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  • 4.0 star rating
    3/1/2011
    1 check-in

    This place has just the right mix of cocky attitude and assured confidence to justify the claim to the best bread in the universe. While I can't say I've sampled enough to bread to judge their claim, the smell alone is enough to put it up there with the best.

    The coffee as well is equally good and perhaps my favourite part is the atmosphere. It feels like a Parisian cafe and you can spend a couple hours there sipping a coffee without feeling rushed.

    Definitely a fan, great place to wait for people, and worth another visit.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/7/2009 Updated review
    3 check-ins

    Blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaa... I woke up this morning spitting piss and vinegar.

    Perhaps it was the cacophony of birds outside my window singing death eulogies at 4am. Or perhaps it was the rubbish-man orchestra clambering down my street at ungodly hours. Anyway, I knew I needed an attitude adjustment: it was just after 5am and I'd hate to suffer the next 15 hours before I get another chance at a day.  

    Coffee. Carbs. Immediately.  (What? Me? Emotional Eater?)

    It didn't start off well.

    -First, they don't open until 7:30am. I was willing to wait... I figured a "first to review" would be a nice treat to myself. (nevermind the loaf of bread I was bound to consume...)
    -I popped by again an hour and a half later, and this time I wasn't willing to wait any longer. I certainly wasn't willing for them to clearly ignore me in front of the register. I nearly walked out, but my desire was deep.
    -My coffee was only £1.90 which was grand, but giving them a £20 and then getting 18 one-pound coins as change? NOT OK.

    I walked out cursing the world, and the birds, and the rubbish men, and the... wait.. what's this?             A-friggin-mazing latte. Smooth and strong with just the right amount of punch and without any trace of bitterness. I would have questioned if the milk was skim considering how gloriously it coated the inside of my tummy, but I watched her pour it myself!

    My day has been absolutely fantastic since 7:41am. Thanks Euphorium!

    4.0 star rating
    21/3/2009 Previous review
    Have I mentioned in previous reviews that I am on an all-carb diet? I think the specific term is… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    24/4/2010
    ROTD 6/7/2010

    Was at the HSBC in Islington today--asked the banker if there was a good place around to get a nice croissant. She said go to Euphorium, but to make sure you only bring cash. Because otherwise you'll want to buy everything you see.

    I noticed the food items in the glass cases are arranged in a specific progression... the first case you see at the entrance is practical and savoury (sandwiches, pizzas, quiches) then when you get towards the cash register it is downright dirty and sinful.

    They were giving out free samples of blueberry clafoutis, which I can only describe as these baked custardy fruit things. I am not going to lie. I totally snuck my little hand in the basket for an second sample.

    In the end the boyfriend got a mushroom egg savoury brioche and I got an almond croissant. We ate at the park across the street and the almond croissant was one of the messiest things I've eaten in awhile. Powdered sugar and crumbs everywhere, and as you can imagine the pigeons were just as happy as we were.

  • 1.0 star rating
    4/3/2010 Updated review

    Oh, DANIEL!

    1.  As I told you in my response to your e-mail, I am not, have not ever been, and most likely will never be in any way associated with Ottolenghi: the business, the staff, anything.  I am not even a regular customer.  My reviews on Yelp are entirely of my own opinion.

    2.  In my review of Euphorium,  I also mentioned Gail's bakery ('every loaf is perfect', said I), Dan Lepard and Peter Reinhard.  You seem to have overlooked those.
     
    3.  Yelp is a review site. There will be criticism.  There is a difference between a critique, and a personal accusation.  I'm sure Yelp readers will see that.

    2.0 star rating
    29/10/2009 Previous review
    The following is a letter I sent to Euphorium management.  No response so far...  obviously, I am a… Read more
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  • 2.0 star rating
    11/7/2010
    1 check-in

    I have come to dislike this branch of the Euphorium emporium. Why?

    For one: I hate the hords of Yuppie-Mummies that push their buggies through to the room beyond the little court-yard and that simply forget to close the doors even in the freezing cold of winter!

