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If you’re walking around SE1 feeling peckish, you won’t be spoilt for choice. Borough is home to all kinds of international cuisines, from hearty modern British dishes to Spanish-style flavours to Turkish delights. Read on for a culinary tour of six of the best restaurants that Borough has to offer.

El Pastor

Head to this authentic Mexican taqueria for a tasty treat and a tipple. There’s a range of delicious tacos and quesadillas to choose from, but the number one dish on the menu is the Al Pastor, made from pork shoulder, caramelised pineapple, onion and coriander. Don’t forget to wash your meal down with one of the 17 mezcals on the menu.

Wright Brothers Borough Market

Pop over to the Wright Brothers’ restaurant for oysters and a glass of bubbly, plus seafood dishes galore. One highlight of eating here is that you can see your meal cooking as it happens thanks to the fabulous open kitchen.

Arabica Bar and Kitchen

The provenance of this eatery is interesting. Its owner started out trading spices and sweets at Borough Market before his business morphed into a popular restaurant. Expect to find British meat and veg infused with middle eastern spices. You can also grab a great cocktail or sample some Israeli, Turkish, Lebanese or Syrian wines.


This Italian spot is so popular that you will often see queues snaking down the street. What’s really special about this restaurant is that all of the pasta is made fresh before each service. Feast on the pappardelle with beef shin ragu or classic Roman dish, pici cacio pepe. One of the best things about Padella is that it’s so cheap, with mains starting at just £4.


Sadly, if you’re vegan, the founders of this meat and tapas restaurant certainly created it with carnivores in mind. You’ll find some mouth-watering Spanish dishes such as chorizo and bacon croquetas or fried monkfish. But the pork is really the jewel in the crown. Enjoy prime cuts of Iberico ham or mojo crisps, thin slices from a “hidden” cut of the pig.

Hawksmoor Borough

With more of a traditional vibe than some nearby hipster joints, Hawksmoor is known for its friendly atmosphere and vintage furnishings of wood and leather. It doesn’t disappoint when it comes to food either, with steak likely to be your dish of choice.

We don’t know about you, but after all that we’re supremely hungry. The only question now is which restaurant to visit first.  

Want to know more about what’s hot in the area? Take a look at our comprehensive guide to Borough.