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  • 5.0 star rating
    12/3/2014

    This place is amazing! I've been here since the morning, started off with a scone with clotted cream and a very delicious black currant and pear jam as well as a tasty latte (not too sweet, just how I like it!) and had a fantastic sandwich for lunch later.
    The place is very cute with rustic tables and decorations. There's a second room at the back for some more seating, but it does get quite crowded as it seems to be a very popular spot.
    The staff is very friendly and efficient and I really enjoyed my time here. Their wi-fi is also very reliable, which is a huge factor for me.
    Will definitely be coming back here!

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/3/2014

    Maison D'etre is a cute, albeit small café full of vintage charm.  The decoration, especially in the back room, is detailed with antique designs and wooden cupboards and furniture. Seating in the front area is tight; the backroom is like a conservatory, adds a bit of space, along with an extra touch of character and sunlight.

    The scones were recommended to me and I went straight for those.  I'm a sucker for all things vintage and anything that comes in mason jars so needless to say I made an effort to try all of the flavors of their homemade jams and loved all of them: a mix of gingers, rhubarbs, cinnamon, berries.... The scones themselves were delicious!  Scones preferences are subjective - some like them moist, others light or toasty.  These were perfect for me, moist and smooth (not necessarily on the light side), and certainly fresh.

    Scones aside, the menu offers a small selection of what you'd expect from a cozy small café: sandwiches, cakes, and pastries.  Fellow friends have said that other eats are hit or miss but for what it's worth, they look promising.  My flat white was solid as well.

    For a comforting cup of jo and scones alone, I would make the trek again.  For everything else, I'd classify it as a great neighbourhood café if you happen to be in the Islington/Upper St. area.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/7/2014

    I dream about the scone and clotted cream. How could a scone be so good? How could other clotted cream so inferior? I may never know.

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/3/2014

    Loved it, great wholesome food and reasonably priced as well. Friendly service and the scones were amazing!

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/11/2012
    10 check-ins here

    Since I am currently the Duke of Maison d'etre, I thought it must be time for a review.

    I've only stopped for coffees here to take away and they are really very good. Flat whites with decent body, rounded and balanced with dense milk which is great.
    It's a small cafe with small tables perfect for one or two people and is calm and slightly urban rustic vibe, also slightly cramped for space when I come in for a coffee which is also why I take it out.

    Some good looking unfussy cakes, croissants and brioche adorn the counter. They have good looking chunky sandwiches too which I saw being served up to the seated punters. Next time I will have to stop for lunch.

    Staff are friendly and pleasant too which is always a good sign for a cafe.
    My local favourite coffee shop.

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/1/2013

    Starbucks who? Frappa what?

    Most mornings, you will find this absolutely adorable little coffee haunt full of mums getting their caffeine on after dropping off their darlings at the local primary schools, myself included. Don't hate.

    If you're looking for an exceptionally good latte and an equally good almond croissant for under a fiver, this is your place! I really enjoy all of the unique little touches that set this apart from anything on Upper St.

    I can't comment on the lunch fare, although I have seen more than one person enjoying some very delicious looking sandwiches.

    Definitely worth a stop.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/3/2012
    ROTD 11/4/2012

    Cuteness wrapped up in a coffee shop!  Great looking cakes, tea served in China cups (love) and what I could sense through smelling and looking what I imagine to be a good latte.  The baked goods looked divine and someone paying was raving about the poppy seed cake with lemon drizzle.

    Atmosphere is good and I love the random sized bottles of water filled with mint.  

    Don't be put off if all the tables are taken--there is more seating in the back.

    A nice addition to the area.....

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/3/2012

    OK, maybe I'm a bit too curmudgeony for this place. The good things first: the coffee is exceptionally good. Proper coffee, à la Dose or Flat White, and definitely needed this side of town. The brioche (and the fact that you can pork out on the Nutella) is also nice (and they give you a thick slice, as it should be. What's the point otherwise? What's the point of not using half the Nutella jar to submit said brioche to order? Really, it had to be done...)

    The bits I don't like? Well, it just looks a bit too pretentious to me. No doubt this will be a selling point for some, but you know, I just don't find it relaxing at all. The paninis looked a bit expensive for what they are. The outside space looks more like a shower cubicle than an outside space, and frankly, sitting at the front on the street is far more amusing than staring at a big wall. Of late, I think I can see a colonisation of this place by the panzer-sized pram community. Really... Haven't they got all Church Street to themselves?

    Anyway, my verdict on this is that I get my coffee and drink it either outside (it's South facing, so sunny in the morning), enjoying the 273 buses stopped in front of it, or just take it away. But as I said, it's worth going if only just for the coffee.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/2/2012
    5 check-ins here
    Listed in Coffee joints

    I've been mildly interested in trying this place since it popped up on my radar screen some months ago, but, at the same time, thought it might be too 'oh-la-la' for my taste, if that even makes any sense.  Fortunately, a buddy of mine who works in the area was also keen on trying Maison, so, yesterday, we gave it a go.  I'm glad to say that it was a pleasant experience.  

    The cafe is immediately inviting.  And, with only five or six (mostly two-top) tables, it's also very cosy.  It was the perfect respite to the grey and drizzly day outside.  If the tables are full, there's a groovy bench at the front for those who wish to both watch the world and the #271 bus go by.  

