In the courtyard of Dalston’s creative hub, this Aussie-owned gem mixes cosy industrial/studio vibes with a serious attitude to coffee. House beans are sourced from Alchemy, guest names appear on rotation and there’s an equally alluring Antipodean-style menu, plus there are ceramic exhibits and weekend brunch/yoga sessions for the wholesome extroverts. There's also a bakehouse branch in Hackney Downs, which specialises in cake, patisserie and sourdoughs.
Do you like coffee? Trick question: everyone likes coffee. Apart from that small group who prefer tea. And that even smaller group who ‘don’t do hot drinks’ (strange). London, obviously, has a great many cafés, but how to choose? We've got normal ones and really posh ones. Massive ones and tiny ones. Bad ones and good ones.
This list is our attempt to group together all the good ones. This isn’t about who has the fanciest beans or the most enjoyably knowledgable/patronising baristas. It’s about what venues work for us. Where do we want to while away a few hours, pretending the real world doesn’t exist?
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