Best restaurants in Camden

Looking for the best restaurants in Camden? We’ve got you covered. Whatever your budget or preferred cuisine, our list of the best restaurants in Camden is sure to throw up an eatery that catches your eye. Camden is a borough that’s bursting with creativity and this is easily reflected its foodie scene.

Updated on 02 May 2024

Our pick of the best restaurants in Camden will help solve the dilemma of where to eat in North West London in no time at all. We’ve strolled the streets and shortlisted what we believe are the best places to eat in Camden, so that whatever your budget or favourite cuisine, you won’t go home hungry or unsatisfied.

North West London is overflowing with popular eateries and if you’re in the borough of Camden you’re pretty spoilt for choice. Home to one of the city’s most loved and popular street-food markets, Camden is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat or settle down for a night of good food, drink and company. If you're looking for a good foodie day out in London, you'll be hard pressed to find anything better than eating your way around Camden Market and wandering down the canal in the direction of Regents Park or Coal Drops Yard and Islington.

Camden does have a reputation for cheap, cheerful, easy-going food, but there are also some more upmarket restaurants in the area too, worthy of a celebration or a fancy dinner occasion.

Our team of professional food critics have scoured the streets of North West London eating their way around the borough, so we are confident that this is the only list of best restaurants in Camden you ever need to consult. Many of the venues in this list have received awards from our reviewers, so whatever you're craving, we reckon you'll find something in this list to fill a hole. Scroll down for our pick of the best restaurants in Camden.

Poppie

Poppie's Fish & Chips Camden

30 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NF

It takes just one step into Poppie’s for you to be filled with nostalgia and instantly craving a portion of salt and vinegar-laced chips. Pat ‘Pop’ Newland is the brains behind it all and has earned a somewhat legendary status with decades of experience on the scene. All of the fish is sustainably caught on day boats and is prepared by in-house fishmonger Salih Sadik. 

Under £30
Fish and Chips
The Engineer

The Engineer

65 Gloucester Avenue, Camden Town, London, NW1 8JH

Full of chilled-out charm, this authentically British gastropub offers an excellent selection of cask ales, craft beers, fine wines and artisanal spirits. On the menu you’ll find pub staples like cod and chips or sausage and mash alongside innovative, modern dishes such as pan-fried seabass with chargrilled Provençale-style vegetables and a tomato tapenade. There’s a fantastic Sunday lunch menu too which is best enjoyed with a tumbler of spicy Bloody Mary.

£30 - £49
Pubs
Gastropub
Lemonia

Lemonia

89 Regent's Park Road, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8UY

Sitting on the same corner for more than 30 years, Lemonia has a long list of loyal customers who keep returning for a taste of the Mediterranean on the streets of north west London. This restaurant is run by Greek-Cypriots and the cosy interior with booths and hanging baskets compliments the comforting menu that’s full of all the classics. Rich moussaka, grilled fish and charcoal-flamed meats are all present – if you’d prefer a taste of everything order the mezze for a selection of hot and cold starters, main dishes and Greek salad.

£30 - £49
Greek
£50 - £79
Half Cut Market

Half Cut Market

396 York Way, Camden Town, London, N7 9LW

Restaurant, wine bar and bottle shop Half Cut Market trades in the sort of compact, ever-changing wine bar menus that have become so popular in London, but the cooking is excellent, backed by very knowledgeable wine sourcing. Regular guest chef events add to the appeal.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Wine Bars
Lume

Lume

38 Primrose Hill Road, Camden, London, NW3 3AD

Part restaurant, part wine shop, Lume sticks to authentic Italian classics, all well executed at palatable prices. Sit with an excellent bowl of linguine with clams and bottarga, sip on a glass of crisp Soave and finish with a hefty portion of tiramisu, and everything is right with the world.

£30 - £49
Italian
Namaasté Kitchen

Namaasté Kitchen

64 Parkway, London, NW1 7AH

This award-winning Indian restaurant offers contemporary twists on your curry-house favourites and dishes that are bursting with flavour. House specialities include the Goan sea bass, pan seared and served with a tomato, coconut, onion, mustard seed and curry leaf sauce, and the slow cooked lamb shank with baby potatoes, ginger, mint and spices. Service is friendly and efficient, and the drinks menu is very comprehensive.

