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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?



Recommended by: Kim Kassel (Suite 1521)

This casual British cafe boasts an in-house bakery and cake counter, and is definitely great for a quick sit-down meal, or something on -the-go. For us though, breakfast really catches our eye – with selections like rose water fruit salad, fried duck eggs on toast and grilled sweet potato hash with poached organic eggs and spinach. Need [...]



Recommended by: Jasmine Hemsley (Hemsley + Hemsley)

This hip, East End spot, tucked into the Columbia Road Market, caters to a young crowd looking for inventive yet flavorful fare. The simple furniture and menu are an appealing and surprising contrast to what the restaurant actually delivers. Although the spot is minimally decorated, it’s warm and cozy. Although many of the menu items [...]


Leila’s Café

Recommended by: Yasmin Sewell (Fashion Designer)

Stepping into Leila’s Shop makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to your granny’s kitchen. The rustic little shop and café serves simple country-style dishes from its open kitchen, offering a simple menu of comfort fare such as skillet eggs, cured meats, soups and homemade butter and jams. Grab a spot at the communal tables, [...]


Rochelle Canteen

Recommended by: Jasmine Hemsley (Hemsley + Hemsley)

The little converted bike shed was originally designed to be a canteen serving the artists studios, but outsiders in the know can stop in for a delectable treat. Entry is via a buzzer on a tiny door in the wall of an old Victorian school on Arnold Circus, and the menu is simple yet delicious. [...]