I first discovered the Shoreditch neighborhood in London on a trip about 6 years ago. Back then, it was in the middle of its transformation into one of London’s trendiest neighborhoods. Shoreditch used to be a working-class area, but as companies began to open offices in the area the gentrification began. Industrial buildings were converted to offices, flats, shops, and even art galleries. You began to see more trendy restaurants in Shoreditch. The nightlife and restaurant scene began to boom. You have so many dining choices now, that I wanted to pull together a list of the best restaurants in Shoreditch.
In my opinion, Shoreditch rivals Soho as the best food neighborhood in London. Shoreditch is full of so many great restaurants and you can find lots of different cuisines and unique offerings. Many of the restaurants are located on or close to Shoreditch High Street or Brick Lane. The Brick Lane area has a high concentration of good quality Indian food.
I love that you can find a lot of great cheap places to eat in Shoreditch, as well as trendy and more upscale restaurants. No matter your budget or mood, you will be able to find plenty of good restaurants in Shoreditch. On the weekends, especially in the evenings, I would recommend that you make a reservation, if possible, or be prepared to wait. Luckily, some of the hotspots with the best food in Shoreditch can be reserved online through OpenTable.
The Best Restaurants in Shoreditch
I have only been to a few restaurants in the Shoreditch area and I know there are so many that I still need to try. For this list, I thought I would reach out to some of my blogger friends to get their recommendations for the best places to eat in Shoreditch. As I try new restaurants in Shoreditch that I love, I will add them to this post.
The Blues Kitchen
Recommended by Anisa
The Blues Kitchen is a southern-style American restaurant that has locations in Shoreditch and Camden. In the evenings, you can also listen to live music. We actually visited during brunch which was a bit quieter. I loved the funky decor, there was even an old-fashioned camper in the back with tables inside it.
Russell had the crab cakes benedict and I had the huevos rancheros. Mine was delicious, but the crab cakes were some of the best I have ever tasted. Instead of their boozy brunch option, we opted to have spiked milkshakes for dessert. I thought the prices were reasonable and the service was excellent, so I will definitely be back. If you would like to go in the evenings, I would recommend making a reservation for the Blues Kitchen Shoreditch location in advance as it is popular.
Recommended by Laura from The Travelling Stomach
The ever-popular Dishoom brings a touch of Bombay to the streets of Shoreditch. With a range of small plates to enjoy and delicious grilled marinated meats on the menu, you’ll be hit by the smells and sounds of a Bombay café as soon as you walk through the door. A change from your standard curry houses, Dishoom takes you on a journey to the corners of India to discover new and interesting dishes. If you’re coming for dinner though expect to wait a while as there are no reservations for smaller groups and this reasonably priced gem is worth the wait. My favorite dish – the bacon naan, best breakfast in the Capital!
Anisa’s thoughts: I have heard so much about Dishoom. I was planning on going for my birthday last year but the wait was just too long. Maybe it would be easier if I went for breakfast.
Recommended by Carole from Paul and Carole Love to Travel
We had an amazing meal at the Eastern Eye on Brick Lane. There are so many to choose from here but the guy at the front of house did a very good job of persuading us to go in. The offer of a free drink was too good to turn down. Despite how busy the restaurant was we were served promptly and politely.
We chose Garlic Chilli Chicken and Chicken Mushroom and Spinach Balti accompanied by a Naan Bread which was reasonably priced. The food was faultless, and the naan bread was light and airy, the best we had ever had. We have tried other restaurants on Brick Lane but this one definitely stands out from the crowd because of the service and standard of food. We would definitely recommend a visit.
Anisa’s thoughts: I had dinner at Eastern Eye based on their recommendations and it lived up to my high expectations. This restaurant is now my go-to for traditional Indian food in London.
The Frog E1
Recommended by Seetal from Savlafaire
The best way to describe the cuisine at The Frog E1 is modern British with an Asian accent (predominantly Japanese). Describing the décor is more challenging, as you enter via a greenhouse-like terrace before being greeted by an industrial East London interior, the walls of which are adorned with expensive-looking contemporary art. But this juxtaposition is part of its charm.
The standout dish is undoubtedly the chicken butter: a smooth, generous quenelle of chicken-flavored whipped butter served with crushed chicken skin. It’s the Sunday roast experience in a bite. Prices are reasonable, ranging from £4 for snacks to £12 for meat and fish dishes, and a 5-course tasting menu is available at £50pp (vegetarian and vegan aren’t forgotten either).
Anisa’s thoughts: The Frog E1 sounds unique, the chicken butter sounds interesting. I would love to try it!
Galvin La Chapelle
Katie from What’s Katie Doing
Having gained a Michelin star in 2011, Galvin La Chapelle is not the kind of restaurant you just walk into. You definitely need to book ahead and if you are smart you can get a great deal on the set menu. I went earlier this year with friends for a farewell dinner, it’s definitely good for special occasions like this. We had a three-course set menu for £38 each, including a glass of sparkling wine (additional wine was extra), definitely at the splurge end of the budget.
