What % Arabica lacks in seats, it makes up for in style. This Kyoto-import on Broadway Market serves excellent espresso based drinks, as well as pour over. It also offers a pretty good party trick in which you pick a bean and they’ll roast a bag of it in your preferred style while you wait.
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The Shacklewell Arms is a big pub with a big smoking area in Hackney Downs that’s also a live music venue.
Bake Street is an brilliant neighbourhood café opposite Hackney’s Rectory Road station that does legendary weekend brunch specials.
Jolene is a bakery, café, and restaurant on Newington Green serving very nice, very grainy, very wholesome breakfast, lunch and (on some days) dinner.
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A casual, kitsch coffee and light bite situation inside Institut Français, Café Tangerine is worth keeping in mind when you’re in Kensington.
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Books for Cooks is a cookbook shop in Notting Hill that also runs a cafe at lunchtime. Check their Twitter feed to find out what’s cooking.
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