Where to Eat in Camden on a Budget
If you’re a foodie in London then you can’t bypass Camden Town, a neighbourhood that serves up some of the city’s best inventive, multicultural cuisine. Looking for the best affordable restaurants in Camden? We’ve rounded up our favourite restaurants in this edgy part of town that won’t disappoint hungry visitors. From Camden’s best jamaican food, fresh fish and chips to hot Indian curries and the very best street food, these are the best places to eat in Camden if you’re on a budget...
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Ma Petite Jamaica
For Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Looking for a bit of sunshine in London? Ma Petite Jamaica is a feel-good restaurant that will take your taste buds to the Caribbean. Serving up flavoursome Jamaican food in the heart of Camden Town, Ma Petite Jamaica is just a 4 minute walk from the station. A bright, airy and colourful space, the interior has been designed with Jamaican inspiration using colours and furnishings to make you feel like you’re in Jamaican beach shack.
Specialising in rum cocktails, reggae and jerk chicken, what more could you want for a sunny day in London? If you like your food packed with a punch and plenty of flavour then this is the place for you. The happy hour runs daily from 5pm - 7pm. We’ll have pina coladas all round!
Camden Food Market
For International Street Food
One of the most famous street food markets in London, KERB Camden is a hub of inventive, quirky food stands that will have you drooling as you walk around. The atmosphere around Kerb Camden Market is always buzzing with young locals and tourists alike who want to try the amazing grub on offer while enjoying views of the Regent's Canal. We recommend the fresh tagliatelle at The Cheese Wheel, the Halloumi Fries at Oli Baba, the tacos at Tacoma and katsu curry in a bun at The Katsu House. For a taste of international Street Food, Camden Market has something for everyone.
For Fish N’ Chips
You have to try authentic British fish and chips when you visit England. Poppies in Camden serves up one of the best fried cod in London accompanied by a pile of hot, fresh, thick chips. For £13.95 you can try the famous Fish and Chips here and see what the hype is all about. While other fish and chip shops are generally cheaper, this is up there with one of the best places to try the British food staple in the city. There are some other quintessentially Briitsh things on the menu at Poppies too including pies, saveloy, jellied eels, Heinz baked beans and mushy peas.
For Burgers, Wings and Beer Pong
When a burger craving kicks in, nothing can stop it. That’s when Belushi’s saves the day. Located on Camden High Street, Belushi’s is a rock n’ roll burger bar that stays open till late so you can enjoy fat burgers, Jack Daniels BBQ wings, cocktails and other tasty bar snacks to a rockin’ playlist. We recommend the Butter Cluckin’ Stack chicken burger, a brand new addition to the menu involving buttermilk fried chicken, cheddar cheese and streaky bacon served in a brioche bun. Belushi’s shows all the latest live sports, hosts parties most nights of the week and you can play epic beer pong tournaments.
For Indian curries
If Indian food is your favourite cuisine, then you’re in the right place to come for a more celebratory dinner. Namaaste Kitchen is an award-winning Indian restaurant in London that won’t break the bank. Situated in a pleasant spot between Camden and Primrose Hill, Namaaste Kitchen serves up high quality, critically acclaimed Indian dishes that will put a smile on your face and give you a real taste of India. We recommend the succulent baby pork chops to start (that are flavoured to perfection in exotic spices) and the spicy Oxtail Rogan Josh curry. If you can’t handle the heat, then opt for the melt-in-the-mouth Butter Chicken (£12.95). This place was even the winner of the Asian Curry Award.
For vegan pizza
For vegans visiting London, there are plenty of incredible plant-based spots in the city. Check out the Best Vegan Spots in London for more inspiration. If you happen to be in Camden, then we can’t recommend Purezza enough. Serving up tasty Italian vegan pizzas, this is actually the UK’s first ever vegan pizzeria, loved by locals who come for their dairy-free, meat-free pizza fix. The menu has a large variety of different sourdough pizzas, as well as courgetti spaghetti and vegan mac n’ cheese. Purezza recreates popular Italian pizza toppings like mozzarella, sausage and cheddar to make vegan-friendly alternatives that taste delicious!
For BYOB and pan-Asian food
For some of the tastiest and most affordable Asian food in Camden, Bintang is our top pick. All dishes on the menu have been inspired from the foodie destinations of Asia such as Malaysia, China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, bringing a fusion of spices and flavours to Kentish Town Road. Pad Thai, Katsu curry, spring rolls, chicken satay… The classics on the menu are to die for, but for something a little different the signature Bintang curry is a great option - order it with the garlic rice on the side and you’ll be in heaven!
For hearty Italian food
The Italians are known for their hearty plates of food, and the generous portions at Il Sugo certainly don’t let them down. You’ll find delicious, authentic Italian food in every London neighbourhood, but the go-to for Camden’s locals is without a doubt this one, just off the high street on Pratt Street. The friendly service, cosy interior and, of course, unbelievable food make it an ideal option when you’re stumped for somewhere to feast in Camden. The pizzas are thin and crisp with all the classic toppings, while the pasta dishes are seasoned to perfection. Plus the prices are pretty decent, too.
Article by Shereen Sagoo and Darcy King