It’s part deux of east London and I’m going to try to cover the spots that I myself have enjoyed (every time) and are family friendly! In my book, Shoreditch, Bricklane, and Old Street are all mashed into one big ball of eatery goodness. The multiple weekend markets, cafes, restaurants, and pop-ups will satisfy any craving that you possibly have, for less than £10 (mostly). First stop in our list; the Sunday UpMarket in Brick Lane!
I stayed in Bricklane 2 years ago for 6 months and it forever changed the way I look at the city. If you take the underground and stop at Aldgate/Aldgate East, you’ll be greeted by a longgg stretch of Indian restaurants before you get to the market. The diversity of culture that is being thrown at you from left to right is unbelievable. Sunday UpMarket consists of two parts; the vintage fashion pile + the food market covering almost 30 ethnic cuisines. I usually just head to the food section straight!
As much as you enjoy trying new things and being experimental with food, sometimes you just need food that reminds you a little bit of home, even it means paying £3 for a small apam balik! You know what they say…you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl 🙂
2) Before going to market, you can fuel up at Exmouth with their stacks of pastries. The staff are super helpful and friendly, therefore, you must go!
3) Finding these donuts was a real happy coincidence. There was a van in the middle of the Petticoat lane market, selling donuts with multiple fillings(!!). Each of us finished one donut on the spot… just so that we can order another one freshly made. It’s a bit tricky to find the van though, but it’s definitely worth the search. Now i want some donuts…
4) Can’t get any better than a (crispy) fish and (fat) chips from Poppies on a cold afternoon
5) Oodles of space at Ozone & you can see the coffee being roasted onsite! So you basically have a coffee roast-y smell happening the whole time you’re there, and we all know THAT is the best smell in all of the land.
6) I remember reading about how Yalla Yalla was only supposed to be a 6 months pop-up thing, but 2 years in, it’s still there. Try the Lebanese kebabs if you’re feeling hungry or churros if you’re feeling snacky.
7) Dishoom is zee best looking Indian restaurant! Everything is thought out down to the detail. You just need to see and try it to take it all in.
8) If you need a break from all the crowd, Cafeand is the place. They serve a couple of vegan meals and gluten-free cakes
9) Funky furniture shop at the front, cute cafe at the back! The spacious space is definitely kid-friendly for the whole family
10) Albion pulls the breakfast crowd like no other with their menu options. If you opt to sit outside during winter, they’ll provide blankets to warm your up. Nice touch, Albion.
Good to know
1) Sunday Up Market (Sundays) – The Old Truman Brewery 91 Brick Lane,
London, E1 6QL
2) Exmouth Coffee Company – 83 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7QX
3) Donuts at Petticoat Lane Market – Middlesex St, London E1 7JF
4) Poppies Fish & Chips – 6-8 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR
5) Ozone Coffee – 11 Leonard St, London EC2A 4AQ
6) Yalla Yalla (pop-up Beirut restaurant) – 186 Shoreditch High St London E1 6HU
7) Dishoom (indian food) -7 Boundary St London E2 7JE
8) Cafeand – 77 Redchurch St London E2 7DJ
9) Maison Trois Garcons – 45 Redchurch St London E2 7DJ
10) Albion – 2-4 Boundary St London E2 7DD