Romeo's Sugar Free Bakery

Restaurants, Pâtisseries Barnsbury
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(17user reviews)
Romeo's Sugar Free Bakery (© Paul Blundell)
© Paul Blundell
Romeo's Sugar Free Bakery (© Paul Blundell)
© Paul Blundell
Romeo's Sugar Free Bakery (© Paul Blundell)
© Paul Blundell
Romeo's Sugar Free Bakery (© Paul Blundell)
© Paul Blundell
Romeo's Sugar Free Bakery (© Paul Blundell)
© Paul Blundell
Romeo's Sugar Free Bakery (© Paul Blundell)
© Paul Blundell

An Islington café featuring low-calorie, diabetic-friendly cakes, cheesecakes, breads and pastries.

Gluten-free and sugar-free foods are going mainstream, and Romeo Dallh is on a mission to change our perceptions. He’s already rolled out a gluten-free bakery on Upper Street and now there’s a sister concern majoring in pâtisserie. This place started life as a regular French bakery.

But last December around ten sugar-free cakes and puds were introduced to the cake range, and they’ve hit the sweet spot with Islington locals in search of clean-eating nirvana. Though not yet exclusively sugar-free, the bakers have created a range of low-calorie, diabetic-friendly cakes, cheesecakes, alternative breads and dainty pastries.

This range contains no added sugar – what you get is what’s naturally present in the ingredients. Treats include red velvet layered cakes, apple-topped almond sponges, millefeuilles and deep-filled banoffee flans. They’re made with natural stevia extract, a zero-calorie sweetener from a leafy green plant native to South America. This happens to be 200 times sweeter than sugar – so a little goes a seriously long way.

Alongside ‘free-from’ offerings, there is a regular all-day French menu served in the cosy café, which includes salads, sandwiches, quiches and generously filled baguettes. The marvellous gruyere-and-bacon buckwheat crêpe was crowned with a glistening fried egg. A wedge of sugar-free lemon meringue pie lightened our load and tasted as good as the original model, hoodwinking our taste buds into believing that the meringue was as sweet as the refined white stuff.

Service isn’t the most switched on, but on our weekend visit, we were happy to linger over lattes and light bites while admiring the edible eye candy.

By: Roopa Gulati


Venue name: Romeo's Sugar Free Bakery
Address: 178 Upper Street
N1 1RG
Transport: Tube: Highbury & Islington
Price: Light meal for two with cakes and service: around £20
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Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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Romeo created a beautiful berry tart for my mother's birthday - I couldn't believe how delicious sugar free could be! Will definitely be ordering from here again. The cafe also smells gorgeous - there are clearly plenty of treats to try out.

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I totally love is my weekend treat...staff is very friendly...everything on the menu is delicious!!

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Romeo made us a delicious sugar free, gluten free blueberry cheesecake for a colleague's birthday and we were all amazed at how fantastic such a 'healthy' cheesecake could be! We'll be using Romeo's for all our cake-buying occasions from now on - massive thumbs up and highly recommended to all!

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Amazing! I couldn't believe how good sugar free banoffee pie could be - the absence of sugar makes it guilt free too, which is just as well as their serving sizes were very generous.


The food is hit or miss; for instance, some of the doughs are tough, as gluten free pastries often are. And the prices are on the high side. But it's a pleasant place to hang out, with low lighting, a relaxed feel, and (occasional) glimpses of wedding well-wishers across the road at the Islington registry office. 


The best of best! The atmoshpere is great - wood floors, tables and chairs. It has an outside area where you can sit and enjoy the summer sun, accompanied by deliscious food that is also good for you! From gluten-free and sugar-free brownies, cakes and vegetable tarts to freshly made ready-to it dished that range from sauteed greens to grilled vegetables and quinoa and lentil saladas, this place is an absolut must! Highly recommend paying it a visit X

The best in  London! I seriously recommend, the love the environment the staff and the food. 

Visited Romeo's last Saturday and I love his food it is fantastic .I've  been coming to this little gem of a place when ever  i get the opportunity as I no longer live in Islington. I actually meet Romeo the owner on this occasion and he is a lovely friendly chap and he asked me to  try his new Carrot cake which was very delicious and it is dairy free. 

Rustic and fun with great service.  Food is healthy and full of surprises.  a go to destination :)

Relaxed atmosphere, beautiful
food including lots of vegan choices and wonderful service


Sweet little sugar free coffee restaurant located on Upper street. Good option for a healthy stop during a Saturday or Sunday walk.

The staff is very welcoming and attentive.

The coffee is great and the food is actually quite tasty! (I'm not a usual gluten free or sugar free eater but I really enjoyed the iced coffee @ £2.30 and banoffee cake!)

The prices in this kind of little coffee shops are often pretty high but I must say that it is a very accommodating alternative when you want to hang out with your gluten free or sugar free friends!


The service here is a little lacklustre, but the biscuits and cakes are beautifully presented and could easily pass for the real thing. The cheesecakes are incredible and they give generous slices - the flavours seem to change regularly (which is a good thing) but if you can find it, I would recommend the passionfruit cheesecake. The chocolate brownie is good too, chewy at the edges and soft in the middle. Would recommend even for someone not watching sugar intake. The savoury selection also looks good, though I don't know that I would make a special trip to try it, since savoury is mainly low in sugar anyhow. Go for the sweets.


I always think it's great to see places who cater for people with food intolerances or those who are just a bit more diet conscious. The staff are very friendly and are on hand to help answer any of your questions. Sadly, they were very limited in their vegetarian options and the sandwich I had was pretty bland. Saying that, the gluten free bread was delicious, much better than previous gluten free breads I have tried. However, if it's not just bread you're after and you don't eat meat, I'd give it a miss. If you're a vegan, you'd be really stuck. 

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