Looking for a reliably great coffee shop for your morning routine? These are East London's unmissable stops...
1. The Theatre Deli, Finsbury Avenue Square
Staffed by some of the friendliest people in the whole of London, the Theatre Deli’s Deli Bar is <the> place to stop off for a caffeine hit/morning meeting/idly hang out with a good book. Their coffee is also lovingly prepared with flat whites the perfect hit of strong beans that is required in the morning. We also recommend the all-day grilled cheeses…
2. Hop Vietnamese, Finsbury Avenue Square
In the words of one Yelp reviewer, “The coffee. Sweet jesus the coffee is good. I'm already a massive fan of Vietnamese Drip Coffee after having tried it in Ho Chi Minh / Saigon. It's amazing. This place do it WELL. It's delicious both black and white, but it's delicious-er with the condensed milk.” Putting it to the test, he’s not wrong – this is coffee that’ll give you a hug and send you off for the day happy and content.
3. Department Of Coffee and Social Affairs, Bishopsgate
Once tried, there’s no going back… The DOCASA as we like to call them take their coffee so seriously they even run an espresso school… Specializing in single origin coffees roasted in their own roastery, this is coffee for people who take it seriously with some of the best lattes and macchiatos to be found in London plus the social affairs side of the business ensures the team supports incredible charities such as Pump Aid and Team Up.
4. Climpson & Sons at Spitalfields
One of the torch bearers of excellent coffee across the capital, Climpson & Sons is a rite of coffee-drinking passage. One sip and you’ll be transported… Plus, they do an excellent line in reusable cups and sourcing sustainable beans across their shops. Not one to miss.
5. Beany Green, Broadgate Circle
With beans sourced direct from fellow Aussies, The Roasting Party, your morning cup is elevated to art form at Beany Green (they like to take their time creating the perfect shot but it’s really worth waiting for). With oat and almond milks available on request, as one Google reviewer succinctly puts it, “Fabulous coffee. Best in London – hands down!”