Healthy Hotspots London
Whenever I visit a new city, I usually try to avoid the tourist attractions. It’s much more fun to explore off the beaten track! In London, for example, it’ll bring you to quiet streets and village-esque neighborhoods full of hip food stores and great restaurants. Yeah! I’ve been to London twice in the past two months and I’ve already put together a list of my favorite places.
Pret a Manger
This is the first place I saw when I got off the plane. Pret a Manger sells ‘fast food’ on every street corner. It’s great because they make everything fresh: tasty sandwiches, smoothies, juices and snacks to go. It’s ideal if you need to eat in a hurry, but still want to eat something healthy. Why don’t we have these on every street corner in Amsterdam?
Address | all over the place
Website | Pret a Manger
I bought a nice, strong Borough Market shopping bag and went completely nuts. Whenever I see a market, I lose it. This enormous indoor market sells an abundance of fresh products. You’ll quickly strike up a conversation with the people behind the counters and find out where all the products come from. It’s definitely worth your while to stock up here!
Address | 8 Southwark St.
Website | Borough Market
Camden Lock Market
One of my all-time favorite things to do: wandering around at Camden Market. First of all, Camden is a great little neighborhood and, on top of that, you’ll find every kind of food you can think of at the market. Not all the food is equally healthy, but there is so much choice. Just like we do at de Hallen in Amsterdam, my friends and I split up and go off on our own to find food. After ten minutes, we meet back up to eat together, but we all eat something completely different. This time I ate Peruvian food, which I’m crazy about!
Address | Camden High St.
Website | Camden Lock Market
I was overwhelmed by the menu here. What delicious things they have! In the end, I went for the superfood nacho platter with a green cocktail. Your wallet might be a bit lighter after a meal here, but your body will be dancing for joy! Tanya is the co-founder of this cafe and is also the founder of www.betterraw.com. Go check it out!
Address | myhotel Chelsea, 35 Ixworth Pl
Website | Tanya’s
It might sound a little odd, but I discovered Peruvian food in London. I love it, especially the ‘ceviche’ – raw fish filet cured in lemon juice and a bit of chili pepper. If you go for dinner here with your friends, I guarantee you’ll leave the restaurant with a big smile on your face. The staff will make you laugh and can advise you on exactly what you’ll enjoy eating. The restaurant is also in a very hip neighborhood, so it’s definitely a must.
Address | 1 Redchurch St.
Website | Andina
Wild Food Café
This is vegan heaven! The menu is very innovative and creative. I actually went here twice in a row because I wanted to try everything on the menu. My favorites: wild falafel, the ayurvedic super salad and the raw chocolate & berry tart.
Address |14 Neals Yard
Website | Wild Food Café
This lovely hotspot is the place to be for a delicious brunch, smoothie, lunch, snack and so much more. Their menu is original and fresh and includes my very favorite adaptogen smoothies. I had the maca latte and the avocado toast. So good!
Address | 74 Westbourne Grove, London
Website | www.farmacylondon.com
Looking for a place that serves fresh (cold-pressed) juices and smoothies? Stop by Rawpress. In addition to their drinks, they also sell super-tasty bars and bliss balls that you can take to go.
Address | Mayfair 32 Dover Street / Chelsea 3 Ellis Street / Pergola at Paddington Central Unit 5, Kingdom Street
Website | www.rawpress.co
Photo: Good Eatings @ Redemption
If you happen to be strolling through Nothing Hill (or Shoreditch) and find yourself in need of some powerfood or a tasty drink, look no further than this place, the ‘world’s healthiest bar’. A stylish hotspot that serves vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free powerfood and (virgin) cocktails. Wow. A must go!
Address | 6 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill / Shoreditch 320 Old Street
Website | www.redemptionbar.co.uk
Convent Garden Grind
This spot is somewhat hidden, but I recommend it wholeheartedly! The menu is full of powerfood and special lattes. Tip: tell your friendly server that you’d like to try the beetroot latte and a slice of fresh banana bread. Then take a seat by the window and enjoy while reading a good book. ; )
Address | 42 Maiden Lane, London
Website | http://www.gindandco.com/
You know that problem when you see a menu and there’s so much on it that sounds good that you just can’t choose? That’s the problem I faced at Manna, an Italian-inspired place that has been a well-known name for more than 50 years in this cosmopolitan city. Manna offers a veritable Valhalla of freshly prepared dishes ranging from soba noodle salads, rainbow panzanella to delicious leek-almond tarts an so much more. If you ask me, this is the perfect place to go with your significant other or family when you have something to celebrate.
Address | 4 Erskine Rd, Primrose Hill, London NW3 3AJ, UK
Website | mannav.com
Looking for the perfect avocado toast? Then head to CREAM. Delicious! This hotspot has an industrial vibe and boasts enough space to recover from a day on the town or spend a couple of hours working with your laptop in tow.
Address | 31 New Inn Yard EC2A 3EY London
Website | www.facebook.com/creamshoreditch
Last but not least… Mooshies! The locale serving the very best vegetarian and vegan burgers in town cannot possibly be left off this list. Try the ‘quinoa black bean patty’ with caramelized onions and a delicious sauce with homemade sweet potato fries on the side. Nommm!
Address | 104 Brick Lane, London
Website | veganburger.org/menu
Happen to be in the neighborhood of Convert Garden? Make sure you make your way to 26 Grains. This lovely and cozy locale has a nice, Scandinavian feel and, as a powerfoodie, you’ll be right at home. They serve the tastiest oatmeals, fresh, crunchy sourdough toast and warming soups made from seasonal vegetables. Tip: I opted for the ‘Nordic Pear Porridge’ with cacao crumble. Tasty!!!!
Address | 1 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Website | www.26grains.com
This place on Talbot Road is the spot for raw food. From pasta, wraps, bowls to vegan cakes. Make sure to stop by when you are in the neighborhood. Must try: their beautiful raw cakes with the superfood latte made with lucuma and maca powder.
Address | 110 Talbot Road, London
Website | www.namafoods.com