    Second: a couple of baristas here at this particular brand are rather snobbish and unfriendly...to the point of almost being rude.

    Third: they seem to hate people who want to use their café as a mobile office; they don't provide outlets - or - they don't allow you to use the existing outlet. I get it, you don't want people to occupy your tables for hours without consuming anything, but there's ways to compromise, aren't there? Don't they get that us mobile workers are the future?!

    However, there is still one thing about Euphorium bakeries that is worth pointing out and which is the reason why I still come here: their bread. In fact, their Scandinavian bread as well as their 100% rye bread are the best bread I've come across in London so far...only these days I don't combine my visit with a cup of coffee anymore as I neither feel welcome nor comfortable here.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/12/2008

    I always used to treat myself to one of their baguettes on a Saturday morning.
    Although this place is expensive, this is easily one of the best bakeries in London.

    I got chatting to a member of staff here, and they said that they deal with some of the finest restaurants in London, which is hard not to believe from the sheer quality of produce.

    They have a beautiful garden, which is divine in the summer with a morning coffee. The staffs are really friendly, and the food is unbeatable.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/12/2008

    I have fond memories of the aptly titled Euphorium Bakery, having chilled here after taking my dissertation to be bound at nearby Collis Bird and Withey earlier this year.

    Typically Islington in an elegant, faux-European kind of way, Euphorium has a wonderful selection of pastries and cakes and serves good, if not extraordinary, coffee.

    I particularly like the courtyard area at the back of the cafe which can become busy but is lovely during the summer. A great way to avoid the hustle and bustle of Upper Street in a charming cafe with even more charming staff. Highly recommended.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/11/2008
    First to Review

    Among the best bakeries in London, this cafe gets rather busy on the weekends. Ever popular with the locals, there are queues even at the takeaway counter. The bread is quite expensive, but also worth the price tag. A good tip to know is that they sell all their specialty bread for half price after eight every evening, to make room for a fresh batch the next day.

    The counter has a large selection of pies, quiches, pizza slices, cakes and tarts on display. There is also a lovely courtyard in the back, which fills up quickly in sunny weather. The staff are really friendly, and people come from far and wide to sample the bread made here (the muesli bread is quite yummy with soup). Jamie Oliver is said to shop here as well.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/12/2008

    The Euphorium Bakery is one of a growing chain of bakeries in London, and one of the nicer cafes on Upper Street. It is a slim building, with a small garden, and a sitting room beyond it.

    They sell a range of cakes, pastries and savouries as detailed in the other reviews. The food is beautifully displayed, and tastes great. It is a charming place to be with friendly staff.

    A nice bakery on Upper Street that is perfect for coffee and cake.

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/6/2009

    I am sure this place is really good. The décor is nice, contemporary, there is ample seating, and the selection of baked goods is wonderful. So why am I not singing Euphorium Bakery's praises.  Well...! I decided to order the ham pizza slice, warmed and to go. At £2.60 a slice it is pretty reasonable, not great but reasonable. Once the pizza announced its readiness to be devoured by me it was removed from the oven and placed in a bag. A bag? Pizza - in - a - bag?

    I left the posh bakery ready to eat. Gleefully I reached into the bag to extract my handful of goodness and pulled it out.  I had to watch in despair as all my topping slid off the pizza onto the pavement. '#@.. *$$!' Several expletives later I resigned myself to eating the warm flat bread with tomato residue and two cold chunks of onion that remained. The pizza episode obviously tainted my experience but I won't let that cloud my judgement. I will certainly go back and stay for lunch as it does have a nice relaxed vibe. The cakes look great and rather than go for the pizza again, I will play it safe and enjoy a nice sweet pastry.

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/10/2009

    These guys get five stars just for the cake they baked for the my birthday party.

    The huge slab of chocolate goodness was (and this isn't hyperbole, it's the truth) one of the best cakes I've ever eaten. And I'm not much of a cake person... ok, that's a lie, but still even after stuffing my face with cake for most of my life, this still wins the top prize.

