I ❤️ Hackney. Cliche yes, do I care….no.
For those from outside the UK and planning a trip over to London, I highly recommend taking a day to explore Hackney and East London. You can pretty much walk everywhere, around every corner is a cute coffee shop waiting to be discovered, and it has one of the most diverse choices of food spots in London.
So, I thought a little guide to some of my favourite spots might be useful to fellow coffee and food lovers. Not all in Hackney, but just a bus ride away if you’re up for venturing further East:
Raw Duck has it all, cool trendy interiors, mouthwateringly good eclectic food menu (open for breakfast, lunch annndd dinner). The coffee is good, nothing to write home about. But if you’re looking for a slight twist to your standard Avo on Toast this place is well worth a trip.
This ones for the health conscious, vegan lovers, and raw eating foodies. With choices of warming Turmeric Lattes (for when you’ve OD’d on coffee) and Acai smoothie bowls, this place a chilled zen kind of vibe. Through summer sit out on the front lawn and watch passersby along the canal front.
A very recent discovery, this place in the haven of Danish bread. Whether you just want to pick up a loaf to take away. Or if you want to take advantage of their ‘All you can eat Toast & condiments’ for £3.50, you won’t be disappointed. Great coffee and sandwich deal too, for £7.50 🙏🏽 👍🏽
I love this place for a cheap eat treat. It’s no thrills when it comes to interiors, but the bakery choice and homemade breakfast menu makes up for it. Family run, with head chef coming from South Africa, the menu has influences from his home country, with some twists on baking techniques too, take note of his pressure steamed pancakes! Head down mid week and you may run into a post natal catch up….but despite how busy it gets I’ve always managed to grab a seat.
Another family run cafe, wine bar come deli, this place is the perfect spot to take a hydration break whilst wondering through the newly re-furbed, pedestrianised Francis Road. The only problem you’ll have is deciding between their carefully selected wines, locally sourced niche beers or a flat white 😏 I’ve yet to try their sister restaurant (Kettle and Ryan, next door) but have only heard good things. *Photo cred to Yard Arm IG*
For the freelance work space seekers who need good coffee to power them through the day. Coffee is coffee gold. The place is bordering on the little too hipster (not much service) kind of vibe, but when one serves coffee good enough, do they even need to say hello? Hmmm you decide.
Lovely interiors, with a unique quality, the coffee is roasted downstairs and you can see it in action. Ozone offer coffee workshops where you can learn tips on creating the perfect cup of java for yourself too.
One of my favourite roasts of coffee in London. You’ll have a task finding a seat in here on a Saturday morning. But queue up in their shop or wander a little further down Broadway and you’ll find their coffee cart, to get a coffee to grab and go.
Decor goals. Full of green plants, high ceilings, Morty’s has a friendly vibe, views over East London with hearty breakfasts on offer you just won’t be able to resist IG’ing away. Book a table, as it fills up quick. Highly recommend the Chorizo Shaksuka (pictured). Yum!
The wild card… just because the coffee is so damn good. Yes, it’s in Westfield… not the most aspiring of locations. But I’ve thrown it in here, incase any of you are ever need saving whilst trawling the shops of Westfield.
So there we have it, Top 10 spots in Hackney & East London. Would love to hear your recommendations too, please leave a comment with them below!