The Little Taperia, London

Good things come in small packages. So they say. Though this classic idiom is one that is all too often shrouded in insecurity and doubt. One place, however, that you should never have any doubts about is The Little Taperia. The Little Bar (slightly littler, just as great) was the first bijou venture by Madeline…

Silo Coffee, Berlin

´╗┐Silo Coffee is somewhat of an institution in Berlin. “Where’s good for brunch?” I repeatedly asked anyone who had visited (and cared to listen). “Silo,” to those in the know, tended to be the preferred response. I soon found out it was for good reason. Inspired by breakfast down under, Silo does classic Aussie brunching at…

Hallesches Haus, Berlin

There’s something reassuringly nostalgic about walking through a shop to get to a cafe. Like when your mum used to march you through House of Fraser just to get a tepid machine-dripped cappuccino from Cafe Zest. But House of Fraser this certainly is not – this is a very different kind of Haus… Hallesches Haus…

Barber & Parlour, London

As soon as I walk into Barber & Parlour, I realise it’s not your average cafe. It’s more. It’s actually a cafe-cum-shop-cum-cinema-cum-hairdresser’s-cum-nail salon(-cum-barber-cum-parlour… I mean, I should have known). I find myself smiling and thinking: Only in Shoreditch. The huge corner building, set over three floors, is not just home to a quirky laid back…

Bar Termini, London

Blink and you might miss Termini. This tiny little bar sits behind a stylish deep blue frontage and a small wooden bench at the lesser traversed end of Old Compton Street. With only around 5 or 6 tables and a couples of bar stools, you have to be lucky to get a seat – and…

Caravan, London

Exmouth Market is a hive of activity, and the food stalls that line this pretty little street really help to define its place as a beacon for foodies. Stalls aside, Exmouth Market has plenty of independent shops and eateries dotted along either side, and these should by no means be neglected either. At one end,…

Common, Brighton

I can’t think of many UK towns or cities outside of London, where you can find little pockets of cute independent restaurants and cafes, except for Brighton. It’s isn’t called London-by-the-sea for nothing. And if it wasn’t for the squarking gulls overhead and the breathable seaside air, I’d think I was right back in south…