We have listed below the cafes that we like but this is not a comprehensive list!


  • 56 St James, 56 St James’ Street, E17 7PE
    The first Hipster cafe to arrive in the Stow – a blackboard wall and graffiti art. Serving flat whites and espressos using Nude Coffee, toasted sandwiches, salads and cakes and cocktails on Friday nights!
  • Buhler + Co, 8 Chingford Road, E17 4PJ
    This stylish vegetarian venture has taken root in the old ByggaBo cafe. Climpson’s coffee, teas, beers and wine; homemade cakes and muffins; plus an inventive brunch menu of weekly changing baked eggs, quinoa cakes, soba noodles, Indian veggie fry-up etc. in the sunny back garden. Now open evenings too.
  • Cafe Bonito, 162 Wood Street, Walthamstow, E17 3HX
    Lovingly made churros and thick Spanish hot chocolate, homemade cakes, great lunchtime specials. BYO corkage licence. Open until 8pm.
  • Coffee Station Walthamstow Central station (Liverpool Street platform) Independent Italian coffee kiosk. Cheery staff delivering great coffee as you wait for your train on a miserable Monday morning!
  • Copperfield Cafe, 212 High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JH
    Traditional East End cafe serving breakfast fry-ups, salads, huge jacket potatoes, homemade pies and daily specials, and great salt beef. FSA hygiene rating 5.
  • Deja Vu, 75a High Street, E17 7DB
    Bulgarian cafe with a hidden back garden full of sofas for the smokers. Serve lovely lattes and toasties. Great people-watching as they wander up and down the market in the summer. Deja Vu Bakery nearby is has lovely, cheap savoury and sweet pastries and snacks and the new Deja Vu Grill has a warm, if sometimes smokey, back garden.
  • Golden Rustic Deli, 228 Hoe Street, E17 3AY
    Romanian deli-shop, bakery and tiny cafe. Strudel, rum cakes, bread, sausage rolls and pretzels all freshly baked in the glass-fronted bakery on site. They also serve intriguing daily specials for those brave enough to ask.
  • Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9AH
    Vegan and vegetarian café run by Norman Loves in this community venue, serving organic and fairtrade food, coffee and cakes. Vegetables and fruits are locally-grown (where possible) from OrganicLea. Licensed – organic vegan wines, beers and cider. They also sell home-made sourdough bread and local honey, jams & chutneys. Pop-ups including Open Mic nights, poetry nights & supperclubs.
  • Indulgence, 142 Hoe Street,Walthamstow,E17 4QR
    Modern café serving Massis Tea, coffees, cakes, homemade soups, club sandwiches, snacks and lunches in a relaxed environment. Quiet terraced garden.
  • Le Delice, 114 Hoe Street, E17 4QR
    An old favourite of ours. Big cappuccinos, big fry-ups, daily specials and Algerian tagines, fresh juices, ice creams and highly recommended pizzas. WiFi. Beautiful patisseries and also special occasion cakes made to order.
  • L’ Hirondelle, 160 Hoe Street, E17 4QH
    Recently refurbished, long-standing, and unpretentious local Algerian coffee shop making great coffee from an iconic Italian Elektra coffee machine. Enticing homemade French patisseries and cakes at very reasonable prices – our favourites are the macaroons, mille feuille and delicious almond eclairs. We recently bought a made to order 70th Birthday Cake – they were spot on in terms of decoration, taste and price. Watch the short-film of behind the scenes with Milo the Baker
  • Made in Portugal, 171 Shernhall Street, E17 9HX
    Portuguese Deli with a cafe corner and expansive outdoor terrace. Fantastic Pastel de Nata custard tarts and other Portuguese snacks, meals (just ask what’s available as there’s no menu), coffees and great priced beers – a little slice of Lisbon life.
  • Dilma Patisserie (Niyazi Usta), 254 Hoe Street, E17 3AX
    Turkish bakery and baklava shop near Walthamstow Central. Tempting array of reasonably priced cakes and savoury pastries including borek, kofte, lahmacun. Fantastic hot and filling range of Gozleme (stuffed pancakes) freshly made by the women sitting near the window.
  • Oasis, 152 Hoe Street, E17 4QR 
    Great coffee and homemade pastries and cakes. Roadside garden terrace for people- watching or air-conditioned interior including an internet cafe. One of the cheapest places in the Stow – only £1.5o for a latte.
  • Tierra Madre, Walthamstow Central tube station (Selbourne Walk)
    Alessandro serves up Italian coffees and the best almond croissants ‘to go’ from his coffee van.
  • William Morris Gallery tea-room, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 4PP
    Tate Modern-style cafe, all glass roof, stainless steel and frothy coffee. But this is in the award-winning museum, in the beautiful Lloyd Park in E17 rather than the South Bank, and all the better for it. Using local food producers including Hackney’s Nude coffee. Menu of modern British food, perfect for afternoon tea.
  • Wynwood Art District, 2A Chingford Road, E17 4PJ
    Freshly made sandwiches, breakfasts and lunches and delicious cakes with a Cypriot influence. Often vegan / gluten free options. Great range of specialist coffees and teas. Funky staff, great music, good wifi, sunny garden. Regular poetry nights and running club. Licensed – range of beers and wine. Pop-ups including supperclubs and art events.

4 Responses to Cafes

  1. Anonymous says:

    Check out the new Italian cafe on Queens Road…lovely cannolis & torta du nonna!


  2. Naadia Sheriff says:

    Great list of cafes. Just wondering if you know which are open on Mondays. Meeting a friend for lunch tomorrow and been caught out by Monday closing before.




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