    The flat whites (I drank two) were creamy, not too hot, and made in the style of places I've come to appreciate in this town like Prufrock's and Kaffeine.  The pastries looked tasty and the scones were massive.  My friend, hungry for more than a biscuit, had a rather yummy-looking aubergine sandwich with a bit of rocket on the side.  Interestingly, the outer side of the bread was drizzled with olive oil which probably only made it taste better.  I declined a bite and the sandwich was gone within minutes!  Your English Nan's china may have been used for serving the lunch fare and cups and saucers a la Foxcroft and Ginger hung below a shelf on the wall behind the counter.  I was hoping for my flat white to be in an English Rose cup, but alas it wasn't.  Mayhap the chinaware is reserved for tea?

    Bonus: sat *this close* to a fab character actor whom I recently had the pleasure of watching in 'Tinker Tailor...'.  Like always, I played it cool.

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/10/2012

    Adored this place! Had a book club meeting here and they were accommodating even with the baby buggy. The back room is like a conservatory and super cute :)
    The mint tea comes with pine nuts (I don't know why) and I got some top quality peanut butter for my toast (priced well too!)
    Water is served in cute rectangular bottles with mint leaves - it's the little touches and friendly staff that make all the difference...
    Deffo coming back!

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/4/2012
    2 check-ins here

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    Croissants that taste light, flaky and buttery? Yes!

    Coffee that is well made and delicious? Yes!

    Yummy healthy breakfast option? Yes!

    I wish I lived closer because I would totally become a regular here. I would sit by the window and people-watch while drinking a flat-white and munching on some granola and yoghurt. *Sigh* I can't do this often but I do plan out mornings to travel here because the food and atmosphere is worth it.

    Come early on a Sunday because otherwise you'll find yourself waiting for a seat.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/3/2013

    I knew this place was going to be nice before I even stepped in...just had yelpers instinct! The hot chocolate was devine and had a little design in the foam at the top when presented. I also had a scone with the most delicious cream and rubarb jam! Awesome little cafe!

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/1/2012
    6 check-ins here
    Listed in My London Canteen

    Love this place - Maison d'etre is going to be become my local coffee shop... nice, homey feel, good coffee (the affogato is insanely great... served with what seems to taste like clotted cream ice cream). The have soy milk, which is great for my wife, and they'll take orders 'extra hot'.

    The food looks good although I didn't have it, but the atmosphere is excellent. Much better (of course) than the Starbucks 200m down the road on Upper Street.

    Free wifi, good music, great atmo, minted water, very, very nice.

    It seems that there's more of these places starting to pop up nowadays... like "I made it for you" in Hoxton which has a similar vibe.

    WIN.

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/8/2013

    Ooh I LOVE this place! I was staying in the area and had scoped out Yelp ahead of time. My friend and I came here twice for morning coffee. The coffee is good (I had a macchiato and iced mocha) and the scones are YUMMMMYYYY. The staff is so friendly and nice! And it's close to the tube station/bus stops. I'd go here a lot if I lived in the area.

  • 4.0 star rating
    31/1/2012
    28 check-ins here

    What is not to like about this coffee shop? Firstly, the staff are super friendly and make you feel welcome.  Second, the coffee is good - everything is made correctly and is served promptly.  Third, there are excellent snacks cakes on offer.  I particularly like the breakfast options - brioche toast with jam is always a winner.  Fourth there is free wifi - just ask for the password.

    However, the best reason to come here is it several leagues above anything else in Islington, particularly if you are close to Highbury Corner.

    • Qype User ErikM…
    • London
    • 43 friends
    • 106 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    9/10/2011

    Away from the hustle and bustle of the Highbury roundabout is a small coffee place that may not look as much from the outside.
    Inside is a very relaxed and cosy small cafe with very friendly staff and excellent coffee and free wifi.
    Unfortunately it is getting too cold and rainy now but in the back is a tiny outdoor area surrounded by high walls, creating a small oasis, a small patch of serenity perfect for enjoying an ice coffee and reading your book while forgetting about the world outside.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/7/2011
    First to Review

    What an AWESOME place and a godsend to the Islington area. I'm from Sydney, Australia (home to some of the best coffee in the world) and I have been staying in Islington for about a month. Upon arrival I hunted on Yelp for good coffee in the area and much to my disappointment, I didn't find a thing. I even ventured on the tube to London Bridge to get Monmouth which was a disappointment in itself as they didn't have soy milk.

    Unfortunately I only just found this place hidden behind the turning circle, opposite Highbury and Islington. I WISH I found it earlier and not 5 days before departing London as it really is the BEST coffee in the entire city.

    I have been here everyday since I have found it. Kim, the owner is a beautiful young Vietnamese/French born who greets you warmly as you enter the cafe and she really does have a love for the place which makes it that much more special.

    There is a little garden area outside and the wi-fi is free. Great music playing, fresh mint in the water jugs - the ambience is perfect...Just bliss and a welcome breath of fresh air to find a cute, boutique cafe that can actually make coffee. This is a 10 out of 10 for me.

    YUM!

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/9/2011

    Very nice very frriendlty and decent coffee. Well worth crossing over from starbucks for!

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/11/2011

    Very nice cofee and super super uber cool. and check out the great mural on their shutters at night, ace!

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/9/2012

    Cute space and top coffee - big approval.

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