If you're in the Hackney area this weekend, think outside the cereal bowl and stuff your face with baked goods at these local spots instead.
Courtesy of E5 Bakehouse
E5 Bakehouse was started by Ben Mackinnon in 2011 after he packed in his stuffy office job for a venture on the wide open road. When in Andalucía, Spain, Ben baked a loaf of bread from a bag of flour and a packet of yeast that he stumbled upon, and the rest is history. With its crafty team and a 72-hour fermentation process, E5 bakes its buns off like no other. The Stockholm, Hackney Wild or Seeded Rye loaves are among the best bread in Hackney. Fill your tote with baked goods or sit in the railway-arch café for a dose of Hackney hipster fashion. You will have to pleasantly queue for your fix as the small capacity space is ridiculously popular from 7am to 7pm every day.
Not only is The Dusty Knuckle bringing a cool edge to a refurbished shipping container, it's also an award-winning social enterprise employing young people who need it the most – early school leavers and the long-term unemployed. Born in a home kitchen with the original mission to bake and sell 16 sourdoughs, The Dusty Knuckle team now outsource to nearby cafés by cycling with 80 kilos worth of precious bread daily. Grab a loaf and make the ultimate DIY bacon sarnie at home.
Photography by Nina Sologube | Courtesy of The Dusty Knuckle
Violet Bakery is the sweet creation of American baker and food writer Clare Ptak. A grab-and-go bakery on a Hackney residential street, Violet's open plan set-up is homely and remains true to its humble Broadway Market beginning in 2010. Refined in its selection of baked goods, Violet will curb your sugar cravings with the freshest ginger and molasses cake, which will whip your weekend – if not your figure – into shape. All of Violet Bakery's cakes are baked with organic flour, milk and eggs along with purely seasonal fruits.
Courtesy of Violet Bakery
You cannot miss the opportunity to turn your weekend into a sensational Swedish one with Fabrique's jaw-dropping cinnamon buns. We began to notice an influx of its bakery bags across the city, and soon joined the Fabrique fiends following the wafts of oven-baked treats oozing warm butter and spice. After Fabrique's Hoxton bakery proved to be a hit with hungry Londoners, there are now branches in Covent Garden and Notting Hill, too. Not only are we in awe of its methods, there's also the fact that its ecological ethos has Londoners connecting with sustainable Swedish produce.
Courtesy of Fabrique
Still hungry? Here are the best cupcakes in town.