The 6 best cafes in Hackney


On the lookout for your next caffeine hit? Or perhaps a delicious slice of cake? When it comes to Hackney, we’re so spoilt for choice that choosing where to go for coffee can be overwhelming.

To make your decision easier, we’ve put together a list of our favourite spots that sell the best coffee in Hackney. Perhaps one of these will become your new favourite haunt?

HER Coffee

Haggerstone Espresso Room is just off Kingsland Road. With long wooden tables, lots of light and quirky artwork, the cafe is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon. Which is unsurprising considering that the founder, First Sukpaiboon, was previously an architect and wanted to create a user-focused space.

But onto the coffee. You’ll be pleased to hear that HER offer a fantastic selection, including their renowned cold brew. Try it at your own risk, it’s delicious but incredibly strong. The food on offer is also well worth a try (especially their smoothie bowls!), and they regularly host unmissable free exhibitions.

E5 Bakehouse

Fancy a pastry? Or perhaps a sausage roll? Then the E5 Bakehouse, tucked under the railway arches in London Fields, is for you.

Specialising in all things baked, this cafe is worth a visit if only to take in the delicious doughy smells. But don’t worry, they also make a cracking cuppa coffee – and you’ll get 20p off if you take your own cup.

The E5 team make everything in house with seasonal, organic and predominantly local produce, so their menu changes daily.  On Sunday’s, they also serve sourdough pizzas from 12pm-4pm, which we can’t recommend enough.

It’s a fun space with great food and drinks. Why wouldn’t you check it out?

Healthy Stuff

Just along the road from Hackney Downs station is this cosy cafe, serving freshly-made sandwiches, seasonal salads and a selection of vegan and gluten-free cakes. The cafe and adjacent shop have been open since 2011, and have become one of our favourite corners of Dalston.

If you’re looking for a spot to knuckle down and get stuff done, Healthy Stuff also has free wifi. If you’re not in the mood for a coffee, they also serve brightly-coloured smoothies jam-packed with goodness.



Fancy something different? Toconoco is a beautiful, family friendly Japanese cafe in Haggerstone overlooking Regent’s Canal. Of course you can try a selection of traditional Japanese teas or enjoy a matcha latte.

But the food is also ideal for a light lunch, and with a different special every day you’ll never get bored of the selection.


Violet Cakes

Unsurprisingly, this is the spot to go to satisfy your sweet tooth. What began as a stall on Broadway Market has grown to a its own cake shop on Wilton Way.

We love Violet because owner Claire Ptak, quite simply, makes the best American-inspired cakes in Hackney – if not London. Head over to sample a vanilla cupcake, filled whoopie pie or crunchy biscuit, to take away or devour in the cosy upstairs seating area.

The Yorkshire rhubarb is back!

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The Barge House

And last, but certainly not least, The Barge House. Coffee, cocktails and really, really good food – this cafe/restaurant overlooking the canal in Haggerston, is the perfect spot for a relaxed lunch, or weekend brunch.

The best part of their menu is undoubtedly their incredible filled sourdoughs, or ‘breakfasts in bed’. Filled with anything from smoked salmon and cream cheese, to asparagus and fried eggs, they’re a must have.