With an interior lovingly made from reclaimed wood and other materials, Vagabond N4 offers a stripped-back coffee experience. Speciality coffees are sourced from all over the world, with the team not afraid to get experimental in the pursuit of caffeine excellence. And a little further up the Crouch Hill Road is Coffee Circus, a fun spectacle of latte artistry alongside a hefty coffee menu.
A busy Irish pub might not normally be your first port of call, but the Faltering Fullback is hiding more than a few secrets; not least its huge multi-tiered garden, where locals sip on their pints while sheltering from the capital’s blaring sun (or rain) under the potted greenery. For must-eats, there’s Max’s Sandwich Shop, which turns the humble sandwich into a gastronomic experience. The ingeniously named This Is How We Spring Roll pulls on flavours ranging from fresh ginger to black bean mayo for a taste explosion.
The award-winning Warehouse Cafe combines an art exhibition with 100% vegetarian bites ranging from halloumi fish and chips to a raw vegan orange and cashew tart. Fazeley Social is also the place for creatives to visit to meet up and connect, with live music and events supported by a scrumptious menu of cakes, breakfast and lunches.
A new addition to the Hip Hangout guide, Stroud Green is so under the radar it doesn’t even have its own train station. Sandwiched between Crouch Hill and Harringay stations, part of Stroud Green was, however, designated a Conservation Area back in 2003, having been noted as an area of ‘special character or historic interest’.’ Who needs a train station when you’ve got that up your sleeve, eh?
Stroud Green Road is a hub of all things hip, offering a variety of organic produce and independent wares to locals. The Deli at 80 is a cafe which could easily double up as your front room, specialising in additive-free and ethically sourced ingredients. And with Korean and Japanese dishes at Dotori, and vegetarian cuisine at Jai Krishna restaurant, it’s not hard to see why the road is fast earning a reputation for being one of London’s foodie hot spots.
For those who like entertainment, The Stroud Green Festival is an annual jaunt which is set to return in June 2018 for even more cultural events. Past years have seen folk duos, musical workshops and jazz musicians taking to the stage at Holy Trinity Church. It’s predominantly a festival which looks to celebrate North London’s talent, with free pop-up performances happening across the neighbourhood.
Despite sitting closer to Finsbury Park train station, Rowans Tenpin Bowl remains firmly in the Stroud Green area. But this is a bowling alley with a difference: the venue has been a centre of entertainment since it first opened its doors in 1913, even hosting The Beatles all the way back in 1963. Its position in the heart of locals is evident by the fact that the council gave in to Stroud Green residents’ incessant petitions after plans were released to tear down the venue to build flats. Today, you can bowl, karaoke and play pool to your heart’s content.