Vintage vibes in the East

If you're new to London and looking for that edgy, alternate part of town filled with independent shops, graffiti covered walls and unique restaurants for all cultures, Shoreditch is the place for you.

Catch the tube to Liverpool Street, where you can start your day at The Watch House Cafe. It is quite a new shop only opened in 2019 however they do have others scattered around London. It is two stories high and is actually a grade II Victorian building. The interior is a perfect combination of modern and rustic. The walls had that worn washed look which juxtaposed to the sleek benches they used to create their delicious coffees! They do serve brunch/breaky 7 days a week however I skipped on the food and just enjoyed a flat white on their outside seats soaking in the sun.

The coffee was extremely impressive, definitely one of the best I've had in London. Be prepared for crowds on the weekend however as it does get busy, everyone needs their morning coffee hit on a Sunday.

Time to head over to the Spitalfield markets. This is where I recommend you have your appetite ready because the food here is unreal. There is a massive range of meals you can choose from, dumplings, gozleme, pancakes, burgers and... stuffed donuts! It's all there. There's also loads of market stalls from vintage clothes to print works, candles, souvenirs, hats you name it. It's definitely worth your time to have a little stroll around as you might pick up some goodies!

Once you've had enough of the markets you can head on over to Bricklane. On a Sunday they have a massive vintage market stall with kilo sales happening all the time. Have a look at Atika which is one of the largest vintage stores in Europe, you'll definitely find a bargain there. The street a chaotic, bustling hub which attracts a lot of young londeners. If you're not into big crowds, definitely avoid heading to this side of town on a Sunday!

If you are in the mood for another coffee, head over to Kiwi cafe Ozone Coffee Roasters. They actually roast the beans used at Watch house cafe! It is known to get busy on Sunday's so be prepared for a wait. They have a few different cafe's across London you can head to as well if you're not feeling up to heading there as well! Great brunch options and pushing to be completely plant based with 72% of their menu as plant based options! Go Green!

Final stop, Boxpark. Boxpark is famously known for hosting cool events with up and coming artists in it's stacked shipping container space. The bottom level has clothing, jewellery and sweets stores such as Softserve society which does the most delicious hot chocolate and charcoal ice cream. Upstairs is where all the action happens. DJ's in each section, long bar tables which are great for groups and a massive range of food options to indulge in after a big day of shopping. Sunday night is when they usually have live music so you may be lucky enough to have the entertainment right in front of you while you're eating!

Pro tip:

Shoreditch is a hub for it's Bangladeshi community and has loads of authentic curry houses which are some of the best in the world. If you like yourself a curry, this is where you've got to go!

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