Brick Lane is most famous for its curry houses and market, but it also offers a great selection of independent fashion and vintage boutiques and is a great spot for browsing and people watching.
When you’re in need of a shopping break and some refreshment, there’s also no shortage of decent coffee shops, all with their own unique personality from cute and cosy to ultra-cool hipster.
Half coffee shop and half art gallery, Suzzle serves coffee alongside gluten-free cakes and snacks and are skilled at catering for those with allergies or specific dietary requirements. The atmosphere is super cosy, right down to the open fireplace and resident cat.
47 Brick Lane, London E1 6PU
Open 8am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday, Closed on Saturday, and 10am – 6pm on Sunday.
2. Café 1001
Coffee shop by day and club by night, Café 1001 has a bohemian feel with a friendly atmosphere. During the day it serves up big breakfasts, coffee and cake, and a selection of sandwiches and barbecue lunches. It transforms into a popular night-time venue as the sun goes down with cocktails, DJs, and live bands throughout the week.
91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Open 6.30am – 12am Monday to Saturday and 6.30am – 10.30pm on Sunday
Retro and vintage clothing specialist, Rokit, started as a Camden market stall in 1986. It now has several stores in London including two branches on Brick lane at no. 101 and no. 107. There’s a wide variety of women’s and men’s clothing from several decades to browse through, accessories, shoes, and bags. Be sure to check out the sale section for some real bargains.
101 & 107 Brick Lane, London E1 6SE
Open 11am – 7pm Monday to Friday, and 10am – 7pm Saturday and Sunday
Artsy Kahaila café is a coffee shop that runs as a charity and all the profits are funnelled back into the local community. The venue also transforms into a church on Wednesday evenings. Supportive of local artists, there’s a variety of original artwork displayed for sale and a busy events calendar including book clubs, poetry nights, movie screenings, and art launches. The coffee is ethically sourced and delicious, and the food is made from produce sourced from local suppliers.
135 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
Open 8.30am – 7pm Monday to Friday, 9am -7pm on Saturday, and 9am – 5.30pm on Sunday.
5. Cereal Killer café
One of the more recent additions to Brick Lane, Cereal Killer stirred up quite a bit of controversy when it first opened, including a protest against the gentrification of the area. If you don’t know already, the menu consists almost entirely of cereal and you can choose from over 100 different varieties from all over the world. There are also 20 different varieties of milk and 30 different toppings. The retro interior decorated with ‘80s and ‘90s memorabilia adds the finishing touch to make this café an Instagrammer’s dream.
139 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
Open 8am – 8pm Monday to Sunday
Mendoza menswear boutique specialises in mod fashion, taking inspiration from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The collection includes tailored suits, shirts, trousers, knitwear, coats, jackets, and accessories. Each piece is produced on a limited run to keep them exclusive and all garments are crafted within a 5-mile radius of the shop.
158 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU
Open 12 – 6pm Monday to Sunday
7. Shop 172
This independent fashion boutique is named simply after its location on Brick Lane and offers a variety of clothing from international designers, focusing on handmade and one-off items. Much of the collection is sourced from recently graduated designers from fashion schools including Central St. Martins and the London School of Fashion.
172 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU
8. Pretty Cuppa
This quirky and cosy café offers an extensive menu of cakes and hot and cold drinks including various coffees, matcha latte, specialist teas, and fresh fruit smoothies. Prices are on the steep side but it’s a comfortable spot for people watching and the staff are friendly.
178D Brick Lane, London E1 6SA
Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Friday, and 10am – 9pm Saturday and Sunday.
9. Hunky Dory Vintage
One of the best vintage shops in London, Hunky Dory Vintage relocated to Brick Lane in 2008 after being based in Greenwich since the early ‘90s. Both men’s and womenswear is stocked from the ‘40s through to the ‘80s and items are sourced from all over Europe. Prices are reasonable and there are some really interesting pieces to be found that stand out from the usual secondhand-parading-as-vintage.
226 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA
10. Tatty Devine
If you’re after funky and unusual jewellery, head straight for Tatty Devine. Expect to see lots of colourful laser-cut plastic in unique designs that make great statement accessories. You can also get a customized name necklace made while you wait.
236 Brick Lane, London E2 7EB
Open 10am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday, 11am – 6pm on Saturday, and 10am – 5pm on Sunday.