Mediterranean café-deli serving sustainable coffee, green juices, Greek specialities and plenty of cake.
Step into this Greek-run, hipster-friendly café and you can’t help but feel that they’re missing a trick. Yes, yes: they’ve done a great job of working their way down the checklist of Tropes You Must Fulfill If You Serve Artisanal Coffee (exposed copper piping everywhere, lightbulbs fitted into dangling jam jars, product range so Fairtrade that even their ginger ale’s packaging shouts: ‘TASTE THE JUSTICE’). Sure: their coffee is phenomenal (shotgun strength greek kafé brewed up in electronic versions of the traditional briki pot for which the venue’s named). Granted, they do a range of solid – if not particularly accomplished – snack fare (Vast wedges of feta-filled pastry, a cutesy range of cakes, salad selection including oily little dolmades and shallot-filled horiatiki).
But you know where they’ve gone wrong? Not attempting to brand it as an ‘immersive cultural experience’. Here’s why.
On our Saturday afternoon visit, there were more Hellenics inside than there are jobs in Athens. The way they dallied for hours, natteringly expressively over coffees, was a slice of Athenian life by way of Exmouth Market. Tables are so tightly packed that the mere act of parking your bum would make you feel you’ve been accepted into a jabbering colony of Greeks. This isn’t just a café: it’s an out-of-London experience.
Sadly, it’s also one in which you can wait 30 minutes for a seat (damn those attractive Mediterraneans and their long, lingering conversations). So you may just want to get takeaway coffee rather than try to converse with your densely-packed neighbours. Chances are it’ll be all Greek to you anyway.
67 Exmouth Market
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Amazing coffee!!, fresh baked pastries and quiches!!, soups, sandwiches and salads... What else we can ask for? Ohh yes... they have what they call 'The loaf project'... and all of it served by a really friendly staff. It's a must!!
My boyfriend and I have a coffee from BRIKI every morning on our way to work (flat white and cappuccino) and, as coffee lovers, we have voted BRIKI coffee the BEST in London. It is truly delicious and one the best part of my working day.
Big variety of choices for brunch and lunch ( especially the pies) , very well presented and cooked. Excellent specialty coffee types & flavors (rare to find in London these days) , served by happy staff and enjoyed in a warm and well presented environment.Definitively recommended !
Very friendly environment in the heart of picturesque Exmouth market. Exquisite coffee with tasty cakes!
Briki is the best place to be any time of the day. Excellent coffee, friendly atmosphere! Join it!!!