You've been to Shoreditch, right? Well, that means you've probably gone through the effort of wading through the thick and viscous crowds of people to end up in a bar that's got a City boy infestation problem, a drinks menu with unnecessarily lewd sexual puns and, in the very worst case scenario, a ball pit. While it used to be an area solely populated by the hip and happening, Shoreditch has undergone a transformation in the last few years that's seen it torn between its status as a genuinely 'cool' location and somewhere that your mum would happily frequent on a Saturday night with the members of her book club.
And – you know what – we're not mad about that. Yes, Shoreditch has lost a bit of its edge, but along with that softening it's become less pretentious, less arch about its own importance, and more welcoming to a wider range of restaurants, bars and coffee shops than ever before. You can find both Michelin-worthy restaurants and ethical coffee shops getting along just fine in the area next to fuss-free, family-friendly chains. Shoreditch is an area that caters for everyone now, and it's especially well-suited to those who love good food and drink.
Ask about the best restaurants in Shoreditch during a dinner party or a lunch break and you're almost be guaranteed to get a different answer from everyone around the table. "Obviously Smokestak," says your mate that has an Aaron Franklin shrine in their room. "It's Leroy," says the friend with a penchant for small plates and fine wine. "The Clove Club. No questions asked," sneers the one person in your friendship group who can actually afford to eat there. No matter what your tastes are – or what cuisine you're in the mood for – there's a load of London's very best restaurants Shoreditch can call its own. Excellent Thai, Indian, British, Turkish and even Burmese food can all be found around E1. So you should find yourself there, too.
From relative newcomers like Two Lights that deliver heaps of American dining to East London staples like Brawn that have got the skill of pig cooking down pat, here's our list (in no particular order) of the best restaurants in Shoreditch.
40 of the best restaurants and bars in Shoreditch
18 Phipp Street, EC2A 4NU
Leroy is a wine bar and restaurant from the same team behind Ellory (RIP). Don't worry about the sequel not living up the original's expectations, though: sommeliers Ed Thaw and Jack Lewens, and chef Sam Kamienko, are high achievers, you see, and Leroy also managed to nab itself a star in the 2019 Michelin Guide. Why? Because it's excellent. And, more importantly, excellent fun. Steak tartare on toast and roasted mallard are brutish dishes done daintily well with a charm you'll find yourself falling head over heels for. This is East London, after all, so don't be surprised that the plates change with almost every visit. That's part of the appeal, however, and the great thing about dining at Leroy is that no matter what surprising and exciting dishes are on the menu, you won't be surprised by the fact that they're all outrageously good.
4 Redchurch Street, E1 6JL
Kerplunked directly above Smoking Goat, Brat is one of East London's most lauded restaurants and undoubtedly one of the best restaurants Shoreditch can call its own. That reputation exists for a reason, and Brat has every right to feel confident in keeping its crown for the foreseeable future. Tomos Parry's approach to wood-fire cooking might leave you smelling like a bonfire but it'll also leave you filled with wild rabbit sausage, roast duck, and some of the best cooked fish in the entire city. It's unique, inventive and – most importantly – delicious. Visit Brat once and you'll be hooked for good.
7 Boundary Street, E2 7JE
Ever heard of Dishoom? It's this cute little Indian restaurant group that serves great food at an unbelievably affordable price all across London. Oh, you have? Get you. Anyway, the Shoreditch outlet on Boundary Street is decked out in the style of the old school Irani cafes that populate Bombay and eating heaping plates of naan and lamb raan there feels a bit like being transported into the thrumming hub of the city itself. We were a little hesitant in telling you about this hidden gem at first because we didn't want it to start getting swamped but – look – it's one of the best restaurants Shoreditch has got, and it'd be unfathomably selfish of us to keep it all to ourselves. If you do pay the East London premises visit, here's a real insiders tip: order the house black daal. It's the best-kept secret this side of the city. Or not, as the case may be.
