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With an idyllic clique of canals, a culturally charged neighbourhood vibe and a good chunk of the lush Olympic Park to its name, it’s no wonder Hackney Wick is getting more popular by the day.

Nestled between Hackney’s foodiest parts and Stratford’s increasingly intriguing East Village, it’s not short of spots to dine and drink either, and its restaurant scene is gradually gathering converts.

From pizza by the water to London’s latest seafood sensation, this is where you can get a bite to eat for under £10 in Hackney Wick.  

Cabbies Breakfast at The Breakfast Club – £7.50

If you’re starting the day in the East End, you can do a lot worse than to take a leaf out of a London cabbie’s book. The Breakfast Club serves up a no-nonsense version of a Full English at its Hackney Wick site. The Cabbies Breakfast features bacon, sausage, egg, beans, chips, toast – but sadly, no substitutions. If it’s fuelling London’s black cab network, it can certainly get you through the day.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 29 East Bay Lane, E15 2GW, thebreakfastclubcafes.com

Margherita at Crate Brewery – £9

Canalside is undoubtedly the place to be in Hackney Wick, and there are few better ways to while away summer hours than at Crate Brewery. As you can probably guess, the principal offering here is on-site brewed beer, but you can enjoy it alongside some pretty mean, crisp-as-you-like pizza. The margherita comes in under budget (topped with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil) but if you can stretch to £13 for the middle eastern lamb pizza, you’ll be rewarded.

Unit 7, Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN, cratebrewery.com

Buffalo wings at Randy’s Wing Bar – £8

Randy’s has gone from winging it as a street food stall to strutting its stuff at a permanent location at the Here East hubbub in the Olympic Park, which is also home to Gotto Trattoria and The Breakfast Club. If you can resist a cheeky order of the Big Cock burger (yes, really), pick up a spicy portion of their fried wings drenched in classic buffalo sauce, which come with a drizzle of truffle blue cheese.

Here East, The Press Centre, 8 East Bay Lane, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E15 2GW, randyswingbar.co.uk

TNG Burger at Number 90 – £9.50

A little further along the canal from Crate Brewery, you’ll find further waterside festivities at lively bar and kitchen Number 90. Black is the new black in the burger world, with Number 90 championing the charcoal burger bun trend in its TNG Burger. A sesame sprinkled bun is infused with activated charcoal, and sandwiches a suitably smoky tower of beef patty, smoked cheese and bacon, baconnaise sauce, brie and salad.

90 Wallis Road, E9 5LN, number90bar.co.uk

Burrata at Gotto Trattoria – £6.50

A burrata dish at Gotto’s sister restaurant, Mele e Pere, in Soho

The team behind popular Italian spot Mele e Pere in Soho headed pretty far east to launch Gotto. Here you’ll find pasta and small plates, including a classic burrata dish with cherry tomatoes and balsamic for £6.50, perfectly paired with a £3 portion of pillowy foccacia Puglisi. If you can stretch a little beyond your budget, Gotto’s robust pasta dishes start at £11 and stretch no further than the mid-teens, and include the likes of tagliatelle with beef ragu and artichoke and white truffle maccheroncini.

27 East Bay Lane, E20 3BS, gotto.co.uk

Feta and honey glazed beetroot salad at Pearl Hackney Wick – £8.50

Slap bang under the big “Hackney Wick” sign at the area’s centre is Pearl, a neighbourhood cafe and restaurant. The varied menu has something to suit all hankerings, from cheeseburgers to sea bass fillets, bacon and egg baps to gaucho-style steak. Veggie-friendly offerings are also available in abundance, including this salad of roasted and honey glazed beetroots and carrots, topped with feta cheese and sunflower seeds. Save room for Pearl’s popular pastries.

East Wing Oslo House, 11 Prince Edward Road, E9 5LX, pearlhackneywick.com

Pickled oyster at Cornerstone – £5

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Admittedly this is the price for a single oyster – but what an oyster it is. The jewel in Hackney Wick’s food crown is undoubtedly Cornerstone, the acclaimed 2018 opening from former Outlaw’s at the Capital head chef Tom Brown. Seafood is the star at this restaurant, and this pickled oyster makes for an arresting start to your voyage: it swims in pickle, and is topped with celery cubes and dill, finished with a dollop of horseradish.

3 Prince Edward Road, E9 5LX, cornerstonehackney.com