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A few weeks ago, I was invited to dine at Cafe Piazza in Hay’s Galleria, just two steps away from the London Bridge Station. If you’ve been here before, you know I spend a lot of time in what I consider some of the best study cafes in London Bridge, and of course, the area being one of the most lively in London, I was thrilled to try out a new restaurant.

I’ve actually been to Cafe Piazza in Hay’s Galleria at the beginning of the year for breakfast and actually mentioned Cafe Piazza in my guide to the best cafes in London Bridge for brunch, but this time, I wanted to try out the lunch menu as well.

Before we get deep into this review of Cafe Piazza, I have to say we were very well received; I think this is probably some of the friendliest staff I’ve ever met while dining in London restaurants.

To make it easier for you to read this Cafe Piazza review, I’ve split the post into several parts; drinks, starters, mains, and dessert. You’ll see in this post that the Cafe Piazza menu is quite extensive, if you’re looking for cafes in London Bridge to have breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, Cafe Piazza does it all. Read on to know my thoughts!

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Cafe Piazza Hay’s Galleria Review: Cafes in London Bridge

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Cafe Piazza is located in the oh-so-picturesque Hay’s Galleria, that stunning covered building where you’ll find a full-size boat as well as some tables and benches to sit, read a book, or just rest before you go on to check out the chimp statues all around London Bridge.

Cafe Piazza Hay’s Galleria Review: Atmosphere & Menu

When D, my fiance, and I arrived, I could see that nothing had changed from when I visited last February – and that’s good, because, in terms of decoration and atmosphere, I think there is clearly nothing to change at Cafe Piazza.

From the moment you first step foot into the restaurant, you’ll feel at home straight away. Cafe Piazza is at a crossroads between a restaurant and a cafe in London Bridge that offers a good amount of seating space, and one of the highlights of the restaurant is its covered terrace which allows you to observe the world passing by while having breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.

The Cafe Piazza menu is extensive, as I said, and while there is a clear endeavor to make the cafe/restaurant some type of Italian restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised to find on the menu flavors from other types of cuisines, from Turkish dishes to British classics.

If you’re looking for a vegan restaurant in London Bridge, Cafe Piazza in Hay’s Galleria is also a great bet, as there are lots of vegan breakfast bites, brunch, and all-day vegan dishes on the menu.

There are a lot of dishes I haven’t tried yet, but the vegan lemon cheesecake, for instance, was one of the desserts many would love at the end of the meal.

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Cafe Piazza Hay’s Galleria Review: What We Ordered

Cafe Piazza Hay’s Galleria Drinks

These are the drinks we ordered at Cafe Piazza:

  • Fentimans Rose Lemonade (£5.50)
  • Whipped cream & mini marshmallows hot chocolate (£4.50)
  • Vintage Penarth (£10.50)
  • Soda Spritzer (£7)
  • Strawberry Fields Smoothie (£5.25)
  • Passion Storm Smoothie (£6.50)

We started our Cafe Piazza journey with a Rose Lemonade from Fentimans and a hot chocolate with whipped cream – I knew both of these drinks for having worked at a Deli that sold the Fentimans brand, and I have ordered the Cafe Piazza hot chocolate a few months ago.

For breakfast, that hot chocolate is probably one of the best in London, especially when you get the version with mini marshmallows on top.

Throughout lunch, we also sipped on two house cocktails; the Vintage Penarth and the Soda Spritzer. I am not a big fan of alcohol at all, and I much prefer really sweet cocktails if I ever order one; and while I could taste the quality of the spirits used, I preferred the non-alcoholic drinks.

At the end of the lunch, we ordered two smoothies; the Strawberry Fields and the Passion Storm smoothie. The Strawberry Fields smoothie mixed banana and strawberry with orange juice, while Passion Storm is made with passionfruit, pineapple, guava, peach, aloe vera, and orange juice.

Both were incredible, but I still had a preference for Passion Storm since it has aloe vera inside – and I could drink aloe vera juice all day long.

