Autumn Beauty: Oldies But Goldies

Autumn Beauty: Oldies But Goldies

Beauty-wise autumn has always been my favourite season. Earth-toned eyeshadows and dark bold lips are the two makeup trends I’ll never get tired of, not to mention my skin is totally loving the in-between stage of oily face central and dry patch galore. The products I’ve been loving this summer (and wrote about HERE) are still on my weekly agenda; however, there’s a few oldies but goldies that have come to play along for the time being.

Essence Need Your Love Nail Polish Review Swatch

Is it even autumn if you don’t whip out all the burgundy shades you own? I think not. Starting with nails, my go-to nail polish is either Essie’s ‘Bahama Mama’ or its cheaper, darker alternative – ‘Need Your Love’ by Essence. Both have a great thick consistency, are completely opaque with two coats and stay on more than just a couple of days. The only issue I have with darker shades in general is that they’re a mess to remove. Anyone else sporting burgundy fingers every Sunday night?

Another burgundy gem I’ve dug out from the depths of my beauty drawer is Bourjois’ Rouge Edition Velvet in ’24 Dark Cherie’, one of the very few dark liquid lipsticks that doesn’t apply patchy. Even with high end brands I find bold shades to be ultra streaky more often than not, but this one layers very nicely (I put on two coats). The velvet consistency is also extremely comfortable to wear and doesn’t dry out your lips even a tiny bit, but it does have one downside – it takes ages to dry and doesn’t fully set like a proper matte normally would, so you do need to reapply it after meals. I do like the fact that I can remove it without scrubbing half of my face off, though!

 Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 24 Dark Cherie Review

 Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 24 Dark Cherie Swatch

Wearing Bourjois’ Rouge Edition Velvet in ’24 Dark Cherie’

I remember trying La Roche-Posay’s Effeclar Duo(+) Unifiant a couple of years back, but I had it in ‘Medium’, a shade too dark for my then pasty white skin, so even though I loved the product itself, I didn’t end up using it a whole lot. This time around I got it in the shade ‘Light’ and the story is completely different – one month on, I’m already running out! My sister and I are both all over it. I love it for the days I need some coverage but don’t necessarily want to wear a proper foundation, as it provides just enough to even out your skin tone, without feeling heavy on your skin. It’s basically a tinted cream with the benefits of La Roche Posay’s cult product Effeclar Duo(+), which works wonders on blemishes! Thanks to the fact it never clogs my pores and the simplicity of application (you only need a few seconds and a hand to blend it out) I find myself using it even on the days I would normally go for a ‘heavy duty’ product. To cover larger imperfections like spots and the annoying redness I get on my cheeks, I simply pair it with a concealer.

La Roche-Posay Effeclar Duo(+) Unifiant Review

La Roche-Posay Effeclar Duo(+) Unifiant Before After Swatch

La Roche-Posay Effeclar Duo(+) Unifiant Before & After

As soon as the temperatures drop below 15ºC, a hand cream gets a permanent place in my hand bag. Let’s just ignore the fact I always take it out and forget to put it back in… The one I keep returning back to year after year is L’Occitane’s hand cream for dry skin with shea butter. It’s quite thick and sinks in slightly slower than I would like, but at the end of the day, it always gets my sand paper hands back to normal, and that’s all that matters. Plus it smells amazing!

P.S. For those of you who can get your hands on Soap & Glory’s products and prefer more of a lightweight formula, their Hand Food is also a great option for the colder days.

L'Occitane Hand Cream for Dry Skin with Shea Butter Review

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

By popular demand, I’m back with another recipe post today! Fear not, The Puzzle of Sandra’s Life isn’t turning into a food blog anytime soon, but not sharing the recipe for THE YUMMIEST Cinnabon inspired cinnamon rolls I’ve made last week would be the world’s biggest crime. Just don’t blame me for the extra pounds! I’ve warned you. Funny thing – I’d never actually made cinnamon rolls before, but my first attempt turned out so well I’m starting to believe opening a patisserie is my secret calling… Who knows? Maybe one day!

