6 top breakfast spots in and around Deptford
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6 top breakfast spots in and around Deptford

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — so when you’ve got time, it’s worth doing properly. To get you started, we’ve taken a walk from the MOMA arches in Deptford to find you the best breakfast and brunch spots in an area that’s close to our hearts.

1. For a guilt-free breakfast — The Greenhouse, Deptford

An independent coffee shop, situated between Deptford and New Cross, The Greenhouse likes to keep things simple. Good quality, locally and ethically sourced food is front and centre here. There’s also an emphasis on running an eco-friendly business. They use renewable energy and compostable packaging to keep their environmental impact at a minimum.

If you like simple, freshly prepared food, this is the place for you. There’s something for everyone — vegans, vegetarians and carnivores, low-carb dieters to high-protein bulkers. Enjoy free-range eggs on sourdough or go for our personal favourite, the halloumi breakfast. We recommend grabbing a window seat and watching the world go by with the warm sun on your face.

Have you ever seen a more beautiful breakfast?

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2. For something a bit different — Birdie Num Nums, Deptford

Birdie Num Nums is another independent outfit, based in a building that has been kept in the family for over 30 years. The vintage-inspired decor is a stunning contrast to the modern buildings of Goldsmiths University, just across the road. The perfect backdrop for their incredible coffee, vast breakfast selection and laid-back vibes.

Choose shakshouka, a dish of eggs poached in a seasoned tomato sauce, or sweet potato and avocado salad accompanied by soft-boiled egg preserved in soy and vinegar. There’s also plenty to choose from if you’re looking for something more traditional. What else? Birdie Num Nums also hosts music nights, ranging from hip-hop to jazz — ideal for whiling away the early evening.

3. For seasonal modern British breakfasts – Dirty Apron, Deptford

Located in Deptford’s trendy new Market Yard, Dirty Apron boasts a menu that changes on a weekly basis to incorporate the most seasonal produce. Vegans and vegetarians won’t feel out of place here. In fact, one of our favourite brunch options is the falafel, roast courgette, sundried tomato hummus, alfalfa sprouts and caramelised red onion breakfast bun.

What sets this place apart is its welcoming atmosphere. Dirty Apron is peppered with dark wooden furniture with flowers on the tables, all offset by great music and soft lighting. There are even a few tables dotted around outside for sunny summer afternoons. Best of all, you can pick up a bacon bap and coffee for just £5 — a lifesaver after the MOMA Christmas do!

4. For vegans and vegetarians – The Waiting Room, Deptford

Infamous locally for their love of Iron Maiden, The Waiting Room is an alternative and quirky cafe situated in the heart of Deptford. It’s worth mentioning that you’re vegan at the till, as most of their dishes can be adapted to suit your dietary requirements and preferences. While there’s plenty of choice when it comes to vegan eats in this neck of the woods, we really like their flexibility.

There’s great tea and coffee, the staff are friendly and helpful, there’s a book swap and space to sit outside. The menu has loads to choose from — anyone for BBQ tofu sandwich? You can also get your MOMA fix, with both our porridges and Bircher muesli on offer — what more could you want?

5. For the best for baked goods – Arapina, Deptford

It’s hard to walk past Arapina without being pulled in by the glorious smell of their Mediterranean-inspired cakes and treats. You can indulge with a guilt-free conscience, as all of their offerings are made with the very best, natural ingredients. There’s also an impressive range of free-from and vegan options to choose from.

It’s the most Instagram-able coffee shop you ever did see, with succulents draping from the ceiling. There’s a real creative buzz around the place as lots of Arapina’s regulars visit from the famous Herzog & de Meuron-designed Laban dance school next door. They make a proper flat white too.

6. For lovers of Italian food – Plough Way Cafe, Surrey Quays

The philosophy at Plough Way Cafe is all about making simple food, really well. The menu is a classical affair, featuring authentic Italian dishes. All of their food is made with the highest quality ingredients and freshly prepared on the premises.

Inside is an eclectic and charming mix of ‘70s-inspired decor. There’s a warm ambience here, with fairy lights outside and lovely mismatched lampshades inside. The staff are friendly and the service is second to none. You can also bring man’s best friend with you — there’s treats and water for every four-legged customer. A little piece of Italy in South East London.

12/05/2017 full English with a prosecco Buck’s Fizz…

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