For a long time, Kentish Town was a relatively unknown part of London to me. It was somewhere that was really close to my absolute favourite part of London, Camden Town, but I never really ventured as far as Kentish Town itself. However, in the past few years, I’ve been trying to explore other areas more, and have somehow ended up in Kentish Town on more than one occasion.
While I don’t claim to be an expert in the area by any means (there’s still so many places I want to try but haven’t had a chance to – yet!), I’ve managed to visit a few places recently that I really loved and wanted to recommend to others, too. I also discovered a lot of cute little streets in the area with the help of the London expert extraordinaire, Daria, which are most definitely worth a stroll in their own right.
Please let me know your favourite places to eat and drink in Kentish Town in the comments below – I’m really enjoying exploring the area at the moment!
Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream – Mamasons is London’s first Filipino ice cream parlour and serves very different flavours to anywhere else in the city. Daria and I both tried their famous ube flavour, a purple ice cream made out of a Filipino root vegetable that’s a little bit like yam or sweet potato – I had mine in a pastry (SO. GOOD) and Daria had hers in a hot chocolate form and we both really, really enjoyed the taste – more than we thought we would, to be honest! I don’t really know how to describe the flavour, so you’ll just have to go there and try it for yourself – I promise you won’t be disappointed!
The Junction Tavern – I discovered the Junction Tavern last Spring as they have the cutest beer garden! I think I found it on one of those Time Out ‘best of London’ lists and I’m so glad I did – it’s definitely worth the little trek. It’s not a big garden by any means, but it’s really lovely and feels super intimate. The pub itself is really beautiful on the inside too, but on a nice, warm day the garden is the place to be. They also do really nice fries and other small plates if you fancy something to nibble on!
The Gipsy Queen – The Gipsy Queen is a bit further away from the station than the rest of these places, but it’s well worth the trek. I can safely say that I’ve probably never received such great service as I did here – when I emailed them about my food restrictions (I was doing the FODMAP diet when I visited) they were so accommodating and actually made me a dish that wasn’t on the menu. I’m still so thankful – otherwise, I would have just had to watch my friends eat..! So, yes, I’m eternally grateful to them and will forever recommend this place – there’s such a nice local feel to it and they’ve got a really extensive drinks list and lots of board games to play, too – what’s not to love?
You can read my review of the Gipsy Queen here.
Bintang – Bintang is a Filipino and Pan Asian fusion restaurant right next to Mamason’s Dirty Ice Cream and I believe they are (correct me if I’m wrong!) actually under the same ownership. I’ve never eaten at Bintang, but after visiting it quickly, I immediately fell in love with its dark and quirky decor as well as the look of the menu. With dishes such as bao buns (they’ve got a tofu version as well!) and a bring your own bottle policy, this place sounds right up my street and I can’t wait to visit it soon!
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