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My Hackney, by Violaine

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My Hackney, by Violaine

Food scene
Caitlin runs this micro-café and bakes the most delicious cakes. Her grilled sourdough sandwiches are equally delicious, but my favourite take-away lunch is the poached egg, rocket leaves and sorrel mayo brioche bun. You can't go wrong here!
Casey’s
30 Downs Rd
Caitlin runs this micro-café and bakes the most delicious cakes. Her grilled sourdough sandwiches are equally delicious, but my favourite take-away lunch is the poached egg, rocket leaves and sorrel mayo brioche bun. You can't go wrong here!
Fairdeal is not fancy, but it's a solid selection for your every day food shop. They have a good selection of classic Mediterranean food staples, but also a decent organic range.
Fair Deal Foodstore London
193-195 Lower Clapton Rd
Fairdeal is not fancy, but it's a solid selection for your every day food shop. They have a good selection of classic Mediterranean food staples, but also a decent organic range.
This family-run business has a good deli counter, sells excellent sourdough bread from our local artisan bakeries, and good home-cooked meals (they have a kitchen at the back). The owner Abdullah is friendly and welcoming, and in the last few years his shop has become a bit of a Lower Clapton institution.
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Palm 2
6 Millfields Rd
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This family-run business has a good deli counter, sells excellent sourdough bread from our local artisan bakeries, and good home-cooked meals (they have a kitchen at the back). The owner Abdullah is friendly and welcoming, and in the last few years his shop has become a bit of a Lower Clapton institution.
An real institution, this no-fuss Turkish grill restaurant is great for delicious, affordable casual meals. They can accomodate bigger groups too. This is the real Dalston!
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Mangal 1
10 Arcola St
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An real institution, this no-fuss Turkish grill restaurant is great for delicious, affordable casual meals. They can accomodate bigger groups too. This is the real Dalston!
I love this café, you can't fault their food and coffee/tea offering, and they also have art shows and pop-up dining events. A bit heavy on the Apple laptop crowd during the week, but that's just East London for you.
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119 Lower Clapton Rd
119 Lower Clapton Rd
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I love this café, you can't fault their food and coffee/tea offering, and they also have art shows and pop-up dining events. A bit heavy on the Apple laptop crowd during the week, but that's just East London for you.
Delicious handmade sushi. A very beautiful minimalist space for a great meal
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Uchi
144 Clarence Rd
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Delicious handmade sushi. A very beautiful minimalist space for a great meal
This is THE place to see and be seen in Hackney, with beautiful young things strutting their stuff down the market, or nursing their hangover on London Fields. Great food and indie retail stalls, and a total hipster spot!
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ブロードウェイ・マーケット
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This is THE place to see and be seen in Hackney, with beautiful young things strutting their stuff down the market, or nursing their hangover on London Fields. Great food and indie retail stalls, and a total hipster spot!
This is a fairly new joint on the Lower Clapton Road, serving really delicious Vietnamese food. There's only a handful of tables so you're probably better off doing a takeaway! Worth ringing them with your order and picking up later so you don't wait too long.
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Hai Cafe
120b Lower Clapton Rd
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This is a fairly new joint on the Lower Clapton Road, serving really delicious Vietnamese food. There's only a handful of tables so you're probably better off doing a takeaway! Worth ringing them with your order and picking up later so you don't wait too long.
I love Sodo's pizzas. The menu changes seasonally and their thin crust sourdough pizzas with delicious toppings are totally worth the schlepp up the road into Upper Clapton!
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Sodo Pizza Clapton
126 Upper Clapton Rd
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I love Sodo's pizzas. The menu changes seasonally and their thin crust sourdough pizzas with delicious toppings are totally worth the schlepp up the road into Upper Clapton!
This totally unassuming café-restaurant is a lovely spot for a casual meal. Food is generally Mediterranean, and while simple, it was tasty every time I visited. They were great at accommodating a somewhat unorganised large-ish crowd at my birthday once, and our occasional neighbours’ night out. Child friendly too!
Clapton Table London
159 Lower Clapton Rd
This totally unassuming café-restaurant is a lovely spot for a casual meal. Food is generally Mediterranean, and while simple, it was tasty every time I visited. They were great at accommodating a somewhat unorganised large-ish crowd at my birthday once, and our occasional neighbours’ night out. Child friendly too!
Ok so this is the hot restaurant in Lower Clapton right now, and their dumplings really are delicious. But get there early or prepare to queue, then squeeze yourself in at a large and often very lively table. Great for a fun night out, not so if you like your meals a little more intimate. Totally worth trying!
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My Neighbours the Dumplings
165 Lower Clapton Rd
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Ok so this is the hot restaurant in Lower Clapton right now, and their dumplings really are delicious. But get there early or prepare to queue, then squeeze yourself in at a large and often very lively table. Great for a fun night out, not so if you like your meals a little more intimate. Totally worth trying!
Disclaimer: I don’t drink beer. But this is THE place to come and buy your craft beers/ales/all manners of fancy artisan gassy beverages.
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Clapton Craft
97 Lower Clapton Rd
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Disclaimer: I don’t drink beer. But this is THE place to come and buy your craft beers/ales/all manners of fancy artisan gassy beverages.
Shopping
Kate is a leather and fashion designer. Her little shop has a great selection of hand-crafted leather bags, clothes and gifts, as well as a few homeware items. Worth a visit!
