Quirky restaurants in Shoreditch

Claire Murray | Date posted - 26 Oct 2018
Everyone knows that Shoreditch has been the king of cool for a while now. With it’s modern eateries, quirky bars, and proximity to the City, it’s where all the trendy kids hang out. If you’re in Shoreditch and looking for something a little different, check out our list of quirky restaurants in Shoreditch for inspo.


With its bright, open spaces, colourful food, and stripped back interior, Lahpet is killing it on the cool front right now. One of the few restaurants in the UK serving up Burmese food, this spot is focused on serving up great flavours to the people of Shoreditch. Try out their Lahpet salad, made with tea leaves, or go for a “bowl” with dishes like coconut noodles with chicken, or catfish and lemongrass chowder. Oh, and they serve up tasty cocktails too.


Something of an old kid on the block now, Oklava is co-owned by Great British Menu chef Selin Kiazim, meaning you know the food is going to be top class. This contemporary Turkish restaurant serves up tasty small plates in a rustic environment (think stripped back walls, wooden tables, and a dining counter.) We recommend taking the Oklava menu, a taster of the chef’s favourite dishes to be ordered by the whole table.

Viet Grill

Ooft, we’re really taking you on a tour of the cuisines here. As you might have guessed, Viet Grill dishes up Vietnamese plates, “making the simplest of dishes taste good.” This quirky Shoreditch restaurant takes you right out of London with their cool decorations featuring low lighting and leaf-covered walls. Famous for their pho, they have beef, chicken and veggie dishes that will get your whole group hungry.


Is there anything better than a bit of American comfort food? We don’t think so. This USA-style diner features plates like Nashville hot wings, a classic crispy chicken sandwich, and even vegan chicken with waffles. Desserts are even more impressive with actual skillets, filled with Nutella cookie dough, a vegan brownie sundae, and an impressive selection of waffles. The walls are covered in music sheets and fairy lights, the food is great, and its one of our favourite quirky restaurants in Shoreditch. Get a’bookin!

Lantana Cafe

There has been a Lantana Cafe in London since 2008 and with that kind of staying power, you know they’re doing something right. Owners Shelagh, Michael, and Caitlyn opened Lantana to bring everything they loved about Australian cafe culture to the city. Sitting in an old industrial space, it’s a super quirky space with antlers hanging from the ceiling, wood panelled walls, and trippy wallpaper. Don’t be fooled by the name though, it’s not just open through the day, you can usually make reservations til 9.30pm.
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