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

INGREDIENTS

3 tsp of yeast

1 cup of milk

1/2 cup of white sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

1.5 cup of icing sugar

a pack of butter (250 g)

2 eggs

5 cups of all-purpose flour

3 tbsp of cinnamon

1/2 cup of cream cheese (Philadelphia)

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

1 tbsp of salt

a few drops of oil

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

INSTRUCTIONS

To make the dough from scratch, warm up 1 cup of milk, pour it in a bowl, and mix in 3 tsp of yeast as well as 1 tsp of white sugar before leaving the mixture stand for about half an hour, until it froths up.

In another bowl, first mix 1/2 cup of white sugar, 1/3 cup of butter, 2 eggs, 5 cups of all-purpose flour and a tsp of salt. Then pour in the yeast mixture and mix everything together with a dough hook until you get a compact ball of dough. Next, put the dough into a large oiled-up bowl, cover it with a kitchen towel and leave it to rise for about an hour, until it doubles in size.

When the dough is ready, roll it out (aim for 30×40 cm size) and spread it with 1/3 cup of butter. Then take a smaller bowl and mix 1 cup of brown sugar and 3 tbsp of cinnamon with a spoon. Sprinkle the mixture evenly on top of the buttered dough and start rolling the dough from one side to another (take the longer side). Then cut the rolled dough into 10-12 pieces, each approximately 4 cm wide, and place them in a buttered baking tray. Cover the tray with the kitchen towel and leave the rolls to rest for about an hour until they double in size.

Next put the tray in the oven on 180°C for about 20 minutes until the rolls are golden brown. In the meantime you can prepare the frosting by mixing 6 tbsp of butter, 1.5 cup of icing sugar, 1/2 of cream cheese, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt with an electric mixer until you get a spread-like consistency.

Once the rolls are baked, cover them evenly with the frosting and leave them to cool off, so that the frosting really sinks in and hardens up a bit.

P.S. Make sure to book off the whole morning or afternoon for making these. The process is fairly simple, but there’s a lot of waiting around and a lot of mess to clean up afterwards.

P.P.S. The rolls can be kept in the fridge for a few days, but do pop them into a microwave for about 30 seconds before you take a bite – it makes them super fluffy and so, so good!

P.P.P.S. For the video version of the recipe, see below!

The Best Pumpkin Soup Recipe

The Best Pumpkin Soup Recipe

I don’t know about you, but autumn to me tastes like mushrooms, apple strudel and as of late – pumpkin soup. Growing up, I don’t remember it ever being on my plate, but starting this year, I’m making it a part of our family tradition! I’m already dreading the day pumpkins go out of season, making me wait a whole year to taste this delicious goodness again, but whilst the markets are still overflowing, below is the yummiest pumpkin soup recipe I encourage you to give a try.

The Best Pumpkin Soup Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 hokkaido or muscat squash

 2 potatoes

olive oil

1 onion

1/3 garlic

salt

pepper

ground red pepper

ground cumin

1 chicken stock

sour cream

The Best Pumpkin Soup Recipe

INSTRUCTIONS

Dice the pumpkin, onion and garlic into smaller pieces and fry them on a little bit of olive oil in a soup pot until the pumpkin starts to soften up. Then add two peeled and diced potatoes, one vegetable stock (I use the gel one) and pour in lukewarm water, just enough to cover all the ingredients, or more if you’d like the soup to be more liquidy. Lastly, add a a few pinches of salt, a tiny bit of pepper, ground red pepper and ground cumin to taste. Leave it to boil and cook for another half an hour, until the potatoes are fully done. Blend the whole thing with a hand-held blender and pop in some sour cream before serving. Enjoy!

Copenhagen Food Guide

Copenhagen Food Guide Torvehallerne Review

Despite being the home of noma, one of the best restaurants in the world, I never though of Copenhagen as a foodie destination per se. One goes to Tokio for phenomenal sushi, Italy for the yummiest carbs… but what does Copenhagen have to offer? High quality ingredients, heart-eyes-emoji presentation (instagrammers, you’re in for a treat), and incredible flavours, it turns out. What Disneyland is to kids, Copenhagen is to adults who love their food. Once you get on board with the Scandinavian prices – they’ll have you with your first bite, fear not – I warn you, you’ll never want to leave. I would quite happily munch my way through the Danish capital for life. Unfortunately, my munch affair only went on for five days this time, so I can’t possibly give you the list of ALL places and dishes worth trying just yet, but here’s some I would highly recommend.

