If you live in Bow or Mile End, you know that most brunches in the neighbourhood tend to be disappointing. One of the exceptions is Mae and Harvey, where the food is consistently good, and you can eat some well-executed waffles or avocado toast without hauling ass to Shoreditch or Hackney. They also get bonus points for making one of the best coffees in the neighbourhood, and on different nights they also open late and serve cocktails and tacos. Know that the cafe is very small, so there’s a chance you’ll end up sharing a table with strangers. Arriving at 11am before it fills up is a smart move.
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The Morgan Arms
Easily one of the nicest pubs in the Bow and Mile End area with plenty of cask ales and bottled beer from across the UK, and the roasts are great.
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The Delaunay is the restaurant you want to be in when you just want to feel good. Sit in the amazing dining room or hit the cafe for a quick one.
But First Coffee
But First Coffee is a kind-of uniquely friendly coffee shop next to Harringey Station.
The Table Café
The Table has one of the best brunches in Southwark, and is great for coffee and lunch too. It’s usually busy, but calms down in the afternoon.
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Sager + Wilde Paradise Row
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
Ottolenghi is a casual restaurant and deli that serves fresh Middle Eastern-influenced food, pastries and excellent salads.
If you live anywhere near Victoria Park, Pavilion Cafe should be a weekend staple for coffee and pancakes. It’s fantastic during the summer.
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