The Best Cheap Eats in Shoreditch, London

Voodoo Rays
Voodoo Rays | Courtesy of Voodoo Rays
Christina Dean

Shoreditch is among the leading foodie areas of London with a diverse mix of street food, Michelin-starred restaurants and cuisine from the world over. Yet, there are still places where you can eat well on the cheap; you just have to know where to find them.

Beigel Bake

There are plenty of places to get bagels in the East End, but nowhere quite matches up to Biegel Bake in Brick Lane. Open all week and around the clock, the bagels here are not only incredibly cheap, but they’re also incredibly tasty. Smoked salmon and cream cheese is great (and less than two quid), but it’s the salt beef bagel with hot mustard and pickle that has people queuing down the street at all hours of the day and night.

Bleecker Burger

This stalwart of the street- food scene in the capital now has a kiosk in Old Spitalfields Market, as well as two sit-in joints in Victoria and the City. Bleecker Burger has become one of the best-loved burgers in town. The patties are made using rare-breed dry-aged beef, and the toppings are kept fairly simple to let the quality of the meat show. At £6.50, the classic cheeseburger is a tad more expensive than the equivalent from a fast food chain, but it’s in a different league in terms of taste, and it’s still cheap enough for a bite on the move.

Franzè & Evans

Franzè & Evans has everything a neighbourhood café needs—fresh, vibrant food made with quality ingredients, great coffee and amazing cakes. The seasonal salads, quiches and sandwiches on the counter are perfect for lunch, but if you’d rather something hot, you can get a beef or halloumi burger for £6.50, or Italian classics, such as aubergine parmigiana and beef lasagne for £8. In fact, nothing on the food menu tops £10.

F Cooke

Pie and mash is another East- London staple, yet not many traditional pie shops are still standing. F Cooke is one of them, and not much has changed since the place opened, including the size of the menu—you basically have the option of pie or eels to go with your mash, and that’s it. Everything, from the meat butchery to the pastry preparation to the parsley grinding for the liquor is done in-house. With a full plate of pie, mash and liquor coming in at less than a fiver, you’ll struggle to find a heartier, cheaper or more classic meal.

DF/Mexico

DF/Mexico (DF is for the local name for Mexico City, Distrito Federal) is a cheery, modern diner that is a spin-off from the hugely popular Wahaca chain. It’s all about fast food here; you order at the counter and get your own drinks. Tacos, burritos and their version of tortas, which are basically Mexican-inspired burgers, dominate the menu, and everything hovers around the £7 mark. Although it’s served up quickly, the food is fresh and flavourful, and there has been a real effort to use sustainable ingredients.

Open Kitchen

Open Kitchen is the training restaurant for students at New City College Hackney, which is why it’s so cheap—you can have a proper three-course meal for £15. That doesn’t mean you aren’t getting quality; everything is freshly prepared and cooked by the students who use locally sourced ingredients. The result is restaurant-quality food, including dishes such as seared prawns with lemon, saffron and radicchio; spiced rump of lamb with poppy seed aloo-tikki and spinach puree; and strawberry bavarois with vanilla joconde.

Sông Quê Café

There are many Vietnamese restaurants to choose from on Kingsland Road, but Sông Quê Café always seems packed. Though the menu features a range of meat, sea food, rice and noodle dishes, the pho is the real winner here. You can get a big bowl of the noodle soup topped with everything from rare steak and tripe to beef meatballs to spicy prawns, all for less than a tenner.

Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Culture Trips launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes places and communities so special.

Our immersive trips, led by Local Insiders, are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and an invitation to travel the world with like-minded explorers. Our Travel Experts are on hand to help you make perfect memories. All our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.?>

All our travel guides are curated by the Culture Trip team working in tandem with local experts. From unique experiences to essential tips on how to make the most of your future travels, we’ve got you covered.

Culture Trip Spring Sale

Save up to $1,100 on our unique small-group trips! Limited spots.

X
close-ad
Edit article