A seasonal café for seasoned table grabbers is what Towpath is, but if you come here on a sunny day and nab a seat (alongside a plate of tomatoes on toast) you’ll soon see why it’s so busy. This mini-spot along the Regent’s Canal near Haggerston station is pretty much entirely outside seating and it has a strong case for being one of London’s most dopamine-inducing restaurants. Tomatoes, fried eggs with mojo verde, and Spanish sausage sandwiches are all favourites. If possible, come for a midweek, day-off meal, because things can get a little tactical during weekend brunch hours. That said, it’s worth it.
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Cub is a restaurant from the same guys behind cocktail bars Dandelyan and Super Lyan, serving a short four-course dinner of creative small plates.
Hill & Szrok
Hill & Szrok on Broadway Market is a butchers by day, but at night they fire up the grill to cook some pretty good steaks and chops.
Chick ‘N’ Sours
The Haggerston branch of Chick ‘n’ Sours is the original, and still the best. Come here for cocktails and disco wings, and leave happy.
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Ozone Coffee Roasters
Ozone in Shoreditch is best known as one of London’s best coffee spots, but their non-stop food offerings make them a restaurant in our book.
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.
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.
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