    I ate one of their mini quiches as well, which was lovely... but did I mention how nice the chocolate cake was?

  • 3.0 star rating
    11/11/2008

    A bakery that doubles as a cafe and stays open really late. I love Euphorium's bread and, even better, its all half-price after 8pm. Many's the night I've cycled home from Upper Street clutching armfuls of day-old ciabatta!

    There are also sweet pastries, such as pain au chocolat, and savouries like pies and pizza slices.

  • 3.0 star rating
    31/12/2010

    Pleasant atmosphere and good service from friendly, helpful staff in this bakery/cafe on Islington's Upper Street.
    I had onion soup with a hunk of wholemeal bread for lunch which was dee-licious. There are more tables downstairs if things get busy but amazingly, only one single loo for customers so queueing inevitable until they get that sorted.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/2/2011

    **Update  After two serious disappointments recently, I had to knock off a star.  Disappointment #1: baguette with strange fibrous hair-like things popping out of both ends (what?!?), and disappointment #2: a sand-dry brownie that obviously hadn't been baked that day.  Am definitely approaching the apprehensive phase with this one...

    How can I complain about a bakery that's across the street from my flat?  Well, I can only do it a little bit, because for an all-around bakery, this is the best I've found in London.

    I shopped around for artisan bread in the area, and for price and quality, euphorium takes the...bread.  I really wish they had a larger selection though.  Maybe something like a pain de levain?  something a little hearty with a crisp outside but not made with sourdough?  picky, i know.

    Anyway, try it out.  I'll be trying it out multiple times a week for a long time.  Here are my particulars so far:

    Scones - 5 stars
    Bread selection - 3 stars
    Paysan loaf - 4 stars
    Blueberry cheesecake - 3 stars
    brownie - 5 stars
    ciabatta roll - 5 stars (seriously makes a heavenly panini)
    Campagrain - I have found my bread!  Hearty, but not in an obnoxious seedy way, flavorful, and can hold all the goodness I like to load on top of it.  Perfect.

    *with the addition of the ciabatta roll to the list, it just got another star from me!

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/10/2009

    This is an okay place. But just okay to me.

    Drinks are okay.
    Pastries are okay.  
    Scene is okay.

    And yeah, that's about it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/8/2012

    Euphorium is so good they have two shops in one road! I recently came here for a coffee to perk up after a long walk and just couldn't resist a slice of lemon cake temptingly displayed on the counter. Unfortunately the latter was a bit dry, hence the four stars. The coffee was excellent, though, as was the tomato and herb focaccia I bought to take home.
    Wish we had a branch in Notting Hill as everything looked delicious and deliciously different from some of the more generic bakeries.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/12/2008
    1 check-in

    Euphorium is a quaint bakery which just springs out at you after walking through Chapel Market. It's rated one of the best bakeries in London by Time Out. Hence, I felt I could not possibly walk by it without trying something. The selection of breads is not bad, and tends towards the Mediterranean.

    I only tried one item of confectionary - the chocolate tart - and man, was it delicious. It was just rich enough and had a sprinkling of cocoa powder on top, which caused me to cough once I took my first bite.

    Service was good, the atmosphere was cosy and to top things off, there are samples of the different items on offer so that you can try before you buy. Prices are about what you would expect to pay in any bakery in central London.

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/11/2008

    Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. At least that's what the napkin I got from here says.

    The outside of this shop is rather uninspiring. Once you are inside though, it's time for your mouth to start watering. In fact I have only the vaguest impression of the seating areas: polished metal chairs, quite airy, low music, quite full even mid afternoon on a very glum day. What caught my attentions was the service counter. A range of 'artisan' breads fill the end by the door. Further in you get plain slices of cake, then fancy cakes (including some chocolate creations, complete with chocolate flowers, that look quite incredible), and then savouries. Along the way there are individual cheesecakes and tarts with juicy fruit gleaming on the top, and slices of pizza loaded with rich looking ingredients.

