Vegan cafes are not places you’d typically find an Infatuation staffer, but the sheer friendliness and vibe at Mother are ridiculously hard not to like. It’s in a pretty canalside location in the Here East Olympic development out by Hackney Wick, and the salads and smoothies actually taste great - not something we can say about the majority of sad-looking sprout salads that we’ve tried elsewhere. It’s good for a post-workout meal, or a healthy pick-me-up. Pull up a seat, order an acai bowl, and pretend you’re somewhere exotic and warm.
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Tuyo is a Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant on Broadway Market, that’s excellent for a few plates of tapas and a spot of people-watching.
Popham’s is a comfortable and spacious Hackney bakery making superb pastries in the day and handmade pasta at night.
My Neighbours The Dumplings
My Neighbours The Dumplings in Clapton is a dim sum parlour done East London stye. There’s a great bar and Chinese dishes, Totoro optional.
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There are a few Mildreds dotted around town, and the Camden outlet for their vegetarian dishes is as solid and enjoyable as the rest.
Bubala is a restaurant in Spitalfields with an all-vegetarian Middle Eastern menu that tastes as good as it reads, and even better than it looks.
Kerb Camden is a great street food market in Camden Lock, with a great lineup of street food dishes, but becomes a complete tourist trap at weekends.
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The best parties involve drinks, pizza, and tunes. Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick has all three, and tons of space to sit by the canal on a nice day.
Grow is a cafe by the canal in Hackney Wick. Pay a visit for a drink and a snack, and some prime waterside people-watching.
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