Nestled in the heart of East London is Old Spitalfields Market, which houses some of the best food, drink and shopping options that side of the river. With a huge weekend market, it can be easy to forget some of the other, more permanent, places in this square. So use our list as a little comprehensive guide on the very best of Spitalfields.
1. Vagabond Wines
Their goal is simple: bring great, lesser known varieties of wine into the spotlight for everyone to enjoy. Sounds great to us … A unique concept: you get a tasting card, selection from loads of wines, press a button and enjoy! If you’d prefer, you can get your wine to takeaway but why would you? With a menu boasting charcuterie boards and a basement lounge, there’s always a Reisling for a relaxed glass of wine.
67 Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA
This all-day brasserie is great for whatever you fancy, whether it be pancakes with whipped mascarpone, or a Croque Madame with raclette and a duck egg. The garden-themed decor is enough to get us all wishing it was summer (be patient, we’re nearly there). We imagine you’ll go for brunch but end up staying for dinner…
65A Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA
3. Galvin HOP
A deluxe pub — if you’ve ever heard of such a thing — but it totally works. Craft beer and no fuss eating is what makes this pub so different from its Michelin star restaurant counterpart La Chapelle (which happens to be next door). Go here for a halfway pit stop to grab a beer and a Galvin hotdog to give you some much needed fuel. They also have some great deals on the Fever app; including bottomless brunch drinks for £10, roast dinner and a pint for £18.50, or a 3-course meal with Champagne at Galvin La Chapelle.
35 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY
With some of the best cheese outside of France, this cheese lovers’ heaven is piled high with wheels of the finest fromage. As well as being a cheese shop full of wondrous delights, the bar also serves some of the best fondue to perfectly round up your trip to Spitalfields. Let’s face it, who really wants to walk round shops when their bellies are full of melted cheese and baguette?
Old Spitalfields Market, 10a Lamb Street, London, E1 6EA
5. Wright Brothers
Intent on making everyone love fresh seafood, this restaurant only sources the very best from these fair British isles. Watch the chefs clean, shuck and serve you up all the oysters you could possibly manage. And with a daily happy hour (from 3-5pm) offering £1 oysters, you may find yourself going beyond what you can manage…
8a Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EA
6. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
As trendy coffee places go, this one is pretty high up on the list. But it isn’t their minimal wooden decor that gets them noticed, it’s their dedication to getting that perfect cup of coffee and their excellent barista skills. It’s the perfect place for a caffeine top up if you ever find yourself flagging, and they even offer latte art classes!
6 Lamb Street, London, E1 6EA
This quirky little shop hidden in the corner of Spitalfields Market is the haven for any stationary or funny notebook lover. They have everything from posters and candles, to slogan pencils and any London themed crockery you could possibly want in your kitchen cupboard.
Spitalfields Market, 13 Lamb St, London, E1 6EA