What are people’s favourite cafes in Hackney and why?

By cafes I mean egg, beans and chips so no chiabatta and probably no lattes. And if breakfast is more than a fiver (and including a drink) that’s out too. We go to the No 1 Cafe on Well Street – might not the best but certainly the nearest (to us).


  1. The Towpath cafe on Regents Canal is lovely. Bit pricey, mind.

  2. How about the Amhurst on Amhurst Rd – anyone tried that?

  3. Just love the Counter Cafe off the canal in Hackney Wick – my little boy and I stop there each Saturday each week after his dance class at the Chisenhale. Love that the Kiwi staff are so friendly, its arty and unpretentious at the same time and the food is great – recommend the Big Breakfast

  4. I’m about to go check out the Counter Cafe, excited!

  5. and although I haven’t been I know they have opened another joint called the Viewtube on the Greenway overlooking the Olympic site…technically Newham not Hackney but the reports are good!

  6. @oxfamdalston how was it – did you see The London Review of Breakfast’s review of it? http://www.fuckyeahhackney.com/2010/10/london-review-of-breakfasts-the-counter-cafe-hackney-wick/

  7. Cafe Bliss opposite the Dalston overground station. Proper big plates…filled with proper big chips and other mass murderers. Don’t even go to the Star cafe on Lower Clapton road, that is for nibblers,weight watchers and anorexics.Sam’s on Chats was good….once.

  8. Pavillion Cafe in Vic Park. Sorry – it’s not under a fiver but then it’s all amazing ingredients so very worth it. The farmhouse brekkie with killer black pudding is awesome. If you want a caff that sells brekkie with builders tea for less than a fiver there’s shit loads. The Premises on Hackney Road is pretty good too. That’s more of a caff brekkie.

  9. i go to mess cafe, amhurst road (athough stick to the build your own breakfast option) or vortex in gillet square

  10. It’s verging on Shoreditch territory, and doesn’t fall under the fiver for a breakfast and drink criteria, but bugger that… you can’t beat the Premises on Hackney Road (nr the Mecca bingo), so I’m putting it in here anyway.Recording studios downstairs and café by day/ bistro by night upstairs. It’s pretty tiny in there, so you may have to wait, but somehow that place is like the effing tardis and the lady in charge always manages to squeeze people in.Brilliant breakfasts – full english or eggs benedict are both highly recommended. Oh, and they serve latte’s too… so really, prob shouldn’t be here at all. But it’s just far too good to miss off.

  11. Been meaning to go in the Premises for aaaaages. Now that Taste of bitter love has moved I really have no excuse not too.

  12. I used to go to the premises regularly when the Wang party was there, I have also used the recording studios (Juliette Lewis was there at the time), but I’ve never had breakfast in there – I will rectify that

  13. It’s great in there – the food is top notch (and although not under a fiver, it’s still relatively cheap).And I sat under the signed picture of Pete Doherty once… but that’s about as star studded as I get.Oh – and try and avoid on a Sunday morning… the overspill from Columbia Road market makes it even busier than normal in there.

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