The food is classic French and delicious, with enough options to satisfy everyone, from fish, game and veggie options. I had the cured salmon and seabream, with a classic chocolate fondant to finish. The tables and booths are all very well situated inside the chapel conversion just outside of Spitalfields market – not far from Liverpool Street and Brick Lane. If you fancy a cheaper option, then Galvin HOP, the café, is just next door for a more informal meal.
Anisa’s thoughts: This French restaurant in Shoreditch sounds like a great option for a special occasion, I would love to try their set menu.
Recommended by Allison from Eternal Arrival
Shoreditch is one of my favorite neighborhoods in London for a variety of reasons, one of the major ones being the huge plethora of cuisines you can eat there! While Brick Lane is famous for its Indian food, there are other areas of Shoreditch that specialize in other types of cuisine, too. One of my favorite types of food in the world is Vietnamese food, and it’s actually quite hard for me to find decent Vietnamese food outside of California and Vietnam.
When I discovered Kingsland Road in Shoreditch, aka “Pho Mile” because of the delicious Vietnamese food served at its many restaurants, I was pleasantly surprised. I ate at “Viet Grill” and loved the experience — the décor was really nice and homey and the food was excellent quality, definitely up to my high standards for Vietnamese food! I got the “hawker plate” which included a Vietnamese-style grilled pork chop, rice, fried spring rolls, a fried egg, and daikon pickles. The pho also looked amazing! The price range is moderate; we paid about 30 pounds each for dinner plus a bottle of wine shared between two people.
Anisa’s thoughts: I haven’t tried any of the Vietnamese restaurants in Shoreditch yet, but pho is one of my favorite winter dishes.
Recommended by Snita from Her Favourite Food
Hoi Polloi is a super classy restaurant located in the chic Ace Hotel, one of several boutique hotels in Shoreditch. Brunch is the great time to dine here as their menu features some of their best dishes including avocado and chilli poached eggs, as well as bacon baked beans on sourdough toast. What’s extra special is that there is also a live band playing in the middle of the restaurant, which instantly creates a relaxed feel to the venue. The price range for Hoi Polloi is on the upper end of the scale, but still reasonable enough to justify spending a relaxed Sunday morning here.
Anisa’s thoughts: I love brunch especially when it includes avocado and it’s such a nice touch that they have a live band.
Sally from Life Loving
If you are after some proper comfort food in all its glory, it’s Meat Mission Shoreditch all the way. The burgers are big and juicy, and the sides are the perfect accompaniment. I’d highly recommend the Monkey Fingers, which are battered chicken tenders in a spicy buffalo sauce, served with blue cheese dip. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. It’s well-priced for London. A burger and a side will probably set you back just under £15, add in one of their cocktails for just shy of a tenner. The venue is really quirky, it was a Christian Mission building and so has stained glass windows.
Anisa’s thoughts: Sounds like a great place for dinner in Shoreditch! I think they picked the perfect name for this place. The Monkey Fingers sound very tempting.
Recommended by Milly from Mini Adventures
Bringing together American diner style with authentic Mexican flavors, DF/Mexico‘s menu is packed with delicious dishes served in generous portions. The self-service agua fresca drinks are a dream (top tip: mix 1/3 hibiscus with 2/3 lime), and the ingredients are fresh and not particularly heavy on the spice – there are sauces for that if you’re all about the hot stuff. The style at this Mexican restaurant in Shoreditch is casual dining, and prices are great for those on a budget – a burrito and drink comes in at around £10. My recommended dish? Definitely a Steak Burrito with Red Pepper and Avocado Salsas.
Anisa’s thoughts: I’m excited to try another Mexican restaurant in London and this one has agua fresca drinks!
Laxeiro Tapas Bar
Recommended by Michael from The World Was Here First
One of the best restaurants is to visit in Shoreditch is Laxeiro Tapas Bar, located on Columbia Road where the famous Sunday flower market takes place – a popular attraction for tourists in London. Laxeiro is a family run restaurant, specializing in cuisine from the Galicia region of Spain. I love visiting this restaurant as it has a fantastic laid back atmosphere, is moderately priced, and also has an extensive wine list. The tapas menu allows you to taste a variety of delicious dishes. Some of our favorites include gambas al ajillo (prawns in garlic & chili oil), chorizo con sidra (chorizo in cider) and patatas bravas (potatoes in tomato sauce).
Anisa’s thoughts: I do love tapas, so will have to check out this place when I visit the Columbia Road Market.
