Borough Market **
If you are a food lover, go here! It will be heaven! One of the largest and oldest food markets in London selling a large variety of gourmet foods from all over the world. It is split into 2 parts selling savory breads, cheeses, meats, sauces & spreads, produce, juices and desserts. Definitely come here hungry because you will sample a variety of amazing homemade food. Then venture to the lunch stands to buy an ethnically delicious meal. The lunch stands cover all cuisines- Italian, Indian, Caribbean, Asian, Mediterranean, to much much more. My favorite lunch spots are Soul Food (Carribean), La Tua Pasta (Itallian), Kappacasein (gourmet grilled cheese). Also sample the pesto spread at Borough Olives, soo good. Open Wednesday through Saturday, but beware it does get pretty busy.
A two-story Pop-up mall that has an eclectic mix of trendy shops, bars, and restaurants varying in unique cuisines. Offers outside and inside seating overlooking the young, hip city of Shoreditch. My favorite restaurants are: Falafelicious, Chop'd, La Catrina, and Thai & Lao Street Food.
Comptoir Libanais is a casual, vibrant, and colorful restaurant serving modern Lebanese home-style dishes. There are many different menu options including, dips, mezee bites (finger foods), homemade flatbreads, tagines, wraps, salads, and pastries. They also serve homemade lemonades.
A different, healthier take on falafel. Located on the 2nd floor of Boxpark Shoreditch, an outdoor eating area filled with small ethnic food restaurants. With the option between falafel or chicken schnitzel fill your box with the many different salads Falafalicious offers (pasta salad, aubergine couscous, olive salad, etc.) Top it off with some hummus, tahini, and their homemade vinaigrettes. Enjoy it with a side of pita and if the weather is nice, eat outside on the long benches.
King of Falafel
If you're on the go, come here for a quick yet worthwhile falafel wrap. Located on leather lane (a street filled with ethnic food carts and restaurants) near the Holborn and Chancery Lane tube stations. The warm pita wrap is filled with two different seasoned Mediterranean salads, sauces, and your choice of falafel, chicken/lamb kebab, or roasted seasonal vegetables. Try to go on off peak hours, as there is always a long line during the lunch breaks.
Their motto is "Naturally Fast Food" and that's a pretty accurate statement. They have everything from a kale and peanut salad, to sweet potato falafel wraps, to Thai green chicken curry, and all of the dishes are marked with symbols to note if they are gluten-free, vegetarian, low-fat, and so on.
Best Moroccan food I've had! The decor is very detailed making you truly feel like you've been transported to Morocco. I recommend getting a few dishes to share. My favorites are the hummus and pita, chicken couscous, and chicken tagine. It also has great drinks and Moroccan tea, which can be enjoyed, in their tearoom.
A great restaurant if you're looking for unusual and distinctive dishes that are full with flavor and spices. Moro's recipes are a combination of Mediterranean, Spanish and Middle-Eastern cuisines that will not disappoint.
From Israeli born chef, Yotam Ottolenghi. He sells his cookbook at William Sanoma. Ottolenghi specializes in healthy and fresh Mediterranean food. Open for brunch and dinner. The menu changes often due to what's fresh per season. I definitely recommend getting a few dishes to share. Nopi's unique ingredient combinations make for savory vegetables, fishes, and meats. For healthy eaters, this should not be missed and it is right by the theater district so perfect for a pre theater dinner.
From Israel born chef, Yotal Ottoloenghi. Ottolenghi specializes in healthy and fresh Mediterranean food. These shops opposed to his Nopi restaurant are much more suitable for a quick meal. There is a huge display of many different salads, protein dishes, and beautifully crafted desserts great for on the go or to eat in. The menu is split into 2 columns to order cold dishes from the counter (salads, etc) and hot dishes from the kitchen. They recommend 2-3 dishes per person. Great for sharing and make sure to try one of their homemade and delicious desserts. The dishes change daily so don't hesitate to come back more than once a week!
Create your own falafel salad bowl, or falafel pita sandwich, Lots of different salads, ingredients, and sauces to choose from. The falafel is very good, definitely up to par with what you will find in Israel. Great for a quick bite for lunch.
This restaurant is all about the experience. You are dining in what feels like a modern art gallery. Each room has a different theme and the interior is filled with unique and eccentric art pieces. The food is a combination of a French and Moroccan cuisine. The afternoon tea is also not your traditional British tea and more of a modern European tea. I recommend this place if you are looking for a different dinning or tea experience. Definitely check out the bathrooms though, they are egg-shaped standing pods on an elevated white platform.
Tibits offers a great range of carefully sourced seasonal vegetarian dishes influenced by Asian, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisines. You simply turn up and find a table, no booking required. You then grab a plate and walk around the food boat consisting of more than 40 options. You chose exactly what you want and pay by weight. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.