The best cafe for miles, full of deliciously authentic French goodies
Le Peche Mignon, Highbury Review
After moving in to a reasonably shady area just off Holloway Road I was very pleased to find Le Peche Mignon hiding just around the corner.
Le Peche Mignon which translates to ‘the guilty pleasure’ (according to my French housemate) has just turned 8 years old and while it may now be one of several good coffee shops in the area, including EZ & Moss and Vagabond they were here first and they’re still the best.
The high quality counter stocks chorizo from Brindisa, teas from Kusmi, coffee from Monmouth, cheese from Neals Yard Dairy and Mons Fromager and La Fermiere yoghurts as well as natural and biodynamic wines from the leading wine importer Les Caves de Pyrene and beer from the superb London brewery The Kernel. Need I say more?
Le Peche Mignon also offer a full catering service if you’re having a party at home or an event at work. Their homemade salads, soups and stews change daily and are available to take away or eat in around the one communal table, which is usually full of mums and babies. Weekend brunch, or more specifically the eggs benedict they serve for weekend brunch are very popular around here so you’ll need to get in early (I’ve never managed to).
The menu is reasonable and pretty extensive given the size of this place. There are sweet treats as well as savoury dishes with the best croissants I’ve had outside of France and other freshly baked pastries in the window along with their unbelievably good baguettes, which became ever present in our flat.
I have a lot of love for Le Peche Mignon and with plenty of authentic French goodies and some of the cheapest and best coffee you’re likely to find in London, it’s easy to see why. It’s not on the main road so you’ll have to seek it out but as there’s usually a small, hidden farmers market open opposite you can kill two birds with one stone.