Kate Sheridan
112A Lower Clapton Rd
Kate is a leather and fashion designer. Her little shop has a great selection of hand-crafted leather bags, clothes and gifts, as well as a few homeware items. Worth a visit!
Owner Eleanor's little award-winning bookshop is incredibly well stocked, and hosts great book events in the evening. If you can't find what you're looking for, order it and they'll usually get it for the next day. Boycott Amazon and shop local!
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Pages of Hackney
70 Lower Clapton Road
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Owner Eleanor's little award-winning bookshop is incredibly well stocked, and hosts great book events in the evening. If you can't find what you're looking for, order it and they'll usually get it for the next day. Boycott Amazon and shop local!
Kentaro's carefully curated vintage interiors shop is a little gem. Good for gifts and cards too!.
Rooms
36 Clarence Rd
Kentaro's carefully curated vintage interiors shop is a little gem. Good for gifts and cards too!.
It’s not Clapton, but it’s a must if you’re staying in East London. This tiny street is jam-packed full of colourful flower traders - go there for cheap flowers, entertaining Cockney accents and fantastic people watching! If you’re a bit of a photographer this will not disappoint.
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Columbia Road Flower Market
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It’s not Clapton, but it’s a must if you’re staying in East London. This tiny street is jam-packed full of colourful flower traders - go there for cheap flowers, entertaining Cockney accents and fantastic people watching! If you’re a bit of a photographer this will not disappoint.
Anna's cozy and shop is everything your need as a knitter, whether you're a beginner or a total wiz. Pop in for a chat and some advice, or just to buy beautiful wool, and sign up to one of her many classes, there's one for every level.
Wild and Woolly London
116 Lower Clapton Rd
Anna's cozy and shop is everything your need as a knitter, whether you're a beginner or a total wiz. Pop in for a chat and some advice, or just to buy beautiful wool, and sign up to one of her many classes, there's one for every level.
This is not in Clapton, but you can easily go there on the 55 bus, or on a sunny day take a walk through the neighbourhood (about 30mins). It's a very busy market in a tiny street where you can the traders' banter with their Cockney accents, buy some cheap flowers of sometimes debatable quality (cheap and cheerful is the name of the game here!) and do some great people watching. There's also rows of cute indie shops on the side, bands on the square just off the market and food and drink stalls.
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Columbia Road Flower Market
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This is not in Clapton, but you can easily go there on the 55 bus, or on a sunny day take a walk through the neighbourhood (about 30mins). It's a very busy market in a tiny street where you can the traders' banter with their Cockney accents, buy some cheap flowers of sometimes debatable quality (cheap and cheerful is the name of the game here!) and do some great people watching. There's also rows of cute indie shops on the side, bands on the square just off the market and food and drink stalls.
Going out
When you're in Dalston go and check out this secret community garden. It's a beautiful oasis in the middle of a busy city, and a great spot for a drink. Not to be missed!
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Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
13 Dalston Ln
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When you're in Dalston go and check out this secret community garden. It's a beautiful oasis in the middle of a busy city, and a great spot for a drink. Not to be missed!
Café Oto is a great place to discover alternative and avant-garde music with live performances in the evening and a café by day. Free jazz and psych rock fans already know it, everybody else will be amazed. This is the sort of place that makes living in Hackney special.
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Cafe OTO
18-22 Ashwin St
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Café Oto is a great place to discover alternative and avant-garde music with live performances in the evening and a café by day. Free jazz and psych rock fans already know it, everybody else will be amazed. This is the sort of place that makes living in Hackney special.
A great (but smallish) indie cinema in Dalston with plenty of history and a fab art deco architecture.
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Rio Cinema
107 Kingsland High St
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A great (but smallish) indie cinema in Dalston with plenty of history and a fab art deco architecture.
A tiny cinema with a big personality, it was opened fairly recently with a crowdfunded campaign. A great local hangout in the heart of Lower Clapton.
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The Castle Cinema
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A tiny cinema with a big personality, it was opened fairly recently with a crowdfunded campaign. A great local hangout in the heart of Lower Clapton.
Health and wellbeing
This is my beloved yoga studio, just on the other side of Hackney Downs. I have attended most teachers' classes here, and I can only say they are all incredibly good, compassionate and friendly. Don't be intimidated by the thought of 20-something fitties in lycra: yogis coming here are all levels, ages, shapes and sizes , and generally all friendly to each other. If you're visiting London for a few weeks for work maybe, and feel you need to take a little time to look after yourself, just come here. You'll leave standing taller and breathing deeper.
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Yoga on the Lane
105 Shacklewell Ln
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This is my beloved yoga studio, just on the other side of Hackney Downs. I have attended most teachers' classes here, and I can only say they are all incredibly good, compassionate and friendly. Don't be intimidated by the thought of 20-something fitties in lycra: yogis coming here are all levels, ages, shapes and sizes , and generally all friendly to each other. If you're visiting London for a few weeks for work maybe, and feel you need to take a little time to look after yourself, just come here. You'll leave standing taller and breathing deeper.
This is a nice and local outdoors swimming pool, and it's heated so you can swim throughout winter. In the summer be mindful it gets very busy so choose your slot carefully (the earlier in the day the better)
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ロンドン・フィールズ・リードー
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This is a nice and local outdoors swimming pool, and it's heated so you can swim throughout winter. In the summer be mindful it gets very busy so choose your slot carefully (the earlier in the day the better)