Restaurants, bars, cafés – the listing

Here's a selection of restaurants, bars and cafés in and around King's Cross

Restaurants

Arabica For a true taste of the Levant, head to Arabica in the Aga Khan Centre, just a stone’s throw from Granary Square. On the menu, a vibrant array of colourful meze, charcoal-grilled meats and veg and Turkish pizza hot from the clay oven. The weekend breakfast is worth crossing town for.

Barrafina A Michelin-starred taste of Spain arrives at King’s Cross with the biggest branch of Barrafina to date. Expect the usual culinary magic. Next to Parrillan in Coal Drops Yard.

Beer + Burger Store This is no average burger joint. Quality burgers and sides with a rotating selection of craft beers. Look out for the “Tap Takeovers” and the monthly running club.

Bodega Rita’s This global deli serves up takeout lunch and sandwiches by day, and drinks and small plates by night. Find it on Lower Stable Street at Coal Drops Yard.

Caravan ‘Well-travelled food and mighty fine coffee in an old grain store.’ This ever-popular restaurant, bar and coffee roastery is fantastic for people watching.

Casa Pastor If you know El Pastor, you’ll know what you’re in for here: vibrant decor, great cocktails, and delicious Mexican food. This N1, Coal Drops Yard outpost also offers a Mexican-inspired breakfast menu, and a cosy, heated, covered terrace – Plaza Pastor.

Coal Office Designer Tom Dixon and acclaimed chef Assaf Granit have cooked up something new in this Coal Drops Yard restaurant.

Cut + Grind Could this be London’s tastiest burger? The chefs at Cut + Grind are obsessed with burger perfection and it shows. Head to Canal Reach and decide for yourself.

Dishoom This popular Indian eatery pays homage to the Irani cafés of old Bombay. Just off Granary Square on Stable Street.

Drake and Morgan A sleek, modern flagship restaurant on Pancras Square, serving beautifully-cooked traditional food 7-days a week. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch.

German Gymnasium A big, bold, European-style restaurant in a beautiful historic building right at the station entrances. Recently voted the most stylish restaurant in the world.

Granary Square Brasserie An exciting addition to the King’s Cross restaurant scene. This stylish, all-day eatery is right on Granary Square.

Granger & Co. Bill Granger brings his sunny Australian vibe to King’s Cross. Healthy dishes with an intriguing mix of flavour and textures. Find it at Pancras Square.

Happy Face A fresh and stylish take on the classic Neapolitan pizza joint plus a hidden gem in the form of a late-night, underground cocktail and vermouth bar, SUPERMAX.

Hicce Located above the Wolf & Badger store at Coal Drops Yard, Hicce is the first stand-alone restaurant by celebrated chef Pip Lacey. Just as unique as the fashion offerings below, it’s an informal, 80-seat space twisting modern European cuisine with Japanese and Scandinavian influences.

Hoppers This restaurant gained a cult following with its first venue in Soho. Now opened in Pancras Square, the menu is a tropical journey through Sri Lanka and South India, with family-style feasting, seafood grills, and beachside snacks.

Kimchee An authentic taste of Korea on Pancras Square.

Lina Stores The legendary Soho deli has opened a new venture at King’s Cross. Housed in a beautiful heritage building on Stable Street, Lina Stores has a buzzy open kitchen, an intimate aperitivo bar, and a gloriously retro interior. Dine-in on the best pasta this side of Italy, or stock up on delicious delicacies to take home.

Morty & Bobs It all started with the best-grilled cheese ever. East London’s hot sandwich maestros bring all-day dining, a bar, weekend brunches and, of course, legendary grilled cheese to Coal Drops Yard.

Parrillan The alfresco bar & grill restaurant from the team behind Barrafina.  Beautifully seasoned cuts of meat, seafood, and vegetables for you to cook to your liking on your own mini charcoal parrilla. The Coal Drops Yard location has stunning views to boot. Parrillan is closed during the winter months.

Plum + Spilt Milk An elegant brasserie in the Great Northern Hotel serving beautifully cooked classics courtesy of acclaimed chef Mark Sargeant.

Sons + Daughters Fresh from the team behind award-winning East London restaurant Pidgin comes Sons + Daughters. This Coal Drops Yard eatery serves up sandwiches and salads made from the highest quality ingredients, sometimes with an unexpected twist. Drinks, cocktails and soft-serve ice cream to boot.

Vinoteca Inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy, Vinoteca offers a cracking list of characterful wines and simple yet imaginative food created from fresh, seasonal produce.

King’s Cross Station The station hosts the likes of Prezzo, Benito’s Hat, Giraffe and Leon, as well as more upmarket options such as Plum + Spilt Milk.

