London Chinatown: Instagrammable Foodie Spots

Japanese souffle pancake restaurants in London Chinatown

Thanks to the Sunday routine Sade and I made where we pick out a new foodspot to try in Central London we've found some gems. Seeing as we tend to end up in Chinatown a lot I thought I would put together a guide on some great food and drink spots you can check out, as when we are out of this self isolation period, I'm sure people will be looking for recommendations on where to visit first. All of the food and drinks included in this post cost less than £8 and we've been back multiple times so I can vouch for them sincerely.

Hefaure, Japanese souffle pancakes restaurant in London Chinatown

Hefaure - 108 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 5EH:

(Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs 12 to 10pm, Fri-Sat 12 to 11pm)
I was so happy when I found out that Japanese souffle pancakes had landed in London. After seeing them all over twitter I had to try them to see whether they were worth the hype and they were! Hefaure can be really easy to walk pass, when I found it I realised I had walked pass numerous times whilst wandering around Chinatown. They have a variety of options and I went for the cocoa oreo. It includes a whipped chocolate mousse, two souffle pancakes and a oreo to garnish it. Sade got the brown sugar bubble and cream option, both were amazing and I would happily recommend.

Japanese souffle pancakes from Cha Cha Rolls in London Chinatown

Bubble tea from Cha Cha Rolls in London Chinatown

Cha Cha Roll - 39 Frith Street W1D 5LL

(Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 to 9pm, Sunday 12 to 8pm)

Cha Cha Roll also does souffle pancakes and their creme brulee custard ones are to die for. They were so good that Sade and I debated whether we should have a second plate each after finishing our first portion. From the satisfying crack of the brulee to the super fast service, they are doing everything right! They also do bubble tea and theirs come in glass bottles making them that bit different from the many other bubble tea branches in Chinatown. My best advice is to go when they first open so you can take your time enjoying your pancakes as they tend to get busier in the afternoon.

Bubble tea from Machi Machi in London Chinatown

Machi Machi - 59 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 6LF

(Opening Hours: Mon-Sunday 12 to 10pm)
Machi Machi is literally across the street from Hefaure so ticking both off in one day is very possible. I stumbled across Machi Machi on instagram and fell in love with the look of their bubbletea. The bubble tea didn't disappoint, I went for the milk tea latte with panna cotta but they have other options such as strawberry and many choices of fruit tea if you're not a panna cotta or milk tea fan. Again going when they first open is advised as they queue can get crazy as people lineup to get a signature picture with their drink in front of their neon sign.


Happy Lemon - 24A Newport Ct, WC2H 7JS:

(Opening hours Sun-Thu 12 to 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 12 to 11pm)

You have not experienced a queue until you've queued for a bubble tea at Happy Lemon, every single time without fail there has been a queue going out the door. However their store is very small so it is to be expected. With super fast service and a choice of amazing baked goods it's definitely worth popping in and out for. They have a range of milk and fresh fruit teas as well as smoothies even for the healthier people among us.

Bubble tea from Xing Fu Tang in London Chinatown

Xing Fu Tang - 29 Frifth Street, W1D 5LG:

(Opening Hours: Sun-Thur 12 to 10:30pm, Fri-Sun 12 to 11pm)

Again like mentioned above, you have not queued until you have been to Xing Fu Tang which I think has the craziest queues out of all of these places. Their brown sugar milk tea is probably the best out of all the places I've visited so far. They go as far as adding rose petals, gold foil and pana cotta bunnies to some of their bubble teas so if you're looking for extra glitz and glam with your bubble tea you can find it here. My only advice would be to make sure you listen well for your number as it can be very easy to miss your number if you're not focused and with how busy it can get the noise levels don't help.

I'll definitely be back soon with another one of these guides soon, let me know if you have any recommendations as I'm building my list of places I want to visit next.

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with love, yossy

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  1. This is perfect once they let us out I’ll be hitting up all of these!!

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