The best restaurants in Borough Market

Don't get in a pickle navigating London's most iconic food destination – here's our pick of the best restaurants in and around Borough Market

The words 'Borough Market' have become synonymous with good grub – a place of pilgrimage for foodies seeking out the best of the best.

Dubbed the larder of London, Borough is the capital's oldest market, a place of food and commerce for more than a thousand years.

The market is sprawled beneath railway arches near the end of London Bridge, and thousands of tourists and locals flow through the market daily to sample food from Britain and beyond.

Aside from its well known street-food vendors, grocers and delicatessens, there is a glut of great permanent restaurants in and around the market, from the trusty steeds of Padella, Brindisa and Barrafina to exciting new openings like Cynthia Uma's Rambutan.

But where to start? With the recent announcement that the market will now open on Sundays, fresh eyes are on where to eat. There's a mind-bending amount of choice – and, it goes without saying, a huge number of some of the capital's best street-food traders if you want something quick as you stroll – but if you're after somewhere to while away the hours with the buzz of the market around you, we've picked out our favourite nine restaurants in Borough Market.

The best restaurants in Borough Market


3 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL

Pretty much anything David Carter touches turns to gold, so it should be no surprise that his newest opening in Borough Market, Oma, has done exactly that. Ostensibly a Greek restaurant, this upper-level space pulls on influence from around the Mediterranean, with Turkish touches clear throughout the menu. Nonetheless, it reads like a cohesive selection of dishes, packed full of things you absolutely want to eat. From the fluffy, wild garlic-packed açma bread and the labneh topped with salt cod xo, to the sprightly ceviches, the somewhat ‘deconstructed’ spanakopita and the deeply savoury oxtail giouvetsi, it’s impossible to go wrong – in fact, the biggest risk here is over ordering, something we absolutely did, practically rolling home. Worth it.


3 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL

Where Oma takes things a little more seriously, Agora is the rambunctious sibling downstairs. Inspired by the many market tavernas around athens, David Carter set about trying to replicate them through a very Londonified lens. While Diporto this is not, Agora is the kind of place to pop into for a speedy lunch or dinner – washed down with exceptional drinks. Expect grilled meats, charred flatbreads and more breads and dips than you can shake a stick at.


6 Park Street, SE1 9AB

Every now and then a dish comes along that captures the wider London culinary consciousness; at the end of last year that dish was the grilled mussel skewers with calamansi lime. Grilled until almost caramelised and slathered in a subtly spicy sauce, the skewers were a smash hit, delighting all who passed through the doors who then quickly went on to spread the word about this incredible new Thai restaurant. All of that is to say this is easily one of the capital’s most exciting new (ish) restaurants and is well worth a visit.


Upstairs at the Globe Tavern, 8 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL

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There are is a lot of good cooking happening above pubs at the moment in London, and Tou is here to up the ante again. The brainchild of TaTa eatery founders Ana Gonçalves and Zijun Meng, Tou began its life as a popup, before going into hibernation for a few years. Its relaunch has been a relief for Londoners looking for a fix of cracking katsu sandos and even better ice cream sundaes. Wash it all down with a great list of pet nats for the lunch of dreams.



2-3 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA

If you want a cockle-warming dinner with a healthy dose of French flare, then Camille is your answer. It’s the latest conquest of Clare Lattin and Tom Hil, the duo behind London’s much-adored Ducksoup and Little Duck, and retains their trademark approach to simple, honest, provenance-led cooking. The French-inspired menu serves up rustic and regional by the bucket load with the likes of trotter and parsley terrine, lemon sole with snail butter langoustine cassoulet and dinky Bordeaux cannelés on the menu. Plus, with a focus on nose-to-tail cooking and in-house curing, you can also expect to chow down on plenty of homemade sausages, lardons and charcuterie. Bon ap!


12 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD

If you forced us to write a list of the five dishes we couldn't live without, there's a high chance the Elliot's cheese puffs would feature, and probably the potato flatbread with sour cream and cod's roe, too. In fact, add on their sizable sourdough pizzas while you're at it. Basically, the whole menu is made up of entirely devourable dishes that deliver big on flavour while remaining wholly interesting and satiating. Wash their banging plates of food down with a natural-leaning wine from the menu and toast to a great find – if you'd stumbled across Elliot's on holiday, you'd think you'd hit the jackpot, so having it in your home city makes things even sweeter.