Copenhagen Food Guide Torvehallerne Review

LOCAL SPECIALTIES

Let’s start with a local specialty – smørrebrød, an open sandwich with buttered rye bread and plethora of overflowing toppings. If you’re miss indecisive like me, you’ll have a hard time picking just one, because they all look SO good. ‘Shrimp salad’ and ‘chicken salad’ with mushrooms and bacon were the ones that eventually ended up on my lunch plate, but I wish I only picked one. Don’t get me wrong, both were 10/10, but so rich and filling I felt like I was pregnant with triplets until midnight. You can find smørrebrød all over Copenhagen, however, I do recommend you go to Torvehallerne. The Hallernes Smørrebrød stall at this a chic covered (street) food market has plenty of fresh options; you can sit and eat right by the stall, observing how sandwiches are being made; and if you still have some space in your belly, check out the rest of the stalls too.

Copenhagen Food Guide Hallernes Smørrebrød Review

Copenhagen Food Guide Hallernes Smørrebrød Review

Copenhagen Food Guide Torvehallerne Review

Copenhagen Food Guide Torvehallerne Review

Speaking of local staples, did you know hot dogs are a big thing in Denmark? Again, it’s all about the toppings. The classic normally comes with remoulade, mustard, ketchup, raw onions, fried onions and pickled cucumber. There’s a few different hot dog stands around the city to choose from, but DØP got recommended to me the most. They pride themselves on all-organic ingredients, and while the hot dog I tried was a great afternoon pick-me-up, I wouldn’t say it was the best I’ve ever tried – I found it slightly dry and awkward to eat in the middle of the street. Let’s just say the pickles were flying everywhere… If you’re in the area and looking for a quick bite, do give it a go, but I wouldn’t go out of the way to try it.

Copenhagen Food Guide DØP Hot Dog Review

BRUNCH

Brunch is my favourite meal of the day, and boy, do they know how to do brunch in Copenhagen! Mad & Kaffe was my favourite spot. You basically decide for the number of items you’d like to order and then mix and match from the menu as you please. I had blueberry soy yoghurt with müsli and berries, scrambled eggs with chives and fried champignons, smoked salmon with smoked cheese mayo, rye and sourdough bread with organic butter, and a cinnamon bun to top it all off. Oh, and one of the best homemade ice teas – peach flavoured with fresh mint. It all tasted as good as it sounds, and I walked out feeling pregnant with triplets again – it was a reoccurring theme all week.

Copenhagen Food Guide Mad & Kaffe Review

Copenhagen Food Guide Mad & Kaffe Review

If I had to pick one meal to order for brunch every single time until the day I die, Eggs Benedict would be it. The Eggs Benedict I had at Granola to be specific. While my friends’ meals weren’t anything special (I think they ordered pancakes and the breakfast platter), mine passed with flying colours! I mean, just look at the bucket of smoked salmon below. Perfection! Note: could easily be shared between two people. Yup, you guessed it, another food baby…

Copenhagen Food Guide Granola Review

DINNER

If I had to choose the top five dinners I’ve had in my life, three of them would be from my trip to Copenhagen. I knew I was onto something good the moment food was laid in front of me at the first restaurant we went to, but I didn’t expect things to only go up from there. We started our dinner adventures with Spisestedet FEED’s tasting platter featuring a crabcake; tomato bruschetta; seared scallops with smoked cauliflower puree, bacon and watercress; beetroot cured tuna; and prawn tartar with dijon, apple, trout roe, creme fraiche and rye bread crostinis. The presentation, which is the detail I always appreciate, was A+, and so was the taste! The main didn’t disappoint either – I went for a beyond generous portion of cannelloni with salmon and scallops. Another thumbs up goes to our lovely waiter, who was attentive throughout, and kindly prepared another table for us when requested. On that note, if by any chance you’re visiting Copenhagen during the heatwave like we did, I recommend you to go for the open window seat, as the restaurant has no air con.

