Mixing east London cool with cosmopolitan north London, Stoke Newington is without doubt one of our favourite London ‘hoods. Close enough to Dalston that you can pop in if you need to but far enough away from the carnage to stay sane, N16 is full of leafy quiet streets, cute cafes, and one of London’s best green spaces, Clissold Park.

Our favourite places to eat in ‘Stokey’ as it’s affectionately known include The Good Egg, Perilla, Primeur, Wolf and the best of all Turkish restaurants, Cirrick II. If you’re cooking at home, there’s so many places to pick up ingredients including the incredible Stoke Newington Fruit and Veg, and the organic butchers Meat N16. It’s also home to some of the best pubs in London, including The Shakespeare, The Axe, The Auld Shillelagh, and The Three Crowns.

Residents are famously hostile to big brands and chains moving in so you’ll find a wealth of independent shops including Hub, Mint Vintage, and Search & Rescue.


57 Allen Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8RY, UK

The Shakespeare is a local’s local where everyone knows everyone. Hidden in the middle of a residential street you’ll find beer by the bucket load, wine by the barrel load and a jukebox – yes a flipping real one – that will rock your socks off. There’s a beer garden, tables out the front and you can even bring in your pizzas from next door and eat them in the pub.


Primeur, Petherton Road, London, UK

Housed in an old 1920s garage (the faded Barnes Motors sign is still visible on the outside), Primeur is one of the best restaurants in Stoke Newington. Heavily influenced by the French bistronomy movement which promoted good simple food served in unpretentions surroundings, the space is pretty bare, with white walls and big wooden sharing tables – and when the weather’s nice, the old garage doors open right up. The menu is chalked up on a blackboard each day, you might find dishes such as rabbit, white beans, carrots and mustard, or hake with butter sauce. Whatever you choose, Primeur is nearly always on point. The wines are all natural and low intervention, with lots available by the glass, making it a great place to try some more unusual varieties and styles. The team also have Westerns Laundry and Jolene but Primeur is where it all began.


Green Lanes, London N16 9BS, United Kingdom

Perilla is fine dining without the fuss and their tasting menu is the best way to try a bit of everything. Although the menu changes regularly, expect dishes to include cuttlefish ‘bolognese’ and duck egg with mussels and parsley.

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71-73 Allen Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 8RY, United Kingdom

Luminary Bakery is one of our fave bakeries in London… and not just because they make some of the best cinnamon swirls we’ve ever had! The bakery is a social enterprise designed to offer opportunities for women from an economic and social disadvantage to build a future for themselves – and that means you can feast on cake guilt free!


93 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS, United Kingdom

If you’re after brunch in Stokey, there’s really only one place to go – The Good Egg. The Breakfast Burrito and Shakshuka are our faves, but if you’re after something sweet the Challah French Toast with a side of bacon will really hit the spot.

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49 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AR, United Kingdom

Hub is our go-to for new womenswear in Stokey. Stocking some of our fave brands including YMC, Wood Wood, Our Legacy, Ganni and Mads Nørgaard, it’s hard not to splurge here, but we all deserve a treat every now and then right?!


88 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, UK

Array stocks a curated edit of clothing, homeware and bath products, with brands including La Paz, Armor Lux, Wax + Wick Workshop, Heath London, Maison Bengal and Tom Lane as well as hand-selected vintage objects and mid-late 20th century British pottery.


Every Saturday, 10am-2.30pm

Stoke Newington Farmers Market is one of the best in town and it happens every Saturday. Everything sold is 100% organic and you’ll be able to pick up all your groceries with fruit, veg, meat, bread, cheese, raw milk, chocolate and more on sale. All the produce is also sourced from sustainable farms within 60 miles of London, so you’ll be supporting local in every way possible too.


