LONDON’S BEST BREAD
Finding good bread requests all five of our senses. Step one is –of course–“looking” for it. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” definitely doesn’t apply to bread: do judge it by both its colour and its crust. To be sure of your pick, “hearing” the bread also helps so give it a little squeeze. Don’t be afraid to smell it too, as aroma is as important as flavour.
We went on a breadcrumb-filled quest around London to find our favourite ones.
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Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace
London E8 3PH
020 8525 2890
Hats off to this lovely bunch. This little bakery/coffee shop (as they usually are in London) is tucked in a railway arch beneath London Fields station and serves amazing bread. While they’re seriously all delicious, the “Hackney Wild” really blew our mind. All products are local, organic, handcrafted and baked daily.
They also organise baking courses (£120 a day), pop ups and have a wonderful blog.
Tip: after your stop at the bakery, go to L’eau à la Bouche on Broadway Market and buy some cheese (we recommend the Saint Félicien). You’ll probably finish the whole thing in 20 minutes (we know we did).
Le Pêché Mignon
6 Ronalds Rd
London N5 1XH
020 7607 1826
French food, French staff, French baguette. This adorably tiny French coffee shop is everyone’s local spot in Highbury. Trust us: go for the baguette à l’ancienne (£1,20) but hurry, they tend to run out pretty quickly! Grab a coffee and take a seat at the huge single table and get to know your neighbours!
Bonus: their croissants aren’t too bad either.
61 Great Titchfield street
London W1W 7PP
020 7580 7161
This part-deli part-grocery store is highly appreciated by all the Scandis in town and is the ideal lunch stop in Marylebone.
We all know that our Northern European neighbours have excellent food but did you know that they were also bread connoisseurs? If you’re a fan of rye bread, then you’ll love this spot. They also sell Smorrebrod (open sandwiches – £2,25 a piece) and we honestly recommend them all.
Oh, and they also sell the famous Scandinavian hotdogs!
Remember the days when bread used to be served with every meal (for free)? While quite a few restaurants have “forgotten” this tradition, these two sister-restaurants serve gorgeous homemade bread. Before ordering their delicious food (we’ll probably talk about it in another article), generously dip their moist focaccia in salty olive oil. Be careful though, it’s highly addictive.