Copenhagen Food Guide Spisestedet FEED Review

Copenhagen Food Guide Spisestedet FEED Review

Copenhagen Food Guide Spisestedet FEED Review

Copenhagen Food Guide Spisestedet FEED Review

Madklubben Vesterbro was a dinner spot we discovered completely by chance, as the restaurant we initially wanted to go to (Cofoco) was all booked out. It’s truly massive, so no need to worry about making a reservation with this one, and has a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere – they even bring you pork cracklings to munch on while you’re waiting for your food. Similarly to the brunch place I mentioned above, you choose to pay for the number of items you order from the menu, rather than individual dishes themselves. I opted for three – caprese salad to start things off, grilled chicken with veggies for the main, and brownie with ice-cream for dessert. The portions were just right, and you could really taste the high quality of food with every bite. I can’t decide what my favourite part of the meal was, but I liked how the chicken was incredibly tender, while the side gave it an interesting sour kick.

Copenhagen Food Guide Madklubben Vesterbro Review

Copenhagen Food Guide Madklubben Vesterbro Review

Copenhagen Food Guide Madklubben Vesterbro Review

Last but not least is Barabba, another unplanned pit stop that actually got recommended to us by the staff at Barr, the restaurant we had on our to-do list before finding out the kitchen was already closed upon our arrival (normal people don’t eat their dinner at midnight, I guess). At Barabba the orders are accepted until 2 am, so perfect for us late birds, and it’s apparently where the chefs go after work, which is always a good sign. Whether it’s actually true or not, I quite frankly don’t care, because it exceeded my expectations. The atmosphere is really low key and quirky, from staff to interior design, which is totally up my alley, and the Italian style food is in-cre-di-ble. I really wish my photos did it justice, but it was close to pitch dark inside (great for the vibe, not so great for photography), so that’s the best I could do in post to show you what was actually on my plate. Speaking of which, I had spaghetti with scampi and – surprise, surprise – grilled octopus. It was so soft it melted in my mouth! Oh, you know what I loved as well? The head chef coming out to our table to explain every dish – it’s a simple gesture that makes you feel extra special.

Copenhagen Food Guide Barabba Review

Copenhagen Food Guide Barabba Review

DESSERT

More often than not, the mains made me too full to try the restaurants’ sweet offerings, however I do need to mention a mid-day pick-me-up that was the perfect refreshment in the mids of the heatwave and so delicious I came back for more. Vaffelbageren in Copenhagen’s picturesque district Nyhavn is where you have to stop at, no matter the season. Their gelato is one of the best I’ve tried, with many classic as well as unique flavours to choose from! They also do soft serve ice-cream with different toppings and apparently very delicious waffles, if that’s what you fancy more.

Copenhagen Food Guide Vaffelbageren Review

Summer Beauty: Products I’ve Been Loving

Summer Beauty Products I've Been Loving

These past few months have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride to say the least. After four years of living and working in London, I’ve decided it’s time to finally close this chapter of my life and move back home to Slovenia. If you’ve ever moved abroad, you’ll know the bureaucracy side of it is not a quick nor easy process. Switching addresses, phone numbers and personal documents are only a few changes the move has left me to deal with (again), but there’s one thing that has stayed the same all along – the contents of my makeup bag. Partially for practical reasons – I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t squeeze in a couple of trips abroad right in between my move – but mostly because the products I’ve been using recently couldn’t be more up my alley.

The It Cosmetics goodies I’ve been raving about over here still have a firm place in my everyday makeup routine, but there’s been three products joining them earlier this summer that too haven’t left my side since. The first one’s Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette, which is just perfect for traveling if you’re a fan of warmer, orangey shades like me. It’s about the size of a hand and includes six shades in total, ranging from lighter to darker, so you get the versatility of day and night looks.

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review

For a more natural, day-to-day appearance, I normally apply the shade Hot Spell all over the lid, combined with Inhale under by brows and in the inner corners. For a bright pop of colour, Wild Thing is my go-to crease shade, while the darker Heiste and Strike come in handy for evening occasions. Strike is ideal for a warm smokey eye! Vibrate, the second lightest shade, is the only one that hasn’t been getting much love from me, as it’s unfortunately too light for me to apply it over the lid, and too dark for highlighting.

