Food is always an important part of our travels. During our planning process I like to gather lots of places (too many sometimes!) in a map to have different options to check. Then, I highlight the MUSTs but we are still able to go with the flow depending on our real itinerary, by checking in our map all the closer options. In fact, the restaurants & coffee places become as important hot spots in our trip than some of the visits and sometimes our itineraries go around them, and of course this is specially true for big cities, like London.
Thus, we are bringing a foodie guide that compacts the places we tried & loved during our London summer trip into a 1 single foodie day itinerary. Prepare your bellies!
Breakfast at... The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club Soho
Do you want to start the day full of energy? This is your place, just look at the pancakes size, ha! It is not only a generous portion but also a yummy one. Both the berries (mine) & the bacon (Daniel) pancakes are amazing, but they also have eggs and waffles that look great.
The breakfast club has several locations around London, it all started at the Soho and it has a very vibrant decor with mementos on the walls from visitors from all over the world. There is usually a line on weekends, so plan in advance to visit at least 15-30 minutes earlier.
I would go for a fresh juice instead of coffee. If you still need that morning coffee fix, jump to our next tip.
London W1F 8EU
Coffee stop at... Milkbar
And here you'll get an excellent specialty coffee!
In Barcelona when you spot a Marzocco coffee maker it is usually a sign that it will be amazing, however we can't count how many Marzocco (& same range from other brands) there were in London, so many! Which means owning a top-brand in London doesn't exactly suggest the shop will offer excellent coffee. Instead, you have to look further its reviews if you are a coffee freak like Daniel. Fortunately Milkbar is one of those wonderful artisan coffee places that ticks everything in his coffee list. I took a breakfast tea which was quite decent too.
London W1D 4AG
British lunch at... Poppie's
Poppie's Fish&Chips Camden
We had of course to have Fish&Chips for my mom's "I've been in London" sake, ha!
This place is a very popular spot that dates back from 1952 and has a seaside kitsch British decoration. You can choose from cod or haddock and the portions are huge, even when you order the regular size (the ones pictured!). It is usually on the top 10 of London, although maybe not the best fish&chips we have ever tried, but the fish was good and it's all about the experience. We also think that it was very affordable, for the quality-price ratio it makes it on our list!
London NW1 8NP
After-lunch sweet treats at... Mamasons
Mamasons dirty ice-cream
If you have to choose only one from all our foodie tips, please be this one. This Filipino ice-cream parlor was an excellent surprise, we had never tried those type of flavors before and it was exciting and super good at the same time.
We started shy, ordering an iced matcha latte and a coffee for my mom (she still remembers it from time to time!), but once we started peeking the ice-creams at the other tables we knew that no matter how full from Poppie's we were, we had to try them. We went for Ube, a super creamy purple ice cream made from a Filipino potato. The rest of things looked amazing, such as the calamansi (a citric one) or the charcoal coconut.
We followed Ms. WishWishWish tip, so all credit go to Carrie.
London NW1 8NY
Tea & cakes at... Peggy Porschen
Peggy Porschen Cakes
This is the super Instagram-famous place with the flowers and all the pink cake shop.
Its popularity is not a secret, during our cakes pit-stop people kept coming only to take pictures in front of the door and then leave (not even interested in peeking the cakes from the counter). Luckily we were able to shoot in-between people because we were sitting just there. However, please give it a chance for eating too because the cakes are extremely good and the hot chocolate in a big mug is a must. It is a little pricey (I guess they have to charge for all that only-pictures attention) but so worthy, the cakes are moisty & light, just my taste. Also, the ticket is pink! Such a cute touch.
Oh! just in case you were wondering, the flowers are not fresh. Just mentioning because (I don't know why) I was expecting some of them to be.
London SW1W 9QQ
(alternative) Tea & cakes at... Primrose Bakery
If you prefer a more alternative bakery, you can try Primrose Bakery instead.
They have amazing cookies (you need to try them!) and also fluffy cakes. We thought this had a more local atmosphere than Peggy Porschen, with neighbors going in to order large cakes for different celebrations.
The decoration has an American dinner vibe, yet with the pastel colors mixing perfectly with the bakery vibe (shelves, for instance, are more traditional). There was a big open window in the bathroom with views to neighbors gardens which is also an experience, ha!
London NW1 8LD
Dinner at... Kanada-ya
Kanada-ya Ramen Bar
We are finishing our day with a comfort food: Ramen!
Kanada-ya makes tasty homemade tonkotsu Ramen. Kanada-san, its chef, comes from a small village near Nagano called Fukuhashi, at the north of Tokyo. He started his first restaurant in his village but in 2014 opened the one in St. Giles in London and have now 3 different locations in London. We recommend ordering the Tonkotsu X.
Tip credit goes to our friend Elena, thanks girl!
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ALTERNATIVES: Bodega Negra, Dominique Ansel Bakery, DF/Mexico
We are also including all of the above in the following map, plus some other places we were thrilled to try but wasn't able due to time (& belly, ha!) restrictions.
Have you tried any of our choices? Do you have tips to add to our foodie map?