4. Smoking Goat
64 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
Ben Chapman's Smoking Goat is a smoking gun if you ever needed proof that Shoreditch was one of London's hottest dining areas. And we're not just talking about the heat emanating from the fiery plates of chilli sauce fish wings and lamb laab coming out of the kitchen's pass, either. Smoking Goat is a consistent noisemaker when it comes to sifting through the chorus of the best Thai restaurants in London and definitely one of our personal favourite places to dine in the city. Lardo fried rice, natural wine and a communal seating set-up that ensures everyone around you gets to know how charming and interesting you are? Sounds like our cup of tea.
5. Two Lights
28 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA
Two Lights is a Jim Jarmusch-esque restaurant in Shoreditch that serves food inspired by modern American cuisine. Buttermilk fried chicken and biscuits is as diner-style Americana as it gets, while a portion of roasted ray wing with dill pickle butter and potato chips displays the playful innovation you'd expect from a Williamsburg joint on the Bon Appétit Hot 100. The wine list showcases small producers from around the world (including a particularly nuts Czech skin contact) supplemented by iconic crus. If it's comfort eating you're after, you could do a hell of a lot worse than ordering a plate of the potato ravioli dressed with sour cream and pickled onions. Two Lights is one of the best restaurants Shoreditch has been graced by in recent years. Tell everyone you know about it.
6. The Clove Club
380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT
Do you like really, really nice food? Do you like eating really, really nice food in a really, really nice space? If you answered yes to both of those, we'd hazard a guess at saying that you'd really, really like The Clove Club. Located in Shoreditch Town Hall, The Clove Club serves "modern British cooking" that's leagues more exciting than that label can convey. The full-on tasting menu costs £145 per person, but for all those ducats you'll get a calibre of meal you won't find anywhere else in the city. The Clove Club is the epitome of a modern classic.
35 Sclater Street, E1 6LB
Barbecued things are just goddamn tasty, aren't they? It doesn't matter whether those things are a beef brisket, a slab of pork belly or an aubergine, there's something about grilling food that imparts it with an extra dimension of flavour. Smokestak is one of the best spots in London to find real-deal barbecue and is one of the best restaurants Shoreditch hot got for that. It's also one of our favourites for a plethora of other reasons. Toeing the line between the slightly upmarket nose-to-tailery of restaurants like St. John (you'll find both pig's head on toast and bone marrow flat bread on the menu) and the more down-to-earth grubbery of American smokehouses, Smokestak is a venue suitable for just about every occasion. Birthday? Great. Job promotion? Maybe even greater. Marriage proposal? Marry us! Then order a whole beef brisket for the table to celebrate. Because that's what real love is all about.
54-56 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR
London continues to lose its collective head over Gloria – a restaurant that arrived on our shores courtesy of the bombastic Big Mamma group, a Parisian hospitality group specialising in pan-Italian comfort food. And when we say comfort, we mean it. Pastas are hot and heavy and not for anyone afraid of over-egging their daily sat fat intake. Save room for dessert, too: either tiramisu dished up generously from a hulking dish, or the standout lemon meringue tart, with an implausibly big, snowy pillow of lightly torched meringue atop its custard-rich lemon curd. Banging.
49 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
You haven't done your due diligence on the Shoreditch dining scene unless you've paid a visit to Brawn. Featuring a daily menu of seasonal, produce-driven dishes, Brawn's kitchen team throws out some big Mediterranean shapes. Grilled veal tongue, pheasant, onglet; the menu may read like an isle of misfit toys but each ingredient is given ample opportunity to sing at Brawn. The pastas are consistently excellent and we've yet to had a meal that disappoints at this Columbia Road cult classic. Brawn, glorious Brawn, what more could you ask for?
