Leafy Stoke Newington has it all. Quiet residential areas, gorgeous Edwardian housing, great homeware and clothes shops on Church Street, plus local restaurants, good bars and Clissold Park, but it has never had a great cafe. Esters opened without too much fanfare last year, taking the cafe’s lease off some friends and largely keeping the previous set-up when it was Fred & Fran’s name on the door. But ever since it’s been getting better and better.
The atmosphere is relaxed, and while it isn’t the largest coffee shop, you’re welcome to sit in there with a book or a laptop and while away the morning. The baristas know what they’re doing and are careful not to burn the milk, a big problem for a number of the cafes close by. The coffees are full of flavour, without the gritty taste you can get from expresso.
Ester’s real standout though is the food. With a selection of tempting cakes and treats on the counter, the doughnuts from St. John are the best in London, filled with a range of homemade jams and creams. Their hot food is just as good too. With an ever-changing menu, every day they serve a signature sandwich plus breakfast options like a delicious Cardamom French Toast and savoury dishes inspired by Turkish cuisine.
At last, stylish Stoke Newington has a coffee shop to match.
Esters, 55 Kynaston Road, London, N16 0EB