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10 of the best places to get your caffeine fix in the borough

Published: 25 November 2021
Filed under: Choose Local

We’ve collated the best coffee spots as nominated by you. Remember to bring your reusable keep cup or mug. Nectar of the Gods, especially on those early morning school runs, on the way to work, or meeting a friend to stroll through one of the local markets. Is there ever a time where coffee, tea or hot chocolate doesn’t work? 

1. Chocolatine Bakery in Wood Street, E17

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Chocolatine Bakery

Chocolatine Bakery in Wood Street is decadent, delicious and inspired by of course, those that do pastries best – the French! Anytime we do a call out for the best coffee or bakery in the borough, this always tops the list! Located in Wood Street, it is the perfect pit stop before heading over to visit the eclectic Indoor Market, or wandering down to the markets in Walthamstow High Street or Lloyd Park on a weekend.  

2. L’Hirondelle, Hoe Street, E17 4QH

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Nestled in among the high streets shops on Hoe Street Walthamstow is this little hidden gem L’Hirondelle café. From the copper interiors and exposed brick work, the pastries and cakes the size of your head, and coffee that hits the spot at more than reasonable prices, there is nothing about this place that we (and apparently you) don’t like. Don’t take our word for it, get down there yourselves. 

3. The Galley, Fulbourne Road, E17 4 HD

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Not one to be outdone for cosiness, inexpensive food and coffee, the Galley tucked away on Fulbourne Road is a must visit according to the locals. Check out the comments on trip advisor, one visitor says “it’s an oasis of paradise in an otherwise hectic world”, you can’t get a better recommendation than that! WE have also heard the breakfasts are phenomenal. 

4. Indulge Coffee and Deli, Highams Park, E4 9LQ

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indulge coffee and deli

Heading north of the borough now where you could blink and miss this café tucked away on The Broadway in Highams Park. Locals have told us Indulge Coffee and Deli is their favourite café in the area, with superb customer service and food and drink offer that never disappoints. Oh and in the past, they have also been known to display local art in the premises, so have a coffee and peruse some local talent while you are there – culture!  

5. Scoffs Sandwich Bar. Station Road, E4 7BJ

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Black coffee on Scoffs Sandwich Bar

Across the road from Chingford Green Park, you will find Scoffs Sandwich Bar (stretching the café category a bit here but you all voted, so hey we listened). Common remarks were great customer service, friendly staff, great coffee, and you should absolutely without a doubt try the paninis!  

6. Lighthaus Café, 11 Argall Avenue, E10 7QE

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Lighthaus Café

This modern Lighthaus Café was the highest voted café in the area by the Leyton locals. And judging from its Instagram feed @lighthauscafe, it’s easy to see why. It’s fancy food at not fancy prices, with every dish looking like it’s been plated for Masterchef. With a frequently changing menu that keeps you (and probably the chefs) on their toes, we would definitely recommend becoming a regular. 

7. Marmelo Kitchen, Francis Road, E10 6NT

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Marmelo Kitchen cakes

Of course, we simply cannot leave out Marmelo Kitchen and the Morney Bakehouse – so many locals insisted that be included in our best-of lists so they must be doing something right!. More a restaurant and catering company than a straight-up café, Marmelo Kitchen make delicious dishes with seasonal ingredients, aiming to be ethical, affordable and tasty. And better yet, they deliver to the local area. The Bakehouse’s Instagram feed @morney_bakehouse is an explosion of colour and looks about as sweet as we bet the pastries taste, plus the team that work there look super fun and we want to befriend them all.

8. Wildgoose Bakery, 654 High Road, E11 3AA

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Wildgoose bakery pastries

This artisan bakery (and social enterprise), Wildgoose Bakery in Leytonstone is inspired by South Africa "an dyou" can often see queues snaking out the door onto the high street on a Saturday. Their website reads "Despite being surrounded by food & knives in their professional life both have experienced food poverty as well as knife crime, this is the driving force behind the couple's decision to make the wild goose a social enterprise in order to offer more than just great hospitality to the community". Great coffee, food and a social conscience, could there be any more reasons to pop in? Instagram feed @wildgoosebakery

9. Patch Café London, Can Hall, E11 3NN

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patch cafe London

Tucked away in E11, Patch Café London sits right next to a children’s play area, and a skate park, so perfect for adults to relax with a cup of coffee while the kids are entertained. A fab neighbourhood meeting spot with more of a casual vibe but we’re told huge amounts of pride in the offer, the locals can’t be wrong, that’s why it’s appearing in our top 10 cafes in the borough. 

10. Perky Blenders, across the borough

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Perky Blenders coffee

Rounding up the top ten, how could we go past Perky Blenders? It feels like it’s been in the borough forever, popping up as a coffee cart, feeding the masses of council staff at Town Hall for several years, to greeting locals and visitors when they stroll out of Walthamstow bus station now. Even though they are quickly taking over East London, winning awards, and creating an empire, the business remains humble, responsible, and still fun as ever – synonymous with Waltham Forest.  Do visit their website, you can buy everything from coffee sets to subscriptions.