London - the bustling hub and eclectic home of creativity and lifestyle. Particularly the East boasts cafes, fine dining and all together the best living experiences. BagWise team, who live and work in the East, have made this side of London their favourite hang out.
Inspired by the attention to detail and atmosphere of each place, our BagWise staff share with us the top ten places we can find them - and other like- minded bag enthusiasts.
Cafes are a must for those who work any time of the day and seek creative inspiration. Locally-sourced produce, good strong coffee (like colour of our leather bags) and healthy treats are musts - combine that with good atmosphere and you get the perfect blend for BagWise.
‘Look Mum No Hands’ is located on Mare Street in Hackney and sports a bike theme. Its delicious coffee and seasonal eats make it the perfect place for working and chilling. For those who have worked hard enough, there is even a selection of locally brewed beer.
Sticking with the bike-themed ambience, ‘Cafe Caballo’ offers the most deliciously healthy menu on Chatsworth Road in Homerton. Fresh mixed juices, inhouse creation of sandwiches with fresh ingredients accompany a bike workshop for repairs at anyones disposal, making it a popular stop off. Sit outside to enjoy the day and free WiFi at your disposal.
Just across the road is ‘Venetias’, a small independent coffee shop, with a deliciously tempting range of home made cakes, danish, almond croissants. They take pride in paying extra attention to where their products are sourced, using local businesses. That extra bit of love even goes into their artisan bread sandwiches and scrambled egss, that you can eat in or take away.
‘The Counter’, dubbed East London’s best kept secret, is bursting with individuality. Close to Hackney Wick overground, its bare floors and brick walls give it a cosy, welcoming feeling. If the sun is ever shining, the sofas outside are perfect place to relax and enjoy a beautifully brewed coffee, not to mention indulge in the inspiring street art. More importantly - the breakfast is mouth-watering. Arrive early (if you can) on weekends to get a place outside.
It’s not all about cafes and healthy options, BagWise also indulge in delicious stone baked pizzas, normally served with some of the best own brewed beer in London. The ‘Crate Brewery’ in Hackney Wicks, is situated on the canal-side in a former print factory, giving it a particularly unique look. Ride along the canal to get here, lock up your bike, and you might even enjoy a short boat ride if any one is around in theirs.
Dinner is often hard to decide on with all the places London has to offer. BagWise have made some discoveries ranging from different cuisines from all over the world.
If you’re a fan of Turkish food stews & home-made dishes, ‘Somine’ on the corner in Dalston Kingsland has a lot to offer. Open 24 hours, its hospitable attitude offers surprisingly hearty dishes, not to mention the stuffed peppers. If you can spare 15 min wait, order the “Manti” which is a ravioli-type Turkish dish and very tasty with garlic yogurt, served hot and made on order.
A French favourite is the ‘Bouchon Forchette’. The dining experience combined with the world-renowned French delicacies are a real treat, and are also offered for lunch during the week. A chic twist transforms the restaurant into a hip lounge with a bar in the evenings - perfect for a casual drink with friends and a good laugh.
Moving to the other side of the world in culinary terms, ‘Green Papaya’ on Mare Street is an explosion of fresh ingredients, giving it that unforgettable Vietnamese taste. The family run business stands out for its exceptional tastes, its good value and casual experience. Always crowded, it is advised to book if you plan to go on weekends.
Last but not least is the best place to go to for desserts & pastries, that sweet feeling. ‘Tugra’, a family-run Turkish patisserie is the place to be, exceptional and offers a great value on traditionally made Turkish sweets, pastries and Baklava (even with chocolate flavour). You can sip a black Turkish tea or coffee as well, getting some fresh cakes for home at very reasonable prices.