Best Spitalfields restaurants

Have a browse of our list of the very best food and drink spots Spitalfields has to offer. This trendy area of East London has become a hub of casual restaurants that draws people across the city to try some of the best international cuisine London has to offer. Wander through the markets and try some street food on the hoof or take a perch in one of the many cool eateries and take your time with a cocktail or a brew

Updated on 06 January 2020

Spitalfields – the home of haggling, hats and houseplants. With markets, street vendors and quirky shops galore it has long been regarded as the beating heart of London’s East End, drawing in local London residents and tourists alike to bag a bargain or just ogle at all the oddities on offer. However over recent years the area has also gained quite the foodie reputation with a plethora of restaurants and street food vendors popping up left, right and centre. Unsurprisingly creative restaurateurs are drawn to its eclectic buildings, laidback arty vibe and happy-go-lucky community. Chefs love it too – with so much fresh produce available on their doorstep and an appreciative clientele of down-to-earth foodies who care more about what’s on their plate than what’s underneath it. You won’t find many white tablecloths here – distressed wooden tables, unruly foliage and mismatched furnishings are far more à la mode – but whatever the day of the week or the time of day there’s always a buzz in this part of town.

Spitalfields is also a mixing pot of cultures, giving rise to a diverse assortment of international cuisines to choose from. Thanks to its thriving Bangladeshi community Brick Lane has become as renowned for its curry houses as it is for its market; but a few streets down and there’s everything from Chinese (Sichuan Folk ) and Thai (Som Saa), to Burmese (Lahpet) and Middle Eastern (Ottolenghi, Bubala) to choose from. Not to mention some fantastic British institutions (St John, The Culpeper and Hawksmoor to name a few), showcasing the best local and seasonal ingredients the UK has to offer.

Whether you’re totally new to the area or a seasoned regular, we have made a list of the best Spitalfields restaurants that you need to tick off your bucket list. Cameras at the ready, these places are made for your Instagram.

Lahpet

Lahpet

58 Bethnal Green Road, London, London, E1 8JW

Lahpet started life as a residency at Maltby Street Market and has now found its first bricks-and-mortar site on a prime spot just past Boxpark. Its contemporary take on Burmese cuisine makes this a popular spot for those with adventurous palettes.
Under £30
Burmese
Canto Corvino

Canto Corvino

21 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 7HA

This low-key Italian trattoria has gained a reputation with City slickers who come to dine on impressive steaks with truffle jus, but don’t be deterred by the chic interiors– the a la carte menu is good value, as is the cocktail list.
£30 - £49
Bars
Italian
Som Saa

Som Saa

43a Commercial Street, London, E1 6BD

Quite possibly London’s best Thai restaurant, Som Saa offers authentic and fiery dishes in a lively and casual warehouse style venue. It’s the perfect spot to go to with friends, thanks to great value food that is 100% worth travelling across town for.
£30 - £49
Thai
Bubala

Bubala

65 Commerical Street , Shoreditch, London, E1 6BD

Bubala is a fast-paced, achingly hip vegetarian restaurant which takes its inspiration from the complex flavours and textures of the Middle East. Whether you’re a carnivore or a vegan – this is food you’ll come back for.
£30 - £49
Middle Eastern
Vegetarian
Galvin La Chapelle

Galvin La Chapelle

35 Spital Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DY

Ok so there are some tablecloths in the area and how could we not mention the glorious Galvin La Chapelle. This Michelin-starred venue is every bit a Spitalfields institution as the market stalls that surround it ; exquisite food in a truly magical setting.
£50 - £79
French
One Michelin star
Genesis

Genesis

144 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6NU

Joining ranks with a growing number of vegan eateries in the area, Genesis is every bit the millennial dream; pastel pink walls, neon signs and pot plants aplenty. It serves casual street food with a plant-based twist.
Under £30
Vegan
Burgers
Gunpowder Spitalfields

Gunpowder Spitalfields

11 White's Row, London, E1 7NF

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming interiors at Gunpowder - behind the exposed brickwork walls the team of chefs are rustling up authentic Indian family recipes that pack a punch in all the right ways – and for very reasonable process too.
£30 - £49
Indian
Blixen

Blixen

65a Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA

If arty interiors are your thing then Blixen is your calling. Pergola-style wooden pillars entangled with foliage, marble table tops, macrame wall hangings and vibrant blue banquette seating make this a beautiful spot to enjoy some solid European brasserie style food.
£30 - £49
Modern European
Brasserie
Enoteca Super Tuscan

Enoteca Super Tuscan

8a Artillery Passage, London, E1 7LJ

Tucked down a little alleyway near Liverpool Street this is the kind of wine bar you’d love to have on your doorstep. The cosy venue has a spirited ambience with a delectable wine list and plenty of nibbles and sharing plates.
£30 - £49
Italian
The Culpeper

The Culpeper

40 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LP

Expect hearty eats from this popular gastropub that include the likes of deep fried pig’s head and beer battered haddock. We recommend checking out the rooftop ‘veg farm’ where they frequently hold al fresco events in the summer months.
Gastropub
Hawksmoor Spitalfields

Hawksmoor Spitalfields

157a Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BJ

A golden oldie – Spitalfields is where it all began for the Hawksmoor group and whilst it’s arguably not as glamorous as its younger siblings the food is still the calibre that fans of the steakhouse have come to expect.
£50 - £79
Steak
British
St John Bread & Wine

St John Bread & Wine

94-96 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LZ

This is nose-to-tail dining that celebrates the British classics in a more casual setting to its mighty sibling St John. The menu changes daily and their hearty breakfast offering is second to none in the area.
£30 - £49
British
Sichuan-Folk

Sichuan-Folk

32 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR

Adventurous and authentic Szechuan cooking that packs a spicy punch. This restaurant is favoured by the local Chinese community and has some great value lunch options like the bottomless hotpot feast for £19.80.
£30 - £49
Chinese
Ottolenghi Spitalfields

Ottolenghi Spitalfields

50 Artillery Lane, London, E1 7LJ

The fifth in his growing empire, expect the vibrant colours of the Mediterranean and the spices of the Middle East at this Ottolenghi outpost . This is flavourful, healthy and fun food, enjoyed by City workers and ladies who lunch alike.
£30 - £49

Want to continue your culinary wanderings through east London - why not have a peruse of what Dalston has to offer?