Located between Shoreditch and Dalston, this East London neighbourhood has plenty of hidden gems and buzzing places. It’s become a hive of cafes, pubs and restaurants and is one of the best areas to spend a summer’s day in, it feels well connected but still relatively undiscovered. 

So here are our favourite locals hangouts, curated by the halley team. 

*Due to the latest Government announcement, sadly all places are closed until further notice, so save it for later.

Cafe Route

Close up of a variety of salad from Cafe Route.

Uniting locals and the halley members over delicious Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food paired with cakes, coffees and cocktails. Cafe Route is a bright and vibrant, laid back space featuring an open kitchen, two terraces overlooking Regents Canal and Kingsland Basin. You can easily spend a whole day here, doing some work, having food and winding down with cocktails.

Duke of York

Seating area outside Duke of York at night.

Head here for your after-work drink. It's a cozy and atmospheric pub with a great outdoor terrace to enjoy in the summer. A more expensive choice for food, but you will not be disappointed - the gourmet food here is excellent. Expect to find delicious dishes such as crisp fried pink fir potatoes & aioli and classic Italian pizzas. 

By The Bridge Cafe

This rustic local cafe with windows overlooking Regent’s Canal is perfect for a quick bite, coffee or a drink. It’s easy to notice as it has bold, graffiti-style artwork covering the outdoors and a fantastic roof terrace with outdoor heaters. But our favorite thing about this spot is the friendly, helpful staff. 

Barge House

Main room of Barge House overlooking the Haggerston Canal.

Probably the most “Instagrammable” spot in East London, the Barge House overlooks Regent’s Canal. A weekend stroll down the canal isn’t complete without tasting their infamous ‘Breakfast in Bread’ - trust us on this one! This all-day cafe and restaurant is a must if you are in the area. 

The Scolt Head

Outside of Scolt Head pub at night.

A family run local pub in De Beauvoir with a regular crowd enjoying their large beer garden in the summer and cosying up to the fire in the winter. It shouldn't come as a surprise that they serve one of the best Sunday Roasts in Haggerston. During lockdown, you can still support their business and get your beer fix by picking up mini Kegs and pint bottles of a wide range of draft beer.

Arepa & Co

Seating area of Arepa & Co with windows overlooking the canal.

Venezuelan restaurant that made East Londoners fall in love with arepas and cachapas. It’s a colorful and vibrant space, always full and always buzzing. The food is so tasty and comforting, we promise, once you try it, you’ll want to keep coming back... 


Interior of Toconoco with low seating and child stood inside.

Hidden away at the very end of Kingsland Basin, this independent family-run Japanese cafe is one of Haggerston’s best-kept secrets. Expect Japanese decor, homemade comfort food such as delicious curries and bento boxes complimented by seaweed salad and rice balls. 

Towpath Cafe

A man with a bicycle ordering from Towpath Cafe.

Only open from late Spring to early Autumn, this popular open-air canalside cafe offers a daily menu with a range of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Like a true local, avoid crowds by visiting on weekdays, get yourself a sunny spot and enjoy the buzz of the canal-life.