Healthy Hang Outs in Herne Hill

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With all the travelling I got up to in May/June (which I will share more about in the coming weeks!), I experienced so many wonderful places that I came back and started to appreciate my own area a bit more. Not even just London — as the incredibly immense and diverse city it is — but my own little stomping ground: Herne Hill.

There are so many lovely independent eateries, bars and outdoor spaces in Herne Hill.

The stunning Brockwell Park is the perfect place for a sunny stroll on an afternoon or a lazy picnic in the sun. I love that the excitement of Brixton and the charm of Dulwich are just a 15 minutes walk away, but the growing food scene of Herne Hill means it has a lot to offer too!

Here are a few of my favourite places to hang out, eat food, drink prosecco and work out in Herne Hill.

Nestled in the heat of Herne Hill railway square, Milkwood is undoubtedly the best place for avocado toast on a hungover Saturday morning. I may be guilty of ordering a side of sweet potato fries with my avocado, but damn they do them so well here! A relaxed atmosphere pervades the restaurant, especially when the huge glass window fronting the building is open to let in the light breeze. They serve food from breakfast to dinner and also have an impressive cocktail menu. There's even a small boutique 20-person cinema in the basement - the quaintest and cutest way to spend your evening.

The Parlour

With a super chilled atmosphere and a flavoursome healthy menu filled with delicious smoothies, vegetarian-friendly brunches, loose-leaf teas, and homemade cakes, this cafe is a hidden gem overlooking Brockwell Park. I’ve talked about my love for this place before in my post about my favourite places to freelance in South London. It's ideal for morning coffee catch-ups and balanced lunch time meals followed by a cup of tea and slice of cake. I love that they also put on evening activities — I once went to a mindfulness talk from a life coach, but they have also offered vegan curry making classes and arts and crafts workshops in the past!

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The Kitchen Counter by Deliciously Ella

All healthy foodies rejoice! Deliciously Ella has opened a small deli underneath one of the railway arches in Herne Hill! I’m yet to go in for food, but I did have a sneak peek in the other day and the vibes are super chilled, the decor is welcoming and it smells divine. The menu is bursting with flavours and healthy ingredients (as always) and the variety of drinks are any health bloggers’ dream (I’m talking matcha lattes, turmeric lattes, cold pressed mylkshakes.. the list goes on). I really do need to make the effort to go and work from here on one of my ‘work from home’ days!

Fison Fitness

Just up the road from The Kitchen Counter is Fison Fitness. I love the Circuits classes here and there’s a really cool community vibe going on. Nothing pretentious, just a small group workout full of people who love to push themselves. FF is also on Classpass which is a great way to test it out!

Herne Hill Market

There’s nothing I love more than heading down to the local Farmer’s Market on a Sunday. In railway square from 10am-4pm, you can pick up organic eggs, fresh seasonal veg, homemade chutneys, smoked meats and artisan cheese. And that’s just the food! There are also many stalls offering arts, crafts, bric-a-brac and vintage jewellery. My favourite thing has to be the variety of independent food trucks that change from week to week. With Ethiopian food, Mediterranean offerings, Indian specialities and even  a vegan stall, there’s something for everyone. What’s more, you can finish off your browse with a slice of cake that resembles a door stop!

Maybe not super healthy, but tasting home-brewed high quality beer is definitely a fun way to spend an afternoon in Herne Hill. This microbrewery is tucked away in a railway arch behind Norwood Road, and brews three times a week, changing its offerings constantly. They serve up IPAs, Pale Ales and even low-alcohol beers — after having a few drinks here, a slightly wobbly walk around Brockwell Park is a must!

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