Looking for a great restaurant in one of the coolest areas in East London? Then check out our guide to the best places to eat in Shoreditch! Also, don't miss out on the 10 best restaurants in Dalston - one of our other favourite areas in the E postcode. Craving a Sunday roast? Check out the best places for Sunday lunch in Shoreditch.
We dare you to make it through without your mouth watering!
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Best places to eat in Shoreditch
I recently visited this restaurant and bar, and was astounded by the quality - so had to add it to the top of the list. The venue combines a cool and chilled out bar area on the ground floor (with some gorgeous cocktails, the gin and tonic menu was a favourite for me) and a sophisticated and interesting restaurant on the floor below.
This place is a must for steak-lovers, and would be perfect for a date, an evening with friends, or after-work drinks. I went for the fillet steak (naturally), which was superb, followed by the lemon meringue dessert. The food was immaculately presented and tasted incredible. Our waiter was knowledgable, friendly and has mastered the art of not interrupting your conversation... something I look for in a good restaurant.
I will certainly be returning very soon, and I highly recommend you get in there before it's discovered by the masses and booked out for months! Five stars from Movebubble!
Named after the Peruvian term for ‘a woman from the Andes’, Andina was one of the first restaurants to start the Peruvian food trend in London a few years ago. Owner, Martin Morales, also owns Ceviche in Soho, and is well-known for his passion for Peruvian cuisine and charity work with Amantani.
Andina serves traditional, healthy food from the Andes, using plenty of superfoods like quinoa and maca.
The ceviche (raw fish ‘cooked’ in citrus juices), superfood smoothies and extensive breakfast menus are particularly popular with regulars. They also have a ‘Pisco bar’, where you can try Peru’s national cocktail, the Pisco Sour, and even learn how to make it at one of their free monthly master classes!
Address: 1 Redchurch St, London E2Phone: 020 7920 6499
Hawksmoor has been the go-to steakhouse in London since it opened in 2006, and now has various branches throughout the city. The original Spitalfields branch is still our favourite though, particularly due to the cavernous underground bar where you can snack on gourmet burgers washed down with inventive cocktails like ‘Love Over Money’ and ‘Corpse Reviver’.
The main restaurant serves incredible steak supplied by The Ginger Pig, and while the prices aren’t cheap, the food is certainly worth the money. Chicken and fish are also on the menu for those who don’t like red meat, and the early 2/3 course Express menu is great value. To save even more, book on a Monday, when you can bring your own bottle of wine for just £5 corkage.
Address: 157A Commercial St, London E1 6BJPhone: 020 7426 4850
This beautiful restaurant in a former Victorian warehouse was recently given a glowing review by ES Magazine’s Grace Dent, which any true Londoner knows is the ultimate seal of approval. Run by chef Angela Hartnett, they serve a selection of classic French, Italian and Spanish dishes such as sea bream, pig’s head, pork belly and venison. While a little on the pricey side, they also do a set lunch which is very good value.
Address: 36 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3PGPhone: 020 7060 5335
This iconic restaurant is famous for having Damien Hirst’s enormous cow in formaldehyde installation hanging above the diners, but is also worth a visit for the food! Housed in a cavernous old tram generator building, the simple menu focuses on chicken, steak and seasonal starters. There’s also a great gallery downstairs for art lovers.
Address: 32 Rivington St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3LXPhone: 020 7749 0478
This brilliant eatery was also featured in best places for Sunday lunch in Shoreditch a little while ago but as it does fantastic food every day, it's only right to include it here too. You can choose between the dining room menu or the bar menu (the bar menu being a little cheaper) and including pub favourites like fish and chips or cheese burger & fries (Princess style).
The pub menu isn't limited to burgers; with truffle polenta, pink radicchio, Jerusalem artichokes, shaved Parmesan with hazelnut vinaigrette or bone marrow butter, no one will be upset with the choice. The Princess has some great fish dishes and their produce is sourced from within the UK wherever possible (all the meat and fish is local!). You can make reservations for the dining room but not the bar.Address: 76–78 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NEPhone: 020 7729 9270
Hungry in Shoreditch at 3am? No worries – the infamous Beigel Bake on Brick Lane has been serving traditional Jewish bagels 24 hours a day since 1977. There’s always a steady stream of people coming in, from city workers at lunchtime to taxi drivers and hungry clubbers in the middle of the night. The salt beef and mustard bagel is particularly good – definitely the one to go for if it’s your first time here.
