Where to Eat and Drink in Haggerston

By Malika Dalamal  |  January 6, 2014

Haggerston - squeezed between Dalston, Shoreditch London Fields and Hoxton - is a little-known part of town despite it's trendy neighbours. Thanks to the new Overground railway and a collection of trendy new bars, restaurants and coffee shops, we think this small East London neighbourhood is about to become big news.

  • Mussel Men

    The new semipermanent home of street-food favourite Mussel Men offers British mussels in a variety of sauces with crispy fries and with plenty of sparkling Prosecco. There is also a colourful seafood platter of clams, prawns and soft-shell crab on the menu, as well as a bar, music and an ongoing thumb-war competition to keep you busy.

    428 Kingsland Rd., E8 4AA; 07920 798 162

  • Smokey Tails

    Across the road from Tonkotsu East you will find Smokey Tails - a BBQ joint with a bar and dance floor that has popped up for the winter months serving smoked meats and frozen cocktails. Founder Seth Troxler doubles as a super-famous DJ, so expect your pulled pork, sweet potato salad and baby-back ribs served with a side of Deep House music.

    6-10 Dunston Ln., E8 4EB

  • Haggerston Espresso Room

    Every up-and-coming neighbourhood needs a local artisanal coffee shop to get them started and Haggerston has HER (Haggerston Espresso Room). Just as you would expect, this cosy spot is all mismatched furniture and free WiFi - as well as really good coffee, organic soups, homemade cakes and cookies - and the not-to-be-missed specialty 'sexy toast.'

    13 Downham Rd., N1 5AA; 020 7249 0880

  • Tonkotsu East

    The Soho ramen bar opened a second location in a converted mechanic's yard with an open kitchen and visible noodle-making room back in October. The new space serves the same winning combination of authentic ramen, karaage and gyoza with new additions like Japanese octopus pancakes and ceviche. Wash it down with something from the solid selection of Japanese beers and sake.

    Arch 334, 1a Dunston St., E8 4EB

  • Trip Kitchen & Bar

    In residence at this restaurant under the arches until September is Turkish-Cypriot chef Selim Kaizim. The former head chef at Kopapa is cooking up a menu of modern Turkish cuisine that includes sweet, sour and savoury flavours like a glazed-ham sandwich with feta, compote, walnut butter and sumac onions. Don't miss eggs for brunch served with peppers, tomatoes, chili and Turkish toast.

    339-340 Acton Mews, E8 4EA