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Mario's Café

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  • Kentish Town
  • Recommended
Mario's Cafe, 6 Kelly St  London, NW1 8PH
020 7284 2066
Mario's Cafe, 6 Kelly St London, NW1 8PH 020 7284 2066

Time Out says

Kentish Town’s favourite choice for breakfast and lunch, English or Italian, for over half a century.

Star of song (Saint Etienne’s 1993 ‘Mario’s Café’) and screen (at the chrome coffee-counter you can buy a £3 DVD documentary about the caff), Mario’s relies on locals’ indefatigable appetite for cut-above breakfasts – scrambled egg and salmon, or poached egg and prosciutto, on ciabatta, a full English of sausage, egg, bacon and tomato, plus extras (bubble, hash browns, black pudding). But don’t ignore the Italian mains – Mario’s mum makes even a simple spicy Italian sausage penne delicious: decent ingredients, no fuss.

Set among pretty pastel-painted cottages, the café is too narrow for comfort, but perfectly proportioned for bonhomie, which Mario dishes up as enthusiastically as the cappuccinos and nosh. It’s a community place, with guitar lessons, doulas and t’ai chi lessons advertised, local art on the walls, and a steady stream of dads-with-nippers and retirees greeted by name. A classic.


6 Kelly Street
Tube: Camden Town or Kentish Town
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