Food review: Boulangerie Joie de Vie

Today I decided, as it was Bank Holiday, to start the day early and head to Finchley on the look out for some good coffee. Walking down the High Street it was not long before this place caught my eye:

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The place is a really cosy cafe with wooden furniture and soft lighting. They have an open display by the window filled with everything from cakes, pastries to ciabattas and quiches (good way to tempt people in!) They also make fresh juices and smoothies for those who may not be in the mood for coffee. As well as pastries, they also had a good selection of all-day-breakfast:

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I had an orange and carrot juice and a vegetarian ciabatta with aubergines, sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers and cheese. This was accompanied by a simple salad of mixed greens in a balsamic/olive oil dressing.The ciabatta was warm and crispy, while the fillings were also delicious and plenty! The small salad on the side was also a nice touch.

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The staff were really polite and always around in case you needed help.I had a latte to go and it was by far the best coffee I have had in the capital. Forget your trendy coffee shops in East, this for me is the real deal. No fuss, just good coffee.

The prices were really good and as I said, the cake selection looked really appetising. They bake/cook everything in the store and you can really notice how fresh everything is. They did get very busy around lunchtime so I do recommend getting there earlier or just avoid lunchtimes.

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