Sweet coffee satisfaction: Le Péché Mignon, Highbury

Before I moved south I did my best to visit as many places on the North London list as possible, knowing that I’d get lost in discovering new places in my local area. Le Péché Mignon in Highbury had been on my list for ages, especially after it was recommended by Rhian (from a Design for Wife) and it got a good review on Lyndon’s Coffee. So in the midst of a hectic January on one wintery Sunday morning I popped down to check it out.

Tucked down a side street off the main road that runs through Holloway, you’ll find this cafe. The community atmosphere was the first thing I noticed as I stepped through the door. It’s small and cosy, the only seating is a large wooden table to the side. I was lucky to grab one of the last seats. So I ordered a cappuccino and like everyone round the table had a leisurely read.

Le Péché Mignon - table

They serve Monmouth Coffee which is becoming one of my favourite coffees as I’ve enjoyed it in so many places.

There was a slow but steady stream of traffic that came through the doors. Locals picking up a coffee or a foodie treat from the tasty selection available.

Le Péché Mignon

French favourites, cheeses, sweets, savoury snacks and breads, fill the shelves. There’s small collection of books too.

Le Péché Mignon
I let the world go by for a while and then noticed the table had cleared and my cup was empty.

Le Péché Mignon
So I made a move but couldn’t resist grabbing a freshly baked baguette to take away for lunch.

Le Péché Mignon
I did feel like I needed a bike with a basket at this point. Wielding a big baguette isn’t your every day look in Holloway. But it was worth buying as I got home, smothered it in Roule and demolished it in minutes.

If you’re in the area it’s definitely worth a visit. There’s a seating area out the back which would be lovely when the weather finally warms up. You’ll find a few pictures over on Lyndon’s Coffee.

Do you enjoy cafes with a community feel?


  1. February 25, 2013 / 12:43 pm

    I visited it last summer and enjoyed a coffee in the back garden! So nice! 🙂 I must go back for the Croque Monsieur!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      February 27, 2013 / 12:29 pm

      The Croque Monsieur did look amazing, I must eat more when I go out for coffee! I have a problem with getting side tracked by sweet treats!