The Best Things to Eat in Hackney




After a few too many wilderness years, Hackney is finally a great place to eat. But how great?

We asked some local food friends, plus a token London Fields wino (me) to tell us what their favourite things to eat are in Hackney and the results follow.

On the panel: Chefs/restaurateurs Angela HartnettNuno Mendes and Stevie Parle, chef James Lowe, cook and Sunday Times food writer Gizzi Erskine, baker and writer Claire Ptak, food and travel journalist Sophie Dening, wino Ruth SpiveyEliza Flanagan, owner of Lardo and Coppa and bar/restaurant owner Jonathan Downey.

Hackney (and Dalston in particular) is best known for its Turkish restaurants but only three panel members voted for a Turkish anything and nowhere got more than one mention. The times they are a changin'.

This was originally a list of 'The TEN Best Things to Eat in Hackney' and then we did another list of the next ten but we've put them all together now because all the dishes listed are delicous and it made more sense.

In no particular order we think ‘The Best Things to Eat in Hackney’ are:

So you’re bound to think we’ve missed out something brilliant and if we have, please let us know in the comments box below. If our panel agrees, we'll put it straight in. If we've not tried something we'll get round to your suggestion(s) at some point. Thanks.

Whilst doing this we thought it might also be useful to list all of the places that got a few mentions; so here is our list of The Best Places to Eat in Hackney. Please tell us who we’ve missed. We’re going to do Tower Hamlets next.

The Best Places to Eat in Hackney

  • Bao Bar
  • Breddo’s Taco Shack
  • Cooking Cooks
  • Crate Brewery
  • De Beauvoir Deli
  • Dishoom
  • E5 Bakehouse
  • Fabrique Bakery
  • Fifteen
  • Fin & Founder
  • Lardo
  • Licky Chop
  • Lucky Chip
  • Mayfields
  • Railroad
  • Raw Duck
  • Reilly Rocket
  • Shanghai
  • Sodo
  • Street Feast
  • The Clove Club
  • The Empress
  • The Three Crowns
  • This Bright Field
  • Towpath
  • Tre Viet
  • Violet
  • Wilton Way Cafe

Some things we’ve noticed:

  • Why is there nowhere to eat a decent steak in Hackney? And don’t say Buen Ayre.
  • There is really only one dedicated proper pizza place – Sodo, although also Lardo of course.
  • There is only one place that could be considered fine dining in Hackney – The Clove Club. So hardly anywhere posh to take the boss to or to propose marriage.
  • Except Tre Viet and Shanghai, all our favourite places opened in the last 5 years.

Ruth (@legslonglength)

Founder of Street Vin and Wine Car Boot 

Opening soon in Hackney:

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