I have always liked Carnaby Street a lot. With a glorious past in the 60s, it is still a lively and quirky place, full of nice shops and restaurant, but also hidden boutiques and secret tea rooms. Moreover, it is pedestrian: a little peaceful shopping/eating paradise between Oxford Street and Regent Street.
If you are wondering what to do next Sunday in London, I have the answer for you. Carnaby street, for one day only, will turn into an open air street feast: Carnaby Street Eat!
It is an International Food Festival that will turn the street into a foodie paradise. From 11am to 6pm, in fact, 40 of the area’s best restaurants, bars and cafés will run outdoor stalls to bring their dishes and concepts onto the streets of Carnaby.
It will be a chance to enjoy a (hopefully) sunny day in one of the nicest place in Central London and to taste more than 15 global cuisines, while being delighted by some great live music and entertainment.
Last week me and a bunch of other lovely bloggers were invited to have a preview of the event, which consisted in having a few tasters around. It was a really funny night, we hopped from restaurant to restaurant having glasses of bubbles, wine and beer, and having a taste of the menu which, believe me, is just amazing.
Our first stop was Wright Brothers, where we were spoiled with an appetizer of oysters and Prosecco. The restaurant sources some of the best oysters from its own farm in Cornwall and only serve sustainable fish and the finest seafood.
I can’t tell you about oysters since I don’t eat fish but the Prosecco was so good, and helped the night started with the right foot 🙂
Then it was the turn of one of the most famous (and incredible!) chocolat shop ever: ChoccyWoccyDoodah.
Forgive me if I took TONS of pictures. The place was just magic. Incredible chocolate sculpture all around the shop and a secret room upstairs we had the chance to visit-.
It was just like stepping into Alice in Wonderland’s Mat Hatter party. Just look at this!
During Carnaby Street Eat the shop will be giving out free chocolate samples and a Kiss FM DJ will be spinning the decks, so it will be a must!
After this overdose of amazing sweetness we came to what was probably my favourite: Shoryu.
This quirky ramen bar has just opened in Soho and offers delicious Japanese street style specialities like the Gyoza dumplings and the steamed bun with pork and mushrooms. Both the cocktails and the food was top class, really, I loved every mouthful.
My next and last stop was Whythe & Brown. The restaurant serves especially free range chicken and craft beers. In fact, here we enjoyed some of the best craft beers I’ve had lately. One especially, Hiver, the Honey beer, was to die for.
Unfortunately I lost the last two stops of the tour, I heard they were super.
One was Cha Cha Moon, a fusion restaurant I had tried (and loved) before.
And the last one was The Rum Kitchen, still on my London restaurants wishlist.
And there will be so much more to taste at the event, next Sunday. If I were you, I’d put Carnaby Street Eat on my agenda straight away!
The entrance is free and the taster dishes are just £5, plus many on-the-day offers. Here you find a full list of all the stalls and the activities going on during the day.
For more info go to the Carnaby street website.
I was invited to the preview of Carnaby Street Eat. Opinions are my own.
Cover photo, Cha cha moon and The Rum Kitchen photo courtesy of Sister.