interesting place!

    • Katya Jackson

      Thanks, Tanja 🙂

  • I love the rustic look of the coffee shop. I hope to visit London someday.

    • Katya Jackson

      yes, it makes this place look welcoming 🙂

  • I’d like to go in just to sit and relax for a bit with my cup of coffee.

    • Katya Jackson

      A good place to go and relax 🙂

  • This looks like a really great place. I’ve been to London, but it’s been quite a while. I hope to go back someday, and I’ll put this spot on my list.

    • Katya Jackson

      Yes, it’s a very nice place to visit if you are in that area one day 🙂

  • This place looks so nice. I love when you find hidden gems like this!

    • Katya Jackson

      Me too! 🙂

  • This is giving me serious wanderlust! Even the coffee shops look gorgeous!

    • Katya Jackson

      Thanks Shannon 🙂

  • Oh I love getting the low down about coffee joints in the area when I visit new places. Thanks for the tip!

    • Katya Jackson

      Thank you, Dawn 🙂

  • Very cute coffee shop, and your photos look great

    • Katya Jackson

      Thank you, Jenny 🙂

  • This looks exactly how I imagine London!

  • Great pictures!!!

    • Katya Jackson

      Thanks Varya! :*

  • Liv

    Lovely blog and lovely topic! Thank you for sharing your coffee findings and for following my blog 🙂 I’m a fellow Londoner, I might run into you sometimes when picking up my cup of coffee! 🙂

    Liv xx

    • Katya Jackson

      Hi Liv,

      thank you 🙂

      See you in London coffee shops 🙂