A North Londoners Guide to Eating in North London

If you’re ever spent more than 5 minutes with me, you’ll know how much I love North London. I currently live in Southgate, but I’m counting all my pennies and hoping to move to Finsbury Park. It’s somewhere I’ve always dreamed on living – it’s close enough to the city so I can lace up my trainers and either run or cycle to work, or pop home for a Sunday lunch (or bbq knowing my family).

I get pretty tried of people simply describing North London as only Kings Cross, Islington and Camden. There’s so much more to see and do! Let me take you on a little adventure down the Piccadilly line through your stomach…

Kings Cross

Kings Cross is a huge transport hub for London, and it would be silly for me to ignore it in my guide. Since the development of Granary Square, Kings Cross has become a foodie’s paradise. You’ve got the likes of Granger and Co, Caravan, The Grain Store, and of course Dishoom.

I’ve been to Caravan numerous of times and it never fails to disappoint – their coffee is the perfect pick me in the morning, and their sweet potato and cumin waffle is to die for.

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Holloway

Getting my family to come to this part of London is a nightmare – they’re avid Spurs fan and my dad actually refuses to get off the tube at Arsenal (and still refers to it as Gillespie Road). Some of my highlights include Zia Lucia (a newly opened Pizza joint using black charcoal bases), Vagabond and Le Coq.

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I recently visited The Highbury Arts Club for my sister’s birthday extravaganza – it’s a cute little cafe serving up tapas with exposed brickwork, cosy corners and communal long tables. The food here was so good, I’d highly recommend their pandron peppers, tortilla, and coquettes (and whilst you’re at it.. you might as well order their whole menu). They also do amazing dessert – Scot and I devoured their cheesecake.

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Finsbury Park 

Now I could write a whole post about Finsbury Park, and narrowing down what to include in this section has been incredibility hard.

Get Brunch at Fink’s Salt and Sweet and get to their Avocado Toast. The portion is more then generous and is topped with goats cheese and comes with a harrisa spread – it’s such good value for money.

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Grab a cup of joe at Blighty Coffee. They’re got signature drinks like the Orancino, which is basically Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a cup, and the Spitfire, which is served with cinnamon and chocolate.

Hit up either Yard Sale Pizza or Petek for a spot of lunch or dinner. Petek serves up spot-on Lebanese food, their portions are generous and everything is incredibility tasty.

Finally, grab a pint at the Faltering Fullback. Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s always full or the main room looks like a cross between a sixth-form common room crossed with a 1970s pool hall. It has the most stunning beer garden – it’s quite simply one big treehouse.

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Harringay 

I’ve only recently started exploring Turnpike Lane and Woodgreen since Scott moved here. You’re got to go for a spot of food at Blends, and I simply adore their eggs on sourdough with asparagus and hollandise.

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Mosaica at The Old Chocolate Factory is another one of my favourites – it’s the perfect date spot. It’s in the middle of an industrial estate in Wood Green, but I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Southgate 

You’re almost at the end of the Piccadilly line, and here’s where my foodie journey ends. But before it does, make sure you visit Green’s Steakhouse. They do week day offers, and from Monday till Thursday can grab two steak dinners and a bottle of house red for £39 – bargain.

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The Winchmore is one of my favourite local boozers, run by a brother and sister duo and boasts over 70 gins. Their bar staff are incredible as well,  simply let one of them know your favourite fruit and they will whip up a gin for your taste.

Let me know if you visit any of these places or if you have any hidden gems you’d like to share!  

Brunch at Fink’s Salt and Sweet

I have a confession. I’m addicted to avocado toast. I literally just love it so much. I have it everyday for breakfast without fail and Fink’s Salt and Sweet is the perfect place for me to get my avocado fix.

It’s an unassuming little place and is just a short stroll from Finsbury Park station. Scott and I arrived on early last Saturday and the place was already filling up quite nicely. We scored a perfect little spot by the window.

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The place itself is rather small and has space for around 35 people. The interior is gorgeous and welcoming, and they use beautiful turquoise crockery (I’d love to buy a set when I finally have my own place!)

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Their weekend menu is my kind of menu – it’s got alot of unusual combinations you don’t really see elsewhere, quality ingredients, affordable prices and no greasy fry ups. Of course, I opted for the avocado toast. There’s harissa spread on the toast which comes fresh from Balthazar, there’s a generous serving of avocado and then there’s a thick slice of chevre on each slice. It’s so perfect I’ve tried to remake it at home, and at £5 it’s crazy good value.

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Scott went for the Wiltshire ham and Snowdonian cheddar and apple butter on English muffins – from what I can gather it was delicious as he wolfed in down before I even got the chance to get my camera out.

I’ve heard people rave about their salmon board which comes with smoked salmon, salmon pate, beetroot, crackers, seaweed and goats curd – not your standard brunch option but I can’t wait to go back and try it.

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There’s also some sweet treats to tempt you and their maple pecan sticky bun is a staple. Last weekend they were also serving a salted popcorn cake which I was seriously tempted by. Next time, I’ll definitely leave room for desert.
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Fink’s Salt and Sweet, 70 Mountgrove Rd, London N5 2LT