Dalston Area Guide
A guide to Dalston
By RNR Group
Dalston has a reputation for being cool. The Guardian described it as the “owner of Britain’s coolest postcode” and Vogue Italia deemed it London’s trendiest, most caldissimo, neighbourhood. However, aside from the new wave of regeneration resulting in a profusion of fringe theatres, restaurants, cafés and bars, what is really ‘cool’ about Dalston is its enduring sense of community. From the long-established Afro-Caribbean and Turkish communities, the many artist and creative-types, to the affluent city traders; Dalston is a kaleidoscope of culture.
Kingsland High Street is the backbone of the area; a barrage of independent cafés, shops and bars, intermixed with a selection of high street regulars. Since 1880, Ridley Road Market has been a Dalston institution and there are a plethora of different stalls to browse to the backdrop of reggae sounds. There are also many gem-filled vintage shops such as Beyond Retro and Pelican & Parrots, both on Stoke Newington Road.
Food and Drink
The area is famed for its Turkish cuisine and restaurants such as 9 Numara Bos Cirrik certainly do not disappoint. However, there are now a wide range of options available. For instance, regional Chinese dishes are on offer at Shanghai Dalston, whilst British food is excellently executed at A Little of What You Fancy. As vibrant by night as it is by day, there are also many drinking holes to enjoy; from local jazz at Servant Jazz Quarters to the Roof Park where you can dance away under the stars. The Rio Cinema, on the high street, is a stunning Grade II listed building and the Arcola Theatre puts on shows from established and emerging artists.
With two Overground stations on different lines, Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction, the lively neighbourhood is accessed with ease.