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Cafe Highlight | South London


City dwellers are all guilty of it. Staying in our local bubble and forgoing a day spent exploring new neighbourhoods for the comfort of the familiar. Most of our Table meetings happen in East London, we joke that we wouldn’t have a clue where to go for a good cup of coffee in west london even though it’s practically our job to know these things. Milk however is one that I’ve made the journey to on countless occasions. I have the added bonus of being able to work remotely which means I can avoid the weekend crowd and enjoy a relatively calm moment in the popular Balham cafe.

This Aussie cafe lives up to the stereotype, producing a mighty good cup of coffee, as well as fresh juices and Kombucha. It may have a hectic turnover on the weekends but this doesn’t seem to phase the staff who are always up for a chat about food, coffee and answering any questions you might have. In the corner you’ll find an eclectic selection of vinyl and a great playlist always pumping through the speakers. They have all the traditional fare that one finds on a cafe menu, but always with an extra twist making a dish such as Sweetcorn Fritters now Sweetcorn Fritters with Halloumi, Avocado and a scrumptious Kasundi.

When I asked them what their most popular dish was, the answer came quick -The Convict. This most certainly is a hangover cure on a plate and certainly not for the fainthearted. This dish has garnered so much love Milk has even started selling ‘The Convict Tees’ that customers can buy. Sandwiched between an English Muffin is hash brown, bacon, a delicious sausage patty with spring onions mixed in, and an egg, topped with the ‘Hangover Sauce’ and heaps of Parmesan. If you’re a fan of Iced Coffee, theirs is also worth a try, personally it’s too rich for me but I have many a friend that would buy this in bulk if that were an option.

So the next time you’re looking for something out of your local bubble, make Milk your next must visit cafe. You may have to queue but it’s always worth it!


Words & Photography by Ariana Ruth