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Dalston restaurants and cafés

Discover our recommendations for the best restaurants in Dalston

Rob Greig / Time Out

Dalston may have a reputation for amazing Turkish food (which places like 19 Numara Bos Cirrik I uphold), but there's actually a huge range of outstanding restaurants in the area now. Shanghai Dalston brings Shanghai's regional dishes to east London, whilst British food is provided by A Little of What You Fancy. And for simple, seasonal fare alongside Regent's Canal, you must go down to Towpath.

Think we've missed a great restaurant or café in Dalston? Let us know in the comment box below.

Mangal Ocakbasi

5 out of 5 stars

Grill: Turkish

The tang of carbonised meat that hangs in the air of Stoke Newington Road is an olfactory reminder you're in ocakbası territory.

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Shacklewell

Tina, We Salute You

5 out of 5 stars

Coffee house: European

Here, the magic comes from Square Mile beans and a shiny, top-notch La Marzocco machine. Our barista pulled the perfect shot.

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Stoke Newington
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19 Numara Bos Cirrik I

3 out of 5 stars

Venue says: “A unique fusion of the traditional ocakbasi (charcoal grill) and rich, cold and hot plates with the warmth of Turkish & Kurdish hospitality”

Grill: Turkish

There are many reasons to visit this long-standing Hackney favourite, but the decor isn't one of them...

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Dalston

A Little of What You Fancy

3 out of 5 stars

Restaurants & cafés: British

Hackney's patterns of immigration have ensured the borough has never been short of decent dining options....

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Kingsland
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Mangal II

3 out of 5 stars

Restaurant: Turkish

When George walked in alone, we were worried something terrible had happened - but Gilbert joined him as soon as he'd been seated.

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Stoke Newington

Shanghai Dalston

2 out of 5 stars

Restaurant: Shanghainese

This former pie-and-mash shop is a curious hybrid that fits right into Dalston's eclectic high street.

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Kingsland
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Towpath

5 out of 5 stars

Café: British

The joggers, cyclists and narrowboats that patrol the Dalston stretch of the Regent's Canal were thrown off course...

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Mouse & De Lotz

3 out of 5 stars

Café: European

So
many lovely neighbourhood cafés and delis have opened in Hackney that they scarcely provoke a raised eyebrow any more...

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Shacklewell
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Bardens Boudoir Cafe

3 out of 5 stars

Café: British

Barden's - better-known as a nightlife venue - also has an all-day menu including numerous breakfast and brunch options...

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Dalston
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Comments

5 comments
Aren A

Please update this page it's too old :)

Ayaz A

I think Stone Cave has to be on the list.

Jill D

Jones & Sons, House of MoMo, Cafe Route and Brunswick East are all amazing!

Derek Smalls

The Mangal restaurants are better known and as such tend to get all the plaudits, but having tried seemingly every option in the area, the best Turkish in Dalston is definitely Umut 2000 on Crossway. The best value too. The adana kebab and the bread are particularly special.

mark dolan

Best new opening in Dalston ? White Rabbit on Bradbury Street, opposite the Vortex , packing them in with seriously good food for sharing