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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Tomi’s is a West African spot near Hackney Central serving moreish plates of jollof rice, efo-riro, and more.
Casa Fofo is a casual neighbourhood restaurant in Hackney, serving an unusual and sometimes excellent tasting menu at a great price.
Souvlakiland is a tiny spot on Homerton High Street where you can eat some of the best gyros in town for a fiver.
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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.
Persepolis is a BYOB deli-cum-café in Peckham serving excellent Persian meze at fantastic prices.
There are a few Mildreds dotted around town, and the Camden outlet for their vegetarian dishes is as solid and enjoyable as the rest.
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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.
Four Quarters East
Old-school arcade games and drinks by the river are a perfect match, and you can get all of them at Four Quarters East in Hackney Wick.
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