    In the end I went for a take out of one of the cheapest options: a blueberry clafouti. It reminded me of bread pudding, but apparently (I've just looked up a recipe), it's not anyway it was gorgeous. Solid and moist without being soggy, not too sweet, the fruit layer sharp, the dusting of icing sugar adding a hint of texture like footsteps in fresh powder snow.

    Prices are not cheap, with many small cakes and savouries being £3 or more. But actually for the quality on show here that seems like a bargain. Service was another thing I was too distracted to really notice but no problems so I think it was good! Great place for a coffee date to impress or a treat for yourself.

    • Qype User marina…
    • London
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    3.0 star rating
    17/6/2008

    From outside it looks like a simple bakery but
    at the back, there is a patio with a cosy atmosphere, comfortable sofas and a huge gold mirror when you can admire yourself and people around.

    Pizzas aren't italian but they are yummy if you like vegetarian food.

    The cheesecake is really nice at £3 and you can choose among peer, lemon, strawberry or blueberry.
    The most part of the staff is french so this brings authenticity to all the different breads you can buy there.

    • Qype User david-…
    • London
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    • 31 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    12/7/2009

    Clearly one of the best bakeries in London and about the only place I know in North-East London to get decent bread outside the market. Lovely eastern-european staff and apparently nice to dine as well (so far only bought bread there).
    Pastry is exceptionally good and there are good offers after 7pm for bread. As with all bakeries in London that care to have a real bread culture and know what they are doing prices are not excatly cheap. But what to do

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/9/2009

    Absolutely adore the location right off of Islington Green.  My husband and I go every Saturday morning for the most delicious coffee and baked goods.  It's a nice weekend reprieve -- coffee is well made, bakery is good and the decor is cozy.  My only wish is that they would have more options for breakfast; they tend to only have croissants and it would be nice to enjoy a muffin or something similar.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/3/2013

    Mmmmmmmm earl grey and a raisin scone with jam & cream? AND I'm hearing word that it's a chain, which is better, because then I can find it everywhere - it's like a London version of La Boulange, with better pastries.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/12/2008

    It ain't cheap, £1.40 for an Almond Croissant, but it's so good I think it's worth the extra pennies for an occasional treat.   My local bakery is cheap but you can't even begin to compare it with Euphorium bakey.

    Doubling up as a café you can grab a coffee and a croissant, or if you're after something savoury try the Spinach & smoked salmon brioche (£2).  

    Almost everything sold at the café is made in the bakery, and they also provide pastries for various restaurants & cafes so you know you're eating something good.

    Friendly staff and good food.  I certainly find it difficult to walk past without ducking in for something!

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/11/2008

    A long-standing Upper Street favourite and a good place to meet over tea and cake, Euphorium Bakery sells a delicious range of cakes and savoury snacks. Favourites include their loaded pizza slices, fruit tarts and eclairs. Seating has recently been extended to include a courtyard and cosy back room so although always busy, it's usually easy to bag a table. It's also open late, super handy for evening bread emergencies or if you want to get out of the house but don't fancy the pub.

  • 3.0 star rating
    11/10/2009

    I gave it three stars only because it has no free wifi. If it did, I would have given it five stars. A cozy cafe without wifi nowadays is the kiss of death.

  • 2.0 star rating
    30/7/2011

    I am a true sucker for sitting outside so if the opportunity is offered I will take it! The best thing about this place is the sitting outside, 'watching the world go by seeing who's who flitting up and down Upper Street.
    Much as there is no getting away from the classy presentation of the food, there is really something very meh about this place.

    I had the beef and watercress sandwich. The beef was very tough and cut really thick it nearly ripped my teeth out. I have eaten other things here before like pastries or cakes and although they look fantastic , on eating they miss the mark. Also slightly alarmed to see them only get 1* for Food Hygiene inspection, which is really not great at all. Its also fairly expensive in my view hitting around £7.00 for a small sandwich and coffee.

    There are many places to eat on Upper street, I doubt Ill visit again unless I need to sit outside, then it will be coffee only and food elsewhere.

