Briki

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Briki
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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. 

By: Alexi Duggins

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Venue name: Briki
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Address: 67 Exmouth Market
London
EC1R 4QL
Opening hours: 7am-7pm Mon-Sun
Transport: Tube: Farringdon
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Evi F
1 of 1 found helpful

Love this place!!!! Freddo cappuccino is great!

Jaime J
1 of 1 found helpful

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!!

georgina s
1 of 1 found helpful

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. 

Panos A
1 of 1 found helpful

This is the best coffee shop in London with the best service and very friendly people.

Chris A
1 of 1 found helpful

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 !

Oriana N
1 of 1 found helpful

Gratuliere Service and atmosphere! !! The Coffee tasted like heaven!

Daf D
1 of 1 found helpful

Great location and ambience to enjoy brew coffee. Very tasty delicacies to try.

Ioanna La
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Tastemaker

A pretty cafe right in the corner of incredible exmouth market! Nice decoration, nice vibe, friendly staff. It is basically a greek cafe and a meeting spot for many greeks, as it is one of the few places in London you can get the cold coffees "freddo" (which is basically cold espresso or cold cappucino) and "frappe". Why don't you give them a try? There are nice pasties as well. You can also get greek pies: mpougatsa (greek custard pie) and spanakopita (greek spinach pie) - and they are quite good!!!

Bente D
1 of 1 found helpful

Very friendly staff and warm, homely decor. Great pasties.

Elisa R
Tastemaker

Love:

- The huge windows: two of the walls are basically glass so you feel like you're part of lovely Exmouth market without suffering from the cold in Winter.

- The atmosphere: most customers are regulars and you feel like you're having coffee with a group of friends or even a family.

- The events: a company called Bud Habits is going to start holding events there in the evening soon. You can already come along every Friday from 6.30pm and have a chat with a bunch of creative people from all over Europe who will be delighted to exchange ideas with you for future projects.

Hate:

- The prices: £10 for a plate of cheese and two slices of cured meat is simply too expensive for me. The wine is decently priced though.

- You have to order food in order to order drinks.

Konstantinos K

Very friendly environment in the heart of picturesque Exmouth market. Exquisite coffee with tasty cakes!

Iliana K

Briki is the best place to be any time of the day. Excellent coffee, friendly atmosphere! Join it!!!

Shona R
Tastemaker

The fact that their outdoor seating is still packed in the winter speaks volumes for this little place. The coffee is great, but the buzzing corner is the best for an afternoon catching up with friends. Worth a visit when you have a few hours to kill

Despina T
tastemaker

Briki is a lovely greek coffee shop in Exmouth market. In Greek, briki stands for the coffee pot where Greek/Turkish coffee is made. If Greek coffee is not your thing, you should try the other signature coffee of the place freddo cappuccino which is essentially iced cappuccino with a twist. Briki offers sitting outside making it the place to be during a sunny day. The place also offers a variety of Mediterranean food. The spinach pie is a must.

Dee
Tastemaker

Lovely Greek joint in Exmouth Market. I ordered the traditional briki coffee and they showed me their Greek hospitality by giving me a free Greek cookie. I love finding lovely friendly cafes like this .. This is what London is all about.

Maria G

Perfect place for a well deserved coffee - i love theis spanakopita or spinachpie