We now understand how surprised Agent Dale Cooper was when he found a ‘damn fine cup of coffee’ in the remote town of Twin Peaks, because we just found one in Finsbury Park. Tucked away behind the junction of Stroud Green Road and Upper Tollington Park, a small, unassuming coffee shop is now caffeinating locals. Vagabond serves up double shot coffees, including the inevitable Kiwi-style flat whites. Owner Dai Noras, who previously worked at the acclaimed Tapped & Packed coffee bar in Fitzrovia, uses quality beans from Has Bean (for milky coffee) and Union Coffee (for espresso) to make his strong brews. For those who also like to nibble, there’s a selection of own-baked cakes (usually apple, carrot or banana cake, all made with wholemeal flour), pastries and sandwiches, soup of the day or omelettes. The interior is simple but stylish with a handful of wooden tables. It’s less of a local secret than it used to be, and it’s becoming increasingly hard to bag a table. Anne Faber
Vagabond, Unit 20, Charter Court, Stroud Green Rd, N4 3SG. Open daily 7am-7pm.