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The best restaurants in Hackney

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Spread out across the borough of Hackney on the east side of London, you'll find some of the city's most innovative restaurants. We've rounded up the best.

Hackney restaurants

climpsons
Address: 374 Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB
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This is the second space for Tomos Parry's hit restaurant Brat, taking over the (covered) courtyard of the Climpson's Arch roastery. Expect a similar menu to the Shoreditch original - plenty of Galician steaks, grilled fish and lots of Basque influence throughout.

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The Marksman
Address: 254 Hackney Road, London, E2 7SJ
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This is a revamped pub from two St John veterans, Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram is both one of Hackney's best pub and best restaurants. Downstairs in the pub, make sure to get one of their excellent beef and barley buns, while upstairs it's an actual crime to leave without trying their brown butter & honey tart, one of London's best desserts. Their Sunday roasts are exceptional too.

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Pidgin
Address: 52 Wilton Way , London E8 1BG
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Setting up shop in a Hackney backstreet, Pidgin saw supperclub host James Ramsden team up with Sam Herlihy to create the kind of place that won plaudits from critics and locals alike. Pidgin has a weekly changing set menu that is about as seasonal as it gets. A perfect neighbourhood restaurant, in that you could come back week after week and never have the same dish twice, it's also worth crossing town for. 

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Morito Hackney Road
Address: 195 Hackney Road, London E2 8JL
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This is the East London expansion from the same people behind Moro (and the original Clerkenwell Morito). The restaurant draws influence from Southern Spain, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean in a regularly changing small plates menu. The same approach can be seen in the wine list, which also roams the Med.

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silo
Address: Unit 7, The white building, 1st Floor,c/o CRATE Bar, Queen's Yard, London E9 5EN
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This East London restaurant from Douglas McMaster is at the forefront of no-waste cooking (and restaurants) in London. McMaster has been involved in the no-waste initiative from the early days and has created a restaurant that both embraces the movement fully and showcases the excellent food that a no waste ethos can produce.

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inside
Address: Canal Place, 32 Andrews Rd, London E8 4RL
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This is Max Rocha's solo restaurant by the canal in Hackney. The chef came from The River Cafe and like many of London's best chefs has also spent time at St John Bread & Wine. The bright dining room overlooking the canal is a great place to sit and try some of their weekly specials alongside what are now signature dishes like the deep-fried bread and butter pudding.

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acme
Address: Abbot Street Car Park, London, E8 3DP
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Acme Food Cult is a team up between chefs Andrew Clarke and Daniel Watkins and, as the name suggests, it's all about cooking over fire on an impressive grill. You'll find it right next to 40FT Brewery, so expect to spot beer as an ingredient in dishes as well as on the drinks list.

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angelina
Address: 56 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AH
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This Dalston restaurant has a modern take on Japanese and Italian food - resulting in a creative fusion menu that's inspired by both cuisines, while also pushing the envelope. There are omakase tasting menus alongside a la carte, and it also sports a tiny Tokyo-style cocktail bar.

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Sune
Address: 129A Pritchard’s Road, London E2 9AP
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Sune (pronounced "soon-er") comes from hospitality power couple Honey Spencer and Charlie Sims, with ex-Pidgin Head Chef Michael Robins in the kitchen. Set within a sunlit-filled space near Broadway Market, the seasonal all-day menu is big on inventive comfort food while the wine list, curated by Honey Spencer, evolves with the seasons, offering selections from her extensive producer network.

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Whyte's
Address: Unit 3, 143 Mare Street, London E8 3RH
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Former chef at renowned spots like Brat and Scully and popular supperclub chef after those, Whyte Rushen has gone permanent in Hackney. Here you can expect a menu that's as eclectic as his pop-up offerings and if his smashed burger is on the menu, that's a must-have.

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Shankey’s
Address: 221 Well St, London E9 6RG
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Shankey's is a great neighbourhood restaurant serving up a particularly interesting mix of Irish and Indian-influenced dishes and drinks. Irish-born Eoghan is the cocktail genius behind the Celtic-infused cocktail list while chef Sacha Henry is responsible for a mix of small and sharing plates of Indian food.

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Big Night
Address: 177 Morning Ln, London E9 6LH
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Head to Morning Lane if you want to see what the lovechild of a Japanese izakaya and British seasonal restaurant looks like. With a charcoal grill being the focus of the kitchen here, there's plenty of great produce being served on sticks. Tables are communal so you'll probably leave having made new friends.