£30 - £49
Indian
O Tino

O Tino

1 Plender Street, Camden, London, NW1 0JS

A genuinely beloved family-run Portuguese restaurant, O Tino doesn’t fuss too much with appearances - the experience is just about delicious food and charming service. All your favourite classic Portuguese dishes are here from bacalhau to piri-piri chicken, all washed down with Portuguese beers, vinho verde and more.

Under £30
Portuguese
The Farrier Camden

The Farrier Camden

Camden Stables Market, Chalk Farm, London, NW1 8AH

A Camden Market staple, The Farrier is always heaving with punters enjoying cold pints, cocktails and quality pub grub. Sophisticated without being too pretentious, with well priced gastropub classics, The Farrier is an ever-reliable stop-off for all occasions. Plus, there’s a sizable outdoor terrace and beer garden to lounge in on sunny days.

£30 - £49
Pubs
Steak
Burgers
British
Bars
Gastropub
Fish and Chips
Wine Bars
Three Uncles Camden

Three Uncles Camden

Unit 199, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AA

Three Uncles has grown into one of London’s most reliable, well-priced lunch and dinner options, and this site in Hawley Wharf food hall is always busy with punters queuing for Cantonese roast duck and pork on rice. We recommend the combo boxes with plenty of extra ginger and spring onion sauce.

Under £30
Chinese
La Patagonia

La Patagonia

31 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE

Be prepared to burn off the calories you’ve consumed at this Argentinian-eatery as staff actively encourage punters to take to the dance floor following their meal. Offering authentic food and wine at affordable prices, this welcoming restaurant often hosts energetic tango nights. An open grill and Patagonian clay oven take centre-stage offering theatre to the food and not just the atmosphere.

£30 - £49
Argentinian
Jamon Jamon Camden

Jamon Jamon Camden

38 Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7AH

There’s room for a relaxed tapas bar in every neighbourhood and Camden has a great one. Jamon Jamon (insert so good they named it twice joke) keeps things rustic and homely inside, serving up heaped platters of meats and cheeses alongside classic cooked tapas like squid ink paella and prawns cooked in garlic and white wine.

£30 - £49
Spanish
MR JI

MR JI

63-65 Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PP

Mr Ji demonstrates the sort of smart, boundary-pushing cooking that makes London so exciting. Expect East Asian dishes with western twists - crispy wontons with a filling of coppa ham, Chinese vinegar and Parmesan, for example - all backed up by a low-intervention wine list. The soy curd ice cream is genius.

£30 - £49
Pan Asian
Mildreds Camden

Mildreds Camden

9 Jamestown Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 7BW

One of London’s most reliable vegan restaurant groups has a big, busy site right by Camden station, serving up some thrilling vegan cooking for a constant stream of hungry diners. Inspiration comes from far and wide and is channelled into health-conscious vegan dishes like harissa patatas bravas and grilled artichoke Caesar salad with broccoli and crispy kale.

Under £30
Vegetarian
Vegan
British
International
Purezza Camden

Purezza Camden

45/47 Parkway, London, NW1 7PN

Vegan pizzas have really taken off over the last few years but Purezza was there at the beginning of it all, and it remains one of the best in town. The team has developed its own vegan mozzarella (and various other vegan products) in house, and combined with a good gluten-free dough option, Purezza caters for practically all comers with excellent options.

£30 - £49
Vegan
La Collina

La Collina

17 Princess Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8JR

Expect comforting classics with a contemporary twist at this friendly, low-key Italian. The interior is relaxed and in warmer months sitting at the outdoor tables brings a real Mediterranean feel to the dining experience. Staff are helpful, attentive and work to deliver a homely atmosphere alongside great food. The menu features several homemade pastas, available in small or large portions, as well as meat and fish dishes such as the poppyseed-crusted salmon with peas and pancetta.

