Love coffee - hate changing the baby on the toilet floor? Look no further.
This page provides parents' views on the area's cafés and restaurants.
Yes, we've taken one for the team, and, when we should really be trying to
shed the belly, we've been eating more food than you can shake a stick at...
all in the name of research!
We've considered whether venues have space for buggies, how friendly staff are to child customers, and what they have in terms of changing facilities and highchairs.
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Stoke Newington Church Street
Sapid Coffee, 168 Stoke Newington Church Street
This new local barista specialises in the finest hand picked hand roasted coffee from around the world, combined with beautiful unique latte art.
They have an extensive food menu. Whether you are Vegan, gluten intolerant or even diabetic, Sapid offers lots of tasty options.
This cafe has a humble welcoming natural rustic decor, with a relaxing atmosphere. They have free wifi, a ramp to give easy access to prams and wheelchairs as well as high chairs and baby changing facilities.
Baby chinos are free.
Green Room Café, 113 Church Street
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This place is awesome. It's at the back of a florist shop and the air is heavily scented with flowers. There's a huge window which lets in tonnes of light. Outside there's a spacious garden which will be wonderful in the summer. There are highchairs and baby change facilities and plenty of space for buggies. Food is great and the menu includes breakfasts, cakes and healthy lunches. Downstairs is another room which would be perfect for a private function such as a first birthday party. www.flowersn16.co.uk
Blue Legume, 101 Church Street
Good food with lots of healthy options. Space for pushchairs limited but manageable with smaller groups. Lovely conservatory. Highchairs and baby change facilities available. www.thebluelegume.co.uk
Cema, 15 Church Street
Really lovely Mediterranean restaurant. Limited space for buggies but they do have a couple of highchairs and a baby change table. 0207 9234444
Nar, 35 Church Street
Great menu with lots of variety... from breakfasts to paninis and burgers and posher treats. They do have a baby change table, space for a few buggies and a couple of highchairs. www.nar-cafe-bistro.com
Hoxton Beach Café (just off Church Street)
Clissold Leisure Centre (Clissold Road)
Very baby friendly and good food... excellent changing facilities and highchairs. Food include salads and according to local Mum Kate their falafel wraps are a must-try. www.hoxtonbeach.com
Il Bacio Express, 90 Church Street
A busy restaurant serving good Italian food such as paninis, pizza and pasta. The restaurant has four high chairs. Space for buggies is limited, there's no changing table but staff offer use of a table out the back. http://ilbacioexpress.co/
Clissold House, Clissold Park
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The best baby change facilities we've encountered in Stoke Newington plus a lift (accessed via the back of the house and plenty of space to park buggies). Good coffee, rich nutty hot chocolate and tasty food such as kids' meals, sandwiches and cakes.
The Good Egg, Church Street
This place has undergone a radical transformation from grotty betting shop to rustic restaurant with soft lighting and a buzzing atmosphere packed with couples and groups.
The menu offers something very different – fabulous Middle Eastern flavours and fun and unusual cocktails.
Dishes include, Za’atar fried chicken, Iraqi Aubergine Pita, Purple Broccoli with Tahini and Dak Dak Salad (pine nuts, seeds, kohlrabi, cucumber, tomato and pomegranate).
If it's breakfast or lunch you're after this place is lovely and has good changing facilities. But we recommend getting a babysitter and giving this place a try for dinner.
La Duchesse, 10 Church Street
Lovely little cafe serving amazing (and pretty) cakes and good coffee. There's space for a few buggies and the restaurant recently invested in more highchairs and a baby change table. www.facebook.com/cafeladuchesse
Nando's, 139-141 Church Street
Food needs little introduction... big brand name serving chicken and chips and corn on the cobs. Loads of space for buggies and good baby change facilities. And they're pretty good at handing out activities (colouring etc) for children. www.nandos.co.uk/restaurant/stoke-newington
The Parlour, 167 Church Street
Serves tasty cakes, sandwiches, salads and jacket potatoes. Limited space but there is a changing table and a couple of highchairs.
