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This child-friendly canalside Japanese café (its name translates as ‘kids on the floor’) is one of Islington’s best-kept secrets. Mammas in the know flock here for their fix of Nude coffee, Japanese teas, or special concoctions such as black-sesame lattes, while their children toddle around in the play room. Savoury snacks range from wasabi-laced avocado on toast to miso soup with rice balls, and lunchtime sees a nicely executed set menu. As for dessert, check out the delectable matcha cheesecake or exquisite sesame and salted cherry-blossom shortbread. The venue’s waterside setting – with plenty of wildlife for restless toddlers to watch – plus its simply decorated, light-filled interior and friendly staff all contribute to the pleasant, laid-back vibe. There’s also free Wi-Fi for anyone who happens to have a laptop and time to kill. A hidden gem.