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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Cool Cats' Café - the coolest café in Camberwell!

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There are so many amazing cafés in London these days. Coffee culture has taken off here in a big way, and it's only going to get bigger, as far as I can tell. Sometimes it seems as if there's a gorgeous café with incredible home baked pastries on every street corner in this city, and a lot of them have a queue coming out of the door. That said, I don't think that there's enough love for cafés south of the river - there are some absolutely incredible family-run businesses in South London, but there's a misconception that everything south of Borough Market is some kind of barren wasteland full of bin-fires, rancid chicken shops, and people using their own shoes as telephones to the beyond... Basically, what I'm trying to say is that people are scared of South London, which is a massive shame.

I've lived in Camberwell for three years now, and I've visited a fair few cafés in the area. However, I actually only discovered Cool Cats' Café when I was frantically googling somewhere close to where we live that we could visit with my in-laws, since Dan's Mum is super allergic to our cat and can't come into our house! It has only just occurred to me when writing this that it was maybe a bit of an odd thing to do, to take someone who is allergic to cats, to a café named after cats. Oh well.

After a leisurely walk through the park and past a bustling baptist church, we found the Cool Cats' Cafe to be a perfect brunch escape. Dan's Dad was happy with the up-tempo jazz music that was playing, and I really loved how light and airy the place was. Dan and his Dad both chose the Camberwell Breakfast, which was a totally home made Full English Breakfast, right down to the baked beans. Dan's Mum had Eggs Florentine and I had Eggs Benedict - I'm pretty sure the hollandaise sauce was home made too, and it was absolutely decadent. I got chatting to Roger who helps run the place, and he recommended sprinkling a few drops of tabasco sauce on the top which was INCREDIBLE.

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After we'd eaten, Dan and his parents had a lot of stuff to discuss about the logistics of us moving back to stay with them for a couple of months, as well as the new flat we'll be moving into when we come back to London, so while they got on with those discussions, I took the chance to snap a few photos around the café. We were lucky to be visiting at a strange time of morning, so there weren't too many people around. I chatted more with the people who worked at the café and they told me about all of the art exhibitions they've hosted, and some of the awesome live music events they hold in the evenings. I'd absolutely love to go back to experience the café in its restaurant incarnation because I can imagine that the ambiance is really different but just as comfortable and laid-back. The dinner and cocktail menus look really good.

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Initially, I was going to write, "if you're in the area, you should visit Cool Cats' Café", but I'm going to revise that. I actually think that this place is worth travelling for. The people who work there are really helpful and kind, the food is gorgeous, and it strikes this fantastic balance between hearty south london fry up and modern sophisticated hangout. My in-laws loved it, Dan loved it, I loved it, and I think you would probably love it too. South London, I'm really going to miss you. <3

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Cool Cats' Café can be found at 149 Southampton Way, Camberwell, SE5 7EW. If you go, tell them I sent you!

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81 comments:

  1. It looks like a nice place, the breakfast looks delicious! Is that bacon I see? YUM. Bacon is everything.

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. It sure is! Bacon IS everything. Everything is Bacon. <3

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  2. It sounds/looks lovely there! I love finding cute coffee shops that aren't your normal Starbucks/Costa. They are generally a tad pricer but are usually so lovely!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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    1. Cafes outside of central London tend to be a bit more reasonable price-wise, which is probably something I should have mentioned in the post! :S

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  3. I must admit, I've never been south of the river for dinner or otherwise really! Apart from Borough Market - terrible I know!

    But this looks lovely, definitely going to have to change my ways!

    Em | Hmm maybe...

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    1. Haha, don't worry - you're not alone! Plenty of people wouldn't consider going south of the river for a meal when there are so many places in central London! But once you start looking for cool places in South London, you'll find tons!

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  4. I agree with another commenter who mentions how wonderful it is to find a coffee shop that isn't a chain like Starbucks. I mean, how cool is it that you actually got to chat with the guy who helps run the place?

    Cat
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    1. It was really nice! And I got to meet the chef briefly too! You can see him in the last photo! :)

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  5. You have a lovely blog. This post is great.
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  6. ohh this is cute. And I love how even the baked beans are homemade!! I will make sure I go here at some point :)

    xo
    www.thisisfrancescarose.com

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    1. Home made baked beans are basically the best beans. I might have to do a recipe post for them soon!

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    1. It was, and the decor was so chic too! :)

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  8. The food looks delicious! Totally agree with you about South of the river, there are so many great places south of the river, I'm down South West and love it :) x

    Jasmin Charlotte | Palette Giveaway

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    1. One day it'll be way too cool, and nobody will be able to afford it, just like north of the river! Ahh well...

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  9. It looks lovely! I really love Eggs Florentine <3 maybe I'll make it tomorrow~
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    Teapots and Frills

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  10. Looks like a lovely place, love their logo. Might just have to visit.

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes, definitely! There's always something going on, and everyone is so friendly! :)

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  11. Gorgeous looking cafe, and the food looks fantastic! :D

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    1. It was so tasty! I'll head over to your blog now, my dear! :)

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  12. Oh so this cafe is named after cats, but isn't actually a cat cafe? Nevertheless, this cafe looks amazing and most importantly, so does the food! I've never visited a cat cafe myself. I was very close to, but the one I was at had a minimum fee that I wasn't ready to pay :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Yeah I really should have made it clearer that this isn't actually a cat cafe! Just as well really, because I didn't really fancy having to administer an epi pen or emergency ventolin to my mother in law!

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  13. Looks like such a fun place! I'm just starting my third year in South East London (if I can call it that? Zone 5 living....) and while there are A LOT of dodgy looking chicken shops, it's also got so many gems like this! Hope you aren't finding moving toooo stressful :)

    Lulu
    http://candyappledarling.blogspot.com

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    1. I'll just be sad to leave Camberwell. I'm sure there will be plenty of lovely places to discover near our new house, when we eventually get there!

