Café Chula


Café Chula was riffing on a festival vibe the night we visited, with a two-piece band playing Latin-flavoured Bob Marley and Oasis covers. Decor is atmospherically distressed (scuffed paint, flaking mirrors, adobe-effect walls) and there are good views of the canal, but the loud music sent us scarpering to the outdoor seating.

A jug of weak margarita was out of step with the party atmosphere; more disappointing was that the most unusual taco topping – lengua, described as cow tongue – had run out. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, we supposed, with such a specialist ingredient; it was less understandable that mushrooms were off the menu too. We plumped for braised pork tacos instead, and the meat was delicious if lacking the described crispness.

A generously sized main of enchiladas suizas (chicken with salsa verde sauce and cheese) was a little bland, and there were no bottles of sauce on the table to spark it into life. A plate of camarones borrachas (‘drunken prawns’, with chilli and tequila), went the other way: flavoursome but too salty. One last unhappy festival parallel – the single unisex toilet really didn’t smell so good.


Venue name: Café Chula
Address: 75 West Yard
Cross street: Camden Lock Place
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-5pm Mon-Wed; 8am-10pm Thur; 8am-midnight Fri; 9am-1am Sat; 9am-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Camden Town tube
Price: Main courses £5.50-£9. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40

Average User Rating

5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Mike Hill

Top quality establishment, very friendly staff, fantastic spot in Camden Lock. Absolutely fantastic food. I got the fish tacos which were perfect. Chased down by some mexican cocktails. I havent been to mexico but this is the best mexican I have had. Fast and efficient, an all round great experience. Will 100% be eating here again.


Chula is an amazing place! Great atmosphere with friendly staff and perfect food! You can't miss the selection of margaritas and the tacos! I recommend!!!


Brilliant Coffees ... Amazing Food .. Awesome Cocktails ... Great Ambiance ... Courteous Staff ... All in all on an overall basis this place is the best Mexican restaurant in the city !! P.S. The Flautas are good enough to die for !! :)


I went there on the opening night, and the food was amazing, they have the best tequila cocktails and a huge selection of tequilas, that they are happy to give you advice on. the cook is a young mexican guy and most of the waiters are mexican too. Everyone is very friendly. best atmosphere and I really recommend it - perfect for a little taco break when looking through the camden market!


The food is Amazing, full of flavour and cooked just right. One of the best Mexicans I've had in this part of the world... Reminds me of being back on NYC... Make sure you have the fish tacos and the steak sandwich.. The dinners are great too... Love this Place...


Cafe Chula is amazing, I found this place as it's below my favourite bar in Camden, Lockside lounge. This cafe/ bar feels truely mexican and is so much fun to visit. The staff are really friendly and make great cocktails, there is a great range of mexican beers and the food is incredible and great value for money. Try the fish tacos, unbeleivable tasty.


I went there for Sunday lunch with my two little daughters. I had the Chilaquiles and they had omelette. The food was simple and nicely cooked. The Chilaquiles reminded me of traditional corn dish back home in Bulgaria, which was nice. I enjoyed the interior, the room looks bigger than it actually is. Despite being in the middle of the busy Camden Market, the cafe is child-friendly. Afterwards we went for a walk down the canals and straight into the London Zoo. So the Cafe Chula is perfect place to eat before going to the Zoo where the food isn't be as good and not such a good value. Plus it's an opportunity to browse through the market. My only recommendation is about the toilet. It got a bit too busy and it wasn't so obvious when it's vacant or occupied. But at least it was nice and clean inside. We'll be definitely going back.


Cafe Chula is a joint venture that has been in the making for 5 years. The dream began in New York back in 2006 when I was working at the famous Cafe Habana and realised that there was a gap in the UK market for a similar venture. Since then quite a few Mexican places have opened in London, but we waited patiently until we found the perfect spot and prepared our food and drink menus after meticulous research. Our goal is authenticity and I genuinely believe that our food and drinks are up with the best anywhere. Our margaritas are made with Patron Citronage rather than triple sec to give us the edge over others and all our syrups (hibiscus, tamarind) are home made everyday. We also home infuse our Habenero tequila. Our chefs are Mexican and focused on bringing our customers real Mexican food with fresh ingredients. It has been a pleasure to get amazing feedback from American, Mexican and latin tourists who have previously searched in vain for authentic Mexican cuisine in London and have stumbled across us and been delighted with the food and drinks. We were disappointed with the above review but everyone has off thing I want to make clear though is we don't serve nachos but hand cut and freshly made tortilla chips (totopos) and guacamole!

sue of southampton

A wonderful find. A charismatic cafe with charismaticstaff, providing authentic mexican food at its best.. The ambience in the restaurant is fun and dynamic, with truly relaxing, simple but original decor. The cocktails were amazing especially "the side car" I am a new convert! Well worth a special visit for a fun, good value, and delicious feast!


I have been to many of the food outlets in Camden and I have to say that this particular Mexican restaurant is one of the best. I am usually quite particular about my food but they have managed to tick my boxes this time. The quality and taste of the food is sublime. The ambience, which comprises of a nice interior Mexican theme, a nice view overlooking the iconic Camden canal and mild, mellow music in the background, was simply grand. The customer service is impeccable (something that is commonly forgotten). All in all, I have definitely found a new spot to wow my friends!


Cafe Chula is definitely one of the best Mexican restaurants i have been to in london in the many years i have lived here. The style of the cafe is interesting, the copper bar top is amazing, lovely big Mexican film posters, and a tequila selection i found staggering. Cafe Chula is a gem tucked away in the food market of Camden. Go and see for yourselves all i can finish with is. Well Done!