Finally I managed to move into the new flat and spend some time around to explore the area and.. here I am to tell what are my first thoughts about it.
When it comes to changes and transitions I’ve always experienced some sort of excitement, but, sometimes, this excitement does translate to a bit of stress. Luckily, and as soon as I finished unpacking, I started to feel a little more at ease in the new “Environment”. It definitely didn’t last long!
At first sight, Dalston, seems to be just a random and chaotic east London Suburb, with a big daily market, few cheap shops and lots of Turkish restaurants (I would also add “an interesting concept of Clean),but although hard to believe, I have to admit that I can see why it has been defined as one of the coolest and trendiest postcode in London.
“You can walk down the road and see everything from Pam Hogg squeezing a melon in the Ridley Road market to a man wearing a sack preaching to the traffic lights,” as Hanna Hanra, editor of the Pix. “Everything is possible. It’s a fabulous, optimistic place.”
Here is a list places that I’ve been to over the last couple of weeks and which I have absolutely loved:
1) Viva Tapas Bar, Mexican Restaurant
Small, informal and intimate. Decorated with a nice vintage touch, exposed bricks and low lightings. The big painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe does not intimidates me as soon as I enter the restaurant and I can truly enjoy a fresh tequila based cocktail.
To complete the Mexican atmosphere, I had Nachos with guacamole and a Quesadilla with pork. Delicious!
2) Walk by the Canal
Walking down the river can definitely help you in changing the pace of the day. From the busy Kingsland Road to the calmest atmosphere.. it’s, in fact, just a matter of few minutes walk.
I’d recommend heading straight down to the canal and walking in either direction – either to Angel or Victoria Park.
3) Farmers Market – Broadway Market
Given the fact that I’m a food lover, I couldn’t really miss the opportunity to go first thing after moving to a new areas in search of the best market, grocery shops that it has to offer.
The Broadway Market is open on saturdays in a ittle East End street between the Regent’s Canal and London Fields.
It offers a variety of different tastes and cultures: stalls, shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes.