Hally’s advertises itself as ‘a Californian-inspired hangout’; a description that came to life for me on entering the cute little cafe decorated with blue and yellow accessories and white painted wood and brickwork. Service is chilled, and vibes are what the old lady in me would call ‘trendy’. It just oozes summer, even on the wet, miserable January Saturday on which I visited. Parsons Green is really pretty too.
The breakfast menu is on until 11.30am or weekend brunch is all day. You can’t book, so be prepared to wait a while. The good news is you can kill time drinking coffee at ‘Little H’ across the street, and Hally’s will call you when your table is ready. It’s worth waiting for a table round the corner to avoid the crowds waiting hungrily by the door.
The menus are varied offering all you can ask for from pancakes to porridge, to pastries, fritters, eggs and full breakfasts (depending on what time you go). We opted for poached eggs, avocado and halloumi, but I’ve heard the bagels are amazing. Of course my favourite thing was the abundance of freshly baked cakes and pastries available. Not wanting to miss out we shared a selection, with the orange and almond cake coming up tops. It’s a thumbs up for Hally’s from me.