If you’re a dessert person, then you won’t want to miss The Hackney Pearl, with its homey feeling and perfect shabby-chic atmosphere. The coffee is good, the service is courteous, and their menu is delightfully accessible to vegetarians and vegans. The restaurant has a lovely tradition of offering ‘This Month’s Cocktails’, so try their latest concoction. The Hackney Pearl is situated in the creative heart of London, The Wick. It includes not only the highest concentration of artists but also musicians, writers, and performers. It is also home to many arts festivals. Don’t forget to visit the nearby Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which holds various events throughout the year.
Recommended dish: chocolate and prune tart with hazelnut biscuit crust and almond milk sorbet.
The Hackney Pearl, 11 Prince Edward Road, London E9 5LX, UK, +44 20 8510 3605
Rawduck has a hipster, relaxed atmosphere, which might be attributed to the old vinyl spinning on the back and its unusual tables, which are constructed so patrons can share. Not only is Rawduck a perfect spot for brunches with its high-quality products, but at night you can also enjoy great Italian and French wine as it transforms into a wine bar. The restaurant is available for private hire, and it also caters for outside events. Splendid ceramics are also on sale there; handmade jugs, bowls, cups and saucers, which can be seen on display.
Recommended dish: sunny fried eggs, charred asparagus and prosciutto.
Rawduck, 197 Richmond Road London, E8 3NJ, UK, +44 20 8986 6534
If you are wandering through Well Street Market be careful not to miss this charming, blue coloured café. Well Street Kitchen’s brunch menu is classic, the prices are affordable, and they offer take away as well. The coffee is good, and you should not miss the smashed avocado with poached eggs or the grilled tomatoes on toast. Keep up to date with Well Street Market on Twitter or Instagram, especially for their events and festivals.
Recommended dish: smashed avocado with poached eggs, and grilled tomatoes on toast.
Well Street Kitchen, 203 Well Street London E9 6QU, UK, +44 20 8533 6275
Morty and Bob’s is the one of the best places to drop in for brunch style hangs around the Broadway Market area, especially with a group of friends for a slow catch-up. Hidden up several flights of stairs in Netil House, you’ll leave feeling that this is one dreamy London loft you’ll probably never be able to afford, in spite of the trains rumbling past from the adjacent Overground line. The brunches at Morty and Bob’s have been frequently noted; they do you a solid smashed avocado that is 100% Instagram worthy, but you may want to get crazy and jump on into some cheese toastie action — they make one of the best in town, for sure. And even though there’s booze readily available, they’re not open in the evenings so brunch really is the best time to visit.
Recommended dish: Smashed avocado, Feta, Toasted seeds, Sourdough toast, and Poached eggs.
Netil House, 11-25 Westgate St, London, E8 3RL, UK, +4420 3095 9420
The Hackney Bureau first opened in 2010 as a gallery and coffee shop. While slowly growing, they were able to add a fully functioning kitchen, with crafted beers and wines. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free plates are also offered. The menu and décor are simple but both lovely. To not miss the restaurant, look out for the gallery sign posted in front of it. The restaurant still supports the art programme of ANDOR. Therefore, if you are also interested in the art world, and are eager to enjoy a nice exhibition, The Hackney Bureau hosts artists such as Ross Jardine, Michael Pybus, Craig Barnes, Gili Tal, Thomas Raat, and Herman van Ingelgem.
Recommended dish: ceviche, with a refreshing spritz
Hackney Bureau, 3 Mare Street, E8 4RP London, UK, +44 20 8533 6083
On a sunny day, Little Georgia is the nicest spot to eat. The tiny interior gives that feeling of nostalgia, with an antique gramophone, old-style phones hanging on the wall, sentimental black and white photos and fairy lights. The café is usually buzzing, not only due to its homely décor but also to its ambitious Georgian food. It is the perfect place to go with your family on weekends, especially if you are looking for an alcohol-free meal — the café does not serve any.
Recommended dish: pancake blini – blini served with smoked salmon, crème fraîche, and chives, and green salad.
Little Georgia, 87 Goldsmith’s Row, London, E2 8QR, UK, +44 207 739 8154
Since its opening in 2004, this typical French deli has been one of the hot spots of Hackney. If you decide to visit during the weekend, your patience will be exercised due to its popularity; it can be somewhat difficult to be seated. From the meat to the cheeses, to olives and salads, everything that is sold by Stef, the French owner, is high quality. We recommend leaving enough space at the end of your meal for dessert — fruit crumble tarts and a nice cup of particularly noteworthy coffee.
Recommended dish: pain au chocolate.
L’eau a La Bouche, 35-37 Broadway Market, Hackney, London, E8 4PH, UK, +4420 7923 0600
It seems to be just a fact of life we’ve grown used to recently, that anything that opens up in Hackney will automatically be cooler than at any equivalent place in London. Everything about Morito’s second restaurant in Hackney will make you want to bring all your friends here time and time again. It oozes cool. The Spanish food complete with North African influences is always worth the visit, and the occasional specials from the cook’s hometown in Crete, which, if they are available, we’d recommend sinking your teeth into.
Recommended dish: Huevos Rotos, Peppers, Smoked Paprika, and Chorizo.
Morito Hackney Road, 195 Hackney Road, London E2 8JL, UK,+4420 7613 0754
Noteworthy on this menu is the prosecco on tap and the ratatouille with poached eggs. The food is a combination of Italian and British. Everything in Market Café screams trendy, especially its location at the bottom end of Broadway Market overseeing the canal. We recommend that you sit in front of the windows and observe the buzzing of a busy Broadway Market morning while enjoying a piece of delicious orange cheesecake.
Recommended dish: herby ham hock hash with a fried egg.
Market Café, 2 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ, UK, +4420 7249 9070
E5 Bakehouse is the best bakery in the area; in fact most of the cafés and restaurants in Hackney are known to serve its bread. The bakery is famous for offering first-class organic food, with a passion for handcrafting. Everything in the venue is based on renewable sources, biodegradable packaging, recycling and composting. The café’s menu changes daily, hence every day is a new discovery. Moreover, they offer classes for those interested in learning the secrets of baking.
Recommended dish: salami on a freshly baked sourdough baguette with fig and orange tapenade.
E5 Bakehouse, Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH, UK, +44 20 8525 2890