The Bread Station
You know an area's doing alright for itself when there are multiple artisan bakeries within a sourdough's throw of one another. Bread Station, set up by Michelin-starred chef Christoffer Hruskova, is a traditional Danish bakery following in the footsteps of its Copenhagen flagship. The Danish and bread - it's the Scandinavian dream, isn't it? Of course the bread is the most important thing - they wholesale it out all over town - and we've had many a weekend with half a loaf of famiglia to keep us content. But there's plenty else dope about this spot: all you can eat toast, really tasty sandwiches (which tend to run out at about 3pm), and a calm and airy space perfect for doing a little work or reading the paper.
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The Watch House
A Grade II listed building (and for good reason), this old watch house was originally designed to house the guards of the neighbouring church but has now been converted into one of the cosiest cafes in town. Yes, space is limited, but the interior is absolutely stunning and there's no shortage on goodies on offer. Sandwiches, crumpets and salads all accompany the fantastic coffee and make this a perfect spot for a cosy pitstop when out in Bermondsey, just be ready for the pre-work and lunchtime coffee rushes - they get pretty nuts so we'd suggest being in or out before it all kicks off.
Alberto’s artisan bakery demonstrates a true passion for bread-making - this lot work tirelessly in the kitchen, experimenting with shapes and flavours, always trying to better themselves. They’ve managed to knock out a bread that consists of five different seeds and four different flours. We didn’t even know that was a thing. As you can image the menu here is doughcentric and mediterranean-inspired: sandwiches, cakes and tarts feature as well as more basic breakfasts of granola and toast etc. The Signorelli interior was designed by Alberto’s partner, and creates a lived-in, cosy feel in a light, Nordic space. You’ll find Alberto selling his focaccia on Fridays at the market in St. Paul’s (with a smile on his face).
Beany Green is one helluva dreamy brunch spot, and now it's opened a bar. Sit back in a couple of deckchairs sippin’ on iced almond lattes whilst browsing a menu filled with healthy, tasty food options. This Aussie brunch café has options for all, from their infamous broccoli bread to homemade granola and fresh fruit. We literally had to peel ourselves away from the cake stand on our way out... rocky roads we will be back for you.
Blackbird Bakery (Balham)
Sometimes you just need something sweet, or something nice and doughy to go with your posh wine and cheese and Friday funday feels. It's all those little yummy somethings that the Blackbird bakery specialises in, luring in with the luscious smell of freshly baked bread and chocolaty pastries, which are all cooked to perfection using wholesome, tasty, fair trade ingredients. Settle down in this cosy, delicate-looking cafe and indulge in a slice of cake, or pop in for a quick cup of coffee and one of their lovely daily-special breads. Although you might want to get two, because there's no way a whole one will make it home.