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Best Cheap Places to Eat in Kings Cross

July 13, 2023

King’s Cross has seen huge regeneration over the past few years, and with that has come an explosion of new trendy restaurant openings – but there’s still plenty of options for those on a budget or looking for cheap places to eat in Kings Cross.

We know that finding affordable but delicious eateries in a busy city like London can be a challenge, so we’ve tried and tested lots to bring you our recommendations of the top cheap eats in Kings Cross.

Check out our pick of the six best affordable restaurants in Kings Cross.

1. Sen Viet

Where? 119 King’s Cross Rd, WC1X 9NH Why go? For delicious, generous servings of classic Vietnamese dishes in a cosy and kitsch setting. 

Just across the road from Clink78 is one of our all-time favourite cheap places to eat in Kings Cross. A big hit with both staff and locals alike, you can always rely on Sen Viet to deliver the goods.

Serving up hearty, home-cooked Vietnamese food, coming here feels like a big warm hug from your favourite relative. The menu is extensive but quality is certainly not compromised as a result.

You can expect generous portions of comforting Vietnamese classics from phos and noodles to meat dishes and baguettes, all at super reasonable prices. We especially love the rare beef pho and the banh mi heo nuong (chargrilled pork) baguette.

…Plus, if you’re staying at Clink78 all you have to do is roll yourself home to bed afterwards!

a dish at Sen Viet near Kings Cross
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2. Foodilic

Where? 260 Pentonville Rd, N1 9JY Why go? To a healthy and nutritious take on ‘all you can eat’ 

The words ‘all you can eat’ may conjure visions of monstrous piles of uninspiring, carb-heavy food. At Foodilic, however, this definitely isn’t the case!

This gem of a food joint, and a super cheap place to eat in King’s Cross, offers all you can eat with a difference. Catering to veggies, vegans and carnivores alike, you can take your pick from a selection of fresh dishes, lovingly made every day.

We’re big fans of their totally vegan salads like pickled cauliflower and apple or sweet potato with spring onion and fresh figs. You can grab a box to takeaway for £4 or sit in and enjoy all you can eat for just £6.95. For that price, we reckon it’s worth staying so you can try a little bit of everything!

coulourful dishes at an eatery near kings cross
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3. Pizza Union

Where? 246-250 Pentonville Road, N1 9JY 
Why go? For authentic, wood-fired pizzas at a bargain price! 

If we could pick one food to eat forevermore, pizza would probably be it. And when it’s as delicious and cheap as the pizzas at Pizza Union, it’s tempting to go back again and again … (and again).

Pizza Union is just a stone’s throw from St. Pancras Station and serves up authentic, wood-fired pizzas for a pleasingly diminutive cost. A classic margarita will set you back just £3.95, whilst the most expensive pizza on the menu (the Carne) is only £6.50!

Order at the counter and your pizza will be made fresh and cooked in a flash. There’s a buzzy, warm vibe about the place so grab a bunch of mates and head along for a beer and bargain carb fix.

pizza and beer at Pizza Union near Kings Cross
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Where?  Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AA
Why go? For the most delectable selection of street food in the city! 

If you’re on the hunt for lunch with a gang of friends, deciding on a place to eat can be tricky. That’s where KERB comes in. A trailblazer of London’s bustling street-food scene, KERB (formerly known as ‘Eat Street’) is all about bringing innovative and exciting street food dishes to the streets of King’s Cross.

There’s plenty to choose from with a host of traders (known as ‘Kerbanists’) doing their thing. From wood-fired pizzas at Wandercrust through to freshly made vegan doughnuts at Dreamin’ Dough, you’ll be sure to find something that takes your fancy.

Best of all, most dishes come in at under £10 making this one of the best cheap places to eat in King’s Cross!

a takeaway dish from KERB near kings cross in London
KERB King’s Cross

5. Skip Garden and Kitchen

Where? 1 Tapper Walk, N1C 4AQ
Why go? For local, sustainable food that supports a worthwhile cause

Produce that goes into the dishes at Skip Garden and Kitchen is all grown in the Global Generation Skip Garden Kitchen. It’s an initiative that helps local young people learn new skills and build relationships through their work here.

The Skip Garden chefs serve up modern twists on veggie classics and work with volunteers and young people to create the daily changing menu.

Wander into the garden and tuck into delicious salads and vibrant juices full of seasonal produce. Why not try a sandwich made with freshly baked bread or choose from a selection of home-made cakes. All the food is reasonably priced and profits go towards supporting the great work of Global Generation.

delicious food from Skip Garden in London
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6. Mildreds

Where? 200 Pentonville Rd, N1 9JP
Why go? For a veggie burger that’ll fill you up for less than a tenner! 

For more fantastic veggie food, head to Mildreds. The original Soho branch has been a vegetarian stalwart in London for over 30 years but now punters can enjoy the same innovative veg-based creations in King’s Cross.

All of their burgers come in under a very reasonable £10, so if you’re looking for a filling and tasty veggie meal then this could be the spot for you.

an innovative plant-based burger from Mildreds near Kings Cross in London

There’s plenty of great cheap places to eat in Kings Cross, and something to suit all taste buds. Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly pizzas, quick and easy street food or Vietnamese cuisine that won’t break the bank, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re exploring the area, make sure to check out some of our recommendations for the best cheap eats in Kings Cross.

Planning your trip to London?  Find out more about Clink78 Backpackers Youth Hostel in Kings Cross and Clink261 Budget Hostel in London, or visit our group accommodation page to find out more about our rates and best deals.