With a history tracing back to the epicenter of London’s furniture industry, Hoxton has come a long way. Return today, many years of gentrification later, and be met with a new vibrancy that has brought about a diversified and creative crowd – an aspect that is strongly felt in the energy of its food scene. The warehouses have been reimagined, keeping the charm, but refreshing the purpose, to accommodate some of the most authentic Asian restaurants in London. A short walk down Kingsland Road is a testament to that, with the wide selection of Vietnamese restaurants making it almost impossible to choose. This is why we’re here to help.
Queue our top 5 picks for nosh near our nests....
Despite the one too many Vietnamese joints on Kingsland Road, the only one that regularly draws a queue in front of it is the intimate BunBunBun. The mouth-watering menu is a real education into Vietnamese cuisine, including everything from crowd favourites to new culinary experiences for you to try. Affordable, intimate and a stone’s throw away from our apartment, BunBunBun is our top pick for our Hoxton travellers.
Having relocated from a humble stall at Maltby Street Market to the heart of Hoxton, Monty’s has gained somewhat of a cult following for salt beef lovers. This success reverberated in transforming it from a weekend treat to a permanent fixture in the form of this deli-meets-diner. If you’re not convinced that this place is a charmer, the funding to support it came from a very successful kickstarter campaign. So go see what the fuss is about.
As you might be able to tell from the laidback, Mien Tay is all about the food, with anything else receiving less attention. That aside, the staff are all working to keep the food the star of the show, delivering authentic Vietnamese tastes at affordable rates. Plus, on several occasions, they operate on a BYOB policy and who can say no to that.
A life-changing bakery experience, Fabrique is the hotspot for all those who venture to Columbia Road on Sundays and those savvy enough to know that the Swedish coffee break, fika, is somewhat of an institution. So if you’re in the mood for some stone baked Swedish bread, or one of the most authentic Nordic pastries our capital can offer, head to the arches of the Hoxton Overground, which cozily nests Fabrique’s East End location. We hear the insider recommendation for food and drink are the geisha coffee and, though not a surprise, avocado toast!
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This Hoxton Café embodies the spirit of the area to the very core – a selection of seasonable brunch foods in a chic and Instagrammable setting. The laidback atmosphere fits in with the general feel of the neighbourhood, creating a very intimate setting for those looking to have some of the best specialty coffee on offer