One of the best things about multi-cultural London society is the fact that you can get authentic food from pretty much any location on the planet you care to think of. And, thanks to the strength of the street food scene, there’s no need to fork out restaurant prices to do so – because some of the very best taste experiences to be had are on the street.
With that in mind, here’s a list of 13 street foods you must try in London (and it was hard to get the list down to a mere 13, that’s for sure…).
If the humble potato has won your heart, then you’re going to love the delights served at Lucky Chip. This 50s American Diner experience has to be sampled to be appreciated: delicious burgers, chips of every kind imaginable – all you need to bring is your appetite.
Find them at Netil Market on Saturdays. Or if you can’t wait, visit the Sebright Arms in Bethnal Green where you can sample their wares seven days a week.
Eat My Pies
Guess what these guys sell! The humble British pie is given the luxury treatment at Eat My Pies. They serve traditional staples such as Scotch eggs, pork pies and custard tarts, alongside other somewhat more experimental offerings, such as chorizo pie.
They can be found every Saturday at Broadway Market in Hackney, and on Thursdays and Fridays at White Cross Market in Islington.
Mike and Ollie
This Middle Eastern inspired foodie experience stuffs super light flatbreads with ingredients such as mackerel, lamb and aubergine, mixed with homemade humous, toasted seeds and yogurt for a taste explosion you need to try to believe.
Find their stall at Brockley Market, Lewisham, every Saturday.
If you’ve never tasted the delight that is mussels, then this is your chance. Mussel Men bring the best Scottish mussels to the streets of London, and cook them right in front of you. Combine them with the thinnest of French fries, and you’ve got a meal that rivals those served in the swankiest of restaurants. Enjoy in funky Kings Cross, at Eat Street on King’s Boulevard.
Smokin’ Southern USA chow at its very best. Think sticky ribs, mac n cheese, pulled pork…, you certainly won’t go wanting for both quality and quantity. Find Anna Maes at various street food events this summer, and also at Eat Street.
Chocoholics look no further – because Bad Brownie may well become your new place of worship! Every type of brownie imaginable is served here, with the specials changing on a regular basis. Top tip – purchase a selection box instead of a single slab, great for trying out all the varieties on offer.
What happens when Korean meets western food? Kimchi Cult is what happens – Korean fusion fast food that offers delights such as mini burgers, chicken fillets and speciality sandwiches with a distinctly Korean twist.
Enjoy this new food sensation at Eat St in King’s Cross on Saturdays.
The only thing that’s better than the funky name is the food they serve. Mother Clucker has taken the best of the American South and given it an English twist. It’s a combination of the juiciest chicken, brined in tea, soaked in buttermilk and then twice fried to perfection. Absolutely delicious!
You can find them at Brick Lane seven days a week.
Got a sweet tooth? Then you’ll love this take on the donut that’s served at Churros Garcia. This family owned and run Spanish business has been making donuts by hand for over four decades – and it shows! Enjoy them hot, dipped in chocolate, sprinkled with sugar or cinnamon – the choice is yours.
Find them at Portobello Market, the Real Food Market, Southwark, and Broadway Market.
Mama’s Jerk Station
Serving some of the best Caribbean jerk chicken, sausages, salad and veggie bean burgers this side of the Atlantic, all marinated in the delicious ‘Mama’s Secret Jerk Marinade’.
Spanish paella done well is a delight, and it doesn’t come much better than the food served at Jamon Jamon. Spiced rice, mixed with prawns, vegetables and various other ingredients provides a healthy, filling meal. And if you don’t fancy the fishy version, they also serve a chicken and runner beans variety.
Find Jamon Jamon at the Real Food Market on Southbank, and at Portobello Road Market on Saturdays.
French Breton crepes stuffed with sweet or savoury, that’s what you can expect from Creperie Nicolas. No matter what your penchant, you can find a crepe to suit your tastes – and combine it with a distinctly better than average coffee to boot!
Food is served from their stall at The Real Food Market on Saturdays and Sundays, and at Eat Street in King’s Cross on Saturdays.
You’ll never again think salad boring again after sampling the delights of Savage Salad. There’s a reason these guys have queues snaking from their stall at all times of the day – the food is tasty, innovative, healthy, and a damn site more interesting than a sandwich or baguette, that’s for sure.
Find them in Soho, on Broadwick/Berwick Street from Monday to Friday inclusive.