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  14. Wow, Cool Cat's looks so awesome. Next time I'm in London I'm heading straight there, the photos alone are making me hungry!
    I don't get why people think South London is so bad, it's such fun place to be.

    Jeanette / Curious Minded Girl

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    1. I agree - the vibe in South London is just so bustling and exciting!

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  15. Aw that looks so cool! I can't believe there are so many cafes, this makes me want to go to London so badly!

    Ana

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    1. London is absolutely PACKED to the brim with cafés! If a city can have a brim that is...

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  16. that place looks absolutely adorable! i wish i could go there!

    xx threebluebaloons.blogspot.com

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    1. One day, you definitely should! :)

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  17. I love brunch- I think it's my favourite meal! Those poached eggs look so yummy! making me hungry even now, after I've eaten dinner!
    Daniella x

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    1. Brunch is probably my favourite meal too. Or at least, it would be if it weren't for pasta...

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  18. Oooh it's so quaint and lovely! The food looks delicious too!

    -- Michelle | MXP STYLE

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    1. It is lovely and delicious, yes yes! :)

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  19. This looks lovely!! I really enjoy your blog, I follow so many beauty blogs so yours is always a nice change of pace with all of the lifestyle posts :) xx

    jordysbeautyspot.com

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    1. That means a lot! I read a lot of beauty blogs too! I don't know if I'd be any good at doing any beauty posts though! :S

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  20. this is by the far the coolest cafe i've seen!
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    1. Wow, gosh! I'm glad you like it! The people who run the cafe will be so happy too! :)

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  21. Loved your pics - you have amazing photo skills!!

    I really need to visit London more and find all these cute coffee places! :)

    Gabby xo

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    1. Thanks so much! I do try really hard to make my photos good! You should definitely visit London more and find ALL of the cute coffee places!

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  22. Looks awesome! The closest thing I have to moderately cool in Twickenham is Harris & Hoole XD

    May have to get the Reliant up and running for a drive to Camberwell in the future!

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    1. Will check out this Harris and Hoole you speak of... Sounds intriguing!

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  23. So, so so jealous, that place looks like my cup of tea! that breakfast... well.. I could eat that right now without any hesitation!

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    1. Yes, I think you'd seriously love it! :)

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  24. Mmm I'm a little hungry now after looking at all that food! Looks like a nice little place :)

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    1. I am plotting world domination, one food-porn photograph at a time!

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  25. Oh wow! This does look like a cool cafe <3 I like it :) xx

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  26. Aww that cafe looks THE best. I'll deffo mention this to my boyfriend next time we're in London. Looks right up our street :) Also, love anything named after cats :P

    Cats in Crop Tops

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    1. Ooh yes, do go there! Tell them I sent you and they'll be so happy! :)

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    1. Definitely! Thanks for stopping by on my blog by the way! :)

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  28. I've never been to Camberwell! I'll have to peruse Time Out to see what else is good down that way and make a trip to this wonderful looking café - the hollandaise on the eggs benedict and eggs florentine looks like it's worth travelling for! :)

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure xx

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    1. There's quite a lot of cool stuff in the Camberwell/Kennington/Oval area! Cafes and theatres and things. :)

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  29. Oh man, you make me really miss London.

    ~ Lu
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    1. Whoops, sorry! Come back soon! :)

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  30. I lived south of the river for aaaages and never went to Camberwell. This cafe looks lovely! The baked beans look incredible. I think I would just want a giant mug filled with the baked beans.

    Emma x
    Deerful - a geeky lifestyle and DIY blog

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    1. I'll make you a big mug of home made baked beans if you like! :) <3

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  31. Coffee culture has taken off in NYC as well! I always love lounging in cafes when I have the time. This one looks so cute! Lovely photos :)

    Best,
    Christina

    Looks by Lau

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    1. I want to lounge in an NYC cafe! That's the dream!!

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  32. Looking at the breakfast photos make me so hungry. Must go make lunch :) Great post
    Nilla Forever

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    1. Did you get your lunch in the end? I hope so! :)

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  33. Well, YUM to those breakfasts! They look divine! I love seeing blog posts about cute places in London, I am saving them all for when I visit (or move over there!!)

    Technicolour Dreamer

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    1. Yes, keep this place in mind! There are so many awesome places to visit!

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  34. What an adorable little spot so cozy. mywhiteT.com

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    1. It IS cosy! But also light and airy! :)

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    1. Haha, sorry! I hope you've got snacks! :)

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  36. Great photos.

    http://ninasstyleblog.blogspot.com

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  37. I think people associate South London with huge tower block council estates with gangs, whereas there's a lot more.
    It sounds genuinely delicious. I love visiting independent cafes. Chains just mske me cross! I was so annoyed with my sisters as we were in Southend and wanted a cup of tea. There was an Amazing place with crocheted blankets, chilled decor, funky and unique. And two shops along there was Costa. My dart. sisters didn't want to go there, they're such sheep, afraid to try something different or Bohemian. Older sister said she wanted my niece to use the toilet so we should go to Costa. I might add that the loos in there were vile!! Oh to visit the other place! Rant over, lovely post from you! Love the chef at the end. X

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    1. He was such a legend, the dancing chef! I think his name was Richard! I'm sorry your sisters were being narrow-minded about the cafes - the crochet blanket place sounds wonderful! I hope you get a chance to go there one day!

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  38. I'll have to visit here next time I am in London... after moving to Australia (where we have AMAZING coffee and a well established cafe culture) British cafes really disappointed me so I'll give this one a go :)

    www.blogsbygabrielle.blogspot.com

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