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The Counter Café’s aesthetic (Antipodean caff, by way of a Berlin squat) is pure Hackney Wick: artsy, dishevelled & unselfconsciously cool. Vintage cinema seats, raw brick walls &
felt-tipped murals inside, graffiti & a scuzzy, sunny yard outside – it appeals to one’s inner student. Fittingly, you’ll get a good lunch here at student prices; charging £5 for a pie (chicken
& leek or that Kiwi classic, mince & cheese, all made in-house) is a great offer. Brunch, the Counter big breakfast, a salmon & cream cheese bagel or Mumbai spicy scramble, plus a good
cup of Square Mile coffee, won’t tip your bill too far over a tenner. The location is off the beaten track, but if you’re visiting Stour Space, exploring Victoria Park or the canal, then make it
your mission to come here. The Counter’s nearby sister, Container Café, offers great views of the Olympic Park.
London has plenty of bohemian, stripped back cafe concepts and Counter Cafe in Hackney Wick is another one of these, with its wooden slightly shoddy furniture and trendy creative types working away on Macs. Marooned within a rough looking art studio (Stour Space) it’s an absolute bugger to get to, so if you’re anywhere else other than Hackney in London you might well end up settling for somewhere else. Still, it’s also rather scrumptious, so despite my slightly irritating journey there and craving for something more aesthetically elegant I soon settle down into a creamy flat white and supremely satisfying vegetarian...
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This was my second time visiting Counter Café, the first time I stumbled across them by accident. It was conveniently located near the hairdressers I visited on a cold winter, just when the Olympics stadium was being built...
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Meanwhile, the circle of east London around the Park has developed a bizarre new charm - like a desperate show of the old ways in the shadow of the spaceship-like Olympic Stadium. And the Counter Cafe is quite literally in its shadow. From one side it's in what would be a trendy converted warehouse if it were in Hoxton. On this side of the A12 it feels like somewhere between that and the Hovis advert. The cafe is in the back of an interesting looking art gallery. It's got a huge glass façade running cross the cafe's two floors that looks like it was built in expectation of the new Olympic view. Sadly there's...
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The Counter Cafe is quite literally in the shadow of the 2012 London Olympic stadium. Although the view here isn’t one of the most attractive views you’ve ever seen, keep reading for photos and a written review that will make your mouth water…The Counter Cafe is quite literally in the shadow of the 2012 London Olympic stadium. Although the view here isn’t one of the most attractive views you’ve ever seen, keep reading for photos and a written review that will make your mouth water…
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