It is no secret that London is the place to be for the buzzing health and wellness scene, with innumerable health-driven cafés popping up left, right and centre. We all know Farmgirl, Farmacy and The Detox Kitchen, but I wanted to shine some light on the underdogs of this ever-growing market.
The Food Yard
I love The Food Yard. They make the freshest, most delicious salads and also have a great menu of food to order from, including tasty omelettes and an inventive sweet potato toast! The two guys who own this place are some of the friendliest I have encountered; they are so eager to please and are so proud of the products that they offer. The fridge area of the café also stocks super healthy and energising juices and smoothies.
279 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9QA
KIN is the perfect place to head for a mid-week central London lunch spot. I also love spending the afternoon working away at one of their corner tables, while munching on their sweet treats and sipping on their aromatic teas. They offer daily warm specials, as well as a variety of salads, with lots of vegetarian/vegan options too.
22 Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DT
Greenspeares is a newly-opened café in swanky Walton Street. However, this haven of calm and tranquility within bustling Chelsea is a great spot to know. Their menu is expansive, with original dishes such as their mushroom and chestnut soup with pine nuts and caramelised miso powder. The price point of this café is also pretty good given its prime location.
23 Walton Street, Chelsea, London SW3 2HX
Maple & Fitz
This café is very small, so best to head here if you’re after a takeaway salad or a coffee and cake. However, their salads must be some of the best I’ve tried in London – the flavours are incredible, particularly given how healthy the ingredients are! I also love their chocolate cookies – they are dangerously moreish.
36A Berners Street, London W1T 3LY
The name says it all – this place really is my Local Hero for when I’m out and about in Fulham and want a bite to eat, or if I need a place to sit and work away on my laptop for a while. A special mention must go to their courgette fritters – get them with a side of halloumi (and smoked salmon too if you’re feeling spendy) and devour them! I wish I knew the recipe, as I would make these daily. The staff in here are super friendly, and they have a cute little garden in the back of the café which is covered in colder months, but open to the elements when the weather warms up.
640 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5RT
This spot is perfect for a reasonably-priced date night, or a post-workout brunch catchup with friends. The garden at the back really is the selling point of this café – at night, it is illuminated with fairy lights and looks rather magical. However, it’s also great during the day – I love their shakshuka with halloumi (noticing a trend in this post?!), and their side of field mushrooms are surprisingly divine! They have recently opened another little café just opposite Parson’s Green station which is definitely worth a visit.
571 Kings Rd, Fulham, SW6 2EB
While writing this post, I realised how many great smaller healthy cafés there are around London, so keep your eyes peeled for a potential part 2!