I am truly in love with London and my favourite part of the day is to wake up and have breakfast in one of the many cosy breakfast cafes. There is something about how the morning light shines through the streets and bounces of building windows. The smell of burning wood and the strong cold air fills your nose. I love London in the winter as all everyone wants to do is rush into warm cafes and warm your hands with a hot coffee or hot chocolate. Add a comforting chocolate cake on the side and enjoy the company of fellow Londoners as you talk about how the snow will make the city panic yet again.
One of my favourite spots to enjoy a warm cup of coffee on these cold mornings is at Le Pain Quotidien. Here I can always find the coziness that I am looking for as well as a breakfast that puts a smile on my face.
As soon as you walk in you can smell the scent of coffee and freshly made croissants. The sound of the coffee machine creates a comforting noise in the background and you can’t help but stare at all the delicious pastries that are laid out on the counter. Your heart will convince you to order a pastry with your coffee as there is no way you can resist the amazing smell. But trust me, you will not regret a single bite as everything they bake here is comforting, fresh and delicious.
Almost everything they serve here is made with organic ingredients and is locally sourced from farmers. The menu is full of deliciousness including detox breakfasts, fresh juices, power porridge, fresh breads, cakes and much more. You can also buy the freshly made bread, pastries and cakes to take home with you – that is if you make it that far without eating it.
What I love
I always start my day with a coffee and my daily order at Le Pain Quotidien is a delicious almond milk cappuccino. Then I love to dip a freshly made almond croissant in my hot coffee as to me this is a match made in heaven. A combination you can wake me up for any day!
For brunch I love getting avocado on toast. However at Le Pain Quotidien they serve this classic with a hint of other flavours and textures. Smooth avocado is smashed on home-made rustic bread topped with seeds, beetroot, fennel, carrot, citrus cumin salt, lemon juice and olive oil (8.45 gbp). This plate has so much flavour and the crunchy seeds go perfectly with the smoothness of the avocado.
On a cold day its always nice to enjoy a comforting moment of a coffee accompanied by a delicious piece of cake – the perfect way to warm up! My absolute favourite cake of all time happens to be the winner of 2016 Best Vegan Cake Award by Peta and its made by Le Pain Quotidien.This ‘Cacao and Pear cake’ is smooth from the inside and a little chewy on the outside. The dark cacao has a deep flavour but when you get a taste of the sweet and soft pear inside a whole other flavour explodes in your mouth. Its a dance of deep and comforting flavours together with firm pear and smooth chocolate. It really is award standard and I genuinely cannot get enough of it.
Where to go
Le Pain Quotidien has many cafes located in different cities in the world such as LA, Paris, New York and London. However, the spot I mentioned in this article and also my favourite in London is located on 18 Great Marlborough St in Soho. They are open on Monday to Friday from 7am – 10pm. On Saturday they are open at 8.30am – 10pm and on Sunday 9am – 7pm.
So you can enjoy a delicious vegan cappuccino with the best vegan cake at anytime of the day! Because we all know the rule: If its vegan we can stuff ourselves with it and not feel guilty! Right guys?
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