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Bruno
Address: 211a Victoria Park Road, London E9 7JN
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Bruno comes from Michael Sager, best known for Sager + Wilde, and it's a small neighbourhood wine bar in Victoria Park. With a supply of wines largely sourced from his own collection, there are over 200 to choose from and they're available to take away too. If you're stopping in, the food includes filled pretzels alongside baked Vacherin . Look out for chef residencies as well.

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Dalla
Address: 120 Morning Ln, London E9 6LH
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Dalla took over from Peg on Morning Lane and is a collaboration among three Italian friends with diverse backgrounds. Gennaro Leone, focusing on design, joins forces with Mitchell Damota, ex-head chef at P Franco, and chef Gianmarco Leone, formerly at Claridge's. Together, they aim to offer homestyle Italian cuisine, rediscovering old recipes in a contemporary setting.

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107 Wine Shop & Bar
Address: 107 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0NP
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This is essentially the wine bar formerly known as P Franco, saved after once feared to be closing for good. The name may have changed but the management and ethos remain the same. Expect a focus on natural wines that are paired with some of London's more interesting chef residencies, all creating wonders from induction hobs at the back of the bar.

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Leo's
Address: 59 Chatsworth Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0LH
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Leo's comes from the people behind Juliet's Quality Food in Tooting and this Clapton restaurant has them collaborating with ex-Bright chef Giuseppe Belvedere. An all-day bar and restaurant, it serves up a regularly changing menu that draws on Giuseppe’s Sardinian heritage, using the best possible produce from the British Isles and the continent.

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Papi
Address: 1F Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PN
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Run by the team that was once Hot 4 U, Papi sees chef Matthew Scott team up with Charlie Carr from Wingnut Wines. While also having a big focus on sustainability and zero-waste, it's key to point out that 'fun' is a big part of the vibe of the restaurant. Expect a regularly changing menu, great wines and a small bar downstairs too.

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Mangal 2
Address: 4 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XN
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This family-run Dalston ocakbasi was transformed into one of London's most exciting restaurants when ownership passed to the original owners' sons. Now you can expect thrilling modern Turkish food through an East London lens.

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Mambow
Address: 78 Lower Clapton Road, Lower Clapton, London E5 0RN
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After building up a devoted following at Peckham's Market, Abby Lee has moved her Malaysian restaurant to a permanent space in East London. As before, it's all about Modern malaysian food but with a bigger menu. If they're on, the Lor Bak (five-spice pork and prawn bean curd roll) is a must. 

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myneighbours
Address: 165 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 8EQ
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This is a family-run Chinese dumpling house and sake bar that started as a pop-up and has become hugely popular in Clapton (it also has a sister site in Victoria Park). The specialities are their hand-rolled dumplings made fresh every day. Alongside those dumplings, there's a big range of sake from small family-run Japanese breweries.

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snackbar
Address: 20 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AZ
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Freddie Janssen's Dalston cafe has become a big hit in East London. Here you can expect an globally-influenced menu with popular dishes like their kimcheese croissant or the Snackmuffin (their own take on another certain breakfast muffin). Mainly open during weekdays keep an eye out for special dinner services too.

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bakest
Address: 58 Evering Rd, Lower Clapton, London N16 7SR
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Bake Street has achieved almost legendary status, primarily for its weekend brunch menu. That's when they put their Nashville fried chicken sandwich on the menu which has become one of London's cult dishes (along with their creme brulee cookies). To those add lamb birria tacos and more. Good luck in grabbing a table (there are no reservations and they only have outside seating).

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towpath
Address: 42 De Beauvoir Cres, London N1 5SB
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This little cafe down on the canal in Hackney is one of London's best waterside spots. Run by Laura Jackson and Lori de Mori the food is always seasonal and delicious and, because there's no booking, landing a table here feels very much like winning in life.

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waterhouse
Address: 1 Corbridge Cres, London E2 9DS
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Gabriel Waterhouse's Water House Project started as a supper club before becoming a pop-up restaurant and then finding this permanent location. Sticking to the supperclub roots, there's a monthly-changing tasting menu, with a bit of Nordic influence throughout.

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Facing Heaven
Address: 1a Bayford Street London E8 3SE
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Facing Heaven is Julian Denis' sequel to Mao Chow, moving just around the corner from the previous restaurant. The vegan menu takes influences from Cantonese, Yunnan and Shaanxi cuisines as well as adding in a few Puerto-Rican, American and Portuguese flavours into the mix. They have hot pots at the weekend too.