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Cafe Piazza Hay’s Galleria Starters

In lieu of starters, we ordered three dishes from the Cafe Piazza menu:

  • Smoked salmon with marinated beetroot carpaccio and horseradish cream cheese (£8)
  • Fresh Buffalo mozzarella (£8.50)
  • Wild Rocket and Parmesan salad (which is actually a side, £4.75)

My favorite starter was clearly the smoked salmon because the marinated beetroot was exquisite; that’s one of the dishes I have never seen in any other restaurant in London. I love some good salmon, and you can taste the quality of each of the slices.

The fresh Buffalo mozzarella was okay – nothing to write home about. I loved the sauce it came with, but at £8 a pop, I think it was overpriced as fresh Buffalo mozzarella is known to be creamy, and this was a tad on the dry side.

As for the wild rocket and parmesan salad, I could really taste the quality of the parmesan, albeit the portion being slightly overpriced for that amount of food. However, the overall side was really good and accompanied the rest of the Cafe Piazza menu perfectly.

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Cafe Piazza Hay’s Galleria Mains

Now, the mains at Cafe Piazza were stunning – there are no two ways to put in. Whatever restaurant in London Bridge you want to visit, if you want to get a good, hearty meal, you should pay a visit to Hay’s Galleria.

We ordered two mains:

  • Slow-cooked beef stew (£15.50)
  • Traditional Angus beef patty in a pretzel bun (£16.95)

Even after almost two years of living in London, I have to admit I have not eaten many classic British dishes, and I loved the slow-cooked beef stew. I wish there would have been a few more potatoes in the stew, as stew can get a bit too salty after some time, but I loved the addition of parsley which gave a fresh taste to the beef stew.

The Angus beef burger was also really good, and the garlic mayonnaise mixed with BBQ sauce gave a good kick to the overall taste. I love my burgers, and the Cafe Piazza burger was a great one.

I would probably order it medium-rare next time I visit to get the meat juice mixed with the cheese and sauces a bit more. The burger also came with potato wedges which were stunning, crispy, and melt-in-your-mouth good. Overall a great dish that I would order again.

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Cafe Piazza Hay’s Galleria Desserts

The desserts were probably one of my favorite parts of the Cafe Piazza menu because I had already tried the banana bread with chocolate sauce during my first visit. The great thing about Cafe Piazza in London Bridge is that there are desserts for everyone; whether you’re looking for vegan or gluten-free cakes, you’ll find some options on the menu.

Here is what we ordered at the end of our meal:

  • Double espresso (£3.95)
  • Mocha (£4.20)
  • Banana bread with mascarpone and chocolate sauce (£5.75)
  • Belgian waffle (£7.50)

The Belgian waffle was dry and hard, unfortunately, and really was nothing compared to the Banana bread. The ice cream helped a little bit, but I thought that was definitely an overpriced item compared to how it felt while eating it.

The banana bread, on the other hand… Wow. No words. For me to order the same dessert twice in a row from a restaurant means I really loved it, and the Cafe Piazza banana bread is definitely one of the best you’ll ever find in London.

The mascarpone cream on top reminded me a little bit of clotted cream, and it has a texture and a taste so exquisite that I still remember it as I’m writing this post. Although I am not a big fan of chocolate (except in a chocolate bar), that is one of the items you really need to order whether you come for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.

The double espresso and mocha were both good; you already know if you’ve been here before how much I love Italian coffee – especially after having lived in Rome for a year, Italian food and coffee are things I take very seriously. Both coffees were really good; the double espresso really had that kick that we both needed after such a huge lunch.

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Cafe Piazza Hay’s Galleria Review: Cafes in London Bridge

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There you have it, my complete review of Cafe Piazza, one of the coolest cafes in London Bridge! When I visit again, I know specifically what I would order again, as I’ve had some clear hits; the beef stew, the Angus beef burger, and the smoked salmon are some of the very best dishes at Cafe Piazza in Hay’s Galleria.

Until next time!

I was invited to dine at Cafe Piazza. All opinions are my own.

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