10. Rochelle Canteen
16 Playground Gardens, E2 7FA
Rochelle Canteen sits in the converted bike shed of the old Rochelle School, looking out over the trees of Arnold Circus. That scenic sight is comparable to the idyll of eating at Rochelle Canteen. Under the tutelage of Margot Henderson, head chef Euan Farmer has created a menu that leaks love all over the shop where even simple plates of smoked cod's roe on toast taste as if it they've been passed through the hands of an angel. There aren't many restaurants capable of making us excited over a listing of 'beef mince and tatties' but Rochelle Canteen is one of them. That's why it's one of our list of the best restaurants Shoreditch has got.
56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
Lyle's is a hell of a room and James Lowe and John Ogier are a hell of a restaurateur double act. Trying to find a chink in its armour is like trying to damage Achilles in absolutely any place but his heel – by which we mean it's pretty much flawless. The wine list is well-read, knowing exactly what it's talking about, and the staff are comparably attentive and informed. The seasons dictate the majority of the menu and there's always a fully vegetarian menu on the cards if you do fancy going without meat. If you're up for a spot of meat eating? Well, then you can't go wrong with a bit of homemade blood cake now, can you?
374-378 Old Street, EC1V 9LT
Fun fact: Homeslice founders Alan and Mark Wogan are the sons of broadcasting legend (and all-round national treasure) Terry Wogan. Here's another fun fact: Homeslice' is one the best pizza places in London and its mammoth 'zas make it worthy of its inclusion on this list of the best restaurants Shoreditch is home to. Seasonal 20" pizzas are available at Homeslice Shoreditch either whole (which you should probably share) or by the slice (which you probably shouldn't), served along with a spate of local beers, prosecco on tap and natural wines by the glass and carafe. It's a fine place for the indecisive as well seeing as you can split the toppings 50/50 to make sure you get the best of both worlds.
58 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6JW
Lahpet is a Burmese restaurant that any self-respecting eater in the city should visit when they can. There aren't many places in the capital to discover the food of Burma and we'd recommend making Lahpet your starting point if you want to make sure your relationship with that cuisine starts off on the right foot. Lahpet's signature salad, the lahpet thohk, is an absolute must and if the sweet and sour tamarind-laden taste pickles your fancy, go one step further and order the slow-cooked pork shoulder that comes laced with pickled mustard greens, star anise, pea shoots and peanuts. Tackle all that with side order of funky and delicious balachaung and you'll be ready to take on the strongest mouthwash on the market.
14. Pizza East
56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
Pizza isn't meant to be complicated. And going out for pizza isn't meant to involve having your palate challenged and being forced to use a knife and fork to work your way through the cheesy, soupy mess placed in front of you. Pizza East makes our pick of the best restaurants in Shoreditch because of it's no-frills approach to pizza. Toppings like prosciutto cotto, wild mushroom, tomato, and thyme are uncomplicated and wholly delicious while wood oven'd non-pizza dishes like the beef ragu lasagne hit a similar sweet spot. If you're simply in the mood for simply tasty grub, Pizza East is simply the best.
15. Burger & Beyond
147 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE
Burger & Beyond is one of the best joints in Shoreditch to grab a dirty burger. Burger & Beyond's Bougie Burg has its mayonnaise plumped up with bone marrow to ensure that you get the most out of your meal, but it doesn't stop there. Oh, no, no, no. The American cheese is smoked and even the onions are cooked down in beef fat till they reach a meaty residue you'll barely recognise as ever having once been a vegetable. The Rice Krispie fried chicken burger with miso maple butter is also straight fire.
16. Pizza Pilgrims
136 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE
Pizza Pilgrims doesn't just do pizza, it does excellent pizza. Pizza that'll have you contemplating ordering a second after you've just finished the first. Pizza that'll have you doing an Italian chef's kiss after every bite. Pizza that's soft and chewy yet still firm enough not to fall apart once you give it 'the fold'. Whether you're an 'nduja individual or a marinara maniac, Pizza Pilgrims has got enough variety in its various Neapolitan crusts – including the occasional guest pizza collab – to keep you from getting bored. Besides, who's ever got bored of eating pizza?
