5 years after leaving Lithuania for London, the team behind Vagabond have opened three independent coffee shops in North London. Inspired by nomadic lifestyle and community spirit, the cafes' ethos is mirrored in their pieced-together interiors and reclaimed furniture. Speciality coffee takes centre stage and is changed on a weekly basis while the simple food menu makes for a more than decent breakfast option. Go for something like the scrambled eggs with salmon and walnut pesto - and a flat white, we're guessing.
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Decent coffee, great bread from Bread by Bike, and all kinds of sweet and savoury treats, this iddy-biddy corner cafe is the perfect place to come for a quiet pit-stop. It's named after the library and bookshop, owned by an Albert Crick, that was on the site way back in the 1940s. The current owners have charmingly held on to tradition by encouraging people to bring and borrow books. Isn't that sweet. Open from 8am in the week, they keep commuter folk happy with coffee from Dark Arts, while those visiting later in the day are catered for with a fine selection of brunchy goods - poached eggs and avo', and an infamously hunky bacon butty. Whenever you decide to come down, you're in for an session of seriously cosy lounging.
Exmouth Coffee Company
This chic independent coffee shop a short hop from both Brick Lane and Whitechapel Gallery is a must for hungry folk lurking in the area. Boasting perfect pastries, creamy cakes, quaint quiches, sultry salads and an in-house coffee roasting unit, this little haunt has everything you could possibly wish for when you're stomach is growling and your eyelids are starting to weigh a ton.
All You Read is Love
*Closed 24/04/18* On a happy jaunt around Leytonstone we came across this little nugget of joy and fell in love instantly. This bookshop-cum-cafe-cum-cocktail bar was set up by siblings who noticed a lack of anything similar in the surrounds. The decor is the kind of eclectic that assaults your eyes and leaves you wondering where to look next. The walls are lined with miscellaneous posters, illustrations by local artists, paintings, plants, and murals featuring weird but characterful creatures. It was so overwhelming we had to ignore the shelves of books and boxes of records crying out for a rummage and order a cocktail. Each one was inspired by a different fictional character, so we sipped away on a Rodion Raskolnikov made with rum, sugar, lime and raspberries. It was zesty and sweet, perfect for a cosy up on the sofa with boo, or swaying along to indie music at one of their regular live gigs.
*Closed April 2017 Bringing the bumping vibes of Sao Paulo to London, this buzzing little coffee shop is nestled bang in the middle of Leather Lane Market. This relaxed little corner of the capital is a hub for creatives looking to get their head down and enjoy a speciality caffeine fix. With a warm, homely feel, tattooed baristas and honest food this place is the definition of inviting.