From classic pubs to brunch spots, there’s no shortage of cosy hangouts to visit when you’re living in Archway. Living in this corner of North London, you’ll be spoilt for choice whether you’re looking for somewhere to meet your friends, a quiet corner to do some work, or a nice restaurant for a date night.

Simply wander down Junction Road and you’re sure to find a spot to suit your mood. So, if you’re already living in Archway or thinking of moving there, here are the best places to go.

Bread & Bean

Bread and Bean, living in Archway

For exceptional coffee and a friendly atmosphere, Bread & Bean will soon become your regular. Pop by to try their coffee blends, with a weekly rotation of independent roasteries from around the world. For something even more thirst-quenching, try their fruit and veggie smoothies or homemade fresh juices.

The little café is a nice spot to catch up on some work and watch the comings-and-goings along Junction Road. Or meet up with a friend and enjoy the brunch menu and daily cakes.

Find at 37 Junction Rd, Upper Holloway, London N19 5QU | Follow @breadandbean37

500 Restaurant

500 Restaurant, living in Archway

Indulge in the authentic tastes of Italy at 500 Restaurant. The ever-changing seasonal menu utilises the very best of fresh, flavoursome ingredients. All dishes are prepared on the day, from homemade breads and gnocchi, to ravioli and seafood pastas.

You need to sample their choice of desserts before you leave too. Expect classic tiramisu, dark chocolate mousse, panna cotta and more. If you have a more savoury tooth, opt for their Italian cheese board to end your meal, with a good glass of red wine on the side.

Find at 782 Holloway Rd, Upper Holloway, London N19 3JH | Follow @500restaurant

Archway Market

Archway Market, living in Archway

Pick up your groceries at Archway Market on a Saturday. Just next door to Archway Station (and Vantage Point), the marketplace is conveniently located in the heart of the area — a convenient spot for anyone living in Archway. From locally grown produce and meats from British farmers to freshly baked pastries and cakes, there’s always something to tempt your palate.

You’ll also find a host of homewares and trinkets — perfect if you’re looking for an alternative gift or something to decorate your apartment. Be sure to pick up a colourful flower bouquet or pot-plant when you visit too.

Find at Navigator Square, Archway, London N19 3TD | Follow @archway_market

Owl & Hitchhiker

Owl and Hitchhiker, living in Archway

If you’re looking to fix your brunch cravings, Owl & Hitchhiker offer bottomless brunch every Saturday. Savour your choice of pancakes, avocado on toast, and eggs galore, plus Bloody Marys and Mimosas for refreshment.

Otherwise, pitch up any day of the week and expect all your favourites on the menu. The alternative pub on Holloway Road specialises in vegan junk food with everything from a beefless burger and fishless tacos to sweet treats. But they also serve plenty of meat options responsibly sourced from local farmers. The venue hosts a busy events calendar with stand-up comedy, quiz nights, live music, and performances, so there’s always something going on.

Find at 471 Holloway Road, Archway, London N7 6LE | Follow @owlandhitch


Archies Cafe Archway

Archie’s is a lovely and calm café, bar and bistro
 not far from Archway station & Vantage Point. The café has a lovely earthy and airy feel. With modern fittings and plants galore. This will definitely become your new favourite coffee and brunch spot. 

On the menu you’ll find jam-packed salads, mouth-watering cakes and even a cocktail or two. For all pet owners living in Archway, you’ll be pleased to hear that Archie’s is dog friendly. So, whether you’re needing a quick coffee on the way back from your walk or a sit down lunch with friends, Archie’s is the place to be.

Find at 36 Highgate Hl, London N19 5NL | Follow @archiesldn

Rapsa @ Play Archway


If you’re looking for the perfect night out in Archway, look no further. Rapsa@Play Archway offers Filipino Fusion Street Food, karaoke and plenty of live gigs. 

Rapsa is where you want to be for deals like happy hours, themed foodie nights and a vibrant party atmosphere. Whatsmore, it’s only a 5 minute walk from our Archway apartments! 

Make sure to check out the packed ‘whats on’ calendar so you can book a table in advance. 

Find at 141 Junction Rd, Archway, London N19 5PX | Follow @rapsaplayarchway


Crudough Archway

Crudough is the self-proclaimed best pizza in North London, with fresh oven-baked pizzas filling the menu. Enjoy authentic flavours of Italy with their classic toppings and decadent desserts. We highly recommend their creamy Tiramisu. 

When the sun is shining, you can dine al fresco out on their front terrace. Or seek some shade in their back terrace. Plus, Curdough is dog-friendly, so you can bring your furry friends along for a delicious meal. 

Find at 10 Navigator Square, Archway, London N19 3TD | Follow @crudoughn19

St John’s Tavern

St John's Tavern, living in Archway

Classic North London pub St John’s Tavern is the place to go if you’re looking for a good pint or traditional pub grub whilst living in Archway. Visit on Sundays for their roast menu including a selection of wines and cocktails to complement your dish.

Every other day of the week you can expect a rotating menu of classic British food, including beer-battered haddock with chips and chargrilled rump steak. To top things off, be sure to try their menu of puddings, cheeses and dessert wines.

Find at 91 Junction Road, London, N19 5QU | Follow @stjohnstavern

Cricks Corner

Cricks Corner, living in Archway

Relaxed and trendy brunch spot Cricks Corner offers a no-nonsense brunch menu and plenty of good coffee. Enjoy one of their bacon baps or classic avo on toast with speciality coffees and loose leaf teas from London producers.

The chilled vibe of the café makes it a good place to catch up on emails. Or browse their collection of coffee-related items, cards, and prints by local artists for an alternative gift. Be sure to pick a bottle of their homemade Cricks ketchups before you leave too.

Find at  80 Dartmouth Park Hill, London N19 5HU | Follow @crickscorner

The Lord Palmerston

The Lord Palmerston, living in Archway

With its traditional Victorian pub decor alongside modern influences, The Lord Palmerston is an elegant pitstop if you’re looking for a hearty meal. Relax at winter in front of the open fireplace or lounge in one of the leather armchairs enjoying a menu of gastropub food.

Using the best of seasonal British produce, the pub serves all your favourites from burgers and steaks to fresh salads and cheese boards. Visit on a Sunday for roast dinners with all the trimmings. Check the events calendar for their regular quiz nights and alcohol masterclasses.

Find at 33 Dartmouth Park Hill, Highgate, London NW5 1HU | Follow @palmerstonpub

Living in Archway

There’s always something going on in Archway. Make the most of the area’s abundance of cafés, restaurants and pubs close by. You can be at the very heart of the area in our luxurious Vantage Point apartments on Junction Road, just 1 minute walk from the Tube station.

Have we missed your favourite spot in Archway? Let us know @EssLiving.


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Tilly Martin


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