Best known for its markets and music venues, Camden attracts crowds of tourists, teenagers, goths and gig-goers. During the day, you can stroll by the canal, explore Regent’s Park, and shop for quirky gifts, clothes and jewellery. By night, it’s perfect for pub crawls, live music and some of the capital’s more alternative club nights. If you’re in the area, here are some of the best places to eat.
Cocktails – Camden is full of great drinking options, from rock ‘n’ roll pubs to cocktail bars like Simmons and Fifty-Five. On Inverness Street, you can knock back Caipirinhas at Made in Brasil, sip sangria at Bar Gansa, or pair lychee Martinis with Malaysian dishes at Zensai. For a taste of the Deep South, head to The Bayou for boozy ice teas, mint juleps and home-style Creole cooking.
Date night destinations – Got a hot date to impress? Book a table at celeb favourite Gilgamesh or Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany, a stylish British restaurant near Regent’s Park. In leafy Primrose Hill, local favourites Odette’s and Restaurant Michael Nadra never fail to impress. (The garden at Michael Nadra is perfect for summer dinner dates.)
Cheap eats – Dining on a budget? There’s plenty to choose from in Camden. You can enjoy a two-course lunch for £10 at Market, grab a burger at Haché, or check out the street food traders at the Lock Market. We like Seawise for fish and chips for under a tenner and Yum Cha for a wallet-friendly dim sum feast.
Great for groups – For pre-gig or post-work feasting, head to The Blues Kitchen for live music and soul food or Sen Nin for Japanese food cooked teppanyaki-style in front of you. We’re big fans of Q Grill (opposite the Stables Market) for brunch or a BBQ blow-out. (Don’t leave without trying their slow-smoked ribs and bags of spicy chicken wings). For Sunday lunch, book a table at The Colonel Fawcett – a local gastropub that won the OFM Award for best Sunday lunch in 2014.
International eats – With residents and visitors from all over the world, Camden is home to a fantastic international food scene. There’s something to suit everyone, from Caribbean flavours at Mango Room to long-standing Greek restaurants like Andy’s Taverna and Alexander The Great. We recommend Oka for pan-Asian cuisine in Primrose Hill and La Patagonia for an evening Argentinean wine and steaks.