Cafe Route

Restaurants, Cafés Kingsland
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A popular cafe, deli and bistro in Dalston, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. It certainly looks the part, with bunches of dried chillies and garlic bulbs hanging from high, shelves stacked with pantry produce and cute little hampers overflowing with canned olives, tinned sardines and dried pasta. A long counter showcases the colourful salads.

Breakfasts prove popular, with Monmouth coffee and Kandula tea served alongside granola, traditional English breakfasts, veggie versions, eggs benedict, omelettes and shakshuka - a Middle Eastern skillet of eggs, tomatoes, peppers and onions. Mimosas and Red Snappers (Gin Mare, tomato juice, vegetable broth, celery salt, lemon juice and black pepper) sit under the 'hair of the dog' section - a sensible addition to the menu perhaps, given the locale. 

Those pretty salads (fennel, pear, radicchio and pomegranate, or cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cranberries and almonds for example) prove popular at lunch and dinner, and are served on their own or as plates of three or four together. Lunchtimes also see sandwiches, burgers and mains such as lemon and tarragon chicken with shallots, or sweet-chilli glazed salmon served. The charcoal grill is fired up in the evening, with onglet steaks, lamb fillets and thyme chicken breasts given the smokey treatment.

A short wine list concentrates on the old world, with plenty from France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. Keep an eye out for special additions to the drinks list, too. 


Venue name: Cafe Route
Address: Unit A
Gaumont Tower
Dalston Square
E8 3BQ
Opening hours: 7am-10.30pm every day
Transport: Overground Stations: Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland London Buses: 38, 30, 149, 67, 243, 76
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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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After a failed attempt to go to the cinema (faulty film roll) we ended up hunting down a place to grab a bite on a Sunday morning in Dalston - which of course is not the easiest task. We ended up walking past Café Route and were lucky enough to grab a table.

The staff was really nice and the menu is amazing - lots of choices and it takes a while(or you spend most of a day there). Although it seemed rather busy once you sit you don't feel in anymore.

It's worth booking a place, but if you are not in a hurry - you can always just stop by.

Inci G

Lovely place with great food. Really nice and welcoming staff all the time.

Jenny M

This is my local and it does a variety of awesome food, from brunches, lunch and dinner.

Phoebe C

Dalston's answer to Ottolenghi. Great coffee, incredible Mediterranean / Middle Eastern food and fantastic service.

Gemma R

We visit Café Route most weekends for brunch and quite regularly for dinner too. The food is always spot on and the menu choice is amazing! The staff are friendly and the service is also great. Basically, you can't fault this place. It's our go-to every time!

Les B

I have watched this cafe grow from a little known side street cafe to a vibrant and much loved venue. The staff are friendly and efficient. The food is always of the highest quality and well presented. Cafe Route is now a busy and respected venue in the hub of Dalston.

Lynsey G

Consistantly good, which is such a rareity in London. Customer service is as good as the food they serve. Can't rate this place enough!

Isil U

It's the best coffee you can ever taste in Dalston. The food is very delicious, the customer service is so welcoming and the ambience of this café is just amazing and relaxing.. Highly recommend for the salad lovers.

Ahmet A

This café is by far the most exciting and café in Dalston. The ambience of the café it's self is another story, however the food (especially the salads) are so tasty!!

James D

Totally amazing enjoyable relaxed place, my favourite in Dalston. I highly recommend the coffee too!

mustafa g

i enjoy going caferoute cause i love the food and the price is very good also staff there is very polite and lovely

Ozlem K

I enjoy going caferoute cause staff there is very polite and kind, And food is amazing clean. Price is very good.

Mehmet A

Had breakfast lunch and dinner in this venue many many times it's never disappointed me! It's not your new trendy cafe they've been going for over three years now, and every time I visit It seems to be better and better will highly recommend it to everyone

Lisa S

My favourite cafe in Dalston. Fresh, flavoursome food with a distinctly Turkish edge, using healthy ingredients that somehow still taste indulgent. Brunch particularly good, the full english and shakshuka both brilliant - with a mimosa to wash it down, of course. Also worth checking out the deli on your way out, for meats and cheeses and gourmet store cupboard treats. Service always helpful and friendly, which a particular positive in Dalston.

Alanna S

Great British and Turkish brunches, coffees, smoothies and Bloody Mary's. Highly recommend the salmon + 2 salad lunch option and keen to go back for an evening dinner. Nice decor, friendly staff and quick service. And the prettiest tap water jugs in the whole of London.