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You’ll find us in here most afternoons, gnawing on the homemade banana bread with dark chocolate and pistachios. It's the airiest of cafés set inside The South London Gallery but you don’t have to be art smart to enjoy this place. Lunch is excellent, from chargrilled mackerel to a tzatziki, baba ghanoush and stuffed pepper plate. You can also get a three-course dinner on Wednesdays and Thursdays for just £20.
2. Fowlds Café
You can grab your morning brew at this ex-upholstery shop, which has been making fabric on site since 1926 and is still in production at the back. The front-of-house has been turned into a whimsical little spot for delicious coffee and cake, tucked away in peaceful Addington Square. The space also plays host to candlelit supperclubs, which we'll be wangling our way in to as soon as possible.
Our dinners at this lovingly disheveled crêperie usually go something like this: Jerk tofu, sweet potato and aubergine galette times two; beetroot, goat’s cheese and spinach galette times one; dulce de leche, banana and almond crêpe times two; cinnamon, coconut cream and granola crêpe times one; BYO bottle of corner shop white times two. If there is one place that makes us momentarily consider vegetarianism, it’s here.
Photo by Issy Croker
4. Daily Goods
It’s hard to go wrong with a good old plate of avocado toast, but it's even harder to make it exceptional. With a rub of chilli oil and crunchy dukkah, Daily Goods has done just that. There’s also other brunch beauties like toasted banana bread and a croissant filled with Neal’s Yard cheese. We're always in the mood for a fancy breakfast but you can always just enjoy their great selection of coffee and walls filled with the works of independent artists. Find this café sandwiched between the shabby barbershops and Turkish restaurants of Camberwell Church Street.
Pear Sundays spell two things: colossal lunches and strong bloody marys. With this in mind, The Crooked Well is our favourite destination for a daily-changing menu of inventive, satiating food and a drinks list that’ll put even the most stinking specimens of hangover back on the cocktail train in no time. If there’s a better bloody mary this side of the river, we’d like to see it.
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