Hackney restaurants and cafés

Hackney does an amazing line in cafés. Long White Cloud represents New Zealand, while Railroad is as eclectic as the area it serves. Catering for the carnivores is Argentinian restaurant Buen Ayre while lovers of Vietnamese fare head to Green Papaya. For a 'secret' dinner date, join the Bruncheon Club at a yet-to-be-disclosed location.

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

  • Buen Ayre

    Rating: 5/5 Restaurant: Argentinian, 50 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ

    Unless they're happy eating just-melted provolone cheese and portobello mushrooms, vegetarians should steer clear of this big-and-beefy Argentinian grill restaurant. The massive...
    Read Buen Ayre review

  • Bruncheon Club

    Rating: 4/5 Café, a secret location, London, E8

    You don't book a seat at this brunch-based twist on an underground restaurant, you 'join the club'. You don't get your own table, you pull up a seat with five other guests. And...
    Read Bruncheon Club review

  • Climpson & Sons

    Rating: 4/5 Coffee house, 67 Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH

    Dedication and a sense of fun is what makes C&S stand out - securing 'naked' La Marzocco portafilters (so baristas can see straight away if they've pulled a good shot) was a day...
    Read Climpson & Sons review

  • Counter Café

    Rating: 4/5 Café, 7 Roach Road, London, E3 2PA

    A light industrial estate where the Hertford Union Canal meets the Lee Navigation, opposite the Olympic Stadium - not the first bit of London you'd think of when looking for a buzzy café, but...
    Read Counter Café review

  • Long White Cloud

    Rating: 4/5 Coffee house, 151 Hackney Road, London, E2 8JL

    The Ponsonby district is Auckland's hipstertown, full of cool bars and brunchy independent cafés. Shoreditch is the approximate London equivalent (a grubbier version without the friendly...
    Read Long White Cloud review

  • Railroad

    Rating: 4/5 Café-bar, 120-122 Morning Lane, London, E9 6LH

    It's the sort of place that could only exist in Hackney. A former barbers and a Nigerian wine bar have been knocked together, given a lick of paint then embellished with not much more...
    Read Railroad review

  • Wilton's

    Rating: 4/5 Coffee house, 63 Wilton Way, London, E8 1BG

    Once the new kid on the java block, now an institution beloved of solo sippers and rouged-up fashionistas alike...
    Read Wilton's review

  • Green Papaya

    Rating: 3/5 Restaurant: Vietnamese, 191 Mare Street, London, E8 3QE

    Green Papaya makes the most of its proximity to Mare Street's concentration of Vietnamese supermarkets; its unusual menu is more adventurous than some other proponents of the cuisine...
    Read Green Papaya review

  • Violet Cakes

    Rating: 3/5 Café, 47 Wilton Way, London, E8 3ED

    Cupcakes have been popping up all over since Carrie and the girls Manolo-ed their way into Magnolia Bakery, NYC. For a few years, and in ever-growing numbers, Londoners don't seem to be...
    Read Violet Cakes review

  • Tre Viet

    Rating: 3/5 Restaurant: Vietnamese, 247 Mare Street, London, E8 3NS

    Such is the popularity of Tre Viet that the business recently spread into another unit just up the road. Both venues share similar utilitarian decor; both serve the same list of Vietnamese classics...
    Read Tre Viet review

  • LMNT

    Rating: 3/5 Restaurant: Modern European, 316 Queensbridge Road, London, E8 3NH

    First-timers to LMNT should be prepared to spend time examining the eccentric decor. A huge gold Egyptian pharaoh greets you upon entering, while ceiling drapes in bright...
    Read LMNT review