Camden. It’s known for its quirky vibes, booming colours, street food (and bumping into everyone as soon as you come out of the tube). But what about stripped back Camden? The Camden beneath the sheets? We’ve taken a look at some of the eateries you simply must try between drinking from coconuts and sitting by the Lock. Without further ado…

Shaka Zulu

Boom, boom, boom, Shaka Zulu the room! Ah, the fabulous Camden staple, Shaka Zulu. The restaurant shakes up the city with its vibrant decor, menu devised upon stories, journeys and experience and African beats that parade throughout the restaurant space.

Wicked for a night out, Shaka Zulu is a bucket list venue for most who move to London, sourcing game direct from South Africa, as well as other key ingredients. This old chap has been around for a while, having opened in 2010, so we’re pretty sure they’re doing something right…

Where: Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Kentish Town West (0.3 miles)
Website: www.shaka-zulu.com

Cafe Chula

This rambunctious resto doesn’t do things in half measure. Snaking around the restaurant are pillows in popping colours, and the centre piece bar is paved with bright tiles. Mexican is the theme at Cafe Chula and a small and simple menu is what they offer, making more time for scoffing and cocktail-ing, and less time thinking about what to choose.

Food zooms in from all areas. From meat from the Hampstead Butcher, to fresh fruit and veg from London’s best daily markets, including Camden’s. And, of course there’s tequila, which, we’re told, is taken very seriously. The range has been handpicked over the past five years and fan-favourites include the hibiscus or the grapefruit and Habanero.

Great for: Tequila and Mexican food – taco about delicious!

Where: 75-89 Lower Walkway, Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
Website: www.cafechula.co.uk

Adventure In You

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is London’s only Khmer restaurant and has quite the story at its helm. Chef-owner Thomas Tan arrived in the UK in 1969, and with him he brought a handful of recipes including tender lok-luk fillet steak, mild amok fish curry and more, all of which partner terrifically with rice.

It’s the perfect restaurant to visit if authenticity is what you’re after. The interiors are a little dated but the Cambodian food is unlike any other.

Great for: Visiting Cambodia vicariously through food.

Where: 243 Royal College Street, NW1 9LT
Website: www.lemongrass-restaurant.co.uk

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