Except for the slightly shimmery Inhale, all shades are proper mattes. They blend out beautifully, the pigmentation is comparable to other matte shades from the Urban Decay family (could be better in my opinion), but they do layer and intensify nicely. I’m over the moon the palette’s a part of my makeup collection now, as I was really missing some rusty shades before the purchase. Oh, and the packaging is super sturdy! I’ve been quite rough with it recently, but it’s survived all bumps and throws. Plus it comes with a big, handy mirror – always a thumbs up in my books. If you’ve ever experienced the pain of doing your makeup in a badly lit hotel bathroom, you’ll understand why.

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Inhale, Vibrate, Hot Spell, Wild Thing, Heist, Strike

Maybelline SuperStay Un-Nude Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Amazonian is also following the coveted rusty colour trend. I fell in love with the shade the moment I saw it on my friend, and RAN to the drugstore to buy it straight after our meal. If that doesn’t tell you how great the staying power is, I don’t know what will. It. Does. Not. Budge.

I’m a fan of both neutral and bold lip shades, but often avoid the latter, because I’m always worried about them smudging and wearing off too quickly. If I have to check my face in the mirror every five minutes, it’s not the product for me. Luckily, this one rarely needs touching-up throughout the day, unless you’re eating ice-cream or something extremely greasy. You do have to wait a couple of minutes after the application for it to completely dry, though.

SuperStay Un-Nude Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick Amazonian Review

The pigmentation is strong enough for one layer only, but you can add on another if needed, as it applies evenly in either case and doesn’t crack, despite it being a proper matte. It also doesn’t dry out your lips (a big yay), and the applicator itself gets another seal of approval from me – the tip is SO precise! The only thing I’d say you need to be mindful of is the removal process. I’d suggest you to get an oil-based makeup remover (or pure olive/coconut oil) if you don’t have one in your arsenal yet. Micellar water, which I normally use, doesn’t do the trick.

SuperStay Un-Nude Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick Amazonian Lip Swatch

My last summer favourite, a London farewell present from me to me that I snatched en route home at the airport (and by snatched, I mean bought, just to clarify it), is Jo Malone’s English Pear and Freesia Cologne. Believe it or not, I’ve been eyeing it up for no less than four years!! It was a love at first smell kind of situation on a rainy, cold November day, but I was already on a mission to use up all the other perfumes I owned before buying a new one, so I had to leave it at the store. Little did I know, this process would end up taking over three years…whoops! It was worth the wait, though. It smells even better than I remember!

Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia Cologne

I’ll be completely honest here – I’m not the best at describing perfume notes, but I’d say it’s pleasantly sweet, with a fruity sort of freshness? Sorry, I’ve tried… If it helps, I’m quite picky with my scents and all of my favourites (Michael Kors Sporty Citrus, Issey Miyake Pleats Please, D&G 3 L’Imperatrice) follow the same formula of fruity/citrussy freshness in combination with some sort of musk.

5 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Lisbon

5 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Lisbon

 

Before I give you the lowdown on the best spots to visit in the charming Portuguese capital, I thought I would first share five helpful Lisbon travel tips I wish I knew before my trip. First things first…

 

WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES

Ladies, leave your heels at home, and bring a pair of trainers instead. Lisbon isn’t only some kind of a European version of San Francisco, with steep hills everywhere you look, but it’s also covered with uneven cobblestone, which can make walking a slightly precarious situation if you’re a clutz like me. Especially when it starts raining and the streets turn into slippery slides.

 

5 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Lisbon

 

DON’T EAT THE APPETISERS

Unless you want to pay. In most countries, appetisers brought to your table without you ordering them first are ‘on the house’, but not in Portugal. I made a mistake of taking them as a friendly gesture, only to be surprised with a hefty bill at the end! If you aren’t willing to pay for them, just turn them down as soon as they’re being served.

 

BE AWARE OF OPENING HOURS

Unlike in Spain, siesta isn’t observed in Portugal, however, many restaurants close between 3 and 6 pm or so. In addition, plenty of them seem to be open in the evenings only, so it’s best to always check the opening hours online first and avoid the disappointment of being greeted by closed doors.

 

5 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Lisbon

 

HAVE ENOUGH CASH

Surprisingly, not a lot of places in Lisbon take credit or debit cards, unless you’re a ‘lucky’ owner of a Portuguese debit card. In most restaurants, tourists can only pay with cash, same goes for a number of tourist attractions. The only time I was able to use mine was on transport ticket machines and for an entrance to Castelo de Sao Jorge.

