Located just steps from Canterbury's medieval city walls, the Cafe de China is undeniably one of places you have to visit in the city. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet offering literally hundreds of Chinese and pan-Asian dishes. The price varies between 14 and 15.5 pounds depending on whether it is weekday or weekend, but the quality is really worth the price. The products are all fresh, fragrant, and well-cooked. The service was also quite friendly. It's an ideal place for big eaters or those ve want to sample a bit of everything.
Located just opposite the west gate of the city, Café des Amis is a nice stop for all francophiles looking for a good meal and perhaps a little conversation in French. Indeed, you'll find many French expatriates and tourists at Cafe des Amis either enjoying a quick breakfast or lounging over a cup of tea. It's family-friendly place, unpretentious and very nice.
Costa Coffee is a small coffee shop on Canterbury's famous High Street at the corner of Guildhall Street, just steps from the city's incredible cathedral. There is a nice little terrace for having a drink in the sun (when it's actually out!). It's right on the main street so it's a nice place to people watch over a coffee as well. They also offer quick lunches at noon, with a main course + drink for 4.95 pounds.
The Cuban is a small restaurant on High Street and is perfectly if you're looking from a change from the typically-English but still a bit stodgy offerings of sandwiches, fast food and fish & chips. As you'd expect, The Cuban serves Cuban food but the decor and atmosphere are what really make you feel like you're on the other side of the Earth. We particularly liked the tapas while we had cocktails. The cheese croquettes and the chili con carne with tortillas were excellent, and not overly rich. The prices are reasonable; it was around 11 pounds for an appetizer, entree, and glass of wine. It's a good place for a change of scenery, without breaking the bank.
For coffee lovers, England can be a real test with their cups of tea at any time of day or night. It is difficult indeed to find a decent coffee here that is not instant coffee mixed with a cup of water ...and you can quickly start to dream of a good coffee at home with his melting foam and its delicious taste. At Nero, you can satisfy this desire. Nero, is indeed a coffee bar where you can enjoy delicious coffee, espresso and other cappucinos. Of course, you can accompany this hot drink with one of their delicious pastries (you must try the cheese cake it is to die for!). Or opt for a sandwich or a cold drink. It is not far from the cathedral. At Nero, you can take a well deserved, tasty little break.
Located in the right corner of pretty Buttermarket, is a pub that is not common for the originality of its name! The old Buttermarket is still a very nice place in Canterbury. A lovely terrace allows you to sit and watch the incessant animation of this site. It is a place for gathering and meeting other tourists and tour guides set out to discover the city. You can taste many traditional beers (all excellent), hot and cold drinks (weather permitting!) And traditional culinary delights. Prices are reasonable, especially for lunch (lunch is around 9 pounds) and good hearty dishes. A good place for a moment of relaxation in the heart of the bustling economic and tourist center of the city.
A few steps from the famous Canterbury Cathedral, in the heart of the Buttermarket, is an unpretentious Italian restaurant that I particularly like. First, its location is ideal, right in the center and in the middle of the tourist activities. Next, the setting is very nice, whether it be a few tables outside or the interior decoration. The food is excellent and the price very measured, since the lunch menu is less than 8 pounds, with a main dish (taste the different varieties of pasta and sauces, especially the basil) and drink (wine, beer or soda). We had a great time and the staff is friendly.
Nestled in the heart of the economic and tourist center of the city, in the pedestrian area around the cathedral, lost in the corner of the pretty Butchery Lane, Cafe Mauresque is one of my favorite places in Canterbury. There is indeed a bit of scenery, and it suddenly feels very far from the traditional English fish & chips ... What happiness! Here one can opt for an excellent tagine with chicken, lemon and olives (about 12 pounds), duck or salmon, or a very hearty couscous (12 to 13 pounds). At noon, there is an interesting menu at 5-8 pounds, where we had couscous with chicken and sausages and sat on the shaded terrace. A real good place for a complete change.
While walking on High Street, towards the bus station from the cathedral, it is impossible to miss this cafe. We were attracted to it by its very pretty, sunny and very pleasant terrace, then we noticed the French name and that finally convinced us. We were seated around a cool drink, then we tried one of the dishes. We particularly liked the French bread, which is extremely rare in the city, as well as the wide range of delicious wines, and local beers that change. Finally, it is also where you can find really good cheese! An excellent place!
