Mario’s (est. 1958 but with some name-changes along the way) is the king of Kentish Town’s old-school greasy spoons and a home-style Italian restaurant. The menu’s nothing fancy, just large servings of well-cooked food at ridiculously low prices – if you spent £10 on food here, we’d actually be worried. Penne, lasagne, and toasted sandwiches are strong points, and the breakfasts are better and cheaper than a lot of the local competition.
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Phoenicia Mediterranean Food Hall
This Middle Eastern supermarket, one of the best food shops in the area, has a café where you can eat an inexpensive lunch of wraps or mixed meze.
Bear + Wolf
Meeting a friend and their kids in Kentish Town? The Bear and Wolf cafe should be top of your list. There’s even a play room at the back.
Knowhere Special is a tiny basement bar in Kentish Town - it's perfect for cocktails and lounging.
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French restaurant Belvedere’s hidden location in Holland Park makes it feel like you’ve stumbled on a real-life Hotel California. But with peacocks.
Elliot’s is a class act, from the drinks and food to the service. Their cheeseburger is also one of the best burgers in London.
Officina 00 is a super-useful Old Street restaurant with a cool, laidback feel, serving affordable handmade pastas.
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