Are you venturing into London as the festive seasons are approaching? Whether you’re going to see a west end show, taking your children to Hamleys or enjoying the views, you’ll need fuel as you walk around London. Don’t be that person who ends up in a boring commercial cafe or mainstream fast food restaurant for your lunch. You’re in the country’s capital! There are so many options available for you if you just look a little outside of the box.
First stop, the incredibly unique Mandira London Yoghurt Bar; Mandira is a Turkish yoghurt bar in Covent Garden, serving savoury and sweet yoghurt dishes. Savoury foods and yoghurt, I hear you cry? Having sampled the flavours myself, I can assure you that they are all super tasty. From smoked salmon, to stuffed vine leaves or granola and strawberries, there will be something to everyones taste. Don’t fancy yoghurt? Not to worry, hearty carbohydrate options are provided too, such as the Turkish Simit bagels. You’d be mad not to check this place out!
If you want a few other alternative places to eat, then why not try one of these five other alternative food hot spots that you must try this season:
- For a tasty snack, head over to Hipchips. Explore a world of flavour combinations dedicated to the humble crisp. You’ll be served a variety of crisps straight from the kitchen on a conveyor belt – just grab sweet or savoury crisps and start to dip into one of the many weird and wonderful dips, from katsu curry and Peruvian ceviche to chocolate salted caramel or cheesecake.
- Biscuit lovers should make their way over to Biscuiteers in Notting hill. It’s time to try your hand at icing a biscuit or two. The boutique also hosts themed icing classes and workshops teaching piping and decorating techniques.
- Cereal Killer Cafe is a cereal lover’s heaven. Head on over to Camden or Brick Lane for breakfast, lunch or dinner and you’ll find lucky charms on tap. Cereal Killer Cafe offer British, American and global cereals as well as pop tarts, shakes, hot chocolate and many other guilty pleasures.
- Fancy something a little less sugary? Hidden away in neal’s yard just west from Holborn is the Wild Food Cafe; a raw-centric eatery, serving organic plant food that is pleasing to both the eye and the waistline. Whether you’re after a green juice to take out or a three course evening meal, this will not disappoint.
- Draughts is a cafe designed for board game enthusiasts, offering an extensive library of games for customers to enjoy along with snacks and drinks including alcoholic beverages. Draughts also hosts theme nights, board game tournaments and design workshops led by professional board game designers.
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Try something different on your next visit into the city, you won’t be disappointed. Have you been to any of these places before?
*I dined at Mandira free of charge, but with no obligation to post about it. Just sharing my honest thoughts as it really is a fun and tasty place to eat in London.