Dalston area guide

Clubs, kebabs, markets and independents of all sorts all make Dalston a great place to explore

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It may not seem the case as you peer out of the Overground station, but Dalston is packed with fun nights out, affordable (delicious) meals and unique bargain buys. Our guide to Dalston's best bits will help you get to grips with an area that's a glorious blend of London's many tastes and characters.

Where to eat in Dalston

Tina, We Salute You

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 47 King Henry's Walk, N1 4NH
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Mangal Ocakbasi

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Arcola Street, E8 2DJ
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Advisory

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 161 Mare St, E8 3RH
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Floyd's

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 89 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EB
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Dalston's best bars and pubs

Railway Tavern

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. 2 St Jude Street, N16 8JT
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Ruby's

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 76 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 7XB
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Prince George

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 40 Parkholme Road, E8 3AG
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Ridley Road Market Bar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 49 Ridley Rd, E8 2NP
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Great places to plan a visit around

Dalston Roof Park

A mere hop, skip and ladylike stumble from Dalston Kingsland station is the Print House, a four-storey former factory which is home to the innovative Bootstrap Company and the annual outing of the Dalston Roof Park. Designed by Zector Architects it's a staggering space – and not just because of the views over the City.

  1. Print House, 18 Ashwin St, E8 3DL
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Rio Cinema (Dalston)

New indie and mainstream releases are brought to Dalston by this friendly independent cinema.

  1. 107 Kingsland High St, E8 2PY
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Princess May Car Boot Sale

Princess May draws an appropriately hip Stoke Newington and Dalston crowd at its lively sale for vintage and valuables. There's usually a great choice of costume jewellery. 50p entry (£3 before 9am)

  1. Princess May Primary School, Barrett's Grove, N16 8DF
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What's on in Dalston this week?

First Love

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin St, E8 3DL
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Dec 13
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  1. The Alibi Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Sat Feb 7
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John Butcher

  • Critics choice
  1. Cafe Oto 18-22 Ashwin St, E8 3DL
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Nov 29
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  1. Shacklewell Studios 18-24 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EZ
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Sat Nov 29
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  1. Ophelia 574 Kingsland Road, E8 4AH
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Nov 29
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Laetitia Sadier Trio

  • Critics choice
  1. Cafe Oto 18-22 Ashwin St, E8 3DL
  2. Fri Dec 5
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DJ T + Krankbrother

  • Critics choice
  1. The Nest Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 7XJ
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sat Dec 6
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A.M.
A.M.

Try small stall with Trinidad food on Ridley Road Market, which is served by merry woman.

A.M.
A.M.

Try traditional portuguese bacalao a bra (salted cod) in The Portuguese Conspiracy 

writtenbyfitton
writtenbyfitton

Ruby's cocktail bar - underneath the vintage cinema sign on Kingsland Rd. Great drinks. Quirky place.

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Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blogger | HYHOI.com

HitachiSpotter
HitachiSpotter

The A10, so I can leave all the hipsters behind.

Valeria T
Valeria T

I think the best Turkish food you can find in Dalston is in Umut 2000. I been going there for the last 2 years at least once every 2 months; the quality of food is very consistent and the service is excellent!

GR8KATSBY
GR8KATSBY

Ridley Road Market Bar - killer ginger beer mojitos

Alice
Alice

For 2 years I have been eating at Stone Cave for at least once a month. The food is great, Atmosphere is great, Service is exceptional and it is well priced. Great place for all occasions. Recommended place in Dalston.

Tallulah
Tallulah

Has anyone checked out the Anglia Grove Snooker Club? It's underneath the Victorian railway arches under the Hackney Downs Railway Station. Recently refurbished. Very atmospheric, proper East End snooker club, very authentic unlike those glitzy american clubs. This is a club for serious players. 10 Full size snooker tables , 2 pool tables , Slot machines and licensed bar. Friendly, fun staff. Off the beaten track but well worth finding, it's a local secret. Has large tv screen so that you can watch football whilst waiting for a table. Real mix of clients which adds to the uniqueness of the club. Busy on the weekends and public holidays so book a table in advance.

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