The 10 Best Places to Eat in Spitalfields for All Price Ranges

Spitalfields is an East End gold mine for absolutely delicious food. From the best slice of pizza to lovely Michelin-starred dinners, there’s truly something for everyone.

When you think of Spitalfields, you probably think of the market. And yes, there is no shortage of excellent street food vendors who are just itching to satiate your raging hunger with a stunning burger, or the perfect taco. But it would be remiss of you to ignore all the incredible restaurants Spitalfields has to offer that are just as worthy of your attention and appetite.

From £1 oysters at Wright Brothers, to a taste of India at Gunpowder, Spitalfields has it all. Forget wandering round the streets of London, grappling with that age-old struggle of where to eat! We’ve rounded up 10 of the best places in Spitalfields (in no particular order) where you can get a mouthwatering meal that will have you coming back for more. We’re sure that soon enough, Spitalfields will become your regular haunt. Be it brunch, a light lunch, or dinner— there’s enough here to keep you hooked.  

Read on to discover where to eat in Spitalfields, whatever your budget.      

Where to eat in Spitalfields, London

Photo Credit: Brother Marcus, Text Overlay: Devour London Food Tours

1. Brother Marcus

There’s just nowhere that can compete with Brother Marcus when it comes to brunch. Beware: once you’ve tasted their yolky masterpieces, the nectar and ambrosia of the gods, no other brunch will ever satisfy you again. 

Already a smash hit in Angel and Balham, the recently opened Spitalfields branch is their third and largest venue to date. And it’s a gorgeous plant-filled, fairy-light-wreathed oasis. And as Instagrammable as their interiors are, just wait till you take a look at the food. 

Everything is delicious, but try their signature dishes: the Step Sister with sweet potato, avocado, veg and feta fritters, turmeric yogurt and a poached egg, or the Brother Special with beetroot-cured salmon, chargrilled tenderstem broccoli and scrambled eggs served on sourdough toast. 

And if you’re hoping to stop by for dinner then rejoice, because the Mediterranean-style small plates are mouth-wateringly good and perfect for sharing! 

Brother Marcus cafe in Spitalfields, London
Brother Marcus’ Spitalfields location is an ethereal oasis that looks like something out of a dream world—and that’s not even to mention the incredible food. Photo credit: Brother Marcus

2. Xi’an Biang Biang Noodles

So you like noodles? You’ll love the huge, hand-pulled ones at Xi’an Biang Biang. The large, flat noodles soak up the rich, accompanying sauce in a major way, meaning that each mouthful you take is a flavorful bite of nirvana. Choose the beef belt noodles for a meal that you’ll be left dreaming about for weeks. 

There’s also a selection of cold starters to whet your appetite. And why not try some of their signature pork dumplings on the side? Explore the range of traditional Xi’an street food dishes and be transported straight to the heart of the Shaanxi Province.  

This is a restaurant with no-frills service, but a lovely relaxed atmosphere and unbeatable, authentic food. There’s no way to eat these noodles elegantly, so don’t even bother trying. Just lean over the bowl and slurp them up with joyous abandon—there’s no judgement and plenty of napkins!

Noodle dish at Xi’an Biang Biang, London
Xi’an Biang Biang is proof that you don’t need to travel far to find incredible regional Chinese cuisine. Photo credit: Xi’an Biang Biang

3. Hawksmoor

This Spitalfields steakhouse is sleek, sexy and a top contender for the “best steak in London” accolade. The Hawksmoor is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Enjoy your perfectly cooked meat with a scrumptious selection of sides, including macaroni chips, baked sweet potato and steak sausages.

This is no meal for the vaguely peckish. To do justice to Hawksmoor, you’d better bring along a big appetite. Their steaks are large and their sides are mostly comprised of buttery, carby goodness that you’ll want to keep eating until you burst out of your jeans. So, if you’re feeling particularly ravenous, this will sort you right out.    

With lovely warm lighting, exposed brick and gorgeous art-deco finishes, this restaurant is also a strong contender for the prettiest steakhouse in the city. Cozy up in a booth and while away your afternoon with the perfect long lunch.  

4. Unity Diner

For those environmentally conscious vegans among you, Unity Diner is an absolute godsend. While serving up delicious, 100-percent vegan food, this non-profit restaurant also raises money for grassroots animal rights movement Surge

The brainchild of Youtuber and activist Earthling Ed, Unity Diner is on a mission to serve incredible plant-based fare to curious foodies—vegan, vegetarian and meat-eaters alike! From “mozzarella” sticks to hot dogs, burgers and ice cream sundaes, this diner-style menu will show you that there’s a lot more to plant-based food than salads and green juices.

If you need any more convincing, it’s also a dog-friendly venue and any furry guests that stop by will get free vegan dog treats if they’re feeling hungry!

