Camden Town is a truly iconic location, famed for its buzzing nightlife and tourist-friendly market. But there’s so much more to this north-westerly borough than bustling boozers, quirky nightclubs and market stalls.
The area is jam-packed with trendy restaurants and hipster-friendly street food stalls, dishing out all sorts of grub! From firey Jamaican cuisine to good ole’ fashioned British pub grub, there’s no end of great places to eat in Camden. Best of all, no matter your budget, there’s something for everyone!
We have whittled our list down to a top 3 in a range of different cuisines, so if you’re wondering what the best restaurants in Camden are, read on and find out all there is to know!
Best Burgers in Camden
Haché Camden leans towards the more up-market end of the burger joint spectrum, so if you’re looking for a more typical diner experience we recommend heading elsewhere. However, what they lack in rustic charm they more than makeup for in terms of flavor, topping choice and overall burgery goodness. For those who are health conscious, they also do a low carb burger. Nice one!
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Burger & Beyond
Clink rating: ****
Next up, street food extraordinaire – Burger and Beyond. These guys certainly know a thing or two about burgers. Their no thrills style meaty offerings are everything a burger should be. Juicy, meaty and full of flavour. The foodies behind Burger & Beyond even run the farm that they source their meat from, so top-notch beef patties are guaranteed.
Top Tip: Competition in London is fierce when it comes to food. But don’t panic, we have developed a quick way to work out which places are worth a visit. As a general rule when it comes to street stalls, anywhere that has a large queue of impatient looking people is usually a safe bet.
Band of Burgers
Clink rating: *****
Looking for a laid back, rock n roll restaurant to chow down in? Band of Burgers is the place for you. Here you can find lovingly handcrafted, scrumptious burgers and enough toppings to keep even the fussiest eaters happy. For meat lovers, their ‘Big Love’ burger comes with a side of crispy bone marrow, which if you haven’t tried before, is just like having a mouthful of heaven.
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Best Fish and Chips in Camden
From chips and curry sauce to crispy battered cod drenched in salt and vinegar, us Brits love our fish and chips! Love them or loathe them, there is no shortage of places to get this age-old favourite in Camden.
Poppie’s Fish & Chips
Clink rating: ****
Long before the influx of chicken and chips, it was fish and chips that dominated the takeaway scene. Head to Poppie’s Fish & Chips and get a taste of the good ole’ days. Here you can find quirky 1940’s memorabilia, scrummy battered fish and of course traditional chip shop staples like pickled eggs, jellied eels and saveloys!
Oliver’s Fish & Chips
If you’re looking for a more upmarket fish and chip shop experience then Oliver’s is the establishment for you. Here you can find glossy decor and plenty of fancy, fishy fare. Although not quite a traditional, greasy British ‘chippy’, Oliver’s Fish & Chips is well worth a visit. It might cost you a few more pennies compared to other chip shops in Camden, however, we think it’s worth it!
If you’re looking for an affordable cod and chips that doesn’t lack in taste, then Camden Chippy is the place for you. Dishes come in large portions, so we guarantee you that you won’t leave this chippy hungry, plus they’re served by friendly staff, so what more could you ask for? If fish isn’t your thing, then consider their chicken wings, you won’t regret it!
The Best Vegan Food in Camden
Over the last few years, the popularity of veganism has grown massively in the UK capital – vastly increasing the choice for hungry meat-free travellers and locals alike. Long gone are the days of meat and two veggies. Instead, say hello to the world of peanut curries, avocado bowls, Falafel and bean burgers!
Camden has long been a trendy hipster hot spot, which means there’s no shortage of awesome vegan restaurants. We would even go so far as to say that some of the best food in Camden is vegan. But don’t just take our word for it, head to one of the below restaurants and find out for yourself.
What The Pitta Camden
What the Pitta? specializes in vegan junk food that is flavoursome, healthy and environmentally friendly – no small feat for a quaint little restaurant. Head here for some spectacular vegan fare with a Turkish twist. We are sure that it will leave you wondering how something void of meat could be so tasty!
