5 Best Coffee Shops in Hackney

The summer of rooftop bars is behind us, and it’s time to look forward to autumn and some more cosy hangout spots. I love a good coffee shop for getting my caffeine fix, eating avocado toast and almond croissants, and a cheeky bit of people watching.

We took a walk around Hackney and visited some of our favourite coffee shops: check them out in our video ⬇️

#1 – Hackney Coffee Company

Tucked in a side street near Cambridge Heath Station, Hackney Coffee Company is probably the best on our list for working in. The coffee shop is split into three sections: a cosy bar area, a small cafe section, and a large, airy space filled with plants and a skylight for plenty of natural light. For the days where it isn’t pouring down, there’s also a nice garden area! They offer all the usual coffee options, plus smoothies, brunch and lunch, and even cocktails. A light and airy place to get on with work or study, and for catching up with friends.

503 Hackney Road, E2 9ED

#2 – Palm Vaults

Any Londoner with even the slightest Instagram presence will have seen shots of Palm Vaults’ pink-and-gold decor and famous bright pink lattes (which are actually delicious). The cafe can be found in Hackney Central, between a pound shop and a nail salon in true Hackney fashion. They’re a fully vegetarian cafe, and although we didn’t sample the food, the avo toast the girl next to me was eating looked amazing! The signature pink latte was ‘Rose Velvet’ – sweet and fragrant just like Turkish Delight, with some dried petals on top for an extra touch.

411 Mare Street, E8 1HY

#3 – Climpson & Sons

London Fields looks so nice as the leaves start to turn, and while it’s still warm enough for a walk in the park, why not do so with a fresh coffee from Climpson & Sons? They source, roast and craft their coffees in East London, and all their coffee is roasted with environmentally friendly machinery, where the “objective is to evenly develop each coffee’s inherent sweetness, highlighting clarity and balance,” according to their website. A place for coffee connoisseurs, but also for an honest cup of joe in a cafe that’s a real part of the local community.

67 Broadway Market, E8 4PH

#4 – E5 Bakehouse

After all this coffee you’ll be in need of a tasty treat to take the edge off… so head to E5 Bakehouse. Located in the arches underneath the Overground at London Fields, this bakery is spread over two units where you can see the bakers at work in the kitchen, and tuck into a range of sweet and savoury pastries, cakes and biscuits. They serve a range of brunch and lunch options, and are also home to the Millhouse Shop where you can pick up goods such as unpackaged pulses, grains, seeds and nuts; a range of cheeses; fresh coffee; preserves and jams; and interesting cooking utensils.

395 Mentmore Terrace, E8 3PH

#5 – 21 SID

This one’s really close to the office, and as such is a great place to pop to for our afternoon pick-me-up. 21 SID make a beautifully creamy flat white, and when their baked goods are fresh the smell is delightful. A true Italian coffee shop and bakery, they make delicious focaccia, Italian sweet bakes, and flavoursome coffee – plus teas, smoothies and frappes.

21 Sidworth Street, E8 3SD

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