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lardonew
Address: 205 Richmond Rd, London E8 3NJ
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Lardo is an East London restaurant with what they call a contemporary Italian menu. In practice that means some of London's best pizza, with regularly changing specials on the menu too. Alongside those are antipasti and a wine list that focuses on low-intervention wines.

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Cornerstone
Address: 3 Prince Edward Road, London E9 5LX
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Tom Brown's Michelin-starred restaurant in Hackney features a menu that's centred around seafood. That menu changes regularly based on day catches, but make sure you have whatever they're serving on a crumpet, as that will be unmissable.

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dukerichmond
Address: 316 Queensbridge Road, Hackney, London E8 3NH
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This is Tom Oldroyd's Hackney pub and dining room, serving up a European menu using British produce. The Cornish crab chip butty is a must, as is the Duke burger but it's generally worth trying as much of the menu as you can. They are also giving back by acting as a soup kitchen for the local area.

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behind
Address: 20 Sidworth Street, London E8 3SD
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Andy Beynon's London Fields restaurant is all about opening up the kitchen experience. That starts with a huge counter that you gather around for a truly unique tasting menu experience (with a focus on seafood).

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casafofo
Address: 158 Sandringham Rd, Clapton, London E8 2HS
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Casa Fofo saw ex-Pidgin chef Adolfo De Cecco opening his own place in Clapton, carrying on the same approach of a single tasting menu that makes the most of seasonal and local ingredients. He and his team are clearly doing something right as they've been given a star by Michelin.

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Campania & Jones
Address: 23 Ezra St, London E2 7RH
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Campania & Jones serves up Southern Italian food in Hackney, with pasta made fresh daily in its beautiful rustic-looking restaurant. The food is authentic Italian, the portions are generous and it's one of the most popular restaurant near Columbia Road. There's a daily changing menu, so you can always find something new to try.

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hillszrok2
Address: 60 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
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Hill and Szrok are one of the most respected butchers in Hackney, on bustling Broadway market. But in the evening, when the meat is all put away, the place transforms into a neighbourhood restaurant with a menu dictated by the produce available. As you can imagine, their meat, sourced from smaller independent farmers, is front and centre.

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littleduck
Address: 68 Dalston Ln, London E8 3AH
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All-day Hackney restaurant Little Duck - The Picklery comes from the same people behind Rawduck and Ducksoup. It's part shop and cafe and they're proud of their fermented food and drink (as the name gives away). On the menu, expect small plates that see those pickles put into action, with a focus on sharing.

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pophamshackney
Address: 197 Richmond Rd, London E8 3NJ
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While the original Pophams is mainly a bakery and cafe, this, their second, also functions as a restaurant. So while you can still buy their bread and pastries here, there's the added draw of the pasta restaurant, with all the pasta made fresh in-house. It should go without saying that the desserts are pretty great as well.

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songque
Address: 134 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DY
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Song Que is an excellent Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsland Road's strong Vietnamese food scene. Expect authentic cuisine with excellent pho and banh mi, which underlines its longstanding great reputation. If you're looking for the best Vietnamese food in London, this should be on your list.

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dusty
Address: Abbot St, London E8 3DP
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One of London's great bakeries, The Dusty Knuckle is best known for its impeccable sourdough - particular the potato variety. That sourdough is used to make amazing sandwiches here, but there are also salads pastries and more. There are a few seats inside, but on a good day you'll want a seat outside in the yard. Look out for their evening events too where you might be able to grab a pizza.

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peoples
Address: 51B Chatsworth Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0LH
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People's Choice offers pitch perfect Caribbean in Hackney, with some of London's best jerk chicken and lamb chops on offer alongside saltfish patties and lots more. It's takeaway (or delivery) only and has built up a deservedly stellar reputation locally.

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buenayre
Address: 50 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
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This traditional Argentine grill is from Buenos Aires-raised John Rattagan who has brought a bit of his home to the streets of Hackney. Steaks from the parrillada grill.are at the heart of the menu, alongside mixed grills, carpaccio, empanadas, sweetbreads and plenty of Argentine wines.

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brightnew
Address: 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
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This neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar is from the so-hip-it-hurts group that includes P Franco and Peg. They have much more than an induction hob to work with here, as well as a wine list that's as essential as the one in the original P Franco.

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Brawn
Address: 49 Columbia Road, Shoreditch, London E2 7RG
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This East London restaurant has become something of a perennial favourite, often cited as among one of the best in town. Expect a hyper seasonal menu and pay particular attention to the excellent wine list. They now also have a store onsite.

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