70-72 Kingsland Road, E2 020 7729 8293 Open lunch & dinner daily Hoxton has a sizeable and vibrant Vietnamese community, and this airy, one-time local canteen was the first place in London to bring the sharp, clean flavours of their cuisine to a non-native audience. It’s still packing the crowds in, and you won’t find a better bowl of pho meat and noodle soup in town. Cheap Green Papaya neighbourhood Vietnamese 191 Mare Street, E8 020 8985 5486 Open dinnerTue-Sun Hackney is home to a great mix of ethnicities, a fact reflected in its diverse community cafes. Green Papaya is a step up in terms of decor stripped floorboards, crimson walls, candlelight and a lovely garden and cooking. Try a classic noodle soup or go for something more unusual from the daily specials menu.