Hackney restaurants and cafés

Whether it's a cup of coffee or a wine and dine affair, this trendiy east London borough has it all

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Britta Jaschinski

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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Lardo

  • Rated as: 4/5

If a restaurant is named after the cured back fat of a pig, you can expect that charcuterie is among its specialities – and so it is here. But lardo itself isn’t on the menu at Lardo, except as a pizza topping, so our charming, clued-up waiter bought a plate specially. It was excellent, as was

  1. 197 Richmond Road, E8 3NJ
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Pacific Social Club

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Admiring the Pacific Rim postcards and tiki mask, the wall covered in vinyl inner sleeves (Columbia, Decca, ‘race records’ pioneer Okeh) and a dresser of teacups that seems to have been stolen from a Victorian parlour, we were charmed by this addition to the welter of weeny cafés that have

  1. 8 Clarence Road, E5 8HB
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Railroad

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Initially winning acclaim for its brunch, this cosy spot on Homerton’s fast-gentrifying Morning Lane is now a local fave for lunch and dinner too. Gone are the open-mic nights, and in has come a sharpened focus on Railroad’s eclectic, homely dishes, which run the gamut from moroccan eggs to ajo

  1. 120-122 Morning Lane, E9 6LH
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Rita's

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Back in 2012, when pop-ups were springing up faster than Olympics refuseniks, pop-up Rita’s caused something of a stir with its winning mix of quirky bar food and inventive, alcohol-heavy cocktails. It’s now found a permanent home in a long, thin two-floor space on Mare Street between a

  1. 175 Mare Street , E8 3RH
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