East London has every type of cafe you want – from coffee-to-go to those with working space.
Work and coffee are just inseparable. We all know how lifesaving caffeine is, especially when we’re working or trying to complete assignments! While we often get our coffee on the way to work or university, we love going to coffee shops even more in our spare time too. We’re spending more time in coffee houses than ever before! There is something in the ambiance and vibe of coffee shops that sparks inspiration.
But before we start, please note that the opening times listed for each coffee house may vary – so be sure to check out the opening times on their site before you pay them a visit!
So, here are our top 10 picks on East London’s coffee shop for every category you need:
1. Ozone coffee
Originally from a small surf town in New Zealand in 1988, Ozone coffee has come a long way. Their coffee hideouts in London are the perfect place to go if you need space to work or meet people. Ozone might not be your usual small coffee shops but it is definitely still as cosy. A coffee rich in flavour with sustainable and ethical sourcing, what more can we ask?
Opening times: Mon to Fri 8am-4pm, Sat and Sun 8am-3pm
Address: 11 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4AQ
Other locations: Emma Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9AP
If we are talking about speciality coffee made by talented baristas, Origin coffee cannot be missed. They blend science with senses which differentiate their coffee taste – for the better, of course. Here in Shoreditch is where everything begins for them. They mix ritual and experience. Their shop is complete with a brew bar and the popular illustrative mural. Meaning, it is one Instagram-worthy-place.
If you’re looking for other Instagramable places, be sure to check out our article on the latest hot spots!
Opening times: Mon to Fri 7:30 am-6 pm, Sat and Sun 11 am-5 pm.
Address: 65 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PE
Other locations: 96 Euston Rd, King’s Cross, London, NW1 2DB (The British Library Entrance Hall and the library’s Piazza)
Serving London since 2008 with their various offerings, Franzè & Evans stay true to their motto. ‘Italian classic reimagined for London living’. From breakfast, brunch, lunch, to dinner, they have every menu to serve you. Including, French Toast, 2 eggs (poached, scrambled, or fried on toast) with tons of toppings options, and beef and/or halloumi burger. If you’re not into meat and dairy, don’t panic, they serve a range of tasty options on their vegan menu – avocado on toast and potato gnocchi.
Opening times: Mon to Fri 8 am-6 pm, Sat 9 am-7 pm, and Sun 9:30 am-7 pm
Address: 101 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DL
Other locations: 37 Cremer Street, Hoxton, London, E2 8HD
4. Nude Coffee
Just as its name, Nude Coffee is committed to serve you a speciality coffee without compromising the sustainability and ethicality in the process. Their coffee is roasted with a special machine that reduces the energy for roasting by 80%. The simple and minimalistic design combined with the space that is not too big or small creates the perfect environment to work with concentration. If you’re here, you cannot miss their East Blend coffee alongside with fresh bread, pastries, and/or cakes that are baked in the own bakery!
One thing that makes Nude Coffee very special is the education they offer for fellow coffee lovers that want to invest and learn more about coffee and how to make it better. Nude Coffee offers 2 different courses. Firstly, for home baristas. Here, they will teach everything from the journey of the coffee beans from the farm to their roastery to coffee brewing theory such as water temperature, grind size, and time. You will also have a hands-on experience to master the V60 and Aeropress. They also cover areas related to espresso and milk steaming – topped with some impressive latte art! Secondly, the advance espresso course. This is for those who want to take their coffee-making skills into barista level. The best thing about both courses is, it is kept small. Meaning, you will get the time you need to practice and learn.
Opening times: Mon to Fri 8 am-5 pm, Sat and Sun 9:30 am-5 pm
Address: 26 Hanbury Street, Shoreditch, London E1 6QR
Other locations: 4 Market Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6DT
5. Fix Coffee
Fix Coffee has a cosy environment to work from. Combined with a fresh custom blend of coffee which is roasted weekly, what’s not to love? Don’t forget to try their exclusive and locally roasted FIX blend coffee! Their blend includes a 50% Santissimo Brazil and 50% El Carizzal Guatemala beans. Fix’s decaf blend is named to be top-notch too – coming from La Serrania, Fix’s decaf blend has taste notes of pecan, maple syrup, and raisin!
