The Best Places To Eat In Canterbury Revealed

Canterbury, a cathedral city with charming streets and historical vibe, has plenty of hidden food gems that will satisfy your taste buds without breaking the bank. 

If you’re studying in Canterbury and are tired of the same old food options, or fancy a night off from cooking in your student accommodation, then stick with us. 

In this guide we’ll be diving into the best places to eat in Canterbury, so keep reading to find the next place to head to for a meal with your pals! 

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1. The Corner House 

Nestled in the heart of Canterbury, The Corner House offers a warm and cosy atmosphere that’s perfect for catching up with friends. 

This popular restaurant is situated inside a 16th Century former coach house, overlooking the city walls, with plenty of character. 

Their menu boasts a delicious range of comfort food, from Confit pork belly to Monkfish wrapped in Parma ham to flat iron steak. 

Plus, they have some killer vegetarian and vegan options like their Beetroot wellington, so everyone can eat out here! 


Address: 1 Dover St, Canterbury CT1 3HD

2. Cafe du Soleil

Dreaming of sunny Mediterranean shores? You can transport yourself to those picturesque landscapes at Cafe du Soleil.

This charming restaurant on Pound Lane offers a taste of the Mediterranean with its great tasting dishes inspired by the region. 

Their menu features a variety of options to suit everyone, like mouthwatering wood fired pizzas, seafood risotto, and vibrant vegetarian platters. 

Wanting to wet your whistle? If so, there’s an extensive selection of wines, champagne, aperitifs, cocktails and beers to choose from. 

Bring along your student ID to get 20% off food and drink, except on Friday and Saturday evenings after 6pm. 


Address: 5 Pound Ln, Canterbury CT2 8AA

3. Cafe Des Amis

Cafe Des Amis is a quirky, colourful restaurant that brings the flavours of Mexico to Canterbury. 

From zesty tacos to hearty burritos to mouth-watering fajitas to cheesy enchiladas, you’ll find an array of authentic Mexican dishes to satisfy your cravings. 

Their Happy Hour is 5 to 6 Monday-Friday, where you can choose from Mexican favourites like Tequila and Mezcal, as well as cocktails, beers, and wines. 

Make the most of your student status with a 25% discount applied to food and drinks – yes please! 



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Address: 95 St. Dunstans St, Canterbury CT2 8AA

4. Marlowe’s Restaurant

If you’re in the mood to treat yourself to something fancy, Marlowe’s Restaurant is sure to impress. 

This elegant dining spot on St Peter’s Square offers a fine selection of classic British dishes and cuisine from around the world crafted with care and creativity. 

A menu highlight has to be the Lamb chops, with char-grilled lamb, mixed baby leaves, pomegranate seeds, mint pesto and croutons.

So, whether it’s a special occasion or you just want to elevate your dining experience, Marlowe’s won’t disappoint! 


Address: 55 St Peter’s St, Canterbury CT1 2BE

5. The Refectory Kitchen

For those after breakfast, brunch and good vibes, The Refectory Kitchen should be your first port of call. 

Having been a St Dunstans favourite for 12 years, this casual restaurant serves delicious, home-made and locally sourced dishes which are a must-try. 

If you’re eating out for lunch with your pals after a busy day on campus, make sure to order their Cauliflower Bhaji Burger with hand cut triple cooked chips. 

There’s great menu choices for drinks too, with fresh juices, coffees, teas and more, so make sure to head on down! 


Address: 16 St. Dunstans St, Canterbury CT2 8AF

6. Azouma

After a unique dining experience? Azouma is a cosy restaurant serving Middle Eastern and Moroccan dishes. 

Located just a few minutes away from Canterbury Cathedral, Azouma is a must-visit for those seeking an authentic atmosphere and traditional cuisine. 

If you want a meal that hits the spot, order the Qousi Lahem, which is oven roast- slow cooked lamb shank prepared with ras el hanout, cinnamon spices and served with rice.

For those not wanting to go out, they’re on JustEat too so you can order straight to your doorstep!


Address: 4 Church Street, Saint Paul’s, Canterbury CT1 1NH

7. Chapter

Pizza lovers, rejoice! Chapter is the place to be for a pizza experience which goes beyond the basics. 

With pizzas that are made with the finest Italian ingredients and a tasty sourdough crust, you’re sure to find an option that suits your taste. 

From their Quattro formaggi to the San Danielle to the Margherita, this pizzeria takes classic comfort food to a whole new level. 

The best part? Their menu also features cocktails, fine wines and carefully chosen beers so you can enjoy a few tipples. 

Open for lunch and dinner everyday of the week, you and your friends need to head here pronto. 



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Address: 11-12 Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HG

8. Chapman’s

Big lover of seafood? Chapman’s is a small, casual restaurant just a stone’s throw away from Westgate Towers. 

Having been part of Canterbury’s food scene for over three decades, Chapman’s is definitely somewhere you can count on to satisfy your hunger. 

Serving a range of small and large plates designed to share along with platters and weekly specials, this is the perfect place for getting together with friends. 

We have to recommend ordering their Lobster, Hake and Prawn Goan Curry with coriander and crispy onions, it’s simply mouth-watering! 



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Address: 89-90 St. Dunstans St, Canterbury CT2 8AD

9. The Ancient Raj

For those craving a bit of spice, The Ancient Raj brings the flavours of India to Canterbury, and is a must-try whilst studying here. 

With their mouth watering selection of curries, biryanis, and tandoori delights, this traditional Indian restaurant is sure to become your regular haunt. 

We highly suggest opting for one of their house specials, like the Chicken Dhakeshwari, cooked with coconut, mango pulp and mild spices. 

After a vegetarian option? Their Paneer Jalpuri, which is Indian cheese with capsicum, julienne of onion and garlic is a great choice! 



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Address: 25-26 North Ln, Canterbury CT2 7EE

10. Tamago

Located on Northgate, Tamago offers a sushi experience that’s both delicious and affordable. 

With its wide range of options, including classic rolls, sashimi, bento boxes, ramen and more, this place is sure to leave you coming back for more. 

Opening in Canterbury more than 10 years ago, this authentic Japanese soul food restaurant has become the ideal place for a guilt-free feast. 

With friendly service, a secluded garden dining space and flavourful plates, we’re sure you’ll visit again and again! 



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Address: 64 Northgate, Canterbury CT1 1BB

And that’s it from us, our full guide to the best places to eat in Canterbury, with somewhere to suit everyone’s palate and budget. 

We hope you enjoy trying out these recommendations, and don’t forget to tag us @urbanstudentlife.

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