Café Chula

Restaurants, Mexican Primrose Hill
Café Chula
Venue says Happy hour at Cafe Chula every Wednesday to Friday, 5-8pm; £20 jugs of margaritas de casa, £5 hibiscus kirs and two-for-one on Corona beers.

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.


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Café Chula says
Cafe Chula is a beautiful oasis in the corner of Camden Market's busy West Yard. Serving up authentic, vibrant and delicious Mexican food and drinks.
Whether you're popping in for a breakfast pastry and a coffee, grabbing lunch before heading back to the office or looking for somewhere intimate for a dinner date or cocktails with friends, Cafe Chula is the perfect destination.

Our talented mixologists create one of a kind cocktails, as well as specials created by none other than Mario Sandgren (Hakkasan, Soho House, Callooh Callay). Cafe Chula is also London's premier Tequila and Mezcal specialist with over 50 varities behind the bar.
The friendly, knowledgeable staff are on-hand to take you through our house speciality tacos, quesadillas, enchilladas and salads, accompanied delectable sides and of course, nachos and home made guacamole.

The wine, beer and soft drinks selection make it easy to pick the perfect pairing to whatever you're eating, or if you're simply stopping by for a hot drink, there is also an extensive range of coffees and speciality teas. Why not try an authentic Mexican Pacifico or Ochos Reales, cool and refreshing after a day perusing the market stalls?

Wednesdays through to Fridays is Happy Hour from 5pm until 8pm, with great deals on drinks like 2 for 1 on Corona Beer or jugs of Margaritas just £20 !
At the weekends, enjoy brunch specials including huevos rancheros, spicy chorizo tacos and the Cafe Chula twist on a Bloody mary, the Bloody Maria.
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Venue name: Café Chula
Address: 75-89 Lower Walkway
West Yard, Camden Market
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
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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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Good Mexican food but I've had much better at Taqueria in Notting Hill. FYI the online menu is not the most up to date which is disappointing and deceiving to customers. We went here last Friday night.

We started with drinks- I got the Paloma (which also includes a neat, yummy grapefruit wedge filled with mezcal jelly, not cited on the menu)- and my husband got the Malbec (also not cited on the online menu). My Paloma was lovely- the grapefruit and tequila work well together. The Malbec was pretty terrible- and I've never had a bad Malbec! The gerwurtztraminer listed on the online menu (and what I really wanted) is also no longer.

I got the rajas con queso and my husband got the carne asada tacos. Note you no longer get three tacos as the online menu says but now two large soft corn tacos (very good) for 9 quid versus 8.50 for three tacos. I thought mine was very good: the queso and stewed green peppers tasted well together. There was a heft pretty amount on each taco. The tacos held up well (no sogginess). My husband though said he has had much better carne asada elsewhere.

For dessert, he got the Mexican coffee and the churros. I don't think the coffee was what he expected. The churros were fine: covered with a dulce de leche sauce and served with a small pot of hot chocolate. I expected them to be dusted with cinnamon sugar, but alas, it was not to be.

One of the best hangout spots in Camden! Amazingly authentic Mexican food and Margaritas are so more-ish! Any place that do a decent Bloody Maria are worth their weight in gold. Great find with amazing prices!

The food is delicious, the cocktails fabulous, the atmosphere is great, the staff are friendly and it is reasonably priced. What more could you ask for?

Incredibly cosy but vibrant little place, you can tell ingredients are put together on site and you can taste the flavours as result.
Personally I love sitting by the large window looking out at the lock with cheeky dos equis and picking at some spicy plates.

Hidden local gem amongst Camden's tourist frenzy! All about creativity, quality and TASTE!

Good authentic Mexican food can be hard to find in London, with most trying to pass tex-mex as authentic Mexican. Café Chula is a pleasant surprise with offerings of great authentic dishes with a bit of creative flair to keep the dishes interesting. Their specialty drinks are top notch as well. All in all, this is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in London.

Cafe Chula is somewhere you go for REAL Mexican! Love the vibe, love the friendly staff and LOVE the margaritas! They do an awesome brunch Sat and Sun...bloody maria's and mimosas flowing and the best huevos rancheros and chilaquiles anywhere! Yum! Love this place. xxx

By far the best and most authentic Mexican in London. Amazing food and cocktails, everyone I take there loves it, and the staff is really nice and welcoming.

I've been here on a couple of occasions and made the same mistake twice. Ordering way too many delicious starters and filling up before main course. Try and avoid this if you want to try something from the mains menu (which sounds incredible!) I'm a huge Mexican fan and Cafe Chula definitely impressed. The drinks are delicious also and staff are super laid back and friendly. Perfect dinner spot for cheap start to a night out in Camden. 

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!

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!