I always have a list of places in London that I need to visit and more often than not they’re places to eat at because food is life, and I’ve done a lot of the tourist destinations already. While I do love savoury food, sweet treats will always be my downfall so I’m always checking out bakeries, ice cream shops and food halls to find the best of what London has to offer. Of course the internet and social media plays a part in what I seek out because who doesn’t love a pretty Instagram ready treat, but it has to taste good as well as looking good. Here are five treats which will look good on your social media but also taste great.
Blondie’s kitchen was somewhere I discovered through a Facebook video which seemed to be doing the rounds. The main draw was of a large cookie which had alternating nutella and peanut butter toppings which looked incredible. The brand have a few small standalone stores including one around Carnaby but they also have a stand in the Selfridges Food Hall which is where I visited. You can get a whole range of cookies from traditional chocolate chip and blondies to kinder and mini versions of the nutella and peanut butter wheel. There’s also cookie dough and sandwiches where you can squish cookie dough between traditional cookies and you can even wash it down with some milk. The cookies themselves were so soft and well baked even the next morning so it’s definitely worth a trip if you’re craving cookies.
Self Serve Society
I’d seen soft serve society all over Instagram due to their marshmellow topped ice creams so I decided to take a trip to Boxpark in Shoreditch one Sunday afternoon to see what other ice creams they had on offer. I wasn’t there for the marshmellow as yes it looks cool but I’m not a huge fan, but their charcoal coconut ice cream was shouting out to me. The charcoal element gives it a black colour which appealed to my inner goth but the coconut gave it such a nice flavour which wasn’t too heavy. You can choose from different soft serve ice creams, the cones and any toppings but there’s also sundeas and freakshakes available.
This is another one which I spotted all over Instagram and chances are you’ve seen it too, ice cream with the candy floss ring around it, remember now?! I thought this was going to be the biggest fad of them all but curiosity made me give in so I headed to the Covent Garden store, queued for about 5-10 minutes and then I was greeted with my cookies and cream candy floss surrounded ice cream. Yes it looked pretty cool but the candy floss also tasted really good too, although it was pretty tricky to eat. I’ve had quite a lot of ice creams and this was definitely a solid effort and not just pure novelty.
I actually spotted this spot in person before realising that it had a social media following, pretty much a first for me. With small pop ups and stores around London Donut time do some of the best novelty doughnuts which taste incredible. I went to their Shoreditch store first and was taken by the amazing decorations and quirky names like ‘Notorious P.I.G’ (a doughnut covered in percy pig sweets) and ‘Love At First Bite’ (a doughnut filled with nutella). I’ve had a few of these and firstly the decorations are always incredible but they also taste so good, and they’re actually really good value when you consider how big they are.
I first discovered Naked Dough after walking around Westfield shopping centre but have since been back to their Camden Market stand a few times. Everything they sell is around edible cookie dough and in itself is a great concept but the flavours are amazing from basic chocolate chip through to kinder and nutella flavours. You can choose to have it in a cup which I usually do for ease of eating or in a cone, and you can mix it with ice cream making it feel less heavy. I find one single scoop is more than enough for a treat especially as there are so many topping choices too. If like me you’re a huge fan of eating the leftovers in the bowl after baking then you’ll love Naked Dough.