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31 thrilling spots in Shoreditch, recommended by locals

Londoners spill the beans on their favourite things to eat, drink, see and do in the Shoreditch neighbourhood

By Time Out Tastemakers

Once London’s hipster heartland, today Shoreditch is all about awesome eating and drinking. Dodge the naff bits with Time Out Tastemakers’ local tips.

Best coffee

Shoreditch Grind and The Book Club are good for a coffee or a cocktail!’ Paula Kanesanathan

‘At Attendant you can trust that your flat white will come out perfect every time.’ Sarah Blaikie

Best breakfast or brunch

Franzè & Evans! I love their Trecolore breakfast.’ Aude Grandpierre

Lantana is great for an Aussie-inspired brunch.’ Karen Parish

‘I love Friends of Ours, tucked up near Shoreditch Park, with its seasonal menu.’ Shona Read

Best dinner

Song Que for Vietnamese, Bird or Dirty Bones for chicken, and Blues Kitchen for slow-cooked meat.’ Louisa Gottardo Levey

‘I am obsessed with the chilli-fish-sauce chicken wings from Smoking Goat. Show me someone who says there is a better dish in Shoreditch and I will show you a liar.’ Georgie Pursey

Lyle’s is fantastic for dinner, as are Rochelle Canteen and Andina.’ Marta Lucía

Best cheap eat

Boxpark or Dinerama: I could spend all night trying new dishes there.’ Gabrielle Casey

Strongroom Bar & Kitchen serves delicious food at cost price, including burgers for less than a fiver!’ Georgie Pursey

Best bar

The Golden Bee is a great rooftop bar with fab cocktails.’ Paula Kanesanathan

‘Hands down, Nightjar. There are live jazz bands at the weekend and the cocktails are unbelievable. Book ahead!’ Shona Read

Callooh Callay: I love their dark, mysterious ambience.’ Edelyn Brawidjojo

Lounge Bohemia is super-eccentric: I love showing people this place. And Bull in a China Shop has an awesome patio to enjoy an exquisite margarita on!’ Jenny Edwards

‘My favourite is Happiness Forgets, with lovely staff and a cosy atmosphere.’ Gabrielle Casey

The Devil’s Darling at the Napoleon Hotel is a beautiful, sophisticated bar with a daily changing menu of only three cocktails.’ Georgie Pursey

Best place for culture

The Creative Debuts space in Rivington Street is a safe bet for unique food for thought.’ Carolina B

XOYO is a top spot to catch a gig.’ Manmeet Singh

‘The atmospheric Shoreditch Town Hall hosts unique theatre productions.’ George Christodoulakis

Best place to relax

‘The lobby café at the Ace Hotel is a good place to catch up with friends: it has a nice, relaxed vibe with treats and coffee.’ Edelyn Brawidjojo

The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club is a massive venue with a restaurant, café and barber shop celebrating motorcycle culture.’ Milena Dvorec

Best street to walk down

‘With venues such as Rich Mix and the Electric Cinema, you could literally have breakfast, brunch, dinner and entertainment on Redchurch Street.’ Carolina B

‘Calvert Avenue: I love the trees and Shoreditch Church next to it, plus its bunch of cafés, eateries and independent shops.’ Ioanna Laskari

Your essential guide to Shoreditch

Shoreditch area guide

Things to do

Some say Shoreditch has had its day, that London’s trendy brigade have moved on. If you go to Brick Lane Market, though, it doesn’t look that way. The weird and wonderfully dressed hordes keep coming to the rough triangle made up by Old Street, Great Eastern Street and Shoreditch High Street, packing into ramshackle bars and independent shops. Despite the spread of affluence, much of the area maintains its original gritty, urban edge; many of the walls and shop fronts are plastered with graffiti. 


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