A trip to Paris on the Eurostar might be the best way to indulge in an ooh-la-la French café experience, but what’s the next best thing? A trip to King’s Cross and a visit to this endearing little café – a mere boule’s-throw from the Eurostar terminal. Aux Pains de Papy already has a loyal following of office workers seeking their daily bread and satisfying lunchtime sandwiches, but it’s also worth seeking out for patisserie and boulangerie.
May 2019: We’ve added a bunch of newbies from Coal Drops Yard, that shiny new development on the St Pancras side of town. We love the Tom Dixon-designed Middle Eastern spot Coal Office, but make sure you stop by Morty & Bob’s for a cheese toastie or Barrafina for that famous oozy tortilla. On Caledonian Road, Middle Eat is a top spot for falafel-packed lunch bowls and House of Morocco excels at all-day café grub, with lots for veggies.
Dining in King’s Cross used to mean grabbing a quick bite at a station stall before catching your train, but no longer: the once grimy area is now a shiny hotbed for fine restaurants. Be it the lofty, warehouse-sized joints around Granary Square or the hip little spots around lower Pentonville, there’s something for all tastes (and budgets, high or low). Check out our list of the best, below.