We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink in Old Spitalfields Market – alongside the bustling clothes stalls you’ll find unique independents, your favourite chains, and everything in between. Below, we’ve rounded up four of our favourites to take you on a delicious day through the market – bring a friend (or a date) to really impress.
For a morning sweet treat, head to: Butter Believe It
You’ll spot the highly Instagrammable shopfront from a mile off, but don’t just walk past this sweet eatery. Inside, you’ll find a little cafe serving up some of the best cakes and cookies in east London. Be sure to try the trademark cake mush (pictured) – think cake mushed together into a cup, which you scoop out with a spoon, AKA autumnal ‘ice cream’. Make it even more seasonal by ordering a cup (or slice) of the pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling and white chocolate chunks – an ideal sweet treat to accompany your morning coffee.
For lunch, head to: Lahpet Street Food Kitchen
If you’re not already well acquainted with Burmese cuisine, you’re missing out – and the chefs at Lahpet are happy to introduce you. This bite-sized spin-off of the beloved Shoreditch restaurant brings some of Lahpet’s classics to the masses, serving up convenient, takeaway style dishes. This includes their titular dish, the tea leaf salad (in Burmese, ‘lahpet’ means fermented or pickled tea), as well as coconut chicken with noodles, which is bound to be a favourite with anyone who enjoys Southeast Asian cuisine. BRB – booking a flight to Myanmar as we speak.
For dinner, head to: Wright Brothers
Wright Brothers are dedicated to sourcing and preparing top-quality oysters and seafood – it’s no wonder it’s one of London’s most acclaimed seafood restaurants. Come between 3-6pm for £1 oysters – probably the best value you’ll find in London, in line with the original brothers(in law)’s vision to make oysters accessible and delicious to anyone – then hang about for an exquisite meal.
Wright Brothers only use daily fresh fish and seafood alongside local produce, so expect seasonal specials and an ever rotating menu of local specialities (come in summer for the best local lobster). With a carefully paired selection of wines and other drinks alongside the food, you’ll be booking your next dinner before you’ve even left the table.
For post-dinner cocktails, head to: Spitalfields Bar
Here’s where things get romantic – head to Hawksmoor’s underground, low-lit bar with a great ambience. The cocktails are the star here, and the bartenders are more than ready to serve you the very best of Hawksmoor’s established and refined cocktail menu. Even better – very soon they’ll be launching a brand new cocktail menu, and you can get it first at Spitalfields Bar. Still hungry? Tuck into their delectable bar food (that have featured on some prominent ‘best of’ lists in London).
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