 

GET THE VIVA VIAGEM CARD

The first thing on your list upon touchdown should be getting the Viva Viagem card you can use on all public transport including the metro, buses, trams, ferries and trains. If you’re familiar with London’s Oyster card, it’s basically the same thing. You can buy the card at a ticket machine for €0.50 and then top it up as you go.

 

5 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Lisbon

 

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London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops Orient London

My love for Asian food goes way back, but moving to London and having Chinatown with authentic Asian cuisine right on my doorstep has made my heart grow even fonder. Dumplings, sticky rice, buns… I could eat them every day! Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to sample all Chinatown offerings just yet (although I’m trying), but I’ve been around frequently enough to already have some favourites.

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops Dumplings Legend

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops

Dumplings’ Legend is where my love for dumplings was first born, so I might be a bit biased, but that doesn’t mean their food isn’t tasty – I’ve been to the restaurant countless of times and have never had a bad meal. Their menu is extensive, including meat, seafood, rice and noodle dishes, but the stars of the show are definitely their soup dumplings (xiao long bau), which are prepared from scratch in-house – you can even watch them being made. The feel of the restaurant is quite touristy I have to say,  with tables almost too close together and a rather rushed service, but if you’re looking for a good all-rounder food-wise, it’s a good place to go for a quick lunch. Dumplings, of course, are a must-try!

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops Orient London

Orient London is my latest discovery, but one I’ll definitely be visiting regularly. The modern decor and a classier vibe make it the perfect place to go for what you’d call a nicer meal, and their dim sum is on another level. In-cre-di-ble. Some of my favourite dishes from the menu include baked mini roast pork buns, caviar shanghai dumplings, thai style squid cakes and glutinous rice in lotus leaves. Their dim sum is unfortunately only available during lunch time, but if you’re stopping by for dinner, fear not, they have plenty of other things on the menu that didn’t look half bad either. Yes, guilty as charged – I was totally checking out other people’s plates.

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops Orient London

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops Orient London

Next are bakeries, where I go for my proper carb fix. Asian savoury buns and sweet treats are, believe it or not, a lot more similar to the Slovenian soft, buttery pastry and moist cakes than the British counterparts, which I often find too dry and covered in yucky icing sugar rather than delicious cream. I normally stop at either Chinatown Bakery or Bake – they’re both oozing with mouth-watering goodies! One thing that sets Bake apart, though, is the Japanese Taiyaki ice-cream – that vanilla or green tea flavoured swirl in the cutest fish cone you can see all over Instagram. Tried and tested, I have to say it isn’t just a pretty face, but a taste bud pleaser too; however, a note of caution – it melts like no other. Make sure you have a pack of wet tissues in your bag!

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops Chinatown Bakery

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops Bake

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops Bake Taiyaki Ice-cream

Entering an Asian supermarket in Chinatown is like entering another world – it always makes me feel like I’ve teleported myself to Southeast Asia. Frozen dumplings and cute-looking desserts is what I personally normally stock up on, but they sell everything from tropical fruits, veggies I’ve never even heard of, a hundred types of noodles, Asian sauces, frozen everything… the sky is the limit! I have to admit I’m not an expert on Asian supermarkets, but my flatmate says SeeWoo is the best on the block.

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops

I also have to mention the touristy ‘all you can eat’ buffet restaurants. Sure, most people frown upon them, but sometimes you just want to stuff your belly with cheap, greasy Chinese, am I right? Especially if you’re visiting London on a budget. The one I always end up in (because it seems to have the biggest selection of dishes for £10.95) is MW Buffet on Shaftesbury Avenue, but there’s also a cheaper, £7.95 option on Wardour Street.

To finish of the list, here’s some honorary mentions of places I personally haven’t tested out (yet), but come highly recommended by my friends. For fans of matcha latte, Tsujiri Matcha House apparently makes the best one; Chatime make great bubble tea; the shop called P2bus is the place to be for lovers of Korean and Japanese cosmetics; and Bubblewrap Waffle is where you can find the instagrammable bubble waffles.

London Chinatown: Best Restaurants & Shops