Hackney Road begins at Shoreditch Church and winds its way for just over a mile down to Cambridge Heath Overground. While Broadway Market is idyllic and come weekends, full to bursting with blooms, sourdough bread, espresso and french terriers, Hackney Road retains a little more of that rugged round the edges charm where shops selling door handles and suitcases sit side by side with florists and coffee shops. Once an area known for its crime and poverty, Hackney’s proximity to central London has seen a rapid rise in gentrification, bringing with it a host of pop-ups, fancy barbers and restaurants. If you’re not throwing a ceramic pot or whittling a spoon, you’re probably looking for somewhere to grab a coffee or a slice of cake. Here are a handful of our favourite places along Hackney Road.
236 Cambridge Heath Rd