Time Out says
An Instagram-friendly café in Clapton.
Will Smith’s ‘Welcome to Miami’ is playing as I enter this north Hackney café. It’s no coincidence: everything at Clapton’s latest Instagram paradise is achingly stylised. From heart-shaped sugar cubes to strategically plated food, Café Miami is one big brunch-based photo-op.
It’s incredibly well curated. The retro furnishings and hand-picked condiments are all guaranteed to look great on social media. There’s nothing wrong with that; but for me, substance well and truly trumps style. Alas, this place flew off on a golden-winged emoji and left behind an average menu of underwhelming toasted sandwiches. Elsewhere, a weekend ‘special’ of coconut pancakes was nothing special at all: flavourless and pedestrian. A waffle burger (heart-shaped, of course) was much more exciting, with chorizo, avocado and bright orange hot sauce, but too small for £9.50. Homemade strawberry pop-tarts completed the Americana party and, yes, they looked extremely clickable.
So ask yourself: What does brunch mean to me? If it’s all aesthetics and uploading your waffles on the house wifi, then Café Miami is an ideal pastel-toned canvas. But if you like catching up with friends and eating tasty and cheap – albeit perhaps less photogenic – food, then go elsewhere. Actually, Miami #IRL is lovely this time of year.
The food meanwhile combines a lot of the flavours of Miami - traditional and modern American with Mexican & Spanish influences. Including; Avocado & Grilled Halloumi on Toast with Homemade Sweet Chilli Jam, American Waffles with Bacon & Maple Syrup, Nutella filled Pancakes and Fish Finger Tacos.
24 Lower Clapton Rd
|Transport:||Hackney Central Overground|
|Price:||Brunch for two with service: around £25.|
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Users say (11)
Average User Rating
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Loved everything about this place, especially Cholula hot sauce ready on each table. My brunch was delicious and had great vibes all round in the cafe! Definitely worth a try.....!!
Every high street should have one...great coffee and fabulous cakes! Will have to come back as there were so many good cakes to choose from.
Loved the 'fancy bacon sandwich'! Great attention to detail in the decor! I will visit again soon.
Really great cafe - summertime vibes all year round... Great music and most importantly super-yummy food and snacks. I had a good matcha latte, fresh juice and and amazing breakfast - I stop in now for the brownies whenever I pass by. Highly recommended and much-needed in the area
Lovely spot for brunch. Amazing avocado and halloumi on toast and delicious sweet treats too. The decor is beautiful and fits perfectly with the Strand Building. Oh yeah and the coffee was great too!
A beautiful art deco building and interior housing Clapton's cutest new cafe! They've got countless yummy treats jam-packed with sugar and loads of savoury options (waffles/toasties/bagels). Top notch coffee too!
Love the atmosphere of this art deco inspired cafe, and it has such nice snacks! Really loved the Biscoff snack bars, the hot Ribena and I'm still crazing the chilli jam that they use ... yum yum yum