Eating Out: Shoreditch

Alex Bourke samples Britain's greatest concentration of vegan eateries in East London hipster heaven.

Eating Out: Shoreditch

Move over Soho, the capital's hippest young women and bearded guys are flocking to Shoreditch. Stretching east from Silicon Roundabout to Brick Lane, through the clubs and pubs of Old Street and Curtain Road, it's the new mecca for social media jobs, independent cinemas, cutting-edge vegan diners from raw to kebabs, fashion boutiques from vintage to indie designers, and gigantic weekend clothes and food markets. Meet friends or family for a fun Sunday roaming the markets, seek out incredible street art, and feast at a dozen vegan pop-up food stalls.
What the Pitta, on Shoreditch High Street, is London's first vegan kebab shop. Colossal doners (£7.50) come either in a wrap or as a salad box on couscous, packed with soya chunks, hummus, tzatziki, salad and chilli. For dessert you can have baklava or sometimes chocolate cake. Best bet is the £10 meal deal: kebab, dessert and a drink. If it's chilly, grab coffee or mint tea from the falafel stall behind them.
Next to Shoreditch High Street station is the Boxpark, a fashion and food mall in black shipping containers open late every night. London veggies relish Cook Daily's Chinese and Thai vegan dishes. Tuck in to fake chicken and veg stir-fry, spiced chickpea and sweet potato curry with dhal and coconut milk, or veggies with yam, wholemeal dumplings, steamed plantain and ackee in thyme and pepper sauce.
Brick Lane's south end is the Bangladeshi curry mile, while further up are two unique and brand new vegan cafés, Mooshies and Vida Bakery, plus a weekend wonderland of street food in the Boiler House food hall and covered Upmarket. The many vegan stalls include Benny Buttons pancakes, Pine's Food wraps and salads, Ethiopiques colourful Ethiopian stews and salads with injera bread, Organic Livity cakes, and Pomodoro e Basilico Italian pizza slices, cheese fingers, burgers, 'Twix' bars, matcha Oreos and cookies. End the day with vegan craft beers at Brewdog.

Also recommended...

• Eat clean at Redemption vegan and raw restaurant and mocktail bar on Old Street. Try sweetcorn and red pepper pancakes, coconut cheesecake, or afternoon tea and cake.
• Past Columbia Road Sunday flower market are vegan Friendship Shoes and Just Fab, a fun vegan Italian restaurant in a big red bus.
• The Sunday Spitalfields market features falafel cafés and vegan food stalls by Ethiopian Merkamo and Caribbean raw maestros Rainforest Creations.
• Stroll up Hoxton Street to Trew Era, Russell Brand's chilled out veggie café near the canal. Over the bridge is the elegant Pamela cocktail bar with spicy vegan catering by Club Mexicana.

Key Information

What the Pitta
Facebook: What the Pitta
Cook Daily
www.cookdaily.co.uk
Mooshies
www.veganburger.org
Vida Bakery
Facebook: Vida Bakery
Brick Lane stalls
Facebook: Benny Buttons Tea
www.organiclivityco.com
www.facebook.com/Pines-foods-877623232258866
Facebook: Pomo Basilico
Brewdog
www.brewdog.com
Redemption
www.redemptionbar.co.uk
Friendship Shoes
www.friendship.shoes

Just Fab
www.just-fab.london

Spitalfields stalls
Facebook: Merkamo London
www.rainforestcreations.co.uk
Trew Era
Facebook: Trew Era Café 

Club Mexicana
www.clubmexicana.com

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