Hackney Eating Guide

Hackney Eating Guide

A definitive list of the best places to eat in Hackney.

If you’re a food lover, then you’ll be in paradise in Hackney. What Hackney really excels at is those atmospheric neighbourhood restaurants/cafes that are buzzing with life and soul. Plus, the food’s not half bad either.




This restaurant is a firm favourite. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to put it forward as being one of the best restaurants in the capital. The space is atmospheric, there’s a real buzz amongst the clientele, the staff are informative and friendly, and the food sublime.

Address: 197-201 Richmond Road, E8 3NJ

Telephone: 020 8985 2683


Buen Ayre 

Buen Ayre is a red meat-lovers dream. It’s an authentic Argentine steakhouse, which sits in the heart of Broadway Market. Our tip: amble alongside Regent’s Canal Saturday mid-morning, sample culinary delights from Broadway Market food stalls, finally, drop by for a hearty lunch of steak accompanied by a glass of Malbec. Delicioso.

Address: 50 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

Telephone: 0207 275 9900


E5 Bakehouse 

Life really doesn’t get any better than a warm loaf of Hackney wild sourdough bread. In fact, it’s so good that we would happily eat it all day, every day. However, if you like a bit more variety in your diet then these master bakers also sell delicious cakes, pizzas, sandwiches, breakfasts and hot meals. Don’t miss out.

Address: Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, E8 3PH

Telephone: 0208 986 9600



Keeping with the baking theme, Violet Cakes on Wilton Way is an absolute must-visit for sweet lovers. It’s filled to the brim with outstanding cakes, pastries, biscuits, buns…well, you get the picture. Their cakes taste as good as they look, and that’s a high accolade.

Address: 47 Wilton Way, E8 3ED

Telephone: 020 7275 8360


Floyd’s on the Lane 

Eating at Floyd’s feels like a fantastic discovery. It’s a discreet and cosy restaurant situated on Shacklewell Lane in Dalston, where food is at the heart of what they do. It’s the perfect place to enjoy an evening with a close circle of friends. Plus, the cocktails are great.

Address: 89 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EB

Telephone: 020 7923 7714


The Hackney Pearl 

Situated in Hackney Wick, this has long been a firm favourite with the local arts crowd. The Hackney Pearl has a cool and relaxed atmosphere. It’s a perfect location for enjoying one of their delicious locally supplied dishes and a pint, from their wide selection of craft ale. Don’t forget about the 2-for-1 seasonal cocktails (Monday – Thursday).

Address: 11 Prince Edward Road, E9 5LX

Telephone: 020 8510 3605


Counter Café 

Couter Café is perfect for a weekend brunch. Stroll along the canal to Hackney Wick to find this stylish independent café hidden inside the Stour Space gallery. If you’re a coffee fiend then this is the place for you, as they roast on site.

Address: 7 Road Road, Hackney Wick, E3 2PA

Telephone: 0783 4275 920


Hackney Bureau 

You may encounter a queue, but hey, we’re all willing to wait for the good stuff. Hackney Bureau has become renowned for healthy, fresh and honest food, making it a must-visit in the area. If having great food isn’t enough, then the interior is something to behold.

Address: 3 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP

Telephone: 0208 533 6083


Reilly Rocket 

Taking its inspiration from the centre of the café world: Melbourne. This Aussie-style café will satisfy the coffee connoisseur with their locally roasted coffee. It aims to produce a locally sourced menu full of simple, yet delicious dishes.

Address: 507 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AU


The Wilton Way Café 

If you’re looking for a quaint and wholesome local, then this is the place for you. The Wilton Way Café has legendary status in Hackney for their delicious and locally sourced meals. Our tip is to order the rocket, roasted pepper and chorizo sandwich. Don’t miss their programme of local arts events.

Address: 63 Wilton Way, E8 1BS


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