Ariana is a truly charming restaurant offering a wide range of delicious traditional Persian and Afghan dishes. The restaurant is in the centre of Mile End, and Ariana’s terrace is seating right in Mile End Park. It’s definitely the to go place for an exclusive relaxed lunch. I always recommend that restaurant to our guest eager to try asian food (away from the crowd) and remind them to order some home made bread on side (don’t miss it!). Their menu will provide you generous proportion for a really affordable price.
So far I can’t remember anyone who was not totally pleased by their cuisine.
A London institution. Beigel Bake is 24-hour bakery known for traditional Jewish-style filled bagels such as salt beef and smoked salmon. Are you going out in Shoreditch? Beigel Bake is the perfect take away before and after hangover. Nothing glamorous or trendy (that is the best part!) about the place but definitely the best bagels I’ve ever tried in London. If you are in East London with less than £5 in your pocket and pass by Brick Lane this is the place for you!
A calm Vegan and Vegetarian Spot in the Hustle and Bustle
The Gallery Cafe is a lovely charity-driven vegetarian and vegan spot hosting art exhibitions and events. Conveniently located in a great location; near a Boris Bike pick-up point, Victoria Park, Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green tube station, Brick Lane and more, it is perfect if you’re spending a few hours in East London!
During summer weekends, you can bask in the sunshine on the sun- trap terrace and back garden, whilst spending the rest of the year getting cosy inside the cafe with nice music, access to speedy wifi, and friendly faces.
The cafe have we won Best Cafe in Bethnal Green at the Time Out Love London Awards for the last three consecutive years, and all profits generated by Gallery Cafe go straight back into charity, so by hanging around, you’ll not only enjoy award-winning food, drinks and good vibes, you’ll also be helping to support the local community.
The backyard is great on summer but the fresh vegan burger and home made fries are why you should stop by! The place is charming and I warmly recommend it to you, vegan or food lover.
Located near Mile End Underground Station Rusty Bike Pub aims to offer Great Beer and Thai Food. You will find a relaxed and a canteen-style atmosphere. If you are looking for a lively spot in a cosy atmosphere that’s the place to go.
You don’t like sport pubs? No worries at all, just go in the back where you can still enjoy comfortable sofas and fresh Thai food for a very reasonable price without TV.
The duck spring roll is a great way to start, as are deep-fried sweet potatoes with sesame. So on a Friday night, or on a Sunday afternoon that the popular place to be in Mile End.
London’s Very Own Home of BBQ, Blues & Rock’n’Roll
Blues Kitchen is definitely one of my to-go-place when I want to dance in Shoreditch. They have a restaurant and a late night bar serving nice cocktails and they host the best blues in London. Cool live-band music, colourful cocktails, great American BBQ classic/New Orleans soul food will be the perfect mix to start your evening.
If you wanna try their cuisine be sure to book in advance as the restaurant gets really packed on weekends. The bar and music will stop before 3 am.
The Greedy Cow in Mile End was created by two brothers with discerning tastes, a love of good food and a strong belief in value for money. This is mainly what you should expect from it.
The chef prepares all the original classics with the usual adornments – such as the classic burger, cooked medium and served in a soft sourdough bun with beef tomato and sliced red onions, and the sirloin steak, aged for 21 days to ensure a tender, flavoursome result – while more exotic meats keep the menu fresh and exciting. Wagyu, kangaroo, bison and crocodile are turned into classic burger in Greedy Cow, and it’s worth to try!
Otherwise I would definitely recommend their bar and their selection of beers (made in Brick Lane), it’s a place where going by yourself won’t matter as their staff is always friendly and chatty 😉