Are you visiting London with tweens and teens? They are always looking for the next cool thing. Make your family holiday a little easier by giving them a day to hang out in Camden. There are so many fun things to do in Camden that they will love it. And be more appreciative when you drag them back for more sightseeing at the London museums! This guide to Camden Town Market is focussed on what tweens and teens want to do – places to eat in Camden that have no nutritional value and Camden market shopping for cool and unusual items to impress their friends, And all of it will make great photos for the ‘gram.
Places To Eat in Camden
There are plenty of places to eat in Camden that are proper restaurants but we all know that teens seem to have an insatiable desire for snacking and sugar.
One of my kids favourite places to hang out is Cereal Killer Cafe Camden, an offshoot of the original Cereal Killer Cafe in Shoreditch. Cereal Killer Cafe Camden got retro cereals (ok retro for them but childhood favourites for me) served up as milkshakes and snacks.
Another popular option is the Camden food market with its stalls where you can get casual and street food. Camden market food in Camden Lock Market includes options like the Yorkshire burrito (an English roast dinner wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding), fried chicken, pizza and ethnic street food.
Camden Town market has no shortage of sweet options either. Since Cereal Killer Cafe Camden counts as a meal, you have options like Naked Dough London (cookie dough) and Chin Chin Labs London (Liquid Nitrogen ice cream). I personally am a fan of Chin Chin Labs Hot Chocolate.
The kids will need even MORE sugar for carrying on with their day. The Sweet Shop Camden is a firm favourite selling American and Scandinavian candy. The Sweet Shop Camden has both boxed sweets as well as pick and mix types of candy.
I have also been assured that Mooboo Bubble Tea has the best bubble tea in London. It used to be on Camden High Street but has moved a couple of streets over onto the Parkway. Surprisingly, near another bubble tea purveyor, Bubbleology. Sort of like Starbucks near each other, presumably there’s enough demand that competition isn’t a worry.
Camden market shopping
There are many options also for Camden market shopping for kids. Camden Town Market has both cheap and artisanal souvenir stores for kids visiting London in a range of price points.
My daughter adores Skinnydip London because you really can’t have enough sparkly pencil cases. They also sell teen face masks, bags, tee-shirts etcetera.
My son loves Oddballs next door to Skinnydip London which is Europe’s oldest juggling store. No, he doesn’t juggle. BUT it does have loads of cool stuff like skateboards, frisbees and puzzles.
How else can you spend your money with Camden market shopping? There are specialists in everything that would interest your kid – Japanese Manga, Doc Martens, Camden Lock Vinyl etc. Koko Art will custom paint your Converse kicks.
Although located on Camden High Street, Urban Outfitters is a popular pilgrimage spot for teens.
There are also regular pop-up shops in Camden Town Market. Recently a line for a pop up shop for K-Pop band BT-21 wound around for hours.
Things To Do in Camden
One of the best things to do in Camden is Instagram. Its free and will make friends envious. With so much street art in Camden Town, kids have an endless array of Instagrammable walls. Besides before you buy anything at Camden Town Market, you need to instagram your 1000+ besties for an opinion.
Plonk Mini Golf Madness is actually a lot of fun. It’s urban mini golf where they squeeze 9 holes of mini golf creatively into a small space.
Pay homage to the Queen of Camden Town, Amy Winehouse, whose likeliness is sprinkled throughout the market.
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