London Cafes to Soothe Kiwi Homesickness   24 Nov 2017

Emma Creese

Exploring the world is a big draw for Kiwis to take an OE, but everyone moves their lives 18,000km from home not even thinking about the dishes that they'll miss from home. Luckily over the last few years in London, several Kiwi entrepreneurs have opened high-quality cafes that serve a few of our favourite dishes.


These are a few delectable establishments that not only do great Flat Whites, but also plate up tastes of home that are hard to beat.


Artisan Coffee - ANZAC bikkies

Ever present on their counter, these oat filled classics aren't just a mid-morning burst of energy, but a humble reminder Lest We Forget. Found in Putney, Stamford Brook, Ealing and East Sheen no-one will regret popping in for a quick stop. Or a lingering one. Bonus items: toasted banana bread.


Brew Cafe - Avocado on toast

Serving up a gourmet take on the humble avocado on toast, the sourdough toast topped with chorizo, Persian feta and a generous lashing of avo is served in their Clapham, Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Chiswick branches; and their decor is as cool as a cucumber.


Secret Goldmine - Pies

Who would have thought that in Central London a Kiwi would begin baking pies to soothe the hunger of pie-starved Kiwis, but not only that, install a proper pie warmer in their cafe as well! The intimate cafe is but a 7-minute walk from Bermondsey Station and their treats are always served with a friendly welcome. Bonus items: cracking sausage rolls and scotch eggs.


Prufrock - Corn Fritters

Whether for a weekend brunch or a cheeky escape from the office, the corn fritters at Prufrock are delectable; and the coffee is made by consummate (and caffeine consuming) professionals. Found in Clerkenwell, the large cafe embodies the antipodean culinary spirit.


Sacred Cafe - Lolly Cake

When it comes to Lolly Cake, does anything else even need to be said, other than where to find these sweet slices? Oxford Circus (off Carnaby Street), Shepherds Bush, Embankment (The Strand) and Highbury to be precise.


The Providores & Tapas Room - Date Scones & Spirulina Smoothies

Snuggled into Marylebone High Street, The Providores and Tapas Room is an intimate brunch bastion. And within Peter Gordon's culinary menu travels, freshly baked date scones and spirulina smoothies cure antipodean cravings faster than you can say Marylebone. Bonus item: those infamous Turkish Eggs.


Birdhouse - Lamingtons

Perched atop St John's Hill in Battersea, these cubes of chocolate and coconut enrobed sponge are a mainstay on the counters and a favourite of the locals - even the non-antipodeans. A perfect place to pop in, or catch up with friends for a natter, Birdhouse is a great place for flying into. 


A few of these cafes even keep Kiwi goodies on hand for homesick Kiwis - Milo, L&P, chocolate bars and the occasional biscuit or two. We've also heard that the Brickwood cafes in Clapham/Tooting/Balham often have Tim Tam muffins on the menu...


Where are your favourite spots to enjoy Kiwi dishes?


Author bio:

Emma is a wanderlusting Kiwi who moved to the UK for a couple of years, and a decade later finds herself still there with no plans to return home permanently. By day she is a freelance social media consultant, and every other spare moment tends to Adventures as a London Kiwi, her luxury travel and food blog charting all of the escapades that she can fit in with a side of uniqueness.

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