24 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0LU, UK

Searching for a place to get your Chinese fix in Stokey? Lu Lu is the place. The restaurant chefs are from Shanghai and there’s a decent dim sum section. The dumplings are all made fresh and by no means are they perfect – the casings are pretty thick but they are tasty and there’s no added MSG. They’re not badly priced either at just under £4 for three. Shout out to their lip numbing cucumber salad too.

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4a Brooke Road, London N16 7JN, UK

In need of a cocktail? The Mint Gun Club is the place to go, and it ain’t no dimly lit basement bar. Themed as a tea room and aperitivo bar, the space is bright and airy thanks to huge windows and it makes for a nice change from the usual east London set up. The cocktails are inspired by the owner Richard Hunt’s travels around the globe. Original cocktails and a fresh vibe – grabbing a drink won’t feel like the same-old-same-old here.

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The Auld Shillelagh, Stoke Newington Church Street, London, UK

We once heard a rumour that a young lady approached the bar and asked the barmaid, ‘‘Do you have prosecco?’. The barmaid nodded and poured Guinness into a champagne flute. Yes, this is an Irish bar through and through. You’ll find characters from all walks with stories, there’s live traditional Irish music, and lots of loud, loud, enjoyable singing. Oh, they like football here too, so it’s not one for quiet pint.


The Axe, Northwold Road, London, UK

The Axe is what we like to call a new breed of pub. It’s all about the beer, but with a quirky, forward thinking mentality that will make beer lovers weep with joy. Expect mind bending and unpronounceable guest beers that are so rare, so limited, you’ll feel so lucky that you’ll spend a tenner on a lottery ticket. They do support local brews too so check the boards and ask questions, take a seat and enjoy the education. Sharing beers are a bit spenny though, just saying.


178 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7JL, UK

Despite some epic lampshades, it’s very dark in this Stokey pub, which can be good and bad, depending on how hungover you are, but they’ve got outside street seating too and the music is always good. They do Thai food too, which ain’t bad either. Except you can’t pay by card for your food, or order it from the bar…you’ll soon pick up how it works, just go ask someone.


68-70 Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, London N16 9EJ, United Kingdom

Be-Bop-A-Lula is Stoke Newington’s latest pub on the scene, with a strong 50s rock ‘n’ roll theme and an even stronger Sunday roast. It’s one of the best value roasts around, with £14.50 getting you a big old portion of beef, pork, chicken, or lamb served with tasty roasties, Yorkshire pud and veg. We particularly like that the plate is covered in gravy and they give you another pot of gravy on the side as standard – you can never have too much gravy folks. They also have the footy on, so you can have the double winner of the Sunday games and a good feed to banish that hangover.


21 Newington Green, London N16 9PU, UK

The team behind Westerns Laundry and Primeur (no involvement from Dolly here) are responsible for bakery and restaurant Jolene. Bakers Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell work with farmer Andy Cato to source grain from two UK farms to be milled daily for breads, croissants, buns, madeleines and sausage rolls. There’s a daily changing daytime menu of eggs, toasties, pastas and salads, and come evening, you can expect dishes like grilled cod on the bone with olives and artichokes; T-bone with parmesan and rocket; and bread, apricot and butter pudding. Like Westerns Laundry and Primeur, the wine list feature natural bottles with in-house ferments and juices available for those off the sauce.


56 Newington Green, London N16 9PX, UK
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

In a landscape of fancy French-focused cheese shops, head to Jumi in Newington Green for a Swiss selection. The family behind it have five generations of experience in making cheese, so they seriously know what they’re doing, with a focus from quality all the way from the milking of the cows to the delivery of the produce to customers. Emmental is the name you’ll probably know here – derived from the Emmental Valley in Switzerland, home to acres of green pasture and lots and lots and lots of cows. A name you might not know, though, is blue brain cheese, which is one of the shop’s specialities. Don’t panic! No brains were harmed in the making of this cheese: it’s a reference to the blue mould that grows on this particular variety, which ends up looking a bit like, yup, a brain. And guess what? It’s delicious.


