Clapton has quickly become one of the coffee capitals of London with a number of new businesses opening in the last year. See some of the finest:
118 Upper Clapton Road
Open all week, early until late
What it is: A fully-licensed cafe and restaurant in Upper Clapton serving good coffee, hearty brunches and an evening menu including steak and sea bass.
Lion Coffee + Records
118 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QR
Tues – Sunday 10:00-17:00
What it is: A one-of-a-kind space in the heart of Hackney; a coffee shop, bar, record store and venue on Lower Clapton Road.
Red Route Cafe
24 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PD
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-17:00
What it is: not-for-profit, social enterprise cafe set up within Springboard Hackney, a charity that helps local people – especially young people – gain skills and qualifications and support them into jobs. Menu ranges from egg dipped croissants and maple syrup pancakes at breakfast, to lunch time favourites such as chickpea channa and chorizo and butterbean stew.
Last edited: 18th June 2014
64 Northwold road, London, E5 8RL
Located in The Royal Sovereign Pub
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-14:00
What it is: Family run café serving coffees, pastries, home-made cakes and lunches.
Family friendly, with large garden, kids play area, baby change and free wifi. Weekly events such as craft and music sessions (mostly for kids).
119 Lower Clapton
119 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0NP
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-17:00, Sun 9:30-16:00
What it is: Coffee shop with large windows and minimal furniture. Coffee-focussed with food such as red pepper and prosciutto coddled egg, and spinach, chestnut mushrooms and comte.
Cooper & Wolf
145 Chatsworth Road, E5 0LA
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-18:00, Sat/Sun 10:00-18:00
What it is: Scandinavian inspired food and coffee shop
Staples: Flat White £2.40, Swedish Organic Cordial £2.00, Pytt I Panna (fried/cubed potatoes, bacon, rosemary, paprika & fried egg) £7.50
Signature: Homemade Cinnamon Buns £3.00
They say: “Cooper and Wolf makes a welcome addition to an already thriving food destination” Timeout
46b Espresso Hut
46b Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DA
Open: Mon-Fri 7:30-18:30, Sat 9:00-18:30, Sun 10:00-18:30
What it is: focused on making the perfect coffee.
19 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0NS
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-20:00, Sat/Sun 9:00-17:00
What it is: Independent cafe with mid-twentieth century, northern European inspired menu. Breakfast/brunch is popular with eggs benedict, florentine and royal individually stacked so customers can order as many or as few as they like. Treats include in-house baked cakes, cheesecakes and daily batch of Finnish cinnamon buns. Drip coffee from the jug is a very nice £1.
Staples: Flat white £2.20
Signatures: Nordic meatballs and mash with beetroot/lingonberry sauce; chicken and dill crepes with sour cream; goulash.
Pacific Social Club
8 Clarence Road, E5 8HB
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-18:00, Sat/Sun 9:30-17:00
What it is: laid-back, ramshackle-chic
Staples: Flat White £2.20, Lemon, Avocado, & Dukkah on Olive Bread £4.00, Aged Gouda on Toast w. Yucatan, Honey & Paprika £3.50
Signature: Venezuelan Sandwich w/ Morcilla, Chorizo, Beans, Avocado & Cheese £5.00
They say: “Above all, it’s the atmosphere of this place that raises it above the competition” Timeout
Venetia’s Coffee Shop
55 Chatsworth Rd, E5 0LH
Open: Mon-Sun 8:30am-5:30pm
What it is: coffee shop with locally-sourced food
They say: “…pastries and cakes (lemon drizzle, cupcakes), substantial sandwiches and toasties, own-made soup and a salad at lunch, and decent Fairtrade coffee all day…very much a locals’ café” Timeout
56 Chatsworth Road E5 0LS, 020 7503 8172
Mon-Fri 8:30-19:30, Sat/Sun 8:30-17:30
What it is: a delicatessen that serves coffees and pastries
They say: “chiefly a deli, stocked with excellent French cheeses, tempting meats, a broad and well-chosen variety of dry goods…it’s also got a few seats both inside and out, where locals peruse the Guardian while munching on a variety of tasty treats” Timeout
Springfield Park Café
Springfield Park E5 9EF
What it is: cafe surrounded in ‘beautifully landscaped parkland’
Staples: Flat White £2.20, Homemade Soups £3.90, Roast Vegetable & Halloumi Panini w/ Salad £5.90
Signature: Homemade Casablanca Puy Lentil Stew £6.40
They say: “Springfield Park [is] a lovely mix of manicured gardens and conservation areas, and in the White House is relaxed Springfield Park Café, serving homemade treats and fresh juices.” The Guardian
152-156 Lower Clapton Road E5 0QJ
What it is: a popular convenience store with seating for having a coffee or pastry. Sells takeaway sourdough pizza.