Ben's Cookies **

$, Dessert, Soho, Many Locations

Ben's Cookies has many locations throughout London and definitely worth a visit for gourmet cookies. Ben's Cookies is known to use fresh ingredients of pure chocolates, unsalted butter, sugar, free-range eggs and wheat all from local producers. Crisp on the outside, but soft and chewy inside, with gigantic chunks of melted chocolate.



Ceviche

$$$, Latin American, Tapas, Soho

Ceviche is the sister restaurant of Andina. It has a young, trendy vibe and functions as a tapas restaurant, so it's a great place for sharing with a big group of people. The menu offers a wide range of seafood, skewers, salads, side dishes, and pisco cocktails. I recommend the sea bass ceviche and diver caught king scallops.



Comptoir Libanais

$$, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Chelsea, Soho, South Kensington

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.



Hummingbird Bakery

$$, Dessert, Notting Hill, Islington, Soho, South Kensington, Spitalfields- Shoreditch

Hummingbird bakery serves handmade American style cupcakes, cakes, pies, and brownies. It also has a great selection of teas and coffees. The most popular item is the red velvet cupcake.


Leon

$, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Quick Eats, Soho, Many Locations

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.



L'eto Caffe

$$, Dessert, Quick Eats, Belgravia, Chelsea, Mayfair, Soho, South Kensignton

A cozy cafe that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. L'eto Caffe is known for their handmade cakes, but it also serves fresh salads and mains that can either be eaten in or taken to go.


Nopi **

$$$$, Middle Eastern, Soho

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.




Pizza Express

$$, Italian, Quick Eats, Soho, Many Locations

A chain restaurant located throughout London. The menu offers many different options to prepare your pizza, from classic to calzone to romana. There is even a section of pizzas under 500 calories with a side salad placed in the middle of the pizza. Great gluten free options as well (gluten free pizza dough). I recommend going here with a big group looking for a fun dinner out but not too expensive.




Pret A Manger

$, Quick Eats, Soho, Many Locations

Quick and natural coffee and food shop. Serves tasty coffee and prepackaged snacks and lunches for on the go. Modern and clean atmosphere making it a great spot to do work or catch up with friends.


Snowflake *

$, Dessert, Soho, Notting Hill

Best gelato I've had in London! All the gelato and sorbets are homemade made with natural and organic ingredients, definitely Italy quality. My favorite flavors are hazelnut, cinnamon, and coffee. They also serve a full dessert menu including crepes, waffles, and sundaes.



Spice Market **

$$$, Japanese, Thai, Southeast Asian, Soho, Leicester Square

Inspired by Southeast Asian street food, Spice Market is the perfect restaurant for an adventurous big group of people. They serve family style, which is great because you can try so many different items on the menu. I recommend everything, everything we got from meats to fishes to vegetables were superb. Ask the waiter what they recommend and you will not be disappointed. They have this restaurant in New York as well in the meatpacking district.




Wagamama

$, Japanese, Thai, Pan-Asian, Quick Eats, Soho, Many Locations

Pan-Asian style menu consists of ramen, teppanyaki, curry dishes, and donburi. They also serve fresh juices. Wagamama is a good dinning spot if you are looking for a very reasonably priced, casual, Asian meal.


Wahaca

$$, Latin American, Mexican, Soho, Many Locations

Wahaca is a trendy and vibrant restaurant specializing in locally sourced and healthier Mexican street food. The restaurant is downstairs with a hip bar upstairs. I recommend getting lots of their smaller sized dishes to share. If you plan to get a drink, definitely get a margarita.



Wasabi

$, Japanese, Quick Eats, Soho, Many Locations

If you are craving a quick sushi fix and on a budget, this place is for you. Wasabi has a modern and clean design and falls under the category of naturally fast food. Offering an assortment of sushi, Japanese bento dishes (various chicken and rice bowls), and soups.