If you don’t like children, turn away now. Bear and Wolf is the official NW5 HQ for parents with young kids, even providing a playroom in back, and you’re likely to have to negotiate a crowd of push chairs as you make your way to the main seating area. If that doesn’t faze you, the place has plenty going for it: good sandwiches, good baked stuff, and good coffee.
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Rustique is a ‘literary cafe’ with average food, but warmth and bookish vibes. Bring your moleskin and thickest glasses.
Phoenicia Mediterranean Food Hall
This Middle Eastern supermarket, one of the best food shops in the area, has a café where you can eat an inexpensive lunch of wraps or mixed meze.
Patron Cave à Manger
The formula at Patron Cave a Manger in Kentish Town is simple. Take impeccable cheese and cured meats, and add great wine. It’s good for casual meets.
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The Dusty Knuckle Bakery
The Dusty Knuckle is a Dalston bakery and café making proper sandwiches and homely dishes.
Sub Cult sells gourmet subs to hungry City folk at breakfast and lunch. There’s usually a line, but the staff are jolly and the food’s worth the wait.
Smiths of Smithfield
Smiths of Smithfield is big on meat, upstairs is corporate card territory, but the café downstairs serves reasonably priced sandwiches and burgers.
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