Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, Hackney
A passion project through and through for everyone involved in this fantastic bakery, E5 is way ahead of the curve, using local, organic flours to bake incredible sourdough country breads, ryes, and perfect pastries. The guys behind E5, founder Ben McKinnon and head baker Eyal Schwartz are both in their second career, having left the sustainability business and neuroscience worlds to delve deep into ancient grains and wild yeasts. What's come out of their impulsive career move is bread that has a cult following among foodies, and a bustling, jam-packed café. Plus, they're magnanimously sharing the knowledge in their weekly bread baking courses.
The Happy Tummy Co.
Karen Collins is on a mission to cure IBS by way of her now legendary fermented chia teff loaf, which has become a go-to not just for those with a serious condition, but for anyone hoping to improve their digestion. The added bonus is that it makes a perfect slice of ultra-nourishing morning toast. Devotees can pick it up via Frame cafés or by subscription. Operating a totally sustainable, zero-waste policy, Happy Tummy Co. delivers weekly orders by bike.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Every single Sunday this East End street morphs into a sprawling outdoor flower market, packed with stalls of wildflowers and potted plants. Columbia Road itself is a great shopping street for home goods, vintage wares, and delicatessens—all the stores open their doors for market foot traffic.
47 Wilton Way, Hackney
Claire Ptak, who started her career at Chez Panisse, relocated to London several years ago and opened an Americana-inspired bakery on Wilton Way—a particularly friendly, community oriented stretch in Hackney. We've been known to make the trek out to east London just for her irresistible Ginger Molasses cake.
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