75 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 8EL, UK
  • Monday: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Gallo Nero is a slice of Italy in the heart of Stokey and this place is the real deal. There are actually two branches of Italian deli Gallo Nero (one on Stokey High Street, one on Newington Green Road) and both have plenty of pasta, sauces, meats, cheeses and more. We’re talking proper Parmigiano Reggiano (26 months matured), slices of Salame Napoli and stacks of Sicilian Panettone – that’s amore.


44-45 Newington Green, London N16 9PX, UK
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

This Newington Green wine bar sells only natural, biodynamic and organic vino – handpicking bottles from small producers across the world. And they match their selection of raw, honest wine with meats, cheese and bread from artisanal producers including Cobble Lane Cured, Neal’s Yard Dairy and E5 Bakehouse. Now that’s one hell of a charcuterie board.


39 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0NX, UK
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM

If you’re in Stokey and you need fruit & veg, this shop is the place to come because the variety and the quality is on point. Think British staples sitting alongside exotic fruits from all over the world. And this place is cheap, like seriously cheap, so forget paying those crazy supermarket prices for some juicy toms.


177 Green Lanes, London N5, UK

Beloved by Stokey locals, Clissold Park is a total gem. It’s got tennis courts and bowling green for when you’re feeling particularly energetic, but the park itself is big enough to get a good stroll in. You can see the whole thing by walking the perimeter, looping in the Grade-II listed Clissold House and the lakes on the way. If that doesn’t earn you a picnic after, nothing does. Plus it’s one of the only urban parks that’s home to animals. Where else are you gonna see goats, deer, swans and terrapins in North London?


34 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XJ, UK

It’s no secret that some of the best food you can get in Stokey and Dalston is Turkish, and we LOVE Turkish food. There are so many places to choose from but our fail-safe is Cirrik 19 Numara Bos and in our opinion, it’s the best, oh yes most people have their own faves, but Cirrick is ours. The menu mostly focuses on kebabs made from barbecued meats cooked on the charcoal ocakbasi served with an abundance of sides including salad, spicy onions, THOSE balsamic grilled onions, THAT fresh bread (which is unlimited), chilli sauce and garlic mayo. Their speciality is lamb chops, though you can’t really go wrong with their chicken Shish (or anything else for that matter). The place is no frills and concentrates on offering great food and decent service. Go hungry.


176 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7UY, UK
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: Closed

 If you’re looking for the perfect martini in Stokey, Fontaine’s is the place to find it. In addition to its spesh cabaret and film nights, the glamorous art deco bar, decked out in midnight-blue and gold with vintage curiosities and lounge sofas, Fontaine’s have a menu that celebrates this iconic drink in all its forms. Besides the drinks making you googly-eyed, inside is bound to dazzle you too, it is amazing.


67 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 8EL, UK

If you’re looking to do a spot of plastic-free shopping in Stokey, Jarr Market is the place to hit up. This zero-waste store features a large pantry of bulk, unpackaged foods including pulses, spices, pasta, rice, cereals, oils, vinegars, plant-based sweets and vegan chocolates. There’s also coffee and nut grinders, oat milk and maple syrup on tap, and all sorts of toiletries and cleaning products to stock up on too. Just remember to take your own container to help cut down on plastic and packaging waste.


35 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0NX, UK
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 6:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: Closed

Rubedo is a restaurant that understands the importance of comfort, a true cosy London bistro that greets you with a hug as you walk through the door. Dishes are homely but polished, dictated by the season, warming dishes like delica pumpkin & cow’s curd ravioli, biscotti and game sausage, bread sauce, kalibos cabbage alongside some seriously respectable desserts like mille feuille, pear, bay leaf ice-cream and chocolate crémeux, peanut parfait, honeycomb will keep your bellies full and still leave you begging for more. The best thing about Rubedo is that they really go the extra mile to treat ingredients with proper respect, they’ve also got a banging natural wine selection. Rubedo really show what it means to be a neighbourhood restaurant.