St Pancras Station There’s a vast choice of eateries here – from Fortnum & Mason, Carluccio’s and the Gilbert Scott to the more casual Fine Burger Company and Yo! Sushi.

The Courtyard At this all-day food hall at Goods Way, you’ll find fresh, exciting food from Sushi On Jones, Pomelo, Temple Of Seitan, Breddos Tacos and Duck Truck.

The Gilbert Scott Marcus Wareing’s elegant British brasserie and bar in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

The Lighterman You won’t get a better view. Drinking and dining over three floors right on the banks of Regent’s Canal at Granary Square.

Searcys at St Pancras Grand This restaurant and oyster bar is created by Martin Brudnizki, celebrated designer of both Scotts and The Ivy.

Rotunda Modern British food in a beautiful, canal-side setting at King’s Place. The meat is sourced from their own farm in Northumberland.

Bars

Many of the restaurants listed above have great bars (and vice versa!). The German Gymnasium, Parrillian, Caravan, Granary Square Brasserie, and Dishoom, in particular, are worth a visit. And of course Vinoteca and The Drop for wine. In addition…

Sweetwater This American-style drinking den at Goods Way celebrates the round-the-clock energy of New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta. In the same locale as live music venue Lafayette, it should be the first and last stop for your pre and post-gig drinks.

Little Creatures If you love craft beer, then you’ll love Little Creatures. This craft brewery has quite the following in its native Australia. The new taproom on Lewis Cubitt Park is its first in the UK. Great beer, delicious food and a venue brimming with atmosphere.

SUPERMAX The new subterranean cocktail bar from the team behind Spiritland with decor that’s all about curved edges and soft neon. Friday nights are all about the dance.

Vermuteria Welcoming and familiar, this characterful nook in Coal Drops Yard channels the spirit of the bars and eateries along the cycling Grand Tour routes of Italy, France and Spain.

The Drop You’ll find this wine bar in gorgeously intimate space inside a brick railway arch. There are wines at every price point, relaxed communal tables, and a small, classically British menu. For something special, ask for the little black book.

Spiritland This bar and café is heaven for music lovers. Built around a world-class sound system it’s all about the music, with creative programming seven days a week.

House of Cans Lower Stable Street, just below Coal Drops Yard is a little row of former horse-stalls that are now home to some of the most experimental pop ups in the city. Among the eclectic mix of creatives is House of Cans, brewery, bar and off-licence. Go for the exclusive craft beers and one-off can designs.

Anthracite You’ll find this ultra-glamorous martini lounge in the equally glamorous Great Northern Hotel.

GNH Bar Also in the Great Northern Hotel, this Art Deco Manhattan-style bar is the perfect stopping off point before boarding your train.

Central Station King’s Cross’ gay-friendly hub hosts regular club nights and some of London’s best drag entertainment. Plus, there’s a roof terrace restaurant serving burgers, steaks and fish and chips.

The Megaro Bar An intimate basement bar with a bespoke cocktail and bar menu.

Simmons An electic bar with a nostalgic sweet-shop vibe interior and a disco-ball topped dance floor.

The Star of Kings Owned by the same team as The Star of Bethnal Green, Star of Kings caters to a cool crowd with live music and DJ nights.

Platform Theatre Foyer Bar This bustling little bar with its communal tables is great for a pre-theatre drink.

Cafés

Le Café Alain Ducasse – This Coal Drops Yard boutique serves a unique range of quality blends and single-origin coffees roasted at La Manufacture de café Alain Ducasse in Paris to be enjoyed at Le Café or buy the beans to take home.

Redemption Roasters The brews at this Coal Drops Yard coffee shop don’t just taste good, they do good as well.  Redemption works to break the cycle of re-incarceration by teaching young offenders roasting, brewing and barista skills at their roastery and training centre inside Aylesbury Prison.

Maple & KING’S Adria Wu brings her delicious, healthy food,  juices and baked treats to Pancras Square. Eat. Juice. Be Happy.

Notes Coffee Notes combines the finest beans, the latest technology and the most important ingredient, their highly-trained baristas, to produce a special coffee experience. In the evening, things take on a different note with cocktails, wine and craft beers.

Spiritland Café and work space by day, bar by night, it’s all about the music at Spirtland. Although the coffee is pretty special as well.

The café at Pancras Square Library has a handy café beside the youth zone and children’s library. Great for a coffee, cake and snacks while you browse the stacks.

King’s Cross Station The new Western Concourse is home to popular favourites such as Pret, Café Nero, Prezzo and Patisserie Valerie.

St Pancras Station You’ll find a whole host of cafés and delis in the beautifully refurbished station – Benugo, Caffee Fratelli, Peyton & Byrne, Starbucks and many more.

Green & Fortune This King’s Place café prides itself on honest British food, with a carvery station, hand roasted coffee and homemade baking.

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