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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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.
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.
Berber & Q
Berber & Q is a Middle Eastern/North African restaurant where locals hang and eat things from the grill. You want those things.
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Dominique Ansel Bakery
Most people come to Dominique Ansel Bakery for a Cronut to post on Instagram, some of them even eat it. But there’s more to this place than that.
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.
Popham’s is a comfortable and spacious Hackney bakery making superb pastries in the day and handmade pasta at night.
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