I am in love with this place. It’s small and genuinely cosy + friendly. And you don’t have to go through a maze of little winding roads to find it! Easy walk from Shoreditch, High St station.

My friends and I went for breakfast: they got the full English breakfast and the veggie breakfast, I got the scrambled eggs and grilled vegetables. English breakfast is so often greasy and unpleasant, but Café 12 offers a solid proportion of beautifully prepared & presented breakfast. It’s not just the usual tomatoes and mushrooms– it’s that plus grilled baby corn, grilled aubergines, etc. Also, for every beverage you order, you get a homemade cookie on the side! I ordered a macchiato, which was strong and bitter, tasting exactly like the ones I had while travelling in Rome. Three breakfasts and three beverages came to £22. Amazing value!

The woman behind the counter (I think she was be the owner) was so sweet and friendly, and encouraged us to take more homemade cookies before leaving. We walked out very happy and smiling; I will definitely bring more friends!