Hackney does an amazing line in cafés. Long White Cloud represents New Zealand, while Railroad is as eclectic as the area it serves. Catering for the carnivores is Argentinian restaurant Buen Ayre while lovers of Vietnamese fare head to Green Papaya. For a 'secret' dinner date, join the Bruncheon Club at a yet-to-be-disclosed location.
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You don't book a seat at this brunch-based twist on an underground restaurant, you 'join the club'. You don't get your own table, you pull up a seat with five other guests. And... Read Bruncheon Club review
Dedication and a sense of fun is what makes C&S stand out - securing 'naked' La Marzocco portafilters (so baristas can see straight away if they've pulled a good shot) was a day... Read Climpson & Sons review
A light industrial estate where the Hertford Union Canal meets the Lee Navigation, opposite the Olympic Stadium - not the first bit of London you'd think of when looking for a buzzy café, but... Read Counter Café review
The Ponsonby district is Auckland's hipstertown, full of cool bars and brunchy independent cafés. Shoreditch is the approximate London equivalent (a grubbier version without the friendly... Read Long White Cloud review
It's the sort of place that could only exist in Hackney. A former barbers and a Nigerian wine bar have been knocked together, given a lick of paint then embellished with not much more... Read Railroad review
Rating: 3/5Restaurant: Vietnamese, 191 Mare Street, London, E8 3QE
Green Papaya makes the most of its proximity to Mare Street's concentration of Vietnamese supermarkets; its unusual menu is more adventurous than some other proponents of the cuisine... Read Green Papaya review
Cupcakes have been popping up all over since Carrie and the girls Manolo-ed their way into Magnolia Bakery, NYC. For a few years, and in ever-growing numbers, Londoners don't seem to be... Read Violet Cakes review
Rating: 3/5Restaurant: Vietnamese, 247 Mare Street, London, E8 3NS
Such is the popularity of Tre Viet that the business recently spread into another unit just up the road. Both venues share similar utilitarian decor; both serve the same list of Vietnamese classics... Read Tre Viet review