Young Vegan Pies
Say hello to the ultimate vegan comfort food and London’s first (and only) vegan pie shop! It’s a common misconception that vegan food is all leaves and lentils, but not here. At the Young vegan’s Pie and Mash shop you can find a mouthwatering mix of hearty pie fillings, including tender vegan steak and ale and indulgent dark chocolate and peanut butter – yum! If you’re looking for a warming dish to set you up for an evening on the town then this is the spot for you.
Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner
A fond favourite with the local plant-based foodies, this devilishly indulgent vegan diner is home to some of the best food in Camden, regardless of its meat-free status. Famed for being at the pinnacle of London’s vegan food scene, Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner is a force to be reckoned with. Whether your an avid meat-eater or a die-hard vegan, their plant-based, American style fare is truly game-changing and never ceases to impress.
Caribbean Food in Camden
From killer curries and Jerk Chicken to crispy deep-fried plantain and fresh seafood, when it comes to Caribbean food, it is all about the flavour and great ingredients. Whether it’s hot and spicy Jerk Chicken or rum-soaked soul food, you can find it all in Camden!
Ma Petite Jamaica
Ma Petite Jamaica Camden has been serving scrumptious and authentic Jamaican cuisine since way back in the ’80s, which makes it a must-visit for anyone looking for a true taste of the Caribbean. Make your way to this Jamaican-inspired Diner and tuck into Saltfish fried dumplings, sweet potato fritters, and chilli battered squid, cor!
The Mango Room
If you’re looking for a more high-end Caribbean food experience then The Mango Room is the place for you. Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best high-end Carribean food that Camden has to offer, all to the tune of classic Reggae and Ska music from the ’60s. Their Seafood Platter is particularly good.
Next up is Guanabana, a stylish and quirky restaurant that offers a huge range of tasty grub. Although not strictly ‘Caribbean’, here you can find an extensive menu full of yummy dishes from Jamaica, Colombia, Mexico and everywhere in-between.
Basically, if you’re stuck for what to eat in Camden and are looking for food that hails from the sunny side of the world, then head here.
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The Best Pizza In Camden
No guide on what to eat in Camden would be complete without this much loved Italian classic. Whether it’s decedent deep pan with a stuffed crust and thousands of toppings or a rustic, wood-oven baked pizza sprinkled with Buffalo Mozarella and fresh basil, there’s no shortage of Pizza in this London borough! Read on to find out where to get the best Pizza in Camden.
Lost Boys Pizza
Pizza purists beware, Lost Boys Pizza is a restaurant that’s big on challenging convention. Say goodbye to the established ideas about pizza and say hello to jet black, charcoal-infused pizza bases, 80’s pop music and cult draft beers. We’ll give it to them though, following convention or not, the pizza here is truly scrumptious.
Al Parco & Goodfare
As you can tell by the name, Al Parco & Goodfare is yet another authentic Italian eatery, proudly serving up rustic stone-baked pizza and pasta, using only the finest top-notch ingredients. We recommend heading here if you’re dining with fussy eaters. There are heaps of tasty dishes on the menu, so even the pickiest dinners will have their food cravings satisfied!
Purezza, the first vegan pizzeria in the UK, is the home of modern pizza – with a wide range of options to suit all tastes and dietary needs. If you’re on a quest for a gluten-free vegan pizza, be sure to find it at Purezza. Opened in 2015, this award-winning pizzeria is still going strong!
For more vegan restaurants, check the best vegan restaurants in London.
There you have it, our guide on what to eat in Camden Town. But don’t just take our word for it, get out there and try for yourselves! We’re sure you will be able to find loads more great places to eat.
Have Your Say…
This guide has focused on some top foodie faves in Camden, but we’re always on the lookout for more places to chow down! If you stumble across anywhere on your travels that you feel deserves a shout out, then get in touch via Facebook or give us a message on our Instagram!
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