Take a trip to the Southern Levant and you'll find cuisine bursting with fluffy flatbreads, roasted meats, and fragrant dips... and don't get me started on the desserts. Whether you're looking to try something new or want to support an authentic eatery closer to home, discover our pick of the best Palestinian restaurants London has to offer.
Muted tones and leafy decor provide a relaxing backdrop to this Palestinian restaurant in Notting Hill. Fronted by chef Fadi Kattan, Akub serves modern dishes like seabass cured in arak, red lentil moutabal, and French toast drizzled with Arabic coffee and cardamom syrup come brunch time. As for drinks, choose between cocktails like the za’atar martini or dessert flower which blends native prickly pears with Lillet Blanc before serving over ice.
A cafe and events space wrapped up in a cute turquoise-fronted shop, Cafe Palestina does a little bit of everything. When you're not feasting on home-cooked dishes, brunch and cakes, you can check out the Kentish Town spot's quaint selection of ceramics and olive wood from Bethlehem, or even book yourself in for an Arabic class or supper club.
Offering authentic Arabic eats since 2005, Maramia Cafe is the Palestinian restaurant in West London you should have on your radar. The menu includes classic mezze such as creamy labneh and Gaza salad, through to meaty dishes fired up on the charcoal grill. Make sure you save room for a syrupy dessert like the basboussa; a rich cake drenched in honey and coconut.
For something a little more laidback, ShakeShuka serves authentic halal food on Marylebone Road. Just moments from Baker Street, you'll be met with a pink interior and a menu spanning marinated chicken shish, freshly baked fatayer, and their own spin on shakshuka. For afters, it has to be the kunefe; layered with gooey sweet cheese, crispy shredded pastry and plenty of syrup.
Lebanon and Palestine come together at Hiba, with menus that touch on authentic eats from both countries. There's the original High Holborn restaurant Hiba Express, as well as Mini Hiba - the Wood Street takeaway, and Hiba Street by Tottenham Court Road. For relaxed dining, head to the OG restaurant where you can BYO drinks while tucking into shawarma, wraps and burgers.
It's easy to see why this Golden Parade pick is loved by the community. Flying the flag for East London is Hiba Taboun; the family-owned Palestinian bakery in Walthamstow. We're talking watermelon fattoush, heaped platters, plus Arabic bunches washed down with fresh tea and honey-iced drinks.