Kaffeine was one of the pioneers in London’s coffee scene, and it remains one of the best. During busy times, which means a lot of the day, it’s pretty frantic – try to grab a seat at the back to stay out of the crush. The food here is always good – nothing spectacular, just sandwiches, salads, and tasty baked things made with good ingredients and sold at reasonable prices for this part of town. If the place is really heaving, order your coffee at the counter and stay there to get it, rather than counting on the sometimes-overworked waiters.
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Honey & Co.
Honey & Co. is a small Middle Eastern restaurant in Fitzrovia that’s big on flavors and Feel Good Factor. Bring a (small) group of friends.
If you can see past the fashion nonsense at Greyhound Café in Fitzrovia, you’ll find some of the best Thai food in Central London right now.
Kitchen Table is a swish counter-only restaurant in which you sit around an open kitchen of chefs cooking interesting, fine dining dishes.
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Mother is a cafe along the River Lea close to Hackney Wick, that serves tasty vegan food. Come for the juices, and stay for the relaxed ambience.
E. Pellicci is an old-school classic in Bethnal Green. It’s warm and welcoming, and if you don’t get a Full English breakfast, you did it wrong.
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