Fix also has two other features that make it one of the best coffee shops in East London – if not all over the city. Firstly, a lot of electrical outlets which means it is a perfect spot to work with your laptop. Secondly, they might have a great music playlist. They even have their own Spotify playlist guys.
Opening times: Mon to Fri 8 am-7 pm, Sat and Sun 9 am-5 pm.
Address: 126 Curtain Road, Hackney, London EC2A 3PJ
Other locations: 161a Whitecross Street, London, EC1Y 8JL
Established by a coffee specialist and chef in 2014, Exmouth’s definitely know how to serve good food and coffee! Exmouth is one of the few coffee shops in London that roast their own coffee in the house. If you visit Exmouth, don’t forget to try their quiches and brownies – it is one not to be miss! Fun fact, it opens 364 days in the year.
Today, you can also bring home Exmouth’s exceptional coffee and enjoy it daily! We love their Exmouth Espresso Blend that embodies the perfect mixture of coffee beans from Central and South America.
Address: 83 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel, E1 7QX London
Opening times: Mon to Sun 7 am-8 pm.
When Ryan and Bosh first started The Attendant, they have one goal in mind – quality brunch and coffee experience. Having worked in the hospitality industry, they sure know how to execute their plan. From the food to the interior design, The Attendant will hold you down for a couple of hours for sure.
The Attendant is also passionate about educating people about coffee brewing. Check out their website to learn step-by-step with pictures. Also, when you’re buying their coffee beans, you’re supporting the team because every penny of the profit will go for their team which will be very meaningful.
Opening times: Mon to Fri 8 am-5:30 pm, Sat and Sun 9 am-6 pm, Bank 10 am-5 pm.
Address: 74 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3JL
Other locations: 27a Foley Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DY and 75 Leather Lane, Clerkenwell, London, EC1N 7TJ
Filled with creativity and enthusiasm of young professionals, this is a place where you get motivation and inspiration to get your stuff done. Husk is more than it’s coffee and food, it’s a hub for all ages to come together and turn their creative ideas into reality. Take an example of The Outset which is an open mic night for musicians and poets that happens on the second Thursday each month.
Opening times: Mon 9 am-6 pm, Tues to Fri 9 am-8 pm, Sat 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Address: Commercial Road, Limehouse, London, E14 7LW
Other Locations: 649-651 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London E14 7LW
9. Paper & Cup
This one takes coffee shops to a whole new level. Paper & Cup is a not-for-profit social enterprise coffee shop. Living up to its name, you can also find inexpensive second-hand novels that are carefully picked here. If that is not awesome enough, they also offer a range of vegan cakes! I mean, common, what’s not to like?
Address: 18 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, London, E2 7JP
Opening times: Mon to Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm, and Sun 10am-5pm.
10. The Paradox
Tucked in the busy Netil Market, the Paradox is always ready to serve you the Square Mile artisan coffee. Established by two artistic souls, their aim to make coffee a catalyst of connection, community, and growth. The Paradox’s creativity also comes to life through their consulting services. Either you’re trying to build a new café or trying to improve an existing business, The Paradox is there to help.
If you’ve heard about “The Dice Guy” in the coffee industry, he is no other than Zain Kara-Bernou – co-founder of The Paradox. Instead of numbers, The Latte Art Dice has different latte arts! Not stopping there, The Paradox also invented The Latte Art Cards which is a card that is laser engraved with latte art designs on to thin wood.
Address: 13, 23 Westgate St., Hackney, London E8 3RL (Netil Market)
Opening times: Thurs to Sun at Netil Market
At the end of the day, it’s not about the taste itself but also experience. The people who are passionate about coffee and create these comfortable atmospheres are what makes these coffee houses so special. Either if it is just a quick visit or sitting for the whole day.
Let us know if you visit one of our recommended coffee houses, or let us know if you think we’ve missed an East London gem that should be on the list! Share your experience and tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!