London food stores: a list of the best...
When I am in London, I am often trying to search out the best produce and ingredient stores from which to room-picnic/squirrel goodies back to Scotland from. Rather than keep asking every year, I wondered if it might be useful to others to have a list/thread of the best?
I started by dahsing off the ones I know of/have used as 'an outsider'. It would be great if you could add your faves in a similar manner....adding any info or categories (eg Markets, Sweet shops etc) where needed. Thx!
e5bakehouse - East London artisan sourdough bakers using organic and locally sourced ingredients.
St John Bakery - Puerveyor of delicious rustic breads - and doughnuts with an emerging cult following.
Poilane - London outpost of traditional French baker serving respected breads and croissants. Belgravia.
Wild Caper - Wonderful Bread and Pastries in Brixton Village.
Neal's Yard - Farm cheese from the British Isles, starring the showstopper Stichelton. Various outlets, with stores at Borough Market and Covent Garden.
Paxton and Whitfield - Historical cheesemongers specialising in artisan English and French cheeses. Jermyn Street.
Lina Stores - Popular Soho deli with a good selection of charcuterie.
I Camissa & Son - London's original Italian Deli since 1961
Luigi's Deli - Popular Italian Deli in Chelsea with beautiful ingredients and prepared foods.
R Garcia - Notting Hill based store with a good selection of Spanish ingredients.
Brindisa - Popular store for Spanish ingredients in the heart of Borough Market.
Center - Wide selection of Japanese ingredients. Regent Street.
Taj Stores - Brick Lane retailer with a wide selection of Bangladeshi/Indian and Asian ingredients.
Michanicou Brothers - Oft touted as the best greengrocers in London and a gem for foodies. Holland Park.
Paul A Young - Award winning young chocolateirs with several stores. Flagship in Soho.
L'artisan du Chocolat - Haven to many chocoholics across the city and the world....and purveyor of the lethally addictive liquid chocolate salted caramel. Chelsea, Notting Hill and in Selfridges.
Roccoco - Thriving chocolate shop selling a wide variety of beautifully wrapped chocolate and confectionery. Three stores with flagship in Belgravia.
Harvey Nichols foodhall
Fortnum and Mason
- La Cave a Fromage - very close to South Kensington tube station, lovely selection, always in very good condition, and staff very helpful, not at all sniffy as I've found in another well known cheesemonger (not listed above). And if you are buying cheese for that night or for eating in a few days time, tell them and they'll help pick something that will be perfect for that date.
- Atari-ya - Sell Japanese food including fresh seafood (incl sashimi grade), sushi and, depending on which location, a great selection of fresh, dried and frozen ingredients and food. The one in Finchley is excellent.
- William Curley - chocolatier and patissiere, his patisseries in particular really are superb. Two locations, Belgravia and Richmond.
Im sure there are better Korean stores in New Malden, but I really like Seoul Plaza in Golders Green for Korean ingredients (after a quick google it turns out they have locations across London, including New Malden).
Golders Green also has Yarden and Kosher Kingdom for Kosher/Jewish ingredients, though neither are probably much interest to non-Jews.