Maison d'etre, Image by Homegirl LondonI’m going to be sharing some of my favourite independent eateries and coffee houses with you and today it’s the Maison d’être café, London N1.  These are the places I stop off at when I’m out and about researching for my blog.  This lovely little café is based at the end of Upper Street in Islington and is the perfect place to relax and refuel next time you’re shopping in the area.

Last time I popped in there I enjoyed a delicious sandwich – baked Portobello mushroom with goat’s cheese and red onion chutney with a skinny latte which cost me £7.30.  On the breakfast menu you’ll find; toasted bread or brioche with a selection of spreads, organic homemade granola with yoghurt and fresh fruit, a selection of filled croissants and pastries.  Lunch sandwiches are served between 11.30am-3.30pm; chorizo with marinated peppers and rocket pesto, smoked mackerel with beet root and horseradish, prosciutto cotto and mature cheddar with apple and pepper chutney.  There are also fresh salads, soup and sweet bites like brownies, scone with cream and jam plus homemade cakes.

The produce is sourced locally where possible and they also use some organic ingredients.  The salads and fresh produce are sourced by Farm Direct, the bread is delivered daily from Paul Rhodes bakery and Seven Seeded Artisan Bakery.  The jams are homemade by the London Borough of Jam and the chutneys by Smy Chutney.  The coffee is extremely good and comes from award winning NUDE Espresso micro-roastery.

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What I ate – baked Portobello mushroom with goat’s cheese and red onion chutney plus a skinny £7.30

Maison d’être is owned by Kim and Kosta –  Kim gave up her job in advertising to follow her heart making cakes and Kosta had a good nose for coffee so they combined their efforts and opened this place up in May 2011.  This café is great for a light bite and somewhere to read the newspaper or catch up with a friend.  There are a few seats outside and also tables in the front half of the space.  If you continue through you’ll find a lovely room out back.  The interiors are pretty vintage meets upcycled.  The vibe is very much relaxed with a few people having casual meetings, solo coffee sippers and friends catching up on the gossip.  The Wi-Fi is free with a password and they have a toilet.  You can also hire this space out as a venue and they display work by selected artists on the walls.

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Maison d’être interiors

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Maison d’être interiors

So next time you’re in the vicinity do pop in for some coffee and one of their yummy cakes or sandwiches.  Credits: text and images by Homegirl London.

Name: Maison d’être café
Near: Highbury & Islington
Address: 154 Canonbury Road, London N1 2UP
Open: Monday – Friday 7.30am-6pm, Saturday – Sunday 9am-6pm
Wi-Fi: Yes + free
Décor: Pretty vintage
Ambience: relaxing
Seating: Outside / inside front and through to the back
Toilets: Yes