If you are as much of a foodie as I am, no matter whether it’s chocolate, bagels, healthy food, american food, authentic food or any food – Canterbury will be your cup of tea for sure.
I have spent just over a day in this beauty with my foodie buddy who lives there.. and what a better way to discover the best places than a personal local guide who loves chocolate as much as I do?
We decided to act like we’re on holiday and had SO much fun, loving every minute. Canterbury is a beautiful town full of English charm, independent coffee shops and restaurants. A perfect weekend getaway destination especially if you live in London like myself.
I’ve decided to tell you about my favourite places that we visited. So here is my..
Foodie’s Guide To 1 Day In Canterbury
I have linked all of the places to trip advisor so you can read the reviews for yourself 🙂
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(34 St Margaret’s Street)
If you are looking to start the day in a relaxing and luxurious 1930′s atmosphere – Tiny Tim’s Tearoom will be the perfect place. Voted top Tearoom in Kent 2015, you don’t need to be there for long to understand why. Their loose leaf tea choices will nicely surprise you, such as the Blossoming Flower or Cinnamon and Plum Green – they all sound amazing. If however you prefer to start your day with a coffee, that is not a problem at all – from the Colombian, Brazilian, to a Pure Jamaican Blue Mountain or the delicious sounding Hot Toddy (espresso coffee topped with Baileys and whipped cream) you will find your ideal cup of coffee for sure.
Their breakfast is very English and just great, served all day and everything is freshly made. All of the choices look delicious resulting in us getting slightly carried away. Fresh & still warm scones, homemade cakes, different twists to Eggs Benedict and soups – it all looks incredible.
We ordered a Hazelnut Coffee (yum), Cinnamon and Plum Green Tea, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Portobello and a Scone with Cream and Jam to share. That came up to about £32 between us.
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After your belly is full and you somehow manage to get up, it’s time to do a bit of exploring.
Places to see in Canterbury:
◇ Canterbury Cathedral
◇ St Augustine’s Abbey ruins
◇ Westgate Gardens
◇ The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
◇ Canterbury Heritage Museum
You can always just wander around the shops, especially to find this little gem..
(1 Palace Street)
Not a food place but.. If you like unique, independent, fair trade shops then this particular one might become your favourite.
From candles, incense sticks, tiki masks to all sorts of unusual and interesting gifts, musical instruments (which are incredible) and clothes from around the world. I struggled to leave and when I did.. I run straight back inside to take a picture to show you guys and might have gotten slightly carried away on Snapchat (elitravelbug – add me to follow my travels or london life)
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Credit: Little Joe’s Deli facebook page
Bagels, toasties, pie & mash.. what’s not to like!
Known as the best bagel place in Kent (just look at the online reviews..) Little Joe’s Deli will not disappoint.
The menu is small but good. You can choose a wrap or bagel from the set menu or decide on the toppings yourself. Everything looks & smells delicious.
We ordered a bacon & avocado bagel, a hallumi bagel and two drinks for about £6 each.
They also have a super delicious smelling refillable coffee for (I think) £1.50!
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Dessert & Coffee
(1 Guildhall Street)
This place.. I don’t even know where to start to be honest with you besides saying how freaking DELICIOUS & again DELICIOUS everything tastes and smells.
If you are as big of a chocolate lover as I am, I’m not sure whether recommending this place is a good idea. You might get as carried away as we did and end up having the biggest sugar rush, which is of course still absolutely worth it. If however (for what surely must be a serious and good enough reason) you are not a fan, they also do tasty lunches and even a mulled wine in the colder months!
In this place, everything is done properly, each of our mochas were thick and chocolaty, the waffle was perfectly sweetened but not too sweet so it works wonders with the fresh Belgian chocolate on top, the strawberries were huge dipped in the again fresh Belgian chocolate. We also got carried away and picked a couple of chocolates each from the incredible selection at the front and even though we struggled to continue eating, I refused to let anything go to waste and managed to finish every single bit.
Another great surprise was how much we paid!
All of our treats came up to £13 between us.. thirteen pounds!
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I couldn’t decide which restaurant to tell you guys about so.. I’ve decided to include all of what my foodie guide and I believe to be THE BEST (independent) dinner options in town:
Credit: Zeus facebook page
(2-3 Orange Street)
An independent Greek restaurant, the food looks out of this world – including squid cooked to perfection, endless variety of veggie options and a tasty selection of desserts.
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Credit: The Goods Shed facebook page
(Station Road West, CT2 8AN)
A restaurant overlooking the daily market and the decor will steal your heart for sure. You will also see many stands selling cheeses, jams, jellies, craft beer, marmalade, etc. Oh yes.. they have their own bakery and butchery as well.. This place is simply a must.
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Credit: Cafe des Amis facebook page
(95 St Dunstans Street)
If you feel like a Mexican feast, look no further. Another independent restaurant, with great service and buzzing atmosphere. Just read the reviews online and you will want to try all of the food asap. If you like a good discount, they usually have an offer before 5:30 on two course meals, a 25% student discount on weekdays and a happy hour (please do check before you go incase it changes)!
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(4 St Margaret’s Street)
I haven’t personally visited this coffee shop yet but only because we run out of time. However my foodie guide told me that this place is a must and I can easily see why..
For a single shot of espresso, they use 90 espresso beans instead of 42 which is the industry standard of the usual chain coffee shops. The coffee is roasted and blended on site and you can also buy the beans to take home with you. ♥
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So here it is, My Foodie’s Guide To 1 Day In Canterbury.
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