17. St Leonards
70 Leonard Street, EC2A 4QX
Andrew Clarke's St Leonards is a restaurant with a real heart. And, as it turns out, a real hearth. Dishes of pork chop with mojo rojo and pollock with cocoa beans and lovage come fresh out of the restaurant's imposing, open grill and the theatrics don't end after they're placed in front of you. No, the real song and dance happens once you start to actually eat the food at St Leonards. Local British produce is given no room to hide under Clarke's watchful command as everything from the farm leaves to the duck gizzards present themselves simply – but openly and honestly – up for your judgment. It's hard to find many faults in St Leonards approach to cooking, and it's refreshing to find a hot restaurant in Shoreditch where you're still capable of feeling at ease. Nice job, St Leonards.
18. On The Bab
305 Old Street, EC1V 9LA
On The Bab is never not packed, and if you're ever lucky enough to see a free seat when walking down Old Street, you should absolutely pop in for a bite. We don't care if you're on your way to a nine-course tasting menu or if you've just eaten a nine-course tasting menu, if there's space at On The Bab: you go in, and you eat. And how! Lip-scorching jjigae, superbly stodgy bibimbap and crisp Korean fried chicken are the essentials on the Korean street food-ish menu – though finding a misfire is no easy feat. Order a bottle of shoju if you're up for a raucous time.
19. Beigel Bake
159 Brick Lane, E1 6SB
Salt beef, salmon and cream cheese, peanut butter: it doesn't matter what you decide to get your bagel from Beigel Bake slathered in, you're in for a treat. Yes, it's become a bit of a tourist trap in recent years and you will have to wait in a line of wannabe Instagram influencers and Americans abroad, but the fact of the matter is that the bagels are still good enough to warrant the price point. If you're looking for a lunch that will do a halfway decent job at filling you up, Beigel Bake should still be on your Shoreditch hit list. Stopping by BB after a heavy night out and buying an entire bag of bagels to eat on the journey home? We've been there, we've done that.
20. Pachamama East
73 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HR
The Peruvian fusion menu at Pachamama is split into sections of 'sea', 'soil', and 'land' to help you layout plan your best attack. Sweet potato ceviche might sound a bit strange but trust us that you won't even miss the presence of raw fish (or, at least, won't miss it too much) once you've got stuck in. Elements of various different cuisines and cultures can be found scattered all over; a dish of pork mince, doubanjiang and green beans representing Sichuan well.
21. Voodoo Ray's
1-3, Boxpark, Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY
Hey! If you're walking here you need to grab a New York-style slice from Voodoo Ray's. Every cheesy triangle fulfils a specific flavour profile and, averaging out around £4 a slice, they're decent value for money. Stopping off at Voodoo Ray's for a quick bite either pre or post-drinking is our preferred method of large pizza slice consumption, though we'd be lying if we said that we didn't aspire to be one the suited and booted high rollers who you'll occasionally see swing on by Voodoo Ray's with an Breitling on their wrist and a strut in their step for an express lunch on-the-go. Voodoo Ray's isn't just a Shoreditch essential, it's one of the best places to grab pizza-by-the-slice in London.
22. Rudie's Jerk Shack
2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY
Rudie's Jerk Shack succeeds at the rather difficult job of serving genuinely good jerk chicken out such a gentrified location like Shoreditch's Boxpark. Jerk chicken, lamb, and pork shoulder are all on the menu and all on the heaping jerk platter you can order if you're feeling especially famished. Every portion of jerk is marinated for 24 hours and cooked over charcoal and woodsmoke on steel drums. But that's not all that's on offer. Sides of ackee and saltfish and sweetcorn fritters go hard if you don't feel like getting jerked around, and an Ital vegan platter is surprisingly great. Shoreditch isn't exactly a hub for Caribbean cooking but Rudie's Jerk Shack is one of the best Caribbean restaurants in London.
