This old-fashioned caff has been going since 1959, and it’s an Islington institution. The menu divides into standard caff fare, including enormous breakfasts and Italian dishes. And all at crazy low prices. Big plates of pasta are the favourite at lunchtime, when it’s packed out with locals. And when it’s really busy at mealtimes, you might find yourself sharing a table – but this only adds to the lively atmosphere. The owners manage the crowds well (both when seated and when waiting), and service is speedy. Just mind your time. Other customers need your seat.
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Yipin is an upscale Chinese spot in Islington. The menu has a lot of options, but you should focus on the Sichuan and Hunan dishes.
Trullo is the kind of neighbourhood Italian restaurant you’d find in an actual Italian neighbourhood, and the food is simply fantastic.
An Exmouth Market original, New Zealand cafe and restaurant Caravan does great coffee and an excellent brunch.
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Originally from Copenhagen, Mother is a pizzeria located in the railway arches of the new Battersea Power Station development.
Pizza East Kentish Town
Pizza East’s Kentish Town outpost is slick, fun, and good for any occasion. The pizza’s good, and so are the cocktails.
Emilia is part grown-up restaurant, part wine bar, and serves a whole lot of excellent pasta.
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