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The best coffee shops and cafes in and around Stratford London

Signorelli

Where: 15 Endeavour Square, E20 1JN

Signorelli brings the taste of Italy to IQL with freshly baked focaccia, pastries, and their own signature blend of coffee from independent roaster The Roasting. Simplicity is key for Signorelli, using only the best ingredients to create delicious flavours in every baked good. They also minimise food waste as much as possible by turning bread into breadcrumbs, or by using delivery companies to sell items at a reduced price to the community! If breakfast isn’t your thing, why not pay a visit for a post-work aperitivo? Enjoy classic cocktails and delicious small plates tasty enough to transport you to Italy, even on a grey afternoon.

Signorelli is open from 6am to 6pm every day.

 

Haugen

Where: 9 Endeavour Square, E20 1JN

No matter what you’re in the mood for, Haugen has it all! With an Alpine-inspired restaurant, café, and rooftop bar, Haugen is perfect for any time of day – from breakfast to late-night cocktails and everything in between. If you’re looking to cut down on caffeine in the morning, instead try one of the delicious lemon and ginger or Moroccan mint teas to kick off your day.

Breakfast is available from the Deli at Haugen, open from 8am to 4pm every day.

 

Elbows Café

Where: 103 Lauriston Rd, E9 7HJ

Elbows Café has a very limited online presence, so the best way to experience it is to grab your coat and go in blind. You’ll almost certainly be knocked back by its beauty, perfectly in keeping with its Victoria Park Village surroundings. Elbows Café’s lack of a website hasn’t stopped them from building up a dedicated fanbase who unanimously describe the staff as having a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude.

Elbows Café is open to early risers from 7am daily.

 

Change Please

Where: Level 19, Workable, 1 Westfield Ave, E20 1HZ

If you want to do a good deed while buying your morning coffee, Change Please is the place to visit. Located in Workable, a shared office space at IQL, you can enjoy your coffee while taking in the beautiful panoramic views of London from the 19th floor offices, or while breathing in the fresh air from the outdoor workspace, The Living Room.

Change Please puts 100% of their profits towards giving people experiencing homelessness better opportunities such as housing and a living wage job, so we think supporting this cause is well worth the price of a cup of coffee!

Visit Change Please from 8am – 7pm every weekday.

 

Pret a Manger

Where: Endeavour Square, E20 1GL

Offering fresh sandwiches, cakes, and organic coffee, Pret a Manger is a favourite for coffee connoisseurs and lunch lovers alike. Whether you fancy a bacon roll or a simple latte, they have it all. Located at IQL, Pret is the perfect place to stop by for that quick pre-meeting caffeine fix.

IQL’s Pret a Manger is open from 6am to 6:30pm every weekday, and 7am to 6:30pm on weekends.

 

Tina We Salute You

Where: 2 Olympic Park Ave, E20 1FT

Tina We Salute You’s East London proprietors Sharon and Fraser are nuts about coffee, and that’s why they run one of the best cafes in Stratford London. If you’re after something a little stronger though, they know their way around a mulled apple gin, which they occasionally serve with brunch on the weekend. The vibrant wall art is the icing on the cake, and it’s all for sale so you can even take a little piece of Tina home with you.

Brunch at Tina We Salute You is served between 10am and 3pm on weekends.

 

Sawmill Café

Where: 51-53 West Ham Lane, E15 4PH

Sawmill Café is a family-owned bakery and café run by a family of breakfast lovers. As such, the early hours at Sawmill will have you pinching yourself to make sure you’re not still dreaming. As well as fresh coffee, they serve up banquet of different breads, eggs and pancakes to help you start your day right.

Breakfast at Sawmill Café is served from 8am on weekdays and 9am on weekends.

 

46b Espresso Hut

Where: Brooksby's Walk, E9 6DF

The espressos at 46b are appropriately small to match the intimate surroundings (the whole café only fits 5 tables) but they definitely pack a punch. They’re committed to using top quality beans from fellow East Enders Square Mile Coffee Roasters, and the result is not only a delicious hit of caffeine but a community atmosphere that keeps everyone happy to sit shoulder to shoulder.

46b Espresso Hut is open from 7:30am on weekdays, and 8:30 and 9:30 on Saturdays and Sundays respectively.

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