Disclaimer — Some of these Canary Wharf cafés currently have reduced hours, service, or are delivery only due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
Canary Wharf is not just office space — there’s a great range of food, drink and plenty of free things to do. Whether you’re a local after something new to try out, you’re visiting for the wealth of shopping, or you’ve simply arrived at office early, there’s a breakfast place in Canary Wharf suitable!
Here’s a rundown of 7 of the best breakfast places in Canary Wharf covering varying budgets, atmospheres, and occasions. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you focus at work or at school. Those are just a few reasons why it’s the most important meal of the day.Breakfast: the most important meal — WebMD
1. Bokan, Novotel Canary Wharf
Best for: Making an event of it — Brunch at Bokan with their panoramic views is an event.
They aren’t wrong, and while situated on top of the Novotel — across the 37, 38 and 39th floors — Bokan is a standout restaurant and bar in its own right. Bokan combines a late brunch with ridiculous views, it is expensive, but the food here is excellent and the venue has won a slew of awards — it currently holds 2 rosettes.
Arguably one of the most indulgent breakfasts in Canary Wharf, Bokan’s 3 course weekend brunch can also be accompanied by bottomless Prosecco.
2. The Breakfast Club, Canary Wharf
Best for: A full english breakfast — greasy spoon style
The Soho breakfast institution opened an all-day branch of its famous café The Breakfast Club in Canary Wharf within the Crossrail Place development in 2016.
This is the 7th iteration of the Breakfast Club (they now have 12 and 5 pubs!) Looking deceptively small from the outside — the Canary Wharf venue is actually the groups largest — head up the stairs and a world of pancakes, hash browns and comfort food awaits.
If you haven’t been to a Breakfast Club before it’s well worth a visit, and the Canary Wharf version is no exception. The All American is about the closest you’ll get to an authentic American diner breakfast outside the USA, making it one of the most popular breakfast places in Canary Wharf.
Past four 4pm and head further into the rabbit warren venue, and you’ll find a semi-secret pub too!
3. Café Brera, Westferry Circus
Best for: People watching with a caffè latte and accompanying Italian pastry
The second Italian bakery on this list, Café Brera is a chilled out all-day café that — as expected — does a great cup of coffee, and is equally comfortable for a sit in meal or a quick takeaway pastry.
There are now multiple Café Brera’s throughout Canary Wharf — a sign of their success — but my favourite is the oldest located in Westferry Circus on the western edge of the Canary Wharf estate, opposite Canary Wharf Pier.
The site has been a café for 30+ years now, although it underwent a complete refurbishment in 2018. This location is great for breakfast in Canary Wharf all year round. On a cold or windswept day the interior provides a welcoming and very cosy space, but equally, in the summer there’s plenty of tables outside with views of the Thames.
4. Notes, Crossrail Place
Best for: A fantastic cup of locally roasted coffee to go with breakfast
If you’re after a low-key affair, centred around decent Coffee, Notes is for you. The Central London-based group have 3 of their 10 locations in Canary Wharf, but their largest all-day location is in Canary Wharf’s Crossrail station.
Notes take their coffee seriously, roasting their own in small batches 5-minutes along the road in E14:
Unlike their branches in Canary Wharf’s Jubilee station and Canada Square shopping centre, their Crossrail Place outlet places less emphasis to Canary Wharf’s commuters getting their morning coffee fix and more focus on a relaxed breakfast. The venue has plenty of indoor seating and serves an all-day breakfast menu alongside cocktails, wine and craft beer in the evening.
5. Neama Café, Cuba Street
Best for: No reservations, no stress, just a top café
One of Canary Wharf’s best kept secrets, Neama Café is slightly further away from the financial centre located near the Novotel hotel. It’s well worth the 5-minute walk or so from the tube station, and is a great local business servicing excellent Italian food.
Neama Café’s breakfast selections involve everything from sweet Italian pastries and no frills bacon and egg rolls on freshly baked bread, to smoked salmon and avocado and a range of omelettes. It’s a good value, freshly made proper Italian café. As a result, Neama has a huge range of customers — from local builders to stockbrokers and everyone in between.
Don’t just visit for breakfast though, Neama also do an excellent Calzone — as you’ll see if you check out their instagram
6. The Ivy in the Park, Canada Square
Best for : An indulgent weekend Brunch in a beautiful setting
The Ivy in the Park is the Canary Wharf outlet of the renowned restaurant chain, The Ivy.
The Ivy in the Park is open for breakfast 7 days a week, with everything from freshly squeezed fruit juice and dairy-free yoghurt to traditional classics like Eggs Benedict.
On the weekends the Brunch options become more decadent — as do the drinks — with an exclusive drinks list to accompany the all-day brunches. The Ivy in the Park is arguably the only place in Canary Wharf where pairing hot buttermilk pancakes with a selection of G&T’s or Veuve Clicquot is not frowned upon but encouraged!
7. Hazev Café, South Quay
Best for : Traditional Turkish coffee and Mediterranean platters
The Hazev Restaurant is one of the largest restaurants in Canary Wharf, located immediately south of the estate. A 2-minute walk from the financial centre, Hazev is located next to the South Dock footbridge looking out across the dock.
While the highly rated restaurant offers starched-table cloths and traditional mezze platters, the more relaxed Hazev Café and deli section is open 7 days a week from 8 am for breakfast.
In addition to the a wealth of sweet and savoury pastries, the Hazev Café offers a wide range of breakfast omelettes among Mediterranean breakfast platters.
If you’re looking where to get breakfast in Canary Wharf that’s a little different to yet another bland breakfast roll — or you’re missing the authentic taste of mediterranean — the Hazev Café won’t disappoint.