In London’s health food café scene, it’s not all ginger shots, green juices and kales salads, but sometimes it is and that’s OK, provided they’re well made and taste great. And it’s all the better if the dining experience leaves you feeling sated, energised and a tad bit virtuous.. Here’s a list of 5 health-focused cafes that we recommend trying when you need to eat your greens, but also want to eat well.
Based in Triyoga Soho just off Carnaby Street in the heart of Soho, is Chai, the soulful space created by author, chef and journalist, Mira Manek. Grab a warming chai, or a wholesome and delicious Buddha-style bowl filled with Indian classics and fusion flavours. Also try out their deserts, as there’s always something to tempt, whether it be a brownie or a their vegan saffron and lime cheesecake. It’s all made from whole food ingredients and created to nourish your body as well as your soul.
Billed as London’s first gut health-focused deli, High Mood Food has both a deli just off Duke Street in Marylebone as well as a space in Old Spitalfields Market. Expect a veg-centric menu, focused on whole foods, natural sugars and fermented foods--ranging from kefirs to sauerkrauts and other innovative fermented goodies, such as kimchi salt. There’s also a little shop in the Duke Street space, so you can stock on goodies to take home. Their sweet treats look and taste pretty decadent, but are all refined sugar free.
Located on St John Street in Clerkenwell, Aprés is healthy comfort food. The menu is entirely gluten and refined sugar free and breads and cakes are baked in house. Expect the likes of fluffy pancakes or a hearty ‘full English’ for breakfast, inventive and nutritionally packed salads and creamy risottos as mains. Not only do we think the food is great, but so do the likes of Time Out and Forbes, as Aprés has been given high praise from both.
Delicious, gluten and grain-free fare is done well by the Hemsley sisters at their self-titled cafe in Selfridges on Oxford Street. Expect juices, smoothies and health-focused lattes, but also heartier dishes like burgers, risottos, soups and stews. There’s even a cocktail menu and they do an afternoon tea where you can delight in grain-free and gluten-free scones and sandwiches.
With cafe’s in Kingly and Mortimer Streets, as well as a home delivery service, expect to find an array of fresh, healthy salads full of flavour paired with a choice of protein and soups topped with colourful, textured toppings. We’ve also been impressed with Detox Kitchen's broccoli bread, egg wraps and banana bread. Eating here you certainly don’t feel deprived of nourishment or flavour.