Shoreditch was basically built for caffeine addicts.
With coffee around every corner, you’re never far from your next flat white fix. Here are the best indie coffee shops in the area, as well as some a little further east. (See also: best restaurants in east London.)
Attendant, Great Eastern Street
Based on typical Australian brunch cafes, Attendant is all about quality, taste and providing a space for the community. Their menu is wholesome and fresh, and it’s a great place to refuel.
Find Attendant at 74 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL
Barbour and Parlour, Redchurch Street
Barber and Parlour not only serves great coffee, but its also home to a barbers, a cinema and a nail salon. The perfect place for a bit of pamper and chill.
Find Barber and Parlour at 64-66 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP (entrance on Club Row).
Brooklyn Coffee, Commercial Street
This smart ‘n’ simple coffee shop do a cracking cup o’ Joe, perfect for when you’re on-the-go.
Find Brooklyn Coffee at 139 Commercial Street, E1 6EB
CREAM, New Inn Yard
CREAM is a lovely daytime cafe, serving only fresh ingredients, with a fresh new menu every day. One thing’s for certain – it’s not your average London eatery/coffee house.
Find CREAM at 31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY
Friends of Ours, Pitfield Street
Friends of Ours always has two rotating soft brew filter coffee options; Dark Arts and another guest roaster. Their food is anything but ordinary, with everything from Soft Shell Crab Charcoal Burgers to Apple Crumble Hotcakes.
Find Friends of Ours at 61 Pitfield Street, Hoxton, N1 6BU
Look Mum No Hands, Old Street
Look Mum No Hands! is not only a coffee shop, but also a bicycle workshop, a bar and an exhibition space. It’s wheely great.
Find LMNH at 49 Old Street, EC1V 9HX
Lantana, Oliver’s Yard
Another London coffee shop inspired by Australian cafe culture. With an ever-changing menu and their famous coffee blend, Lantana is the perfect place to while away the hours.
Find Lantana Shoreditch at 2 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road, EC1V 1HQ
Origin Coffee, Charlotte Street
Origin is a training lab as well as a coffee shop, offering courses for professionals and enthusiasts. So, if you fancy honing in on your latte art skills, enquire here.
Find Origin Coffee at 65 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, EC21 3PE
Ozone Coffee Roasters, Leonard Street
Ozone are experts in the coffee game. Their beautiful space is dedicated to the good stuff, with their own blends on sale in store and online.
Find Ozone Coffee at 11 Leonard Street, EC2A 4AQ
Shoreditch Grind, Old Street
Shoreditch is the very first of the Grinds, hitting Old Street roundabout back in 2011. It’s a guaranteed winner for great coffee and cocktails, staying open for up to 18 hours a day. They roast their own coffee just around the corner, and there’s a recording studio upstairs.
Find Shoreditch Grind at 213 Old Street, EC1V 9NR
Trade, Commercial Street
Trade comes highly recommended by the TripAdvisor community, and this comes as no surprise. Located near Spitalfields Market, this independently owned coffee shop boasts gorgeous interior and a fantastic menu full of spectacular food. They also have a lovely outdoor terrace for when the sun decides to shine!
Find Trade at 47 Commercial Street, E1 6BD
Grounded, Whitechapel Road
Grounded is a personal favourite of mine. I used to live in the area and work remotely and, since there was never any chance of me getting any work done at home, I spent many hours in Grounded ordering flat whites and chai lattes.
Find Grounded at 9 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DU
Brunswick East, Gillett Street
Tucked away in the heart of Dalston, Brunswick East is a beautiful local cafe, as well as a lovely independent bookstore.
Find Brunswick East at 3D Stamford Works, Gillett Street, Dalston, N16 8JH
Tina, We Salute You, Dalston/Olympic Park
Tina, We Salute You is somewhat of an east London institution. The cafe is the brainchild of Danny and Steve, who started off selling their cupcakes at a stall on Brick Lane, and now their serving everything from Marmite on toast to fluffy American pancakes.
Allpress Espresso Roastery, Dalston Lane
At Allpress, every part of the coffee-making process is on show for you to admire as you settle down with your cup o’ caffeine. The cafe’s mantra is all about enjoying life slowly, and taking the time out of your day to stop and breathe – and when better to do that than with a coffee in hand?
Find Allpress Espresso at 55 Dalston Lane, Dalston, E8 2NG
Climpson & Sons, Broadway Market
Climpson & Sons’ coffee is roasted down the road at their very own London Fields roastery. Their café, which used to be a butchers, offers a friendly atmosphere with a cracking menu full of local-sourced produce.
Find Climpson & Sons at 67 Broadway Market, E8 4PH
Palm Vaults, Mare Street
Palm Vaults is that sickeningly Instagrammable Hackney cafe you’ve probably seen us raving on about. Visit for pink lattes, pink cakes and pink just-about-everything. Read more about it here.
Find Palm Vaults at 411 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HY
Haggerston Espresso Room, De Beauvoir Road
Known as HER, Haggerston Espresso Room is a beautiful, minimalistic café that’s perfect for a chilled morning coffee. They also sell their own speciality cold brew that you simply add hot water or milk to: like instant coffee, only trendier. Read more about it here.
Find HER at Unit C, 13 Downham Road, N1 5AA
The Hive Wellbeing, Cambridge Heath Road
Designed to “enhance your lifestyle”, The Hive focuses on simple, organic and detoxifying foods. If you’re all for looking after yourself, this Bethnal Green spot is for you.
Find The Hive at 286-290 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9DA
Reilly Rocket, Kingsland Road
Yet another Aussie-inspired cafe, Reilly Rocket is all about delicious flavours and local, seasonal produce. Their locally-roasted coffee is just the beginning…
Find Reilly Rocket at 507 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AU