23. The Athenian
54, Boxpark, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY
Finding a good souvlaki when you're half-cut and dangerously close to texting the girl you're in love with (who definitely has a boyfriend) is important – nay, vital – to saving yourself from potentially mortal embarrassment. The souvlaki wraps from the street food sensation The Athenian are more than capable of making you forget about whatever heartache you've got going on. At least, for a bit. Flatbreads are stuffed with your choice of filling (chicken, pork, halloumi), topped with a fresh salad of lettuce, tomatoes, onions and parsley, and then slathered in whichever one of The Athenian's homemade sauces take your fancy. Our favoured combo is as follows: half-pork, half-halloumi, and the signature yoghurt sauce. It's almost as delicious as a stable, loving relationship.
24. Officina 00
156 Old Street, EC1V 9BW
Fresh handmade pasta is having a bit of a moment in London. Bully for you, then, that Elia Sebregondi and Enzo Mirto opened up Officina 00 on Old Street – a warm and welcoming Italian restaurant where you can get your fill of that cuisine du jour at a reasonable price. Shoreditch's pasta scene has improved measurably since Officina's gnocchi, corzetti, and pici came crashing into the fray, and we've thanked our lucky stars ever since it did. Give a few plates of pasta company with a bottle from the restaurant's impressive Italian wine list and you'll struggle to part company with Officina 00 at the end of the meal.
25. Ken's Kitchen
87 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HY
Ken's Kitchen is, on the surface level, a family-run business with friendly service and affordable prices. More than all that, however, it's a place of solace in Shoreditch; a refreshingly unpretentious hatch where you can pop by for a quick takeout beef rendang and a reminder not everything has to be served on small plates with a "story" about provenance and an unnecessary level of haughtiness. Dishes are described as "fusion" but display a Malaysian bent. The laksa at Ken's Kitchen is what comfort eating is about. Served in a generous bowl with a side of napkins you will definitely need, that fragrant broth will clear your sinuses, your head, and your calendar of any other lunch dates you might have booked in anywhere else. Making a notes list on your iPhone of the best restaurants Shoreditch has? Make sure Ken's Kitchen makes the cut.
74 Luke Street, EC2A 4PY
Selin Kiazim's Oklava is everything you'd want from a modern Turkish restaurant. While some high-end eateries are more than happy to raise menus to ridiculous prices and look down upon humbler mangal joints, Oklava bridges the gap between the kebab shops you know and love and the lofty, astute technical skills that Turkish cuisine is just as capable of achieving. Seftali kebab is taken to an unprecedented level of gorgeous, cooked till its pâté soft and spicy and presented on a handkerchief of lavash bread that soaks up its juices just wonderfully. Pides come fully loaded and hum with flavour while the drinks selection matches the food's flavour tit for tat. Order a sumac and pomegranate martini (sumac vodka, spice rum pomegranate juice, lime) before moving on to some of the bright and beautiful Turkish wines.
26 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DU
Italian food. That's what Popolo does best. Nothing more, nothing less. Well, sort of. Popoloa does Italian food, but doesn't let traditions dictate its dishes or get in the way of potentially creating more innovative flavour combinations. Popolo isn't afraid to serve grilled polpo with baba ganoush and za'atar nor is it afraid to rely on the tried and tested methodology of 'fat is delicious') in dishes such as pork cheek agnolotti with porcini butter. We'd suggest coming and perching yourself at the bar – either upstairs where you can watch Rivington Street go by or downstairs where watch the chefs at work as they flex and gurn over hot pans and grills bobbing with everything from bavette to taglierini. With a wine list composed of natural and low-intervention wines from small producers and a menu that isn't just your standard pasta-and-pizza cut of jib, Popolo's got more than enough intrigue to keep us coming back.
28. Hoi Polloi
100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ
Sometimes in life, all you want to do is sit down to a nice meal with banquette seating, great cocktails, and have some excellent conversation. That's pretty much what Hoi Polloi at Shoreditch's Ace Hotel was designed for. Created by Bistrotheque's Pablo Flack and David Waddington, the space is effortlessly the stylish and chic. Okay, that's a lie. Because Hoi Polloi is obviously trying. In fact, it's trying very, very hard to appeal to a certain kind of person looking for a certain calibre of East London "cool" that's not too rough around the edges. And: you know what? It's nailed it. The food is good, the vibe is pleasant, and it's a great restaurant to visit when you're looking to get comfortable for a few hours. The only downside is that everyone in there is usually gorgeous and you might feel a tad frumpy in comparison. A worthy sacrifice, in our humble opinion.
