For all the routes to take in London, the paths along the canals must be the most magical. Hidden and almost out of sight, Towpath has become a gem of a cafe shared by walkers, joggers and cyclists taking the roads less travelled. Come for breakfast and the chalkboard will offer a morning fare of eggs, granola, porridge and beef tomatoes on toast. Cakes come out in the afternoon, and the olive oil cake with a pot of Earl Grey is like sunshine in your mouth. A typical dinner menu might feature breaded ox tongue, sage and aioli, plus vegetarian options such as roast cauliflower, courgettes, monk's beard, grain mustard dressing and poached eggs. The ducks will have to stick to breadcrumbs.


A waterside cafe using locally sourced ingredients.
Cake-eating and swan-watching: a match made in heaven.
36 De Beauvoir Cres., Hackney, London
Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Enter the canal from Kingsland Rd.


By Zara Miller

Zara is a freelance writer who loves travelling and all kinds of storytelling. Follow her on Twitter.