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Stoke Newington area guide

Discover the best restaurants, bars, pubs and shops in Stoke Newington

There are few places in London that offer the zest, charm and charisma of Stoke Newington. Church Street is the area's lively epicentre, with packed-out bars and pubs never too far away. Stokie's shops overflow with indie labels and vintage goods and its restaurants are noteworthy for their diversity as well as their quality. Of course much of N16's success is down to the remarkably strong presence of independent business in the area, making it a truly distinctive part of the capital.

What are your favourite Stoke Newington haunts? Let us know in the comments.

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The Haberdashery
Restaurants

The Haberdashery

Sandwiches, brunches and cakes are served on mismatched vintage crockery at this cute, Mediterranean influenced café-bar. They have also started serving dinner from Thursday through Saturday. For a review of their branch in Crouch End, click here. 

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Lizzy's On the Green

A café kiosk right on Newington Green, with pastries, cookies, muesli, coffee/tea and the occasional Bloody Mary. Seating and tables are outside.

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Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables

Greengrocers selling fresh produce, the variety and quality of which far surpasses your local supermarket

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Rio Cinema

Rio Cinema

This Dalston cinema opened as the Kingsland Empire in 1915 (although films were shown on the same site several years before in a converted shop). The venue was significantly changed in the 1930s and reopened as the Classic in 1937 – very similar to how it looks today. It became the Rio in 1976 and is now one of the few genuinely independent movie houses in London. A single-screen cinema with a grand, two-floor auditorium, the Rio shows mostly independent and foreign films, with a healthy sprinkling of double bills, classics and films for kids. The foyer is a compact but welcoming place to find food and drink before a film – although you might want to save yourself for one of Dalston’s Turkish restaurants.

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Auld Shillelagh
Bars and pubs

Auld Shillelagh

The added-value attractions at this skinny little Church Street boozer are numerous: sporadic themed music nights (including the Bowie Bar on the second Thursday of the month, with films and food – Diamond Hot Dogs, anyone? – to go with the tunes), big-screen football, a surprisingly large beer garden. But the Shillelagh is at its best when it keeps things simple, as an honest, uncomplicated Irish pub (as opposed to Irish-themed pub; the difference is crucial) that draws a devoted circle of boozed-up Stoke Newingtonians most nights of the week. It’s the kind of pub where the wine list runs to ‘red or white’, and where the staff are so matey and hospitable that they’ll offer to bring your Guinness over to your table rather than have you hang around at the bar and wait for it to reach perfection. No wonder everybody here always seems to be in such a good mood.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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4 comments
lily S
lily S

T&SHOP between Newington Green and Clissold park does great coffee for a tea shop, it's roasted by Caravan in Kings Cross. I got some really great handmade ceramic bowls as a present there too- really recommend trying it out!

AGK
AGK

Seems to be no mention of the best cafés so I thought I would volunteer one: Tangerina, www.tangerina.co.uk, on Green Lanes has some of the best coffee in N16 and a great mix of Brazilian and European influences to boot. Then there are clasics like the Blue Legume. Where is the list of the best coffee shops in Stokey?

Jenna F
Jenna F

If you're a parent in Stoke Newington there's also a fabulous website www.stokeyparents.com which feautres loads of classes and events for children and babies...

Olga
Olga

I love stoke newington church street but it's so expansive to live....so sad that I have to move!! I can't find any studio around, only agency that want to to rent you at impossible price!!! :(((