Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
Published June 18th 2017
Healthy food in an amazing setting
Going to the Barbican to visit an exhibition, play or movie can take a while. After that, you'll end up being hungry and wanting to grab a drink without going too far. The best place is just in the building: The Barbican Kitchen. It is situated on the ground floor, just outside of the building facing the fountains.
The Barbican Kitchen offers international cuisine on site or takeaway. The cafe is located within the Barbican Centre where you can attend a show, go to the cinema, or even see an exhibition. Here you can enjoy hot dishes, sandwiches and salads with fair trade ingredients. The open kitchen allows you to observe the making of your dishes in total transparency. They do meals, a gourmet breaks or quick snacks. Even just for a coffee, it is the perfect place.
If you're on the go, you can grab one of their homemade sandwiches, wrap or salad. Everything is fresh, healthy and delicious. They also have a salad bar, with the most amazing ingredients, like salmon, hummus, steak and squid, from which you can create a salad for £7. You can also buy fresh toast with avocado and halloumi and even seasonal food. At the moment, I tried the gazpacho, a great cold tomato soup, probably handmade. A large variety of warm food is also served, from pizza to stuffed peppers, changing every day. They also do drinks, freshly made juices and warm drinks. Their ice coffee is quite delicious, nearly like a milkshake.
The cafe itself is quite beautiful, with lamps into glass jars and nice pastels colours everywhere. Quite different to the whole Barbican esthetic but it still works! The best thing is when the sun is out and you can have your lunch on the terrace, admiring the view and the people passing by.