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Shoreditch cafés and coffee shops

Try these fantastic cafés and coffee houses in Shoreditch

Michael Franke
Albion at The Boundary Project

East London is a stomping ground for coffee enthusiasts, and we've rounded up our favourite cafés. Be tempted by a light brunch at Leila's Shop, a connoisseur's brew at Prufrock Coffee or something more hearty at Albion at The Boundary Project. Try Time Out's guide to the best cafés in Shoreditch to satisfy those early morning cravings.

Prufrock Coffee

East London: stomping ground of the coffee connoisseurs. No-one should pass through Shoreditch without a pilgrimage to Prufrock. What’s the big fuss? Mainly that the shiny Victoria Arduino espresso machine has been operated by top coffee names, from the 2009 Swedish Barista Champion Mattias Björklund to the UK’s first World Barista Champion, Gwylim Davies.

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Allpress Espresso

We have yet to visit Allpress when it hasn’t been crowded. This winning corner spot – tables and counter at one end of a light-filled room, the coffee roaster at the other – is a solid fixture in Shoreditch’s increasingly well-populated catering scene.

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Shoreditch

Leila's Shop

Leila McAlister’s eclectic store has the nous to distinguish between crusty and gooey brownies and offer customers the choice. There are fresh, seasonal fruit and veg, breads and cheeses, French sunflower oil (sold from large plastic bottles), and bags of marcona almonds.

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Shoreditch

Albion at The Boundary Project

Critics' choice

Albion describes itself somewhat self-consciously as a ‘caff’, but no greasy spoon in London was ever designed and owned by Terence Conran, and certainly none has its own maître d’. But in spirit, at least, it is something approaching a café for 21st-century Shoreditch – a place where locals can drop in for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner, or just a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

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Shoreditch

Shoreditch Grind

Shoreditch Grind has acquired a good reputation since its founding in 2011, and there’s much to admire. The high-ceilinged space has a striking view of Silicon Roundabout. And food and drink are mostly up to scratch.

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Old Street

Lily Vanilli

Critics' choice

Lily Jones (aka Lily Vanilli) carved out a solid, celebrity-packed fan base well before opening her own bakery. Her foray into sculptural, macabre cake creations (roadkill cake, gingerbread gravestones, marzipan beetles) gave sweet treats a contemporary, anti-cute makeover and set her far apart from the mainstream cupcake clan.

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Bethnal Green

Nude Espresso

This original branch of Nude just never stops being busy, even at times of the day that should be quiet. The enduring popularity has a pretty simple explanation: quality and (relative) consistency. That, plus a sizeable local catchment area encompassing business as well as residential custom.

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Spitalfields

Breakfast Club

Hey, kids! With the aura of a chipper kids’ TV presenter, the Breakfast Club invites punters to wallow in an ersatz homage to an 1980s youth, with Roland Rat posters and the soundtrack of a ‘90s adolescence.

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Spitalfields
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Comments

9 comments
sonia
sonia

Paper & Cup on Calvert Avenue is amaaaayzing! I've just started working at SCT, the charity that set this coffee bookshop up. I used to drink only Climpsons coffee on Broadway Market but this is just as good. Nice and friendly staff with mellow vibes. All the pastries are locally-made too. Nice......

Vian
Vian

Fix coffee shop has the best coffee in town!

Sophie
Sophie

What about the Shoreditch Grind??? From coffee to cocktails it cant be beaten!!!!

Dixie
Dixie

Ozone has just opened up on Leonard Street serving some of the best coffee I have ever had in London (the cappuccino is incredible), in a really cool space. It's slightly more expensive than your average (said cappuccino costs £2.65) but worth it. Oh, and they have their own roaster downstairs! Mmmmmm.

Sass
Sass

Time for the Timeout team to get down to Giddy Up Floripa on Old St/Great Eastern St. Though, if you wrote this article a week ago it wasn't lighting up the Brazilian Restaurant's front decking yet. Drop by the new kid on the block to see what you're missing.

Elisa Chami-Castaldi
Elisa Chami-Castaldi

The Bridge Coffe House is undoubtedly the best cafe in shoreditch. Amazing coffee, and you step back in time as you enter. Beautiful place. If you go, make sure you discover 'upstairs'. It's pretty special.

Sarah Dunbavand
Sarah Dunbavand

Grand opening of Foxcroft & Ginger's Expresso Bar and Food Emporium will be on 3 Dec 2012, Press Day 1 Dec 2011. At 42-43 Boxpark Mall, 2 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch. London E1 6JY. Following on from their great success with Foxcroft & Ginger in Berwick Street, Soho.

Bruce Benjamin
Bruce Benjamin

A. Gold Shop is not a café, it's a hybrid between a shop and a hidden British cult food gem in the heart of Spitalfields. I' not sure if it's considered Shoreditch or not but to me that's the wonder of London, you aim for Shoreditch you get A.Gold on Brushfield Street. They have organic Monmouth coffee, filtered as it should be. The staff is trained with Monmouth so they know their stuff. Most of their products are homemade, cakes, sandwiches, even scotch eggs. The prices will take you back to a time when Shoreditch didn't stand for paying more just to hangout somewhere cool.

KK3
KK3

Best coffee shop in the area is undoubtedly Nude Expresso. The main coffee shop is on Hanbury Street, but they have a roastery in the Old Truman Brewery and the smell is intoxicating when they are roasting those coffee beans. Staff are extremely friendly, its so lovely to see a proper coffee shop as opposed to the 'in your face' dare I say, commercial counterparts. This one does its own roasting, and makes a great cup of coffee! Worth a visit if you need a coffee hit whilst in the area.