    • Qype User macaro…
    • London
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    4.0 star rating
    1/10/2008

    This is a lovely little bakery, one that in the past I've spent many an hour in, watching the world go by. Superb bread and tasty sandwiches, but the best (and naughtiest) things here are their bags of freshly made chocolate chip cookies. Yum yum yum. Still warm when you get them. Quite expensive for only 5, but well worth it. When a local around here I was definitely the most regular cookie monster. Probably a good thing I no longer live around the corner. Great place to stop in and read the paper, while sipping on a hot chocolate and munching away

    • Qype User lace11…
    • London
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    • 100 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/12/2007

    Charming bakery located on the cusp of the trendy end of Upper Street. Delicious cakes, pastries and breads mean that you cant go wrong popping in here! The croissants are buttery, crumbly and very tasty - highly recommended. The atmosphere is relaxed with a slight French feel to it. Service is friendly and patient (important when dithering over cakes!). Mmmm Mmmm... treat yourself.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/12/2008

    Euphorium is a lovely little bakery and café, open till late evening and great for a break while shopping on Upper Street. It's a small chain but doesn't feel like it at all, they bake everything on site using all natural and fresh ingredients and stuff sells fast so you won't be disappointed by a stale old pastry. It has a light and welcoming interior with a more café like front and loungey rear, and their rustic breads, delicious pastries, cakes and great coffee are likely to keep you coming back like many of the locals - even if it is maybe a little pricey.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/2/2012

    I have only been here once, but would definitely like to come back and sample the other selections.  I definitely want to try one of the slices of pizza which looked great!  I didn't eat in, but took my items away.  I was just happy to find a place that I could grab something eat late one evening, that wasn't a fast food joint.  Considering how late it was I was surprised to find my sandwich taste so fresh.  I am not sure what type of bread was used on the sandwich, but it was great.  I also had a banana caramel tart which was highly recommended by the staff, so I tried it, and it was very good. I also got a tea to go, and boy was it hot.  It took awhile for it too cool down even after I got back to the hotel.  It was a fantastic tea.  It is not loose leaf, it is a bagged tea that they sell there. I can't remember the name of the brand they sell. I wish I did, because it was REALLY good.  I am definitely going to be returning to try some of their other tasty looking selections!  It is also nice that the staff was friendly.

    • Qype User char-l…
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    5.0 star rating
    29/5/2009

    Honest to god I don't have a sweet tooth but my mouth does water whenever I walk past Euphorium on Upper Street and catch glimpse of the jewel like cakes inside, glazed strawberries, lemon tarts, chocolate brownies, all succulently sweet. But rarely is it these that stop me, gets me in the door and my fist firmly thrust into my pocket, searching around for change. No, it's the breads that tickle my fancy, most especially (and in order of preference) the scandinavian- linseed, pumpkin and seasame bread so good toasted with a little butter- it's been nicknamed popcorn bread by my girlfriend because it smells like popcorn when toasted. Then there is the rye bread- made from 100% rye flour, gooey, delicious, rich, cakey bread, best in my opinion toasted with some goats cheese and smoked salmon, lemon juice and pepper on top (do I have you salivating?). Last but not least, the walnut bread in my opinion best eaten in it's virgin state, fresh, light and soft with anything involving avocado and fresh prawns don't forget the lemon juice and pepper with this either. So you see, I love Euphorium breads. They get me excited. The sausage rolls are amazing too as are the salmon and spinach brioches. And the cafe is pretty nice to sit down in aswell so long as you don't mind sharing it with 20 pushchairs. This isn't just any bakery. It my bakery.

    • Qype User London…
    • London
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    4.0 star rating
    21/12/2007

    There are two of these bakeries in Islington and both always seem busy. It's not surprising considering the delicious baked breads and pastries on offer. The prices are more than your usual/local baker but to be expected for a place like this where they take their bread (and cake) making very seriously. The display of cakes is just mouthwatering and that combined with the fresh baked smell means it's difficult to walk in without purchasing something yummy (even if it exceeds your budget!) - well worth it though.

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