Sat between Camden and Hampsted, Belsize Park has a lovely leafy vibe, and it’s only a short walk from one of the best views over London on Primrose Hill
. After a bracing walk, head to Haverstock Hill for cafes, restaurants and pizzerias. Here’s our run down of the best in the area.
Cafe, British, Vegetarian, $$$
Home to arguably the best breakfast in Belsize Park, this friendly family run cafe concentrates on doing the simple things well. American pancakes, a full English, omelettes and homemade muesli – this place will soon be a regular Saturday ritual.
Restaurant, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
Asian cuisine gets a funky makeover at XO – a cool spot dishing up dim sum and sushi with flair. Share small plates of tempura or plump for succulent Korean barbecued chicken. There’s something for everyone here and chopsticks are optional.
Pizzaria, Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, none
The upmarket, artisanal equivalent of Pizza Express, Franco Manca has expanded from its Brixton village restaurant and can now be found all over London. With sourdough pizzas made on site with seasonal toppings for under a tenner, plus decent wine and craft beers, it’s a great option for any day of the week.
Bistro, Restaurant, Wine Bar, British, Vegetarian, none
New York-style bistro Chez Bob is perfect for a long lunch over seasonal ingredients whipped up to a tee. It’s a great weekend brunch spot too with its Eggs Royal often going down a treat. There’s a wine bar to prop up and always a friendly neighbourhood vibe going on.
Ginger and White
Cafe, Restaurant, British, Australian, Vegetarian, none
A hybrid Aussie meets British cafe, Ginger & White have all the usual cafe classics but they’ve given them an farmer’s market style makeover. Think locally sourced, hand roasted beans and homemade cupcakes, daily changing lunch menus and they also serve wine.
Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, $$$
For more of an occasion, Artiango hits the spot. Its modern Italian cuisine is a favourite amongst the well-heeled locals of Belsize Park – one of them even donated their Oscar to the restaurant. Order the linguine with chilli and clams and get stuck in.
Bakery, Cafe, British, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, none
One of a small chain of artisan bakeries, Euphorium Bakery Belsize Park doesn’t disappoint. Pick up your sourdough or gluten free loaves or order a special cake, grab a Fairtrade coffee and watch the world go by.
Restaurant, Spanish, Vegetarian, Tapas, none
Roll up, roll up for tapas and paella, right in the middle of Belsize Park. There’s a few Jamon Jamon branches around town but all serve up good quality Spanish tapas and there’s plenty of veggie options. It’s fab for a long leisurely Sunday lunch.