5 of the Best Coffee Shops in Shoreditch
I am NOT a morning person, without caffeine I can barely pronounce my own name, let alone spell it. If you are similarly inflicted, or just enjoy a cup of the good stuff, there are plenty of options in the Shoreditch area. The creative east London postcode is spoilt for choice when it comes to coffee, with many independent cafés offering speciality beans cured by artisanal roasters. No one really knows what a flat white is but these five cafés make it taste so good you won’t even care.
26 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm (brunch served until 2:30pm)
Saturday – Sunday, 9.30am – 5pm (brunch served until 3pm)
At Nude Espresso coffee is no joke. Originally hailing from Australia, where coffee is its own religion, the branch on Hanbury Street is situated opposite their very own roastery. Passionate about speciality coffee, they offer cups of flavour from all across the globe, but their signature East Blend is a must try. Open seven days a week and with healthy salads and rolls to fill you up, it is coffee lovers paradise and an educational experience to boot.
133 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE
Monday – Saturday, 10 30 am -7 pm. Sunday, 12 pm – 6 pm
Londoners travel from far and wide, armed with their smart phones, to snap up a cup of coffee at Aida. The chocolate-box charm of the little concept store on Shoreditch High Street, coupled with their signature pretty-in-pink rose lattes, make it instagrammable perfection. With cutesy cakes, chic pastries and green brunches, there is something to suite everyone’s taste or newsfeed aesthetic. The result of four sisters vision, the place has a great community feel and also hosts an eclectic mix of music, art and design events.
The Old Shoreditch Station
1 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA
Monday- Tuesday, 8 am – 11pm Wednesday – Friday, 8 am – 1 am
Saturday, 10 am – 1 am Sunday, 10 am – 11pm
Located, as the name suggests, in the old Shoreditch railway station, the venue encapsulates the kind of gritty-cool style for which the area is famous. It was one of the first cafés to authorise payment in bitcoin, but don’t let that put you off as their coffee tastes excellent no matter the currency. Part of the cool Jaguarshoes Collective, it is host to many events and parties. The flavour of their coffee is matched only by the flavoursome whiskeys offered in the evening. With an in-house bakery and charcuterie plates to enjoy, it is the station that you won’t mind being delayed in.
Paper and Cup
18 Calvert Ave, E2 7JP
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 6 pm. Saturday, 8 am – 6 pm. Sunday, 10 am – 5pm
Paper and Cup is a cosy café and bookshop. The perfect place to relax, curled up with a novel and piping hot mug of goodness. The venue is a non-profit social enterprise that sells fair trade and ethical snacks for you to enjoy without the guilt. It has a commendably inviting façade and photos of it are known to go viral. Homes and Property suggests this is because clean blue lines on white are very on trend right now, but perhaps it is what’s inside that really counts. With second hand books to browse and local Shoreditch artists’ work on the walls it is the perfect pick-me-up hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
Bethnal Green Road E2 6DG
Monday, 10 am – 6pm, Tuesday, 11 am – 6pm, Wednesday, CLOSED
Thursday, 11 am – 6pm, Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 6pm
In the interests of diversity The Cat Emporium is the final café on this list. As a dog person myself this is my own personal brand of hell, but it has proved to be unnervingly popular since its opening in 2014. If you are a feline fan this is the purrr-fect place to enjoy a coffee. The venue works on a bookings-only basis and is a tranquil environment to relax and play with furry friends. The phenomenon was hugely popular in Tokyo and at the very least is a novel way to get your caffeine fix.
At RnR we have numerous flexible media-style offices in the Shoreditch area, as well as sites in Old Street, Dalston, Clerkenwell or Oxford Street. If you would like to arrange a viewing, or pop in for a coffee to see how we could help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.