I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time you’re hearing about Hackney’s Cafe Miami, but just bear with me – I couldn’t help myself! I’m a sucker for all things pastel, and as soon as I started seeing the most beautiful pictures of this place all over my social media feeds, I knew I wanted to visit it myself. The decision was sealed after I had a look at the menu, so I emailed the cafe and they managed to book (yes, you can actually book!) me a table for the coming Sunday.
The decor is, as you might have guessed, inspired by Miami and the art deco scene (the building where the cafe is located is from the 1920s!), and if you don’t look outside, you might actually think that you’ve stepped back in time. The cafe is full of white, pink and pastel blue shades, with plain white walls and tables that almost seem like they were made to be the perfect base for all of those Instagram flatlays…
The American kitsch theme continues on the counter too. Next to your typical pastries, you can find home made pop tarts, oreos (also home made!) and tea cakes in a vintage wrapping. Even their sugar cubes are cut into cute shapes – you’ve got to admire them for sticking to the theme! I’m sure this is all done with a purpose, as everything here is super cute and, again, very instagrammable. Which, of course, is what pulled me in, so it definitely works!
Speaking of cute, the food here is very well presented too. That was actually something I was slightly worried about before I bit into my avo toast – would this be one of those places where it’s all style but no substance? Luckily it wasn’t. I ordered avocado on toast with halloumi and chilli jam, and it all worked perfectly together. The real winner was the seedy bread though – it was super crispy and full of flavour – I was almost tempted to ask where they got it from!
My boyfriend went for the “waffle burger” which looked as amazing as it sounds like. Apparently it wasn’t quite up there with his favourite London brunch (that prize goes to the lovely Mud in Tooting!) but warranted 4 stars nevertheless. I say that’s a success!
Overall my experience with Cafe Miami was really good. Was it a bit overhyped? Maybe. But that might just be me – I’m not usually as into this kind of stripped back decor as I am to a cosy and rustic setting. Saying that, this place definitely has its own style and theme, and it sticks to that theme very thoroughly, which I find very impressive. Everywhere you looked you could find some new cute and quirky detail you hadn’t noticed before. Like the fact that their WiFi password was ‘shitloadsofsugar’ – things like that!
But let’s not get carried away with the little details. The most important thing is, of course, that the food in Cafe Miami was superb, which is all you can really ask for from a good brunch place. I can’t wait to go back and try out their Nutella filled (!) pancakes – they sound insanely good!