So after a few requests I have started to compile a list of my favourite spots…because eating and cooking at home can be great but sometimes it just tastes better if someone else has done all the hard work!!
FLAX & KALE
After having been recommended to visit this place, on our first morning in Barcelona I knew exactly where to go first! Living in Italy health food cafes are a rarity! So to find this beautiful cafe in Barcelona was really exciting for me, despite the food the interiors were beautiful. Simple wood furniture, an open and light space with the kitchen and all the super food ingredients on show…and the toilets were cool too! Always judge a place by the loos!
Anyway after visiting on our first morning, and both ordering the quinoa pancakes (a must by the way!), we then mutually agreed to have breakfast here the following morning……and the one after….in fact every morning we were in Barcelona!
On morning number 2 I ordered the avocado toast and a Tessa’s smoothie which by the way was like a huge ice-cream made with homemade almond milk, strawberries and almond butter…could have been a meal on its own!
Our final Barcelona breakfast (top picture), homemade coconut yoghurt with granola and berries, and of course a side of avo toast! They had the most delicious gluten free bread that was lovely and thick. And the coconut yoghurt they make in house was the nicest I have ever tried!
Having been based here since starting uni 7 years ago, I found quite a few favourite spots.
A lot of the healthy cafes have popped up recently in West London, however being based in the east I’ve found a fair few brill places for healthy but delicious food.
1. IRIS AND JUNE
My first post is a cafe that is located close to my work in Victoria, I think this is the best place to start as I only have 2 weeks left at my current job, so not many opportunities left to go here. It really is a brilliant find, small and away from the main busy streets around Victoria. The coffee is great here and they do soy/almond milk too!
Every time I go here I tend to have the same thing (creature of habit!!) although the variety always changes.
They always have a brilliant selection of wholemeal crust quiches and fritatas, so I’ll get a slice of one of those along with a side salad. Everything is made fresh and so changes every day. A must try if your in the area!
2. SLATE COFFEE
This is my morning pit stop and weekend haunt. Conveniently it is located on the walk between my flat and the tube. Its tiny but theres always space to perch yourself somewhere. This is where i grab my daily almond milk cappuccino, they also have soy and coconut milks. Breakfast is fab, a must try is the green machine smoothie made with avocado, or the acai porridge which always comes beautifully decorated with fresh fruit…and you guessed it, everything is served on a slate. Brunch is my fave, one of the best avocado on thick cut toasted sourdough. And for a naughty but nice treat toasted banana bread never fails!
3. OTTOLENGHI SPITALFIELDS
Ottolenghi is one of my favourite chefs, I have all of his books, so when he opened this restaurant around the corner from my flat I jumped at the chance to go. I’ve had breakfast here a couple of times, first i had a baked frittata with potato and manor finished with sumac yoghurt….incredible. But I have to say the baked eggs pictured were the best, slightly spicy but so satisfying, it makes a change to my usual avocado and eggs order! I have also been here in the evening (and also for a take away…the best, and most expensive take away for one you will have!). Evening dishes are for sharing and theres just so many on the menu its hard to pick. Everything was so delicious with a focus on vegetables and amazing salads. The cocktails are also brilliant. Opt for a seat at the bar its really relaxing and informal.
4. 26 GRAINS
A cute little spot in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden serving probably the prettiest porridge in London. I first tried 26 grains museli at a pop up at a number of different fitness studios in london, so when they opened this cafe I had to visit. With a Scandinavian influence the choice of porridge makes deciding on just one impossible, the menu changes seasonally meaning visiting all through the year is necessary! I opted for the Blackberry Bay Porridge – which consisted of almond milk oats, cacao, coconut oil, blackberry compote, almond butter and apple. It was so delicious I wish the bowl was bigger! I’m planning another trip before I leave London just so I can try the Salted Caramel Pear flavour!!
MORE TO COME SOON