Things to do in Canterbury – places to eat and drink


Whether you are looking for a high street chain or an independent venue there are plenty of coffee choices in Canterbury. You can find yourself in Queen Elizabeth’s Guest Chambers if you were to opt for Nero’s coffee, however the City’s independent venues are more likely to bring you smooth, rich, flavoursome beverages.

Lost Sheep is great for a coffee on the go. Having recently become a permanent fixture at the top of Canterbury’s high street, flavour is a priority for this venue.

Burgate will provide you with a healthy homemade bake and it is the place to settle in with a good book. The coffee is consistent, but not its unique selling point.

Garage Coffee has recently opened on Jewry Lane, giving Micro Roastery a run for its money, this is Canterbury’s latest hipster coffee shop. When it comes to the coffee bean, knowledge is power according to this venue. It does provide the best taste, but additional extras can be a little pricey. 

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Sourdough pizza is where it’s at in 2018. Chapter provides both the best value for money and great taste. Cooked fresh in an authentic wood oven, whether you choose a traditional tomato or white pizza base, you won’t want to leave a slice. Every Monday it is two for one with a student card. What’s your excuse?

Wildwood makes dining feel like an occasion, but holds a smaller price tag. If you have a special occasion coming up this could be the place to book. The bread is to die for, and that is only the starter. Treat yourself to pasta, pizza or grill and visit a chain that doesn’t feel like a chain.

Pinocchio’s is a family run business that provides mouth-watering dishes with an extremely personalised service. If you are looking for a real Italian experience this is the place to come. The tables book fast, but once you have tried the spaghetti bolognaise here you won’t want it from anywhere else. Visit this hidden gem located in Castle Street.



Whether you are looking for a beef, chicken or veggie burger, GBK has got your back. The menu switches up every few months which provides a few alternatives to your favourite flavours, and with the GBK app you can gain loyalty points resulting in free fries, burgers and milkshakes. Try a Peanut Butter shake, the Major Tom and sweet potato fries for a winning combination.

Independently owned, Pork & Co. brings freshly pulled pork to your belly at a reasonable price. Whether you want to take out or eat in there are plenty of combinations to make a great pulled pork roll. But this isn’t all that is on offer, there are also beef and chicken burgers to savour or alternatively the best mac ‘n’ cheese in Canterbury.

Friendly Phil’s Diner brings American burgers to the City. Fancy a side of chicken wings or ribs? No problem, Friendly Phil’s has you covered. If you want to go all out this is the place to come, you can even have your breakfast in a burger.

Vegetarian and vegan

The Veg Box Café cooks fresh every day and loves to experiment with new flavours. If you are struggling to find vegetarian or vegan restaurants this is the place to come. As the first café to experiment with turmeric and matcha lattes in Canterbury, here you can also find beetroot cake, fresh hotpots and make-your-own salad boxes.

Kitch has been settled in Canterbury’s high street for just over a year, this is another great spot for vegetarian and vegan options.  Whether you are looking for a super healthy super food bowl or something a bit more carb-filled, check out Kitch’s Breakfast and Lunch menu. Why not try a Charcoal Latte whilst you’re there?

For something a little different, tickle your taste buds with some Japanese cuisine at Happy Samurai. Pick from ramen, sushi or izakaya (Japanese tapas) and perhaps even treat yourself to an after dinner Mochi! Try your hand at chopsticks and experience a different cuisine, it might just become your new favourite venue.