There’s no denying that I love to eat out. One of the first things I think about when I’m planning a holiday or day trip is where I’m going to eat and I have a list as long as my arm about where I want to try but I thought I’d bring you a list of some of my favourite places to eat across the capital. As I am a huge burger lover I have got a whole section on them, then a section on the top other places to eat and finally ending on the best places to satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you love Burgers
I am subconsciously trying to work my way through as many burger joints in the capital as I can as you can’t beat a nice juicy burger, especially when so many offer amazing veggie options as well (so it’s not just for you meat eaters). Some of my favourites include:
The Diner- With locations scattered across central The Diner offer an amazing range of burgers alongside hot dogs, all day breakfasts and some of the best milkshakes around. I tend to head to the one in Camden as it’s an easy location to visit but be warned they’re usually busy.
Shake Shack- We used to just have one of these located in Covent Garden but I’ve spotted a few more pop up around London including one by Tottenham Court Road. These are probably the best fast food style burgers I have ever had and their cheese topped fries are incredible. The burger of dreams.
Blecker Street- Located within Spitalfields Market this little takeaway stand does some of the tastiest burgers around. You can opt for a standard or one of their massive tower burger with a selection of different fries and drinks. And with plenty of tables surrounding the Spitalfields food court, you’ll have plenty of space to sit. There’s reason enough that this is often dubbed as one of the best in London.
Honest Burger- If you go to Camden you’ll be inundated with various food options but Honest Burger is a great shout if you love well burgers. Their stall is housed in the Stables Market and there are a few places to sit. Their burgers are soft, juicy and have various combinations if you fancy something a little different.
Places for lunch or dinner
Vegbar- Located in Brixton this vegetarian and vegan restaurant shows that ‘meat-less’ food doesn’t mean boring food. I have done stints of being vegan for health reasons and their mac and cheese is just as good as it’s dairy filled older brother. Their selection of burgers, burritos and amazing sweet potato fries will satisfy you whether you’re a carnivore or not.
Fire and Stone- If you’re more in the mood for pizza, fire and stone is a great choice. There’s almost always really good deals on (check their website) so it doesn’t always cost very much at all. I tend to go to the Covent Garden one as it’s huge and you rarely have to wait for a table but there are other restaurants in London. Their pizzas are named after countries/ cities and their toppings reflect this so you can get a Chinese Peking duck one or my favourite a traditional London with bacon, sausage, and mini potatoes. Yum!
The Mac Factory- Another Camden Market favourite located within the Lock Market and does the second best mac and cheese I have ever tasted (after a store in New York!) For between £6 and £8 you can get a little tub piled high with cheesy goodness, but if you fancy something a little different then they do various other toppings. I can not get enough of this mac and cheese and always make a beeline when I’m by the market.
Meat Liquor- If you’re looking for massive mounds of meat, juicy burgers and messy sides then Meat Liquor is for you. It can be incredibly difficult to get into as some of the venues don’t take bookings and queues can be pretty long but it’s well worth the wait. Their cocktails are amazing and if you’re not on a diet then this is definitely somewhere you need to check out.
If you love sweet treats
Crosstown Doughnuts- This is a fairly recent find for me and definitely one of the best places if you’re looking for something seriously sweet. I normally go to the small store which is just off Oxford Street but they do have small pop-ups elsewhere in London. With a revolving mixture of amazing doughnuts (and one of the best cinnamon bun‘s I’ve had) it’s perfect as a well-deserved treat. If you’re not faint-hearted with your chocolate then try the truffle doughnut which is filled with chocolate within the ring!
Cookies and Scream- Another Camden Market stop off is Cookies and Scream which not only provides amazing tasty sweet treats from cookies, ice-cream, milkshakes, lemon drizzle cake, doughnuts and cake every single thing is dairy free and suitable for vegans which makes it a great place for anyone. Some of the things they have are there every single day but others rotate so there’s always something new to try, and I always struggle to just choose one thing.
Crumbs and Doilies- For probably the best cupcakes in London head to Crumbs and Doilies who have a little shop in Kingly Court near Carnaby Street. With an ever changing menu including standards like vanilla, chocolate, red velvet and oreo ranging to the slightly more unusual popcorn, pretzel, and chocolate orange there’s so much choice here. With mini versions of the cupcakes too you can afford to try a few. If you fancy something a bit more extravagant you can also order larger cakes for special occassions but warning browsing their site will make you hungry!
Cereal Killer Cafe- I know what you’re thinking breakfast under sweet treats, and while you can opt for something savoury I always tend to go for sweet treats here including the Reeces‘ Puff’s with milky stars on top and cookie dough pop tarts. Complete sugar overload. Some people have complained in the past that this is overpriced for cereal but I think in comparative to London prices it really isn’t that bad. With hundreds of cereal options, plenty of milk and topping options you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If you need an idea of what to do in London in between eating then check out this list from The Crazy Tourist.