Finsbury Park is used to feeding residents from around the world, hungry Arsenal football fans and visitors to the spacious park. With hundreds of restaurants, bars and pubs, the rich ethnic and social mix here is reflected in the tasty cuisines on offer, from Ethiopian stews to Turkish gozleme to Hereford sirloin steaks.
For a quick bite near the station, head to Happening Bagels, where aside from the obvious there are colourful cakes and freshly baked bread: watch the bakers plait cholla loaves and roll bagels as you place your order.
Other quick eats are provided by the Quality Fish Bar, which has been frying up on Seven Sisters Road for forty years, and Salvation in Noodles which provides authentic Vietnamese noodles and snacks. Yard Sale does stone-baked pizza in funky surrounds, while La Porchetta is a family-owned chain famous for its huge pizzas. Pasta Remoli on Clifton Terrace offers authentic Italian cuisine and handmade fresh pasta.
The area’s funkiest café is Blighty, which serves hearty British and Commonwealth breakfasts, brunches and snacks. You can play the piano upstairs, or sit in the garden in a reconstructed air-raid shelter. Outdoor fans can also head to the Faltering Fallback pub, whose gorgeous beer garden is a leafy labyrinth – sample Thai food amongst the foliage as you sink a pint.
Season Kitchen is a stylish new neighbourhood place, where you can sip a prosecco and dine on baby squid followed by rib eye steak and chargrilled hispi cabbage.
For a taste of the area’s African cuisine, try Balageru on Blackstock Road, where you dip spongey rolls of injera bread into gently spiced Ethiopian stews, while for Turkish eats – a local favourite – try Petek: their trademark dish is grilled seabass. Both these restaurants can pour you a glass of their nation’s wine.