If you don’t like children, turn away now. Bear and Wolf is the official NW5 HQ for parents with young kids, even providing a playroom in back, and you’re likely to have to negotiate a crowd of push chairs as you make your way to the main seating area. If that doesn’t faze you, the place has plenty going for it: good sandwiches, good baked stuff, and good coffee.
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Phoenicia Mediterranean Food Hall
This Middle Eastern supermarket, one of the best food shops in the area, has a café where you can eat an inexpensive lunch of wraps or mixed meze.
The Southampton Arms
The Southampton Arms, between Kentish Town and Parliament Hill, is a proper old school boozer, with a fireplace and ales.
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Kêu Banh Mi Deli
Kêu is a casual Vietnamese lunch spot in Shoreditch that does the best banh mi in London.
Kerb Camden is a great street food market in Camden Lock, with a great lineup of street food dishes, but becomes a complete tourist trap at weekends.
At Porterford Butcher near St Paul’s, you can get a wagyu beef burger for a fiver, or a bacon sandwich for the price of a latte.
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