World cuisine on a plate
KERB Camden Market is open seven days a week and is brimming and bustling with 35 different food stalls where people can grab a delicious bite-to-go from every corner of the world.
There is also a selection of established restaurants serving up interesting cuisine. At Shaka Zulu, for example, adventurous diners can try South African game like Kudu, Ostrich, Springbok and Zebra. The experience is enhanced by the restaurant’s wooden-muraled interiors and warrior statues. A champagne bar and cocktail lounge appeal to a fun and sophisticated clientele.
You’ll find authentic Argentinian fare at La Patagonia, where they use a charcoal grill to cook all the meat and vegetables, creating the unique atmosphere that can be found in the popular ‘barrio’ restaurants in Argentina. Mouth-watering steaks are your go-to here, which can be washed down with a selection of wines from Mendoza – the famous wine region in the foothills of the Andes mountains.
Raise a glass
There’s no shortage of watering holes, either. Fest Camden (formerly Proud) has an enormous terrace perfect for summertime people-watching while sipping on a spritz above Stables Market. If you prefer New Orleans-inspired neon and bourbon cocktails, Blues Kitchen is the place to go – their wings and Cajun popcorn squid are unforgettable.
Camden has several legendary haunts, known throughout London for their storied history and unrivalled atmosphere. You’ll find your new favourite band playing at Camden Assembly, an Indie institution located on Chalk Farm Road and a great place to enjoy a pint of Camden Pale Ale. Alternatively, you can head to the renowned Jazz Café for an intimate soul or reggae gig and a Negroni.
Rockers and high-rollers
You’ll still find your punks, rockers, heavy-metallers, and odd-balls in Camden. But with the average house price estimated at being over £1 million in this area, there are many families and wealthy urbanites as well. Being so close to Primrose Hill and so cool in its own right makes Camden a very desirable postcode. There is a gaggle of celebrities and rich, media types in this area who send their children to creatively-minded schools.
An area of NW1 known as Camden Parkway, located between Camden Town and Regent’s Park, is similarly swanky, with high-end retailers and eateries moving in all the time. Artisan bakery Gail’s has chosen this location as home to one of its branches, as has Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany, a stylish four-star hotel with an excellent restaurant serving the best of British cuisine.
Camden has always possessed an undeniable air of cool and will continue to attract musicians and creatives for years to come. There is much opportunity for growth here, both for would-be restaurants, cafés, and bars, and those that want to continue – or expand – their empires.