Articles by Alexandra Heal


A baker’s paradise, The Pudding Stop is a restaurant slash café in the heart of St Albans that only serves desserts. Let me repeat: a restaurant that only serves deserts. That only serves deserts…


The George Street Canteen is a minimalist but cosy spot nestled into a courtyard on one of the cuter and more historic streets in St Albans, serving all-day brunches, lunches, baked goods and beverages.


As the UK’s first social enterprise, independent, boutique, and digital cinema, The Lexi in Kensal Rise is staffed mainly by volunteers and donates 100% of its profits to charity.


For a wide selection of loose-leaf tea and ethnic gifts, Thé Bleu is a true infusion heaven situated in the centre of Paris, specifically in the 5th arrondissement.


Hervé runs possibly the best African restaurant and takeaway in Paris. Buried in the Marché Saint Quentin, a listed covered market two minutes’ walk from Gare du Nord, his cosy hub is perfect for lunch or an early supper.


The Bunyadi is a concept pop-up restaurant which welcomed naked diners in London’s Elephant & Castle from 11 June to 31 July 2016. Following the success of the London experiment, the founder is now planning on taking this nudist’s paradise to Paris and other European cities, and possibly opening a private members’ club back here in the Smoke.


For fresh and healthy Korean food in Paris’10th arrondissement – a stone’s throw from the Gare du Nord – the best restaurant and takeaway around is without a doubt Ma Kitchen Bibimbap.


Cho Cantine is a modern Vietnamese-inspired restaurant in the heart of Paris’ 10th arrondissement. The fast but good food makes it the perfect lunch spot.


Shouting young and fashionable, but not try-hard pretentious, Le Sésame offers a colourful café and restaurant setting right on the waterfront of Canal Saint Martin in Paris.


Set in an old warehouse on the banks of the Bassin de la Villette in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, Paname Brewing Company is a microbrewery, bar and restaurant which serves a range of craft beers brewed on the premises.