It might not have been the original coffee bar in Shoreditch (that honour has to go to the now defunct Bean) and it doesn’t sell the best coffee in the area (that honour definitely goes to the Prufrock team serving out of Present) but the Old Shoreditch Station has always been – and still is in my eyes – the best coffee bar in Shoreditch.
Actually, calling it just a coffee bar is wrong. It is so much more than that. Coffee. Muffins. Whiskey. Art. Food. DJs. It has it all.
In the day it is a cafe serving very good coffee, cakes and the recently improved food menu come from the nearby FoodHall and includes a very nice meat platter for two (£ 14). Then, as darkness falls, the Station turns into a bar serving whisky, wine and beer. If you catch it on the right night there might be an exhibition opening or a product launch or a gig. While at the weekends (when it can get very busy) you will most likely get a DJ.
When I had a studio on Hoxton Square popping in to the Station was a morning ritual. The lattes and muffins I had on an almost daily basis might not have helped with the waistline, but it always set me up for the day ahead. Sadly I am not close enough to go as often as I used to but when I am in the area I still pop in.