41 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
If you needed any evidence that Mãos – Nuno Mendes and James Brown's tasting menu concept restaurant – was worth a visit, the joint recently won itself a sparkly Michelin star. Michelin is obviously not the be-all, end-all when it comes to verifying a restaurant's quality; however, we think the tyre tyrants got it right with this one. Don't expect to be able to get a booking easily though. Only up to 16 guests can dine around the communal table to enjoy a seasonal dinner menu from executive chef Edoardo Pellicano. Make yourself one of those lucky few so you can be able tell everyone that you’ve eaten at one of the best restaurants Shoreditch has got going on.
1 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
If you thought Peruvian cooking was all about quinoa and ceviche, well, you're dead wrong. This is food with soul, and to learn all about it, you should go to Andina Shoreditch. It's one of the best restaurants Shoreditch can offer in the South American flavour department and there's a reason that we keep coming back there time and time again. Pisco sours are done with a dab hand and it's easy to forget how good Andina really is. Don't take it for granted and get yourself down there soon.
31. Jones Family Project
78 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL
Set up by a group of friends, this independent restaurant and bar is one of the friendliest restaurants around Shoreditch. It's also one of the best restaurants Shoreditch has got for enjoying a Sunday roast with all of your closest chums. Bring a party of people hungry for dry-aged steak, truffled potato dauphinoise, and founder Anna's signature triple chocolate brownie. Simplicity is the star of the show at Jones Family Project and we'd happily spend an entire day putting its brunch, lunch and dinner offerings to the test.
32. The Princess of Shoreditch
76-78 Paul Street, EC2A 4NE
The excellent Sunday roast at The Princess of Shoreditch is reason enough to include it on this list of the best places to eat and drink in Shoreditch. Balancing masterfully between being a regular boozer and a chic and sexy restaurant, The Princess is a royally good find and a welcoming breath of fresh air among the more try-hard restaurants and bars in the area. It's just overwhelmingly pleasant, really. Plates of food are served without fanfare and utilise local produce whenever possible. The result is hearty portions of simply excellent simple dishes that don't skimp on the quality. Hell, even the wine is exclusively sourced from family-owned wineries and select small co-operatives and growers. The Princess of Shoreditch is run by good people, and you might just feel like one yourself eating there.
Best bars and coffee shops Shoreditch
33. Bar Kick
127 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE
Football, football, watch the football. It's going to move, watch it. If the very idea of going to a two-floored football pub on Shoreditch High Street fills you with dread, this might not be the bar for you. But trust us when we tell you that you don't have to know anything about VAR to have a good time at Bar Kick. The atmosphere is lively, but not to the extent that you can't still have a conversation with the person in front of you, and the drinks aren't any more expensive than you'll find at stickier, shadier pubs on the same road. Honestly, Bar Kick's a good time.
34. Bull in a China Shop
196 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6LG
Opening up a whisky bar can be a risky business. Unlike beer, the amber-coloured spirit isn't the most user-friendly of drinks and the sheer depth and breadth of the different styles and varieties of the stuff can be quite overwhelming to your average Joe like us. It's why many people's personal whisky experiences tends to peak at having a JD and coke every now and then. Bull in a China Shop, located just off Shoreditch High Street, is a great bar to find out whether you actually like whisky or not. With more than 30 rare whiskies behind the bar and a range of enticing cocktails on offer (Shinto Sour anyone?), Bull in a China Shop presents a friendly face in the occasionally austere drinks industry. The dimly lit bar has a relaxed ambience and Asian-inspired inflection that's felt through everything from the presence of matcha on the cocktails list to the bao buns on the food menu. If you want one of the best Manhattans in Shoreditch, come here.