Vegan hot dogs at Unity Diner, Spitalfields, London
Yes, these are vegan hot dogs, and yes, they are incredible. Photo credit: Unity Diner

5. Gunpowder

You may think you know Indian food. You may think Dishoom is the be-all and end-all when you’re in the mood for curry in London. But trust us: Gunpowder is a homestyle Indian kitchen that you’ll be coming back to time and time again. 

This small restaurant is serving up massive flavors and it boasts a Michelin Bib Gourmand to prove it. Its menu, made with responsibly sourced ingredients, is full of inventive takes on traditional Indian fare. You’ve got to try the rasam ke bomb, a kind of spiced soup served in shot form with crispy potato resting on top, and the spicy venison and vermicelli doughnut, a perfectly cooked doughnut of meat coated in crispy-fried noodles. 

For an affordable, delicious meal full of creative Indian flavors you cannot go wrong with Gunpowder. It’s most definitely, banging. 

rasam ke bomb soup at Gunpowder Indian restaurant, London
The rasam ke bomb is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before—and we think it’s safe to say you’ll love it. Photo credit: Gunpowder

6. St. John Bread & Wine

The plucky little sister of St. John, St. John Bread and Wine serves up excellent British cuisine: traditional, delicious and never boring. The menu changes regularly, but head chef Farokh Talati produces masterpieces like lamb’s heart with purple sprouting broccoli and anchovy, and rabbit saddle with turnip and green sauce, so you’re in good hands. 

Sit down in their white-walled, minimalist-chic venue for a no-frills dining experience of an almost biblical brilliance. 

Want to bring your own wine? St. John Bread and Wine do offer a corkage fee of £25. There’s also a cakeage fee of £6.90 per head if you want to bring your own cake! 

7. Bubala

In the mood for hummus? Feeling like some falafel? Hankering for halloumi? Don’t worry, Bubala is here to satisfy all your Middle Eastern food cravings. It’s completely vegetarian, but honestly, the food’s so good we’re pretty sure that even die-hard carnivores won’t notice the lack of meat. 

The menu is designed for sharing plates, which is excellent because it means you’ll get to try more dishes that way—and trust us, you’ll want to try them all. Fried aubergine with zhoug and date syrup is a must, as is the delica pumpkin. Meanwhile, desserts include tahini, date and tangerine ice cream, coconut malabi, hibiscus and sesame brittle, and salted caramel truffles. 

Curious vegetarian foodies will love having loads of options to choose from. But there’s also a £30 set menu, if you want to relinquish control and accept that Bubala knows best.   

8. Pizza Union

Food doesn’t have to be fancy to be incredible, and sometimes all you want is a slice of really good pizza. If you’re wandering around Spitalfields and you get hit with that pizza craving then Pizza Union is where you should go. 

Let’s start with just how affordable it is. A 12-inch margherita will cost you just £3.95. That’s a bargain for a whole, delicious pizza. In fact, the most expensive thing on the menu (the Carne) will still only cost you £6.50. You can’t beat these prices! 

But you might be wondering, how good can those cheap pizzas be? The answer is very, very good. For a meal that will never disappoint, pick Pizza Union. 

Pizza at Pizza Union, London
All you need is love—and pizza from Pizza Union. But to us, they’re basically the same thing. Photo credit: Jack Lewis Williams for Pizza Union

9. Canto Corvino

For Italian done right, we suggest you pay a visit to Canto Corvino. This gorgeous Spitalfields restaurant serves delicious, modern Italian food in the sleekest of venues. Whether it’s breakfast or brunch, lunch or dinner, they’ve got you covered.

As you’d expect from a good Italian, the pasta is truly heavenly. The rabbit ragu pappardelle is breathtakingly good, as is the lobster tortellini. There are gluten-free dishes available and a selection of plant-based options too. 

Sit back with a glass of Chianti and enjoy a brilliant meal at what is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Spitalfields. 

Italian food at Canto Corvino restaurant
Everyone loves Italian food, and here in London, you can’t beat Canto Corvino. Photo credit: Canto Corvino

10. Wright Brothers

Really fresh, high quality seafood is always a good shout, and for that, we recommend a trip to Wright Brothers. These seafood specialists have a lively smart-casual restaurant in Spitalfields that can satisfy all your pescetarian needs. They use fresh fish daily from their own wholesale company so you can be sure you’re getting the best of the best. 

The prawns, the mussels, the Devon crab risotto—it’s all excellent. We assure you, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Meanwhile, their undercover, heated terrace makes al fresco dining an option all year round! So if you’re feeling completely done with the unpredictable London weather, then why not live a little fantasy of the warmer days to come with a lovely meal out on the terrace.  

If you’re not already completely sold, then let us just inform you that everyday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. you can get oysters at Wright Brothers for £1 a pop. Now that’s our kind of happy hour! 

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