Address: 59 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB
Phone: 020 7729 0616
With takeaways all over the London, it can be hard to know which ones won’t give you grubby chips and a hint of food poisoning. Luckily, you’re guaranteed a good fish supper at Poppies. If you decide to eat in, the restaurant is designed as a retro diner, full of 1950s memorabilia, but if it’s a nice evening we recommend getting a take away to enjoy in a nearby park.
The chips are crisp, the fish flaky (and sustainable), and all ingredients are locally sourced. Make sure you get the mushy peas, too!
Address: 6-8 Hanbury St, London E1 6QRPhone: 020 7247 0892
This cool venue is famous for their brilliant brunches, creative events and stylish cocktails. Popular with local media and fashion types, they descend on the weekend for the pesto scrambled eggs and American-style pancakes.
During the day they serve sandwiches, burgers and salads, while in the evenings there’s always something new going on, from art workshops, ping pong tournaments, exhibitions and life drawing, to club nights with renowned DJs. You’ll come for breakfast, and end up staying until close.
Address: 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RHPhone: 020 7684 8618
Run by the team behind exclusive members club Soho House, Pizza East serves delicious anti-pasti, classic pizzas and wood-oven home comforts (including a moreish mac 'n' cheese) in a cavernous former tea warehouse. Soho House also run Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger (both of which are much nicer than they sound!), which are definitely worth a visit.
Address: 56 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JJPhone: 020 7729 1888
Styled on the classic Irani cafes of Bombay, Dishoom brings faded elegance and hints of old India to Shoreditch. The menu is full of tasty small plates inspired by Indian and Persian cuisine, curries and roomali rolls. Cocktails such as chai mojitos and Bombay Pimms are served on a classic veranda, and there’s nowhere better to enjoy a chai tea and bacon naan bread for breakfast.
Address: 7 Boundary St, London E2 7JEPhone: 020 7420 9324
Located in the uber-trendy Ace Hotel, Hoi Polloi is a Scandinavian-style restaurant with an extensive menu. Open from breakfast to nightcaps, diners can have anything from eggs Florentine to fried courgette flowers whenever they want. Cool freelancers settle in for a few hours work with a laptop and a coffee during the day, while in the evening the bar becomes THE place to be seen.
Address: Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQPhone: 020 8880 6100
There’s a lot of competition for Vietnamese food in East London, with most hungry diners heading to Kingsland Road for the endless supply of BYOB Vietnamese cafes. While these are good, we particularly love Cay Tre on Old Street for their tasty pho, noodles and curries, fresh salads and sizzling seafood. They also do a great set menu if you want to try share a selection of dishes.
Address: 301 Old St, London EC1V 9LAPhone: 020 7729 8662
The ultimate spot for fine French dining in Shoreditch, Boundary restaurant is part of the exclusive Boundary Hotel, designed by Terrance Conran. The beautiful restaurant serves fancy French classics such as foie gras, coquille st jaques and oysters on an a la carte and prix fix menu. Make sure you check out the stunning rooftop bar for a pre-dinner cocktail (or post-dinner nightcap) too.
Address: 2-4 Boundary St, London E2 7DDPhone: 020 7729 1051
Update 30/06/2017: We have added two more restaurants to our list due to their popularity as top dining spots in Shoreditch.
You might not find any Fresh Princes here, but that you discover a top-notch Cali-style cafe moments from Shoreditch's tech-centric area. Even though it's more of a takeaway spot, we had to include it because of the menu's variety, including Ethiopian-style braised beef. The perfect spot if you work nearby Silicon Roundabout.
Address: 54 Paul St, London EC2A 4LN
Phone: 020 8050 5354
You know you're doing something right when you've move from street food sensation to full-on restaurant. And so we head to Smokestak, where you can enjoy cured pigs jowl, beef brisket and monk fish tail, burnt lemon, to name a few. The menu is reasonably priced, too.
Address: 35 Sclater St, London E1 6LB
Phone: 020 3873 1733
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