35. The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3ES
The Old Blue Last is exactly the sort of pub you go to when you first realise that the places you choose to drink reflect a lot about who you are to the outside world. If you drink at The Old Blue Last – or suggest going for a drink there – you're going to present a hipper, trendier, more well-articulated version of yourself to everyone around you. A person who's Googled "cool bars Shoreditch" in an effort to finally become the taste maker you've always dreamed of becoming. The beer selection on offer is more than affable and the upstairs music venue gives The Old Blue Last an extra dimension of appeal as a drinking den. That being said, the main reason it's on this list is because two Foodism staff members once came in for a pre-dinner pint and none other than Post Malone walked through the doors to grab himself a drink. And if it's good enough for Posty, it's good enough for you, my friend.
36. Origin Coffee Roasters
65 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3PE
Coffee is what keeps 90% of Londoners going. The other 10% require the aid of an alliterative, illegal substance that's just a tad stronger... and pricier. When it comes to sourcing good coffee in Shoreditch the Origin Coffee Roasters flagship shop is always a safe bet. The brew bar is an excellent spot to caffeinate yourself with some impressive specialty brews. Ethically sourcing its beans from a range of different countries and farmers, Origin ensures that each and every product it sells has been carefully crafted to ensure that everyone – and not just your fogged-over morning brain – benefits from your coffee addiction.
37. Ozone Coffee
11 Leonard Street, EC2A 4AQ
Since starting out in 1998, Ozone Coffee has brought an Antipodean coffee vibe to East London, and with it an appreciation of the drink that's just as addictive as the actual coffee it serves. The artisan roastery's coffee shop on Leonard Street also boasts an onsite bakery where you can grab breakfast, lunch or even a few errant cakes to complement your brew of choice. Classic brunch bangers like banana bread with crunchy hazelnut butter and eggs benny will start any day off right, with Ozone's ever-changing single origin espresso ensuring that you don't go into a carbohydrate crash afterwards. Ozone Coffee is a freelancer's dream and it's not hard to see why the spot is one of the MacBook Air and macchiato capitals of the city.
38. Callooh Callay
65 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY
Callooh Callay has been a mainstay on the Shoreditch drinks circuit ever since it opened up over a decade ago. Cocktails are made with panache and served with… more panache. Drinks like the Builders Breakfast (Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum, Hennessy VS Cognac, Smith & Cross Rum, porter beer, lemon sherbet, tea syrup) and the South-facing Highball (Ketel One Grapefruit & Rose Botanical, lime, sugar, and soda water) are proof of Callooh’s dexterity behind the bar and ability to twist the classics into new and exciting concoctions. Hell, even if you’re not a heavy drinker the kombucha of the week should see you right.
135 Brick Lane, E1 6SB
Kahaila is a charity-run café on Brick Lane where you can always find a stream of super coffee and sweet cakes being served out to the local community. It's a literal church of good food where customers are free to explore the Christian faith should they so fancy – though don't worry if that's not your scene as Kahaila is far from preachy. The ethos behind Kahaila places a focus, and belief, on building communities through hospitality; and the proof is in the pudding when you consider how Kahaila has helped establish four different charitable projects in the form of Essence, Luminary Bakery, Brew, and Ella's. Even aside from all that do-goodery, the coffee is just straight-up delicious.
40. Passione Vino
85 Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS
Passione Vino is a vibrant wine shop and bar, run by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Luca Dusi. The three-floored townhouse has a ground floor bar and a space above the shop where you can sample Dusi's bang tidy selection of grailed Italian bottles. There's no actual wine list, mind. Dusi prefers to choose wines for guests according to their tastes; which means every visit to this kitsch little vino spot will provide something a little different. You'll also find head chef Pascale Lazzarotto (Hill & Srok) is on the hots serving a daily changing menu that features fresh pasta, charcuterie and Italian classics like cuttlefish and polenta.