Broad Stroud Green Road runs from the bowling alley by Finsbury Park Station along towards Crouch Hill, and is a great place to get a varied flavour of Finsbury Park. Following the march of tall Victorian houses mixed with 1950s brick buildings you’ll find corner shops piled with plantains, mangoes and chillis, an organic grocery, kebab shops and a tastily diverse cluster of restaurants
This is also a great area for unique shopping. First up is the funky new Crisis charity shop, where vintage and high fashion finds are enticingly displayed – there’s also a simple café here with some street seating.
Opposite, Mosey Home continues the vintage theme with its mid-century furniture and homeware – you’ll find everything from Danish sideboards to industrial enamel lamps. The owners also run architecture and design talks and craft events.
New Beacon Books is an Afro Caribbean publishing house and bookshop established in 1966 – you can browse a huge array of black British, Caribbean, African, Afro-American and Asian titles. There’s more African influence at Boutique Yamina, which displays fabrics, ceramics and clothes from Morocco. They also do a great line of bags and shoes made with laminated African fabrics, and can tailor-make gifts for you.
You won’t go hungry or thirsty on Stroud Green Road. Vagabond Coffee is the place to get a caffeine fix, amongst the beautifully upcycled wooden furnishings; they do their own coffee roasts, which you can sample and then buy, prettily packaged.
La Fabrica provides excellent tapas in stylish surrounds, while Season Kitchen serves steak or mussels and chips at artfully battered tables. Mexicali is a bright breezy Tex Mex place, and Oven and Hearth dishes up smoked, chargrilled and rotisserie meats and chunky burgers. Pick up a pizza at long-established La Porchetta, and round things off with a drink at the unpretentious World’s End pub.