With its mix of leafy parklands, vibrant social scene, and array of independent businesses, Stoke Newington is among the best places to live in North London. At the neighbourhood’s epicentre, the High Street is dotted with numerous bars, pubs, restaurants and cafés. So, you’ll be spoilt for choice for somewhere to visit, whatever the hour. Sample flavours from around the world, from traditional British pub grub to Italian fine fare. Or unwind with your favourite cocktail or pint.

We’ve explored this diverse area and found the best places to hang out, whether you’re already living in Stoke Newington or thinking of moving here.

The Good Egg

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a hearty brunch whilst living in Stoke Newington, head over to The Good Egg. Inspired by Middle Eastern flavours and Tel Aviv’s street food stalls, the café-cum-restaurant offers a sensory experience for all palates. Their most popular dishes include Babka French toast and the Jerusalem plate of eggs, pita and dips. This is comfort food and bold flavours at its best.

Address: 93 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 7682 2120


With its relaxed vibe, simple interiors and renovated garage setting, Primeur is a sleek dinner spot. Little sister to the popular Westerns Laundry in Islington, the restaurant has garnered similar esteem for its daily changing menu of small plates and wines. All of the produce is sourced from ethical native producers and the wines are low intervention; letting you drink and dine on the very best flavours of Britain.

Address: 116 Petherton Road, N5 2RT

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 7226 5271

The Haberdashery

Looking for a brunch spot to cater for all dietary requirements? The Haberdashery ticks every box. Your vegetarian, vegan and gluten intolerant friends will all be able to grab a tasty bite to eat at this café. Menus change regularly, but best-selling favourites include the veggie ‘Full English’ breakfast, seasonal porridge bowl, and breakfast baguette. Inside, the café is filled with a mismatch of vintage furniture and victorian butcher tiling, offering a unique neighbourhood atmosphere.

Not living in Stoke Newington? There’s also a Haberdashery on Middle Lane in Crouch End.

Address: 170 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7JL

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 3643 7123

Original Sin Bar

With an air of mystery about it, Original Sin Bar is reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy bar. Housed downstairs in a basement on Stoke Newington High Street, the bar is the perfect late-night haunt for cocktails and beer. The bar’s mixologists fashion classic and signature cocktails with ease, whether you want a sugary sweet drink or one that packs a punch. Hang out with friends over a game of pool or dress up for date night with your significant other.

Address: 129 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0PH

Email: [email protected]


Friendly neighbourhood hangout, Esters, is one of the best places for brunch for those living in Stoke Newington. This coffee house and bakery is built around a homegrown ethos. Savour jams and preserves made with seasonal berries, freshly baked sourdough bread, and organic eggs from a local farm. Pop by for a coffee en route to work, stay longer to enjoy one of their many brunch dishes or treat yourself to a sweet pastry.

Address: 55 Kynaston Road, N16 0EB

Email: [email protected]

Osteria Wolf

Indulge your taste buds with Osteria Wolf’s fine Italian-inspired dining. The restaurant sources the very best local and speciality ingredients to create each dish. Menus change with the seasons and reflect authentic flavours from different regions in Italy. Savour a cosy late-night supper with your favourite sumptuous pasta dishes, from rich ragus and ravioli to dayboat seafood and meats. Your meal wouldn’t be complete without a glass of wine sourced from small producers or a home-infused digestif.

Address: 110 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7NY

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 7254 4141

Lizzy’s On The Green

Wander through Newington Green Park and you’ll stumble upon Lizzy’s On The Green. This little café kiosk boasts a tasty menu of pastries, muesli, wraps and hot drinks. Pick up a coffee to keep you warm during a wintery walk around the park. Or stop and sample their food in the summer months, taking advantage of the outdoor seating. In need of an afternoon sugar fix? Be sure to try a slice of their homemade cake, from raspberry ripple to Guinness and chocolate.

Address: Newington Green, N16 9PX

Green Room Café

Decked out with an abundance of leafy plants, a visit to Green Room Café will brighten up your day. Pick up a bunch of flowers or potted plant from the florist at the front — the perfect addition to your home. Or wander out to the back of the cafe for al fresco dining in the sunnier weather. Fresh salad bowls, egg dishes and tasty cakes are always on the menu, whether you’d like a healthy lunch, hearty brunch or sweet treat.

Address: 113 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UD

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 7923 1877

Living in Stoke Newington

There’s no shortage of stylish hangouts in Stoke Newington. Experience the buzz of this neighbourhood and be at the very heart of North London. Living in Stoke Newington, you’ll have so much right on your doorstep. From old favourites to keep going back to and new places to uncover.

If you’re undecided which part of North London is right for you, read our comprehensive guide on the best places to live north of the Thames.

Have we missed your favourite spot in N16? Let us know @EssLiving.


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Sophia is a stay at home mum running an Instagram account giving her audience an insight to her life of organising, cleaning, affordable styling, and food.