Camia Italian Delicatessan, 53 Church Street
This place serves delicious sandwiches, wraps and cakes and good coffee. Space is limited and there's one high chair. There isn't a baby change table but staff offer a chest freezer out the back to change your baby on.
Stoke Newington High Street and surrounds
76 Stoke Newington High Street , N16 7PA
020 7254 3043
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BobaJam is a family friendly dessert cafe offering freshly brewed bubble teas and popular desserts from South East Asia. They have a great selection of desserts; from snowy shaved ice to winter warming skillet brownies or creamy matcha creme brulee. Or if you fancy something more adventurous then try their Raindrop Cake - a wonderful ‘water-cake’ that literally melts in your mouth.
Grab yourself a tea, coffee or babyccino, pull up a high chair, switch on your laptop (free wifi) and dive into one of their fabulous desserts.
FB & Twitter: @bobajamuk
The Haberdashery, 170 SN High Street
Kingsland Road (turn right at the end of Church street and cross the road. Haberdashery is on the left hand side).
This place is awesome, fab cakes and a great choice of savoury things. There is a lovely baby change table in the bathroom. Juices are served in cool jam jars and taste lovely. They have highchairs and are really friendly. www.the-haberdashery.com
The White Hart, 69 SN High Street
This spacious pub is incredibly welcoming to families. In the summer there's a large beer garden where they can run around. Food is tasty and affordable and the staff are fab. http://whitehartstokenewington.com
Yummy Yummy in my Tummy and Cafe Z Bar
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Cafe Z Bar offers delicious Turkish cuisine with a British twist for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The venue has recently been refurbished and the menu includes a wide range of selected wines, craft beers from local breweries and cocktails.
The kids' cafe in an adjacent room is wonderful with loads of toys and books, space to play, good baby change facilities, great and affordable food options and regular children's classes downstairs.
Yum Yum Thai Restaurant,
187 SN High Street
There are steep steps leading up to this spacious restaurant and a ramp which makes access for buggies easier. Once inside you and your children will get an incredibly warm welcome. One mum told us her kids were given food to feed the fish and the water feature was turned on for the children's amusement. There are highchairs.
www.yumyum.co.uk Call 0207 2546751
Rudie's - Jamaica Bites
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Hip Jamaican restaurant renowned for their signature Real Jerk and deliciously boozy Rum Cocktails. Enjoy Rudie's unique buzzing Jamaican vibe in a contemporary Stokey setting that is sure to give you an authentic flavour of the Caribbean any day of the week. Special menus are available for kids.
The Prince Pub, 59 Kynaston Road
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This pub has just been refurbished and is looking fantastic. If the decor and service is anything to go by the food will be fantastic too. We gather there aren't highchairs yet but watch this space. Really lovely to see a historic local boozer given the love it deserves! www.theprincepub.com
Esters, Kynaston Road
This cafe is wonderfull - run by Nia and Jack, it serves some of the best coffee in town, delicious homemade cakes and savouries and rustic lunches. It's tricky with a pushchair and space to change a baby is limited but it's worth it for the food. and they offer baby-friendly options.
An enthusiastic thumb's up from StokeyParents.
44-45 Newington Green, N16 9QH
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Reasonably priced Italian food. Slope to restaurant makes pushchair access easy. There's even a special area out the back with toys, sofas and highchairs. Good changing facilities too. Very child-friendly. Also special dishes available for those who can't eat gluten.
Springfield Park Café,
Off Upper Clapton Road, E5 9EF.
This hidden treasure is set in 40 acres of parkland. Food here is good (salad, soups, paninis etc) and there's artwork by local artists on display. Accessibility and change facilities are good. In the summer there's an attractive, fenced-off area for eating outside. www.springfieldparkcafe.co.uk