A lazy day, an incredibly sunny weather, and a friend. We had one mission: make the most of our day out, and to achieve it we chose to explore Angel. I’m in love with this lively/lovely area full of little shops, hidden gems and independent cafés.
First we had a slow walk in Camden Passage, a labyrinth of small streets that squeezes lovely cafés and bars together with vintage boutiques and independent shops. If you stop here for a lunch or brunch I recommend The Elk in The Wood, if it’s breakfast or snack time, give Kipferl a go.
You’ll also find some stalls around the corner, packed with vintage clothes, homeware and accessories. Looking for the perfect 20s gown, a 70s leather jacket or some crystal glasses for your new home? You may find everything here.
After exploring Camden Passage it was time to have a walk on Upper Street, Angel’s high street. We stopped every step of the way to look at the shop windows or to take a pic at the tulips in the flower shops.
One of my fav shops on Upper St. is After Noah. A delightful mix of vintage, toys and furnitures that may keep you busy a whole afternoon.
We then decided to have a lunch in a restaurant that is quicky becoming of my favorite places: Ottolenghi.
Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israeli-born chef with a passion for spices and fresh food. He mixes Middle Easter and Western flavours in amazing dishes and cakes. I just can’t have enough of his cookery.
Me and my friend both had a mix of three salads. I can’t even describe you how yummy and colorful they were. The best thing about Ottolenghi is that he uses very healthy ingredients, so you know you’re indulging but in the end it’s a not-so-guilty pleasure.
I had some basmati rice with lentils, chickpeas, fried onion, pistachios, coriander and toasted spices, chana dal with caramelised heritage carrots, saffron, curry leaves and cumin seeds and roasted root vegetables with peas, lime, chilli, spring onions, coriander and toasted coconut.
I was already satisfied with my lunch, still I couldn’t resist to a dessert. How can you possibly give up to try one of those beautiful desserts?
We tried a peanut butter and chocolate s’more with a marshmallow filling and a lemon and polenta cake. Pure heaven.
You can find Ottolenghi in four different London locations, and I really recommend it for a lunch or a brunch! You’ll love it.