In the deep heart of England, what a delight to find a French cafe! Indeed, Café Saint Pierre, located on the famous and always busy High Street is a cafe as we know in France. Simple, friendly, unpretentious, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast in the French style, which radically changes the beans, bacon, scrambled eggs and sausage typical of the region! The pastries are excellent (especially the chocolate), although a little expensive. The setting is very nice, especially in the garden at the back of the store, away from the bustle of the street. A real good place for fans of croissants and French coffee.
English cuisine is not known for its lightness (the fish & chips are a little difficult to digest!), or for its variety. There are many who, after a few days in the country, search for new culinary discoveries, often exotic. This was our case, and so we landed at Tacos Locos, in the heart of High Street. And what a great idea we had! Not only are the cocktails cheap, but they are excellent. The food is really delicious and plentiful. We especially loved the fajitas, with their delicious tortillas, as well as tacos, very crisp and excellent quality. In the evening, there was a great atmosphere with Mexican music and cocktails at discounted prices.
Spending several weeks in England can be real torture for French aficionados and other lovers of good food. We recognize that fish & chips, beans and other pizzas often seem bland and tasteless next to traditional French cuisine as we know it. But do not worry, we found a cure for it! Gerard Brewery, located on the famous High Street, is indeed the place in Canterbury where you can fill your belly with traditional French dishes. We particularly liked the quiche lorraine (8 pounds), the onion soup as a starter, baked cod filet, grilled salmon and creme brulee.
If you want to make your children laugh and have an Italian dinner at the same time, do not hesitate one second, go to Zizzi! After a few minutes of laughter about the name of the restaurant, you'll be glad you chose it! It is the only restaurant in the area offering not round but square pizza. Zizzi is a great choice for lovers of Italy. We tasted many dishes but we preferred the grilled salmon (12 pounds), the Sofia pizza (9 pounds), the spicy chicken and tiramisu (they were to die for)!
A few steps from the city walls, The Moat Tea Rooms is undoubtedly one of my preferred tea exhibitions in Canterbury. One can enjoy delicious teas (the selection is particularly wide, very impressive! ) and coffees, along with homemade pastries that are to die for. We particularly liked the cheese cake! For lunch you can get artisan sandwiches prepared to order which are not very expensive.
For all those who can no longer take the fish and chips and other traditional English food, Asian food can be a great help. But there are many Asian restaurants in Canterbury and it is sometimes difficult to make a choice. We tested Wagamama and it is among our favorites. Simple, unpretentious, it has an ideal location, just a few meters from the Cathedral and in the pedestrian heart of the city, but far enough away to be quiet. The menu is very large and it was hard to choose as the dishes are plentiful and tasty. Finally, it recommends the salad with mushrooms, asparagus and tofu (very generously served for less than 8 pounds with noodles and peppers in particular), the traditional chicken salad with its exquisite Asian version of thai basil, and sesame seeds ((8.5 pounds), and the various ramen (Asian noodles, very well cooked and always well seasoned), around 8 pounds. Moreover, the welcome is warm, the portions large and atmosphere friendly. A real good place for a little something exotic.
Shake Shed is milkshake paradise. They have over 100 different milkshakes ranging from the more traditional (chocolate, strawberry, etc.) to the most original (peanut butter, Bounty, After Eight). Choose your flavor or topping and watch the waitresses add a bit of milk, a healthy dose of vanilla ice cream, and an entire candy bar (one or two snickers for example!), and it's ready to eat! You can also mix different flavors (we recommend the Lindt Double chocolate - Ferrero Rocher combination) or be more reasonable and opt for one of the delicious and healthy smoothies. Regular milkshakes are 2.65 pounds.
The Goods Shed is unique in that it's recommended by both the guidebooks and the locals, primarily for the high quality and freshness of its products. Located in the heart of Canterbury's Farmers' Market, the food is exceptional and made only using the freshest ingredients from local producers and farmers. The prices are very high (about 15 pounds per entree) but the food is delicious and portions are hearty. It's a great place to stop for lunch after a morning exploring the marketplace.
The Ancient Raj is one of the best Indian restaurants in Canterbury and is located on North Lane, just a few blocks away from the famous Westgate which marks the entry in the historic heart of the city. The crowd that flocks here on Friday nights is a testament to its popularity. We loved the naan and tandoori dishes, but the curries and veggie plates were also good. The prices are reasonable and the service was very friendly service. It's a place to keep in mind if you're tiring of traditional English food.