Source: Bao

By Laura Nickoll

This fun, fast-expanding Taiwanese operation started life as a market stall or ‘bao bar’ and Londoners can’t get enough of their bao (handmade pillow-like, white steamed buns), so much so they make queuing look like a profession. Get to one of their branches bang on midday when the doors open to avoid the queues and the rumbling of little tums, and order on the tick-box form – you won’t have to wait long once you’ve nabbed your spot – or book downstairs at the Fitzrovia branch (the others don’t take bookings).

What to eat? Grab a classic pork bao and a selection of xiao chi (Taiwanese inspired snacks).

Pipsqueak tip Suitable for carried youngsters or older children only (they can’t accommodate buggies).