Dee Light Bakery

Restaurants, Cafés Balham
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Dee Light Bakery

By Tania Ballantine

There’s a reason supermarkets put the bread section near the entrance (or a big fat fan) – few things are more enticing than the smell of baking. Add a small play area for little ones (the locale is full of ankle-biters), some farmhouse chic styling, and it’s no surprise this bakery and café is wildly popular.

The counters are groaning with food fresh from the ovens: think giant gingerbread men, iced buns and millionaire’s shortbread alongside pastries and posh muffins (blueberry and almond, spiced apple). There are clever creations too, such as a cold ‘breakfast pie’ made of bacon, sausage and egg, or our savoury croissant – a dense, meaty sausage slathered in wholegrain mustard and folded into an envelope of beautifully rendered, golden puff pastry.

Equally simple, yet effective, was a slice of quiche, marrying the full flavour of a strong, creamy goat’s cheese with chunks of red onion, all over a buttery base. Only a slightly overcooked chocolate chip cookie showed their fallibility.

Busy periods create a real problem with crowd management. At the weekend, service was at breaking point, with the well-meaning staff barely able to cope with demand. The seats are uncomfortable too: the long banquette is raised high off the floor, making you tower, despot-like, over your companion.

Go for a take-away espresso (Allpress roast) and something baked in a box. Then get out. Fast.



Venue name: Dee Light Bakery
Address: 14 Ritherdon Rd
SW17 8QD
Opening hours: Open 8am-5pm Mon-Fri; 7.30am-4pm Sat; 8.30am-4pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Balham tube/rail or Tooting Bec tube
Price: Meal for two: around £20
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Dianne H

My favourite way to spend a Saturday morning is to pop into Dee Light which definitely lives up to its name.  The only thing on my mind are the scrummy almond croissants (the best in London I swear) on offer every morning and the hot chocolate which are two of my faves, however there are lots of other edible delights on offer such as homemade sausage rolls, breakfast pies, red velvet and gooey muffins.  Arrive early morning and you won't be disappointed as there are limited seats and plenty of push chairs getting in on the action.

The managers are also a lovely bunch and when they didn't have what we wanted one day we got offered an alternative on the house :)

It's nice to find a lovely little rustic bakery with great food at not so London prices which feels like you've just stumbled in from a countryside stroll.

Kassie B

Love the coffee, and gluten free treats, alongside the lovely, polite lady who works there too! She brightens up my Saturday

Michael G

Awesome fresh bread and cakes, delicious (antipodean) coffee, and a friendly local feel.

Sam B

The food is delicious... ok, let me reword that. The cakes and breads and pastries and quiches and muffins and... and.... everything else naughty, is delicious! As is the coffee. The open kitchen means that you can watch the next batch of delights coming out of the oven. 

It's just a shame so many other people love it as it can have a tendency to get a little 'yummy mummy with double buggy' in there, but if you can get through the baby-tanks, there are delights to be enjoyed inside. 

Katie N

A lovely little bakery just off the main road offering a range of sweet treats and drinks. A family run vibe with a traditional feel, they offer the best almond croissants I have ever had…and I have eaten alot.

B Cul

Really cute cafe at the not so busy end of Balham. Nice strong flat white and delicious anzac biscuits. There are always a lot of kids about as there is a small play area at the back. I've never tired the pizzas, but I've seen the chef putting them together and definitely want to head back for lunch one time!


Lovely little cafe, not too busy on a Sunday morning. Huge selection of enticing pastries on display. You can even hire the back section for a bespoke cake decorating session, though Im more partial to actually making the cakes - and if Im honest, eating them is the best bit.

Not too expensive, really decent coffee, few too many screaming under-knee heighters for my personal taste, but Im not a very child-friendly person, and this is only exacerbated with a mild hangover.

The breakfast croissant looked pretty epic, and I was unashamedly staring at all of the appealing offers on display. Almond croissant was absolutely beautiful, fresh and gorgeous. Great place for breakfast, though it gets busy quickly and there is usually a queue at the counter.

Helen G

Fantastic with or without kids. Best coffee and sausage rolls in town. Brilliant venture. Spend far too much time here!

Anne H

A true neighbourhood feel. A happy hello, pick up of last conversation, children in every direction kind of place. Lucky us.

Gina S

Great place to visit either during the week or on a lazy Saturday morning. Best coffee around and the cakes are Amazing!!


If you're local to Balham, you will know that the hour long queue for Milk on Bedford Hill is not the only place to be seen on a weekend morning for a decent cuppa joe and a cake in a morning - The Dee Light Bakery serves stunningly freshly baked breads, cakes and muffins alongside beautifully brewed coffee within a friendly and chilled environment just a 5 minute walk from Balham Station.

I always return for their freshly made HUGE muffins which are packed with flavour - huge chunks of blueberry, or large indulgent blocks of chocolate. If you're watching your waistline however, their salads are brilliant, and their scotch eggs can rival many of those found in London. Not enough attention is paid to this great little place, and those who love baked goods should definitely pay it a visit.

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