10 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD

Rambutan is a cocktail-shaking, curry-making, roti-flaking powerhouse of a restaurant . After the roaring success of British-Sri Lankan cook Cynia Uma's eponymous cookbook and series of pop-ups, its opening has been long anticipated. Rambutan's interior takes inspiration from the post-colonial style of Minnette de Silva – Sri Lanka's most famous female architect, filled with teak chairs, painted tiles and geometric textiles. Expect to eat deeply satisfying village-style Sri Lankan food focusing on regional dishes from the island's north, like mutton rolls, chicken sambol buns, turbot heads with sodhi broth and slow-braised black pork. All accompanied by cracking cocktails, of course.


6 Southwark Street, SE1 1TQ

If queues were a direct measure of restaurant success, then Padella would be winning the race. This cult, no-reservations pasta spot has acquired a dedicated following over the past decade with branches in Borough as well as Shoreditch. The menu here is short and fuss-free – four starters, six pastas, a couple of puddings and focaccia. It's a magnet for pasta heads, hypnotised by the pici cacio e pepe, dorset crab tagliolini, and beef shin pappardelle. Whet your appetite with their gargantuan balls of burrata, mopped up with piles of bread, and don’t forget to leave space for dessert. With first-class pasta, reasonable prices and a lively atmosphere, Padella really is a triple threat.


18-20 Southwark Street, SE1 1TJ

It's been more than 30 years Since Monika Linton launched Brindisa, and it has continued to fuel London's love affair with tapas ever since. There is somewhat of a Brindisa empire in the capital, with a five-strong family of restaurants; however, the original Borough Market Branch will always be the best. Brindisa celebrates authentic cooking from around Spain and is the place to go if you want to seek out the classics done well. Pop in for plates of pan con tomate; croquetas; juicy gordal olives; and arroz negro, and restock your pantry with gigantic jars of beans while you're at it. There are no reservations at Brindisa Borough, but you can queue virtually with the Dojo app.


1 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL

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The air in Beranjak is filled with both the roar of diners and fragrant smokiness of the grill, while the food is characterised by the enlivening heat, acidity and spice which make Persian cuisine so delicious. Berenjak has firmly put Persian food on the London map with its inhalable kebabs, lip-puckering dips, sabzis and gigantic breads. Alongside à la carte, two set menus are on offer – the Townhouse Feast or Persepolis, which showcase a hearty selection of Persian classics, including must-order dishes such as mast o musir, poussin kebab and mirza ghasemi. A trip here is one for elasticated trousers because, at Beranjak, you do not nibble; you feast.


2 Dirty Lane, SE1 9AB

It's hard to mention tapas in London without mentioning Barrafina. It's yet another success story from the formidable Harts group, the restaurateurs behind El Pastor, Quo Vadis and Parrillan. At Barrafina, you can expect classic Spanish-style counter dining surrounded by the thrum of an open kitchen, with a menu of classic tapas dishes supplemented by a blackboard of specials. With some of the best oozing tortillas, crispy chipirones and devourable torreznos in town, it's no surprise there are frequent queues outside the door to bag a table. However, we urge you to wait patiently because, unlike many of the drab, touristy Tapas joints around, the food at Barrafina leaves a lasting impression.

Lobos Tapas

14 Borough High Street, London SE1 9QG

It's a blessing that Lobos is slightly hidden under the arches in Borough Market because if it were any more obvious you would never get a table. Expect to eat class-A tapas from a team formerly of Brindisa. The tapas at Lobos leans towards the mighty and the meaty, with much of the produce sourced from Borough Market. Expect to consume all of the classics, including a star-studded cast of croquetas, presa Iberica, grilled octopus leg, blistered padrón peppers and grilled octopus leg. Wash it all down with a glass of cava or sherry, and you have a delightful evening on your hands.


Arch 208, 18 Stoney Street, SE1 9A

The more casual sibling to Aji Akokomi’s Akoko, Akara blazes a trail for elevated West African dining in London. Tucked into a railway arch in Borough Yards, the slick, peachy-hued restaurant serves up its namesake akara – a fluffy black-eyed bean fritter that acts as a vehicle for shovelling Orkney scallops, tiger prawns and braised ox cheek into your mouth. Beyond the buns, the mains are burly and bold, so expect to tuck into big flavours like ex-diary sirloin suya or BBQ Lagos poussin with Senegalese hot sauce. Despite being the ideal jaunt for those with a penchant for heat and smoke, sweet tooths rejoice because the pudding list is equally as impressive. Go for the sticky tamarind date cake with tonka bean ice cream, and you'll leave a happy man.

Borough Market is open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday and closed Mondays. For more information, go to