£30 - £49
Italian
Lansdowne

Lansdowne

90 Gloucester Avenue, Chalk Farm, London, NW1 8HX

This cosy pub has a woody frayed-at-the-edges interior but it’s often full of trendy drinkers and boasts Primrose Hill’s celebrity elite as many of its regulars. The blackboard menu changes seasonally but the food is inspired by Mediterranean and British cuisine. Think anchovies and sage tempura alongside gravlax with toast, capers and lemon and patatas bravas with aioli.

£30 - £49
Pizza
Gastropub
Greenberry Café

Greenberry Café

101 Regent’s Park Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8UR

It’s hard not to fall in love with the bright green awning and gingham tablecloths of Greenberry Cafe. It fits perfectly with Primrose Hill’s peaceful vibe, serving a quality brunch in the late morning and an excellent dinner menu that includes beef tartare, chicken schnitzel and some Asian-inspired dishes like tempura courgette with white truffle mayo.

£30 - £49
British
International
The Cheese Bar

The Cheese Bar

Unit 93/94 Camden Stables, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AH

Giant, stringy mozzarella sticks with a rich marinara dipping sauce, gooey five cheese macaroni and of course, a strong selection of trusty grilled cheese sandwiches – this is any turophile's dream. The food is as Instagrammable as the interior with a marble U-shaped countertop that’s suitable for groups of one to four to dine at. This ones comes with a warning that food envy is very, very likely to occur.

£30 - £49
International
Baba G

Baba G's

726-727 Camden Market North Yard, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AH

After winning the BBC’s My Million Pound Menu investment, this London street food veteran opened its first bricks-and-mortar restaurant in 2019. Baba G's Camden is takeaway only these days, but the food is worth returning for, whether its signature Bhangra burgers served in buttermilk naan-style buns or the ingenious ‘Pachos’ – a hybrid popadom-twist on nachos.

Under £30
Burgers
Indian
OKA Primrose Hill

OKA Primrose Hill

71 Regents Park Road,, London, NW1 8UY

One of four restaurants from the small Japanese chain, OKA Primrose Hill offers a delicious selection of sushi and a modern take on pan Asian and Robata Grill cuisine. Specialties include the spider roll filled with soft shell crab, kimchi, cucumber and wasabi mayo and the inside-out jalapeno salmon roll which is stuffed with spring onion, shichimi spices, avocado and cucumber and rolled in tempura crumbs.

£30 - £49
Sushi
Restaurant Michael Nadra Primrose Hill

Restaurant Michael Nadra Primrose Hill

42 Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8JD

The second of chef patron Michael Nadra’s London establishments, this intimate neighbourhood restaurant offers high quality contemporary food in a relaxed environment. There is an array of menus to choose from like the three-course set menu for £45 and a la carte options which include steamed sea bass with prawn and chive dumplings and butternut squash risotto with garlic and parsley banana blossom.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Brasserie
Italian
French
Fish and Chips
Fish
DeGusto Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

DeGusto Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Camden, London, NW1 9EA

DeGusto has a prime bit of Camden real estate, just minutes from the markets and canal. We loved the stripped-back, rustic vibe of the restaurant, and the menu is just as beguiling, with proper Italian cooking like rabbit tagliatelle and spaghetti alla chitarra with white truffle. The team is super helpful when it comes to vegan and vegetarian options too.

Under £30
Italian
Wine Bars
Yokoya

Yokoya

9A Delancey Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7NL

This much-loved family-run kaiseki restaurant still flies under the radar, despite being right up there with the best Japanese restaurants in the city. Owner chef Makoto Kuwaki trained for 15 years under some of Japan’s best kaiseki master chefs, before opening his own restaurant in Camden. Keep this one handy for special occasions.

Over £80
Japanese
Myths & Flames

Myths & Flames

43 Chalk Farm Road, Chalk Farm, London, NW1 8AJ

A little Camden hidden gem, Myths & Flames is always busy with locals, who come by for lunchtime wraps or to get stuck into a banquet of Greek mezze and grilled meats, including lamb chops, chicken gyros and pork skewers. If in doubt, stick to the skewers and classic Greek dishes like moussaka, spanakopitakia and pastitsio.

Under £30
Mediterranean
Greek

Heading further north? Check out our round-up of all the best restaurants in Kentish Town. Or, take a little jaunt down the canal and check out some of the best restaurants in Islington

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