You’ve got to go to the new Camden Bakery

An unexpected delight on the sloping high street down towards Mornington Crescent

Tasty chicken. Photo: Stephen Emms
Tasty chicken. Photo: Stephen Emms
All around is the hum of dozens of voices and accents: this cosmopolitan reinvented bakery is as popular with locals and workers as it is visitors.

Colourful street art covers one wall, salvaged breadboards and reclaimed metal the other. A nest of lights dangle from the ceiling. Behind the counter a dozen bakers and chefs dance a choreographed hop: the kitchen is open, the smells intoxicating.

And a queue snakes out onto the pavement, the excitement palpable. The longer it gets, the more people join, attracted by the buzz.

Colourful reinvention. Photo: SE
Colourful reinvention. Photo: SE
Camden bakery is, it seems, an instant hit – as if it’s a revolutionary concept people have been waiting for all their life. It reminds me, in fact, of delis in Istanbul, Berlin, New York.


There’s bruschetta, silverside, sirloin and burgers; a salad bar with on-trend kale, quinoa, beetroot. There are courgette fritters, pork cheeks – and brownies, biscuits and cakes piled high on the counter

Busy, busy...Photo: SE
Busy, busy…Photo: SE
Half a chicken comes marinated with herbs, served attractively on a tray: the meat blackened yet tender, the kale almost raw. Goodtime vibes will be further massaged further by the fact that the place is BYO too – so to drink booze with your meal works out as cheap as it is at home.

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Camden Bakery, Sandwiches from £4, Mains from £8, 94 Camden High St NW1, open daily till 10pm

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  • Jonny Silcock

    Went to Camden Bakery for dinner tonight based on this article – ‘got to go’ is extremely generous from a usually very reliable source.

    Average food and overly loud music. Imagine it would be a good lunch place but there’s definitely superior dinner options in Camden and K-Town.