Pitfield, 31-35 Pitfield St, Hoxton / Shoreditch

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Half furniture shop, half café, Pitfield is a curious mash-up with food, drink, pizza and futons. Imagine going to Habitat or Heal’s and sitting down in the display to eat. But it works. I’ll definitely come back.

The coffee is long and weak – very ‘French’ – but perfectly pleasant. It’s not the cheapest, but there are more expensive options nearby too.

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Coffee ***
£2.15
Environment ****
Others **** (food & furniture – though it’s not licenced)

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Ruby, Hoxton Square

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More a cafe / restaurant than strictly a coffee shop, it’s a friendly little place with about 10 tables inside, and half that number outside in a small patio overlooking the famous square.

It appears to offer Caffe Vergnano coffee but I found it disappointingly weak. Not unpleasant, just not brilliant. Ah well – the good food at decent prices made up for it.

Coffee ***
£1.80
Environment ****
Others **** (food, drink and vibe – you’re in hipster heaven, after all)