Menu: Good coffee, delicious cakes
Great for: Friends, Working, Hiring the space for events
Signature dish: Giant cinnamon buns
Signature cocktail: Climpson and Sons coffee
Because It’s Cool: Down a residential road off Stoke Newington’s trendy Church Street, you’ll find this gem of a bakery where you walk in to find the sweet treats being baked in an open kitchen. There’s kid-friendly areas for catching up with friends, plus other spaces in front of big windows that would be great to take your laptop.
Because It Matters: The most incredible thing about Luminary Bakery is its whole reason for being.
It was set up break generational cycles of abuse, prostitution, criminal activity and poverty, by giving vulnerable women an opportunity to learn how to be an employable baker. ‘Employable’ being a key word, as the aim is to get every woman who passes through the six-month course a job or help them to set up their own enterprise.
So far they have 30 graduates and seven in training, including one person who’s on day release from prison and will be fully trained by the time she gets out later this year.
The bakery was founded by the inspirational Alice Williams, 28, who came up with the idea of “encouraging ambition, restoration and second chances” when working as a support worker with charity Kahalia, a ‘coffee shop with a conscience’ in Brick Lane.
Did you know? There’s a cute garden out the back for warm sunshine-filled days.