Working in Shoreditch is a dream
With a myriad of places to eat, people to meet, Shoreditch you just can’t beat.
So difficult to choose
We caught up with Chris, the director of Bibendum Wine Company, on his way to Rough Trade for a cup of the perfected flat white.
“What’s your favourite lunch spot?”, we asked.
“It’s Shoreditch, it’s impossible to choose!” Chris replied.
“But really, if you had to pick one, something you never get bored of… what would it be?”
“Ok, so there’s a place near Hoxton Square. It’s called Cay Tre and it’s been there for ages. If you haven’t tried it yet order shaken beef. It’s a delight!”
Thanks, Chris! In fact, we have tried shaken beef and it’s wicked. Ready? Let’s explore more!
Bruce, who’s a graphic designer said he absolutely loves Kastner and Ovens in Spitalfields. Why? The menu changes daily, so you never get bored, food is freshly made and it should be on top of everyone’s cheap Shoreditch eats list.
Remi, who’s minding the one and only All Saints sample sale (yap, we know, awesome!) go to Poppies. They said the fish is great and the fries are soft. Overall, both agree that the peeps at Poppies take good care of the food they are serving.
Francesco, who owns a coffee distribution company and rides around on his motorbike delivering it, said he loves Brick Lane Beigel Bake (yum! – and yes, of course we had to include this place. It’s a tradition!) and there’s a really good turkish place on 160 Bethnal Green Road.
Work, life balance
We then popped into the newly opened Danji Kitchen and talked to Rob, the manager, about the science of a perfect break. He said you need to make sure you have three things: silence, coffee and a newspaper.
Attention! If you are ever lost or not, but in Shoreditch and need a haircut (or a head massage) head to Path. It’s a bit hidden, but a nice secret spot if you’re up for a little game of searching. Yuka will wait for you there with a homemade sandwich.
Can’t knock the hustle
After getting a cheeky lunchtime head massage (apparently you don’t have to die to land in heaven) we were ready to continue our mission. Well, almost ready. Our tummies were rumbling and we were in need of a little snack to keep us going. Help came almost instantly – a nice looking ‘falafel man’, as we named him, treated us to a few brown and round chickpea beauties. Highly recommended!
Getting high on your own supply
Meet Garo, he makes heavenly doughnuts, Dum Dum Donutterie right across the street from our office and Garo is a good man to know! On a good day he gets chomping two to three doughnuts and on bad days up to five get ‘quality checked’. What about lunch? Garo heads to Bukowski for yummy chargrilled burgers!
New York meets London
Last but not least, we talked to Jenny from YCN, she said she has recently discovered a place called On The Bab and she thinks everyone should discover it too – Korean Barbeque has finally come to London, woohoo!
Eat, sleep, rave, repeat
Whilst wandering narrow Brick Lane streets we made a discovery. Ready? Let us introduce you to Kahaila. Why this gem? First, you’ve got to try their Tuesday 7pm Yoga sessions. Second, it’s not just a cafe, it’s also a charity. Third, it’s full of great art, got massive wooden tables, nobody rushes you out or pressures to order another coffee and so it’s the perfect space to chill and get some work done.
You’ll easily spot it as it’s got amazing cakes displayed in the window. Cool fact: the sweet and beautiful delights are made by a lady called Kaelie, who runs Sweet Tooth Factory (definitely one of the best London bakeries), yet prices are on the lower end and all cafe profits go to charity. Perfect!
Last bit. Have you ever been in a situation when you’ve got a daytime date on Saturday and find yourself absolutely lost? – At night there are heaps of places to go, but somehow in the daylight everything looks a little… boring? Try Columbia Road (yap, it’s not a market day, so it’s nice and quiet) and grab a coffee from the coffee corridor! This cute staircase is rather magical, highly undiscovered and to actually get a cup, you have to ring a bell and wait for someone to come down. While you’re sipping your perfect flat white, pop into Nelly Duff to culture it up!
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