Walthamstow, otherwise known as awesomestow is known for a number of great attractions. After living in Walthamstow for a year now, I feel I’ve really got to know the area and what it has to offer. Located in East London, it’s the final stop on the Victoria line( which means you always get a seat on the tube). I thought I would share with you my guide to Walthamstow, sharing some of my favourite places to eat and drink, places to shop and things to do.
Eat 17 – Based in the heart of Walthamstow village, this is the place to visit for a Sunday roast and the best bread and butter pudding you will ever have. Be sure to book a table earlier in the week though as it soon gets booked up. Eat 17 serves locally sourced British food when they can. They’re famous for their award winning bacon jam and all their bread is baked in-house. They also do an awesome brunch.
Froth & Rind– A relaxed and friendly cafe where I love to visit if I need to get a few hours work done on my laptop. They serve the best toasted cheese sandwiches and great coffee. Very chilled environment almost feels as though you are sitting in your living room.
Buhler & Co– A great vegetarian breakfast spot in Walthamstow. The menu is globally inspired and the kind of great vegetarian food that you can eat and enjoy without even noticing the absence of meat. I love the Indian inspired vege fry up, but the specials are always worth a look-in too. They use great local suppliers, including; Climpson & Sons coffee.
Today Bread– A small organic sourdough bakery and cafe located in the centre of Walthamstow. The bread is freshly made every morning, as well as all the cakes and pastries. You’ll find locals, London explorers and it’s a great c0-working spot.
Yard Sale – Recently opened a branch in the stow. Serving up delicious stone baked pizzas, a favourite of mine being the nduja pizza and they also do a cheese and marmite pizza bread which I order every time. Definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a good dinner spot.
Mother’s Ruin – As some of you may know is another word for gin. It’s my favourite place to visit all year round, you can choose a variety of gins made with locally foraged berries. I love this place in the summer as you can sit on the table and chairs outside whilst working your way through the cocktail list.
Hucks – an independent coffee shop, perfect pit stop for a flat white and a slice of cake or sandwich. They serve cocktails on a Friday and Saturday night and at the back of the shop the space is available for hire.
Mirth, Marvel and Maud – The place for late night cocktails. A wonderful cocktail bar and pub with an amazing cultural program and art house cinema. On Sunday’s you can enjoy a lovely Sunday roast whilst watching a live jazz band.
56 – Open Wed-Sun. A boutique coffee shop located on St James Street. Famous for their coffee which is sourced from Nude Espresso, they do a beautiful flat white. Also famous for their sourdough toasties and legendary weekend brunches. On a Friday evening it serves cocktails and has a late license until 11.30pm which is great if you live in the area and want to stay local.
Wild Card Brewery– Tucked away on the industrial estate in Walthamstow. The village’s local brewers open up every weekend with street food, gigs and awesome local beer. It produces 4,000 litres of craft beer a week and supplies and sells kegs and bottled beer around the UK.
To see & do:
God’s Own Junkyard– Opened in 2013, was set up by the late artist and lighting designer, Chris Bracey. It has the biggest collection of neon signage outside of the US. It’s a great place to visit to admire all the neon signs. There’s a cute little cafe inside as well, where you can grab a cup of tea and cake.
E17 Village Market – Takes place every Saturday at the Waltham Forest Community Hub. It serves up fresh produce, supporting local farmers’, producers, artisans and bakers. Each week the market features regular and guest traders. I love picking up a perky blenders flat white accompanied with some home-made greek food from The Greek Cafe.
Walthamstow Wetlands – London’s newest and biggest nature reserve recently opened to the general public, it’s the perfect spot for a weekend walk.
Finamore– This store, is located down Walthamstow Village, it has lots of vintage modern furniture, a treasure trove of 60’s and 70’s goodness.
Here On Earth – Her shop is full of contemporary art, design, jewellery and ceramics. Definitely worth a visit.
Debbie Bliss Home– This cute shop is full of the perfect gifts, for all ages and occasions. Love having a look around here, has the most beautiful cards also.
The Italian Delicatessen– Love this authentic deli shop, where you can buy cheeses, meats, antipasta and lots more. We buy nduja (spicy sausage) from here as well picking up a freshly baked focaccia.
E17 Spar – This not-so-budget supermarket has its own bakery and pizzeria at the back. I love having a wander around here, I end up coming out with a basket full of stuff.
Hope you enjoyed this blog post. Let me know in the comments if you have eaten and drank in any of the places mentioned above.