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Caffeine tour of Hackney


Where to get that perfect coffee in Hackney?

Coffee forms an important part of many of our days – whether it gets you up in the morning, gives you an excuse to meet a friend, or just provides you some refuge as you sip a cup of joe while doing some work, Hackney coffee shops are a key part of the area.

There are almost too many specialist coffee shops in the East London area to conquer all of them, so we’ve pulled together a tour of some of our favourite caffeinated spots in the area, and hopefully there’ll be something new for you to try.

Caffeine, Stoke Newington Church Street
With a beautiful logo representing the scientific formula for caffeine, you know Caffeine is somewhere to pick up a pick-me-up. Stoke Newington Church Street is possibly the most competitive place to get a cup of coffee in the area, but the newcomers to the area are enjoying great success with their locally sourced coffee, and always-organic milk for flat white fans.
134 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0JU

Esters is a neighbourhood institution. During the week it’s full of families catching up, but come a winter weekend the windows are steaming up thanks to the huge amount of people clawing their way inside to get breakfast. And it wouldn’t be Stokey without a range of alternative milks available for the perfect latte.
55 Kynaston Road N16 0EB

Tina We Salute You
Tucked away off the main Kingsland Road strip, Tina We Salute You is a fantastic hidden spot to show off to newcomers to the area, who won’t be disappointed by the coffee which made the place famous. Breakfast and brunch are strong offerings too, meaning it’s always full at the weekend – so much so that they’ve just opened a second branch in Stratford.
47 King Henry’s Walk N1 4NH

Brunswick East

Brunswick East
Australian heritage means the owners of Brunswick East are obsessive about their coffee, and it pays off. This independent business makes sure everything feels independent, with all-organic food served seven days a week, and only the best (in their eyes) coffee from locals Alchemy, as well as the newest trend, bright green matcha lattes.
Unit 3D Stamford Works, Gillett Street, N16 8JH

Lizzy’s On The Green
Although you can only take full advantage of your treats from Lizzy’s on a nice day, given that it is, as the name suggests, right in the middle of Newington Green, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an effort to get yourself there. Delicious coffee is served with a friendly smile, and don’t miss out on the bacon bap.Newington Green Park, Newington Green Roundabout N16 9PX https://lizzysonthegreen.com

Lizzy’s On The Green

Palm Vaults
If you’re looking for a cool place to have your coffee, look no further. Miami-inspired Palm Vaults is colourful in every sense of the word – right down to its lattes that range from your usual milk and coffee, to those with turmeric, matcha and even beetroot, for a coffee that you’ll never forget.
411 Mare Street E8 1HY

Palm Vaults

Hatch is truly a spot of variety. Attached to a barber shop, the cafe has busy long benches downstairs and a quiet area upstairs with a library feel. With a quirky decor and a trendy clientele, you know it’s going to have good coffee, plus a delicious mezze board if you’re staying for lunch.
Unit G2, 8 Mackintosh Lane E9 2AB


Mouse & de Lotz
Off-setting office and meeting room costs to coffee shops is big business in Hackney, so Mouse and de Lotz, right next to the Hackney Downs arts complex, is a great tip for a freelancer. Their coffee is strong enough to push you through that deadline, or meeting and the sandwiches will keep you going through a tough day in the office.
103 Shacklewell Lane E8 2EB

Words: Victoria Gray
Photography: Gokce Pehlivanoglu