There's so much more to Camden than that big, bustling market. The area is packed with loads of lovely restaurants dishing out the likes of vegan pizza, lovely pub grub, and deliciously fast cheap eats. Looking for somewhere to eat in the north-west of London? Here's a list of the best of the best.
The best restaurants in Camden
A bricks-and-mortar spin-off from the legendary Cheese Truck, this handy Camden pitstop peddles its wares in a bar-like space beneath a burlesque club. Oozing cheese sandwiches and messy riffs on raclette are the main contenders in the food stakes, but don’t miss desserts including the flavour-bomb blue-cheese sundae. It’s also worth booking in for Thursday evening’s wintertime fondue bonanzas.
Panko-crusted cod, sea bream in basil tempura, seaweed-salted chips, wasabi pickles … welcome to Hook’s sustainable ‘new school’ fish and chips. The daily changing menu depends on the catch from the Cornish day boats, but innovation rules – their homemade chipotle ketchup knocks spots off the usual curry sauce, and there’s salted caramel pretzel pie to finish. Yep, you'll be hooked in no time.
Camden’s original ‘jerk pit and reggae bar’ has been peddling its totally tropical vibe since 1985 and continues to dish out big helpings of Jamaican soul food in the shape of jerk wings, curried goat, oxtail stew, fried plantain and the like. As for drinks, the rum cocktails didn’t float our boat, but there’s also Red Stripe on tap. Bright, cheery and great fun.
The name means ‘purity’ and that’s what you get at this London outpost of the UK’s first vegan pizzeria. The setting is buzzy, modern and relaxed, while the terrific plant-based toppings involve everything from wood-smoked tofu and shaved seitan to rice-based mozzarella and beetroot carpaccio. You can also indulge in some good old-fashioned gluttony by ordering a wicked Oreo pizza for pud.
It feels more Regent’s Park than Camden, but Gordon Ramsay’s all-purpose conversion of a handsome John Nash townhouse is a perfect fit for the neighbourhood. Part boutique hotel, part restaurant and part gastropub, with GR’s Street Pizza in the old stables out back, York & Albany is dedicated to feeding and watering well-heeled locals with plenty of time on their hands.
A twenty-first-century update of a pie and mash shop, but with a twist – everything here is flesh-free. Occupying a corner of Camden Market, Young Vegans feels like a street-food joint and its pies go way beyond the usual kale and lentils: try the katsu curry or the ‘all-day breakfast’ (scrambled tofu, seitan sausage etc, packed under pastry lid). Sides and puds also get the thumbs-up.