Since I moved to London three and a half years ago I’ve been lucky enough to live South West in Fulham.
I first moved to Fulham Road in a flat share I found on Spare Room as it was just a 45 minute walk from work and then when I found Fulham Running Club and my friend Sophie, I moved in with her nearer the river onto Stevenage Road.
As a Fulham local for just a few more weeks I wanted to round up a few of my favourite haunts including cafes, parks, fitness studios and running routes, so that if you’re moving to or visiting the area you can check them out too!
First up, the best in Fulham for food and drink…
Coffee: Local Hero
My takeaway coffee of choice is a simple flat white with almond milk and if I could choose anywhere to drop in and grab a cup-to-go or sit in and enjoy it while reading a paper it would have to be Local Hero on Fulham Road. My runner-up – in case the queue is too long – would be Shot Espresso, either on Parsons Green Lane or Jerden Place.
Avocado toast: Rude Health Cafe
A tough choice as there are so many great local brunch options including bigger chains like Le Pain Quotidien and independent spots like Boys ‘n’ Berry, The Hive and Cafe Plum, but my winner of the perfect sourdough toast served with fresh, ripe avocado would be Rude Health Cafe on New King’s Road near Putney Bridge station. They pile it high and serve with plenty of fresh chilli.
Almond croissant: Bishops Park or Parsons Green Farmers Market, open Sundays 10-2
Non-vegan-friendly unfortunately, but my post-long run treat on a Sunday morning always used to be a fresh, flaky spelt almond croissant from a stall at the Farmers Market in the circle of Bishops Park. It’s Olivier’s Bakery that wins my heart and all of the breads and pastries are incredible so you can pop by to pick up a sourdough loaf, pain au chocolat or whatever takes your fancy.
Pizza: Pappa Ciccia
My go-to takeaway pizza of choice has to be from this lovely little Italian joint on Munster Road or their other branch on Fulham Palace Road. I’m sure they could fore-go the cheese to make it plant-based-friendly and toppings of juicy artichoke, black olives and fresh rocket would easily satisfy.
A special dinner: Sapori Sardi
For something a little more unique – maybe saved for a birthday or festive celebration – my first choice would be this incredible Sardinian restaurant on Fulham Road. The atmosphere, service and food is just beautiful and I would highly recommend making a reservation ahead, as the few intimate tables get booked up quickly for good reason.
A glass (or two) of wine: Fulham Wine Rooms
I used to live just across the road from this little bar, with seats outside in the Summer months packed with people and in the Winter months tucked up inside with a glass of red feeling cosy. The perfect pre-supper drinking well, you can top of your card with credit and sip hundreds of wine by the sample or glass then maybe buy a bottle of your favourite.
The local (for Summer BBQs and Aperol Spritz, Sunday roasts and a cheeky pint): The Crabtree
Our friendly and familiar local pub on the river is The Crabtree. It’s perfect for a post-run club social, a lazy afternoon in their garden enjoying the sunshine or taking advantage of the space upstairs for a pub quiz or event. Their Sunday roasts are also spectacular.
Have I missed your favourite foodie spot or have you found somewhere better for your coffee and croissant in Fulham? Let me know in the comments and enjoy exploring Fulham, SW6!