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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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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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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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Restaurants

Tangerina Coffee Shop

An independent Stoke Newington coffee shop and café on Green Lanes. Expect a little Brazilian influence - one of the husband and wife duo behind it hails from Sao Paulo. 

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Shopping

Knit with Attitude

A Stoke Newington High Street shop and school with a focus on eco-friendly and ethical knitting. 

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Things to do

Growing Communities

Based in the borough of Hackney, Growing Communities brings people together to support local, organic farmers. They teach people how to grow organic food and run Patchwork Farm – which is made up of 12 different garden sites aroun Hackney, hence the name – and another farm in Dagenham, both of which supply their farmers market and fruit and veg scheme that provides weekly bags of produce locally in exchange for £12-£16.25 per week. Growing Communities is always looking for new volunteers, so if you feel like getting your hands dirty, get in touch with them.

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Comments

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!!! :(((