Few areas of London offer as diverse a range of lunch spots as Camden Town (the range of workspaces is also excellent, find out more about that here). From fish and chips to pho, Camden has something to suit every palate. To help you avoid decision paralysis, we’ve put together a few of our favourite lunch places in Camden Town.
One of London’s oldest meat-free mainstays, Mildreds has been serving vegetarian and vegan food in Soho for over 30 years and has since opened restaurants in Camden, Kings Cross and Dalston. Mildreds Camden offers excellent food in elegant surroundings. It’s not just for the veggies and vegans either; Mildreds has a dedicated fan-base that also encompasses omnivores who keep on coming back for omni…more.
Purezza’s commitment to what they do is admirable. Founded in 2015 as the country’s first vegan pizzeria, their mission is to make vegan pizza the preferable option (they even spent two years developing their own vegan mozzarella). They serve a wide range of creatively-topped pizzas (you can expect wood-smoked tofu, aubergine parmigiana and smoked beetroot carpaccio) and, between 12pm and 4pm every day, their £10.95 lunch special comes with a 9” pizza, cold-pressed juice and a scoop of ice cream, all coming in under 500 calories.
As the name suggests, The Mac Factory manufactures quality raincoats (not true) and some of the best mac ‘n’ cheese you’ll find in London (very true). Their incredibly indulgent dishes include the Posh Spice (chorizo, harissa and caramelised onion), the Super Mario (sautéed mushrooms, garlic and truffle oil) and the Hey Mac-Arena (chipotle beef chilli-con-carne, tortilla chips, sour cream and jalapeños). Oh, and if you take your ID along, they’ll give you free mac ‘n’ cheese on your birthday.
Offering a fresh take on a British classic, Hook Camden serves up fish and chips with a difference. Their panko-crusted fish is available in a range of flavours that change regularly, their seaweed salted chips are like nothing we’ve tried before and, if you can’t tackle a full portion at lunchtime, the menu also offers a half portion. If fish and chips aren’t what you’re craving halfway through the day, there’s a refreshing array of alternatives, including some excellent fish tacos.
If you’re in more of a traditional mood, the ever-excellent Poppie’s is just around the corner.
Music and Beans (82 Camden High Street, NW1 0LT) is a lunch destination that offers an eclectic range of options including the very healthy as well as burgers and sandwiches with options for meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans, all at very reasonable prices (check out their Instagram for an idea of what’s in store here). As the name suggests, Music and Beans focuses on music and…beans, so expect music, a great atmosphere and excellent coffee from this local favourite.
Located in the Stables Market, Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner specialises in how-can-this-possibly-be-vegan US-style diner food, including vegan chili cheese dogs, mozzarella sticks, plant-based burgers and vegan milkshakes. A fan favourite that is recommended time after time is the vegan Reuben sandwich, a result of some sort of wizardry that many have described as better than the ‘real’ thing.
Magic Falafel (312-313 Paddock Lane, NW1 8AH) has, for the past few years, been consistently given 5/5 stars on whichever food review site you care to visit (by TripAdvisor rating, Magic Falafel is in the top 100 of 20,000 restaurants in London), and has been described as selling the best falafels not just in Camden, but in the whole city. A simple, well-priced menu with fresh ingredients prepared to order, Magic Falafel is a destination for food-lovers from far and wide, and if you’re lucky enough to work nearby, expect to become a repeat visitor.
Another long-established lunch spot, Ma Petite Jamaica was the first Jamaican diner to open in London, back in 1985. Now, Ma Petite Jamaica caters to lunch crowds with an excellent-value lunch menu, including a selection of mains (like jerk chicken, curried goat and coconut fish curry), a selection of rotis, and wraps that make it an ideal lunch spot for when you’re craving Jamaican food.
Situated in KERB Camden Market West Yard, Kolkati serves up Kati Rolls inspired by the street food of Kolkata and they are a very, very good option for lunch in Camden. Since opening in 2015, Kolkati has featured on all sorts of ‘best of street food’ lists, and it’s easy to see – and taste – why. They’re also particularly Instagrammable.
This place sells cheese. And lots of it. Follow your nose (literally) to Camden Stables, and you’ll find The Cheese Bar, a festival of fromage that would satisfy even the most ardent turophile. Think blue cheese raclette, chicken poutine, your selection of grilled cheese sandwiches all made not just with love, but also with cheese from UK-based farmers and urban cheese producers. If you love cheese (like really, really love cheese), look no further.
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