Cock and Bull (Tramshed)
Recommended by Marie from Eating Out
The restaurant serves literally what its name says: chicken and beef. Located in a massive industrial space, which used to be a tram shed near Old Street station, Cock and Bull is a must for meat lovers but also has a vegetarian/pescetarian menu. You can never go wrong with steak, especially if washed down with a good wine! If you’re not a big eater, the fillet steak salad with scrumpy fried onions and horseradish is also a good go to (£14.95).
The whole chicken (£29.50) could be shared by 4-5 people. They serve the whole chicken upright, and you can carve it yourself at the table or a waiter will do it. For small eaters, the Indian Rock chicken (£15.25) is really a yummy option – it will send giggles as it is served with feet and all nails intact. Fun and cozy, the place has a great, relaxed atmosphere. They also a 12-seater private dining bar, where guests get to watch a menu cooked up by chef Mark Hix or one of his head chefs. And if you love art like me, the basement turned art gallery is a welcome surprise.
Anisa’s thoughts: I am not sure about the Indian chicken, but I do like a nice steak with some good wine. The art gallery in the basement is a nice bonus.
Recommended by Michelle from Mich Wanderlust
As the name suggests, Pizza Pilgrims is the place to go if you’re looking for a no-fuss, back-to-basics, Neapolitan pizza experience. The founders went on a 6-week trip through Italy to learn all they could about pizza, and it has certainly paid off. Not just for them, but for us enthusiastic consumers of pizza! Pizza Pilgrims now has a grand total of 8 branches in the UK, with all but 1 located in London. The Shoreditch branch is just a few minutes’ walk from the Shoreditch High Street Overground station.
Their most popular pizzas are the classic Margherita (£6.85), the Nduja – a spicy sausage that looks like pate (£9.25), and the Portobello & Truffle (£10). Having tried the Portobello & Truffle, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone – unless you really loathe mushrooms. The pizzas here are fairly simple, with just a handful of toppings. You can always add extra toppings though (such as salami or prosciutto for £2.75 each). If you’re the kind of person who likes tons of stuff on your pizza, you might be disappointed. But the simpler the pizza, the less you can hide inferior ingredients. And here, the ingredients really shine through – including the pizza dough, which is given a whopping 48 hours to proof!
Anisa’s thoughts: I do love mushrooms but I think I will have to try the Nduja. The sausage that looks like pate sounds really interesting.
Brick Lane Beigel Bake
Clemens from Traveller’s Archive
In Shoreditch, there are two famous and long-established bagel shops called Brick Lane Beigel Bake and Beigel Shop. They are located right next to each other and have been stealing each other’s customers for decades. Both shops make great tasting bagels and it’s a cheap dish. My personal favorite is Brick Lane Beigel Bake. The line may be long, but it moves fast and they are open 24 hours. My advice is to try the salted beef with pickled cucumber and mustard!
Anisa’s thoughts: My cousin introduced me to this place years ago, it was my first experience eating in Shoreditch. These bagel shops are an institution. They are some of the best cheap eats in Shoreditch or even London for that matter. I need to go back!
Other Things to Do in Shoreditch
It’s not just the cool restaurants in Shoreditch, the area has a lot more going for it than that! If you have some extra time while you are in Shoreditch, you might want to consider:
- Taking a free street art tour. The area has some of the best street art in London.
- Doing some shopping! I love the quirky shops at the Boxpark and Spitalfields Market. I still need to check out the Columbia Road Flower Market.
- Checking out the nightlife. There are plenty of options for places to spend your Saturday night in Shoreditch! Some of the most popular bars and nightclubs in London are located in Shoreditch including Cargo, XOYO, Queen of Hoxton, and the London Cocktail Club.
- Visiting the Tower of London. The Tower is within walking distance from Shoreditch and should not be missed.
How to Get to Shoreditch
There are a few different tube stations in the Shoreditch area. Depending on what line is most convenient for you and where you are headed to in Shoreditch, you can choose from the following tube options:
- Liverpool Street (Circle, Central, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, London Overground)
- Shoreditch High Street (London Overground)
- Aldgate East (District and Hammersmith & City lines)
- Old Street (Northern Line)
The train we take from Norwich arrives into London Liverpool Street, so we usually just walk from Liverpool Street to Shoreditch. Most places are a maximum of a 20-minute walk and Shoreditch is a fun area to explore by foot.
I definitely want to thank my fellow bloggers for their recommendations for good places to eat in Shoreditch, I can’t wait to try them. Have you visited Shoreditch? Have you tried any of the restaurants I’ve included on my list? Let me know if there are other restaurants in Shoreditch that you think I should try.
Expert Tips for Best Places to Eat in Shoreditch
- I will add to this list of the best food in Shoreditch as I discover new restaurants.
- Make a reservation, if possible, the top restaurants in Shoreditch are popular.
- While you will find lots of nice restaurants in Shoreditch, you should also check out the street art, shopping, and nightlife in the area.
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