Our favourite local cafes include:

Spirit of L’Absinthe, Chalcot Road.  Sibling to L’Absinthe restaurant, squeeze onto one of the tables to eat in, or take out great-value sandwiches, soups and salads.  Also a catering service – take home your supper to heat up, or get them to knock something up for your dinner party.  They made a gorgeous Boeuf Bourguingnan for my mother’s birthday recently; but did I pass it off as my own work..?

Anthony’s Deli, corner of Regent’s Park Road and Sharpleshall Street.  Packed with dog-walking locals enjoying a chinwag over their coffee.

Cafe 79, Regent’s Park Road.  Retro-veggie offerings – the soups are always hearty and the mushrooms on toast spectacular – with paintings for sale on the walls.

Melrose and Morgan, Gloucester Avenue, near the canal.  Great coffee, all manor of high-end treats to be enjoyed in their informal red seating area or taken home.


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