Coal Office A restaurant collaboration between Tom Dixon and acclaimed chef Assaf Granit.
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, alongside another two new venues from the brothers: an El Pastor taco bar, and a gorgeous new wine bar –The Drop.
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.
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.
Casa Pastor If you know El Pastor, you’ll know what you’re in for here: vibrant decor, great cocktails, and delicious Mexican food. Unlike the other El Pastor taco bars, however, the new N1 outpost for the taco bar also offers a Mexican-inspired breakfast menu (to start the day), and a cosy, heated, covered terrace offering tequila in all forms (to end it).
Granary Square Brasserie An exciting new addition to the King’s Cross restaurant scene. This stylish, all-day eatery is right on Granary Square.
Hicce Located above the new Wolf and Badger store, Hicce is the first stand-alone restaurant by celebrated British 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.
Plum + Spilt Milk An elegant brasserie in the Great Northern Hotel serving beautifully cooked classics – courtesy of acclaimed chef Mark Sargeant.
Redemption Roasters A coffee shop offering light bites, pastries and a range of espresso and filter coffee. The brews here not only taste good, but do good too: Redemption works to break the cycle of re-offending and incarceration by teaching young offenders roasting, brewing and barista skills at their roaster and training centre inside Aylesbury Prison.
Vermuteria For the uninitiated, Vermouth is a fortified wine, flavoured with various botanicals, and popular across old Europe, with quaint Vermouth bars common across Spain, southern France, and Italy. It is now being championed in the Coal Drops with a host of seasonal vermouths alongside the all-day Grand Cafe menu.
Kimchee An authentic taste of Korea in the heart of King’s Cross
Caravan Well-travelled food and mighty fine coffee in an old grain store. This popular restaurant, bar and coffee roastery is fantastic for people watching.
Cut + Grind Could this be London’s tastiest burger? The chefs here are obsessed with burger perfection and it shows. Head to Canal Reach and decide for yourself.
Dishoom This ever-popular Indian eatery pays homage to the Irani cafés of old Bombay. Just off Granary Square on Stable Street.
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.
The Drop One of the three new venues from the Harts Group is The Drop, a brand new wine bar concept. A gorgeously intimate space inside a brick railway arch, there are wines at every price point, relaxed communal tables, and a small, classically British menu.
Drake and Morgan A sleek and modern flagship restaurant on Pancras Square, serving beautifully cooked traditional food 7 days a week. Don’t miss Sunday brunch.
Granger & Co. Bill Granger brings his sunny native Australian vibe to King’s Cross. Healthy dishes with an intriguing mix of flavour and texture.
The Gilbert Scott Marcus Wareing’s elegant British brasserie and bar in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
Booking Office Bar & Restaurant Dine in the dramatic cathedral-like space of the original station ticket hall.
Searcys at St Pancras Grand This restaurant and oyster bar is created by Martin Brudnizki, celebrated designer of both Scotts and The Ivy.
MI + ME at St Pancras International offers a selection of British meat and cheese trays to eat in or takeaway, as well as artisan sandwiches, craft beer and house-made bottled cocktails.
Rotunda Modern British food in a beautiful, canal-side setting at King’s Place. The meat is sourced from their own farm in Northumberland.
VOC Bar & Grill Unique cocktails, hearty grill dishes and a homely, speakeasy-style. A hidden gem in Varnishers Yard, just moments from King’s Cross Station.
Camino Lively Spanish bar and restaurant in Regent Quarter. Plenty of tapas, cava and, at the weekend, Latin-infused live music.
Canal 125 Set on the Regent’s Canal, this restaurant and bar serves up award-winning food, great music and a chilled out atmosphere.
Karpo at the Megaro Hotel Beautifully cooked food in a relaxed atmosphere.
Addis A colourful Ethiopian themed restaurant with a generous selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes best enjoyed at the traditional mesob tables.
Kitchin A stylish open plan buffet restaurant serving freshly prepared dishes from China, Thailand, India and Italy.
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.
Cut + Grind A burger joint with a difference, where the burgers are all ground in full view, and the meat changes on a weekly basis. So you’re looking at a very fresh burger here.
Ekachai on York Way serves delicious, fresh and tasty South East Asian soup noodles, wok-fried noodles, rice, curries, stir-fries and more.
Many of the restaurants listed above have great bars. The German Gymnasium, Caravan, Granary Square Brasserie, and Dishoom, in particular, are worth a visit. And of course Vinoteca and The Drop for wine. In addition…
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, the onsite brewery, bar and off-licence. Expect exclusive craft beers and one-off can designs.
GNH Bar A glamorous, Manhattan-style bar in the exquisitely refurbished Great Northern Hotel.
The Betjeman Arms On the upper concourse at St Pancras Station, this gastropub serves a mix of British favourites as well as new dishes. A well-chosen wine list and a good selection of ales and ciders make this a perfect spot to wait for your train.
06 St Chads Place Popular bar and restaurant in a former mechanic’s workshop, serving breakfast, lunch, tapas, and drinks. Live music events every month.
Be@1 Cocktail Bar A cool, relaxed venue with a diverse cocktail menu expertly mixed by friendly staff. Popular every night of the week.
Bar Pepito This intimate Andalucían-themed bar is dedicated entirely to sherry. Try the tasting menu for the full experience.
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.
The Driver Gastropub with three lounge rooms and a beautiful roof terrace.
McGlynns Free House Traditional English pub and grub.
The Fellow Gastropub specialising in modern British cuisine with a European twist.
The Big Chill House Café, pub and music venue.
Norfolk Arms Gastro pub serving English food tapas style.
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.
Maple & King’s Adria Wu brings her delicious, healthy food, juices and baked treats to Pancras Square. Eat. Juice. Be Happy.
Notes Coffee Part coffee shop, part music venue, Notes combines the finest beans, the latest technology and the most important ingredient, their highly-trained baristas, to produce a special coffee experience.
Spiritland Café and workspace by day, bar by night, it’s all about the music at Spirtland. Played on a world-class sound system, the programme digs deep into the collections and musical lives of some of the world’s leading artists and producers.
Skip Garden Kitchen Healthy lunches, cakes and hearty soups, all made using organic ingredients grown in the Global Generation garden. It doesn’t get more local.
Yumchaa Tea enthusiasts Yumchaa have opened a new tea shop at King’s Cross. Find delicious teas in unusual blends, plus cakes, sandwiches and salads.
The café at Pancras Square Library The brand new St Pancras Library at Five Pancras Square 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.
Foodilic A great spot for a healthy lunch, with plenty of veggie and vegan options, the famed Feuillete pastries and fair trade coffee on the busy Pentonville Road.
Green & Fortune This King’s Place café prides itself on honest British food, with a carvery station, hand roasted coffee and homemade baking.
Drink, Shop & Do A quirky café with salads, tarts and pastries during the day, and cocktails and madcap craft workshops in the evenings.
Middleat Fresh and wholesome, Middle Eastern-inspired food. Design-your-own bowls using free produce, made-from-scratch hummus, authentic falafel and slow-cooked meat.