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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Do old-school pubs still exist? They definitely do at The Pineapple, a Kentish Town drinking den with a lovely conservatory.
Cinnamon Village is a cafe in Kentish town with a banging chicken and bacon sandwich, and Turkish menemen eggs.
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The Metro Mercato Metropolitano food market is worth a visit when you want something a bit more chilled out than the usual street food scene.
Luigi's is an excellent Italian deli in Chelsea, selling ham, cheese, wine, sandwiches, and a huge range of pastas and salads sold by the kilo.
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