Dalston restaurants and cafés

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Dalston may have a reputation for amazing Turkish food (which places like 19 Numara Bos Cirrik I uphold), but there's actually a huge range of outstanding restaurants in the area now. Shanghai Dalston brings Shanghai's regional dishes to east London, whilst British food is provided by A Little of What You Fancy. And for simple, seasonal fare alongside Regent's Canal, you must go down to Towpath.

Think we've missed a great restaurant or café in Dalston? Let us know in the comment box below

Mangal Ocakbasi

  • Rated as: 4/5

Grill: Turkish

The tang of carbonised meat that hangs in the air of Stoke Newington Road is an olfactory reminder you're in ocakbası territory. 

  1. 10 Arcola Street, London, E8 2DJ

Tina, we salute you

  • Rated as: 5/5

Coffee house: European

Here, the magic comes from Square Mile beans and a shiny, top-notch La Marzocco machine. Our barista pulled the perfect shot. 

  1. 47 King Henry's Walk, London, N1 4NH

19 Numara Bos Cirrik I

Grill: Turkish

There are many reasons to visit this long-standing Hackney favourite, but the decor isn't one of them... 

  1. 34 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XJ

A Little of What You Fancy

  • Rated as: 4/5

Restaurants & cafés: British

Hackney's patterns of immigration have ensured the borough has never been short of decent dining options.... 

  1. 464 Kingsland Rd, London, E8 4AE


  • Rated as: 5/5

Café: British

The joggers, cyclists and narrowboats that patrol the Dalston stretch of the Regent's Canal were thrown off course... 

  1. Regent's Canal towpath, between Whitmore Bridge and Kingsland Road Bridge, London, N1 5SB

Bardens boudoir Cafe

  • Rated as: 3/5

Café: British

Barden's - better-known as a nightlife venue - also has an all-day menu including numerous breakfast and brunch options... 

  1. 36 Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 7XJ

Users say

Derek Smalls
Derek Smalls

The Mangal restaurants are better known and as such tend to get all the plaudits, but having tried seemingly every option in the area, the best Turkish in Dalston is definitely Umut 2000 on Crossway. The best value too. The adana kebab and the bread are particularly special.

mark dolan
mark dolan

Best new opening in Dalston ? White Rabbit on Bradbury Street, opposite the Vortex , packing them in with seriously good food for sharing