The best independent food shops in East London

The best independent food shops in East London

The diverse and trendy neighbourhoods of Hackney Wick, Bethnal Green, and Lower Clapton are home to some of our most desirable developments. And, as any nose-to-the-ground foodie will know, they’re also home to a thriving food scene, including some of London’s best restaurants and cafés, vibrant produce markets and lots of  independent food stores.

With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to think about where to shop for all sorts of produce and culinary delights, whether you opt for a classic British Christmas spread, a mix of nibbles to please a range of palates, or a festive vegan or veggie feast.

Let's explore some of the best independent food stores in East London to help you buy quality produce while supporting local businesses this Christmas.


1. Hackney Fresh

Located in the heart of Hackney Wick, Hackney Fresh is a haven for those looking for local, organic and ethically sourced produce. From fresh fruits and vegetables to artisanal cheeses and organic pantry staples, this store is a one-stop-shop for foodies who prefer to buy organic. The welcoming atmosphere and knowledgeable staff add to the lovely overall shopping experience, and they typically stock festive treats like panettone and Christmas themed chocolates. And even the perfect stocking fillers like socks, candles and handmade soaps.

Bring a basket - it’s just a 9-minute cycle from our homes at Arcadia View, Lower Clapton

2. The Dusty Knuckle

A loaf of sourdough from Hackney’s legendary bakery The Dusty Knuckle could elevate your Boxing Day sandwich so much that Christmas dinner becomes the secondary event from here on out. Ditch the supermarket loaf for arguably the best loaf in London and enjoy a leftovers sandwich you’ll be dreaming about until next year.

It’s a 13-minute bike ride away from our home at Arcadia View, Lower Clapton

3. The Deli Downstairs

Tucked away in the bustling streets of Hackney, and just a 25 minute walk from homes at Vodion, The Deli Downstairs is a true gem for food enthusiasts. This gourmet haven offers an array of carefully curated products, from local artisanal cheeses and charcuterie to freshly baked bread and pastries. And because Christmas isn’t Christmas without an epic cheeseboard, we recommend adding some of their preserves, honeys and other delicious accompaniments to your festive shopping list.

4. Leila's Shop

A stone's throw from Broadway Market, and our homes at Corner Place, Bethnal Green, Leila's Shop is a quaint and charming food store, just a 9 minute bike ride away that perfectly captures the essence of the local food movement. The emphasis here is on simplicity, quality, and a celebration of seasonal produce sourced locally. In fact, available produce is so seasonal they even have an updating online ‘stock list’ to order from, depending on what they have. Leila's invites you to slow down and be intentional about your food.

5. Palm 2

A bit of an institution in Lower Clapton, Palm 2 is not just a convenience store; it's an Aladdin's cave that probably has everything but the turkey on your Christmas shopping list. The deli section boasts a curated selection of cheeses, charcuterie, and freshly baked bread. There’s also a range of organic wines and local craft beers to enjoy by the fire. With a focus on local and artisanal products, Palm 2 has become a community hub for those who prefer to shop locally for great produce. It could become a firm favourite of those who live at our homes in Arcadia View, it’s located just a 13 minute walk away.


6. Furanxo

Furanxo, a Spanish deli in Lower Clapton, brings the vibrant flavours of Spain to East London. From authentic Iberian hams to exquisite olive oils, Furanxo’s a must-visit for those craving the tastes of the Mediterranean. The knowledgeable staff are eager to share insights into Spanish food choices  and can help you create a tapas spread that will give Christmas a special twist. They also stock beautiful Christmas hampers that make the perfect gift for any foodies in your life, perfect for a quick stop to grab some last minute bits.

It’s just a 9-minute bike ride from homes at Arcadia View.

East London has a selection of independent food stores that celebrate local produce, quality, and the spirit of the local community. A paradise for food lovers, it’s the perfect area to stock up on quality produce that will elevate your Christmas table while supporting independent businesses.

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