Eat, Porridge, Love: a foodie guide to oatmeal-only cafes around the world

I’ll admit it: this post is a little niche. Cafes that serve nothing but oats sound almost like an impossible business idea, and this is definitely what I thought the first time I heard about Grød, Copenhagen’s porridge bar. At the time, I wasn’t even sure I liked porridge – how could a cafe that serves nothing else survive in a city so full of exciting brunch options?

However, upon my first visit I was completely sold: not only was an oatmeal-only café an unusual idea, it was a great one, and a spot I would end up returning to time and time again during my time living in the Danish capital. It’s one of my favourite cafes in the world.

Since leaving Copenhagen, I’ve found myself pining for a bowl of porridge from Grød, and have missed being able to swing by whenever I fancied. When I visited New York earlier this year and started to research some foodie options for my trip, I found out about another oatmeal-only café with a similar concept, and I was excited to see how the New York café measured up.  Having assumed Grød was the only oatmeal-only cafe in the world, I expanded my research, and I found out about a third oatmeal-only café, this time in my new home of London. What else could I do than head on a pilgrimage to these two cafes, and check out which served up the best gourmet porridge?

So without further ado, here are my thoughts on three oatmeal-only cafes around the world.

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A foodie guide to 24 hours in Amsterdam

Until visiting, I wasn’t really sure about Amsterdam as a destination. With its party reputation and infamous red light district, I think I had categorized the city as being purely a bachelor party destination, and not somewhere I was interested in exploring. However, after a few friends had convinced my girlfriend and I that, as ex-residents of beautiful Copenhagen, Amsterdam would be right up our, ahem, bike lane, we decided we’d give the city a chance. With Beth’s birthday approaching last December, we booked a couple of days off work and some cheap flights to Amsterdam: it was time to see what this city was all about! As it happened, our friends were completely right. Amsterdam is a gorgeous city, with lots to offer aside from being an obvious party capital. While it has a brilliant cultural offering, we decided to take it easy for the weekend and skipped the museums as well as the red light district, grabbing some rental bikes to explore the city the way its residents do: on two wheels. I’m glad we did, because with all the eating we did during our stay we needed to burn off some serious calories: here are my recommendations for the perfect foodie day in Amsterdam.

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A foodie guide to 24 hours in Clifton, Bristol

Clifton is one of Bristol’s most popular and picturesque areas, home to the famous Clifton Suspension bridge, the gorgeous Georgian architecture of Clifton Village and the bustling Whiteladies Road. With the University of Bristol located just minutes away, this area is always buzzing with both students and locals, and with good reason: Clifton is bursting with great foodie spots. Here’s my guide to a perfect foodie day out in this beautiful part of the city. Continue reading “A foodie guide to 24 hours in Clifton, Bristol”

A foodie guide to the best breakfasts in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of my favourite cities in the whole world. After being lucky enough to live there for almost a year, I fell in love with Copenhagen’s streets, style, hygge, and even cycling (despite arriving in the city with absolutely zero knowledge of how to ride). However, one thing really blew me away, and that was Copenhagen’s food scene. With 15 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, the city’s foodie undercurrents can be felt far and wide, from the smallest little cafes right through to the spots owned by some of the best chefs in the world, and breakfast and brunch spots are no exception to this rule.  Yep, the Danish capital has far more to offer than the Danish pastry (although I am a big fan of that particular item…).  Read on for a foodie guide to the best breakfasts in Copenhagen – after all, it’s the most important meal of the day.

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A foodie guide to 24 hours in Boston

Boston is not only one of the most historic cities in the US, but one of the most exciting. Old and new lie comfortably side by side here, a city which played host to some of the key events of the American Revolution but that also boasts a strong sporting tradition, world-class shopping and two of the best universities in the world in the form of Harvard and MIT. With a compact city centre made up of leafy cobblestone streets, Boston is tremendously walkable, meaning even with a short time in the city, visitors can get a feel for what makes Boston so unique.  However, one of the most thrilling aspects of exploring Boston is investigating its food scene, something which has gone from strength to strength in recent years and gained the city quite a foodie following. So, without further ado, here’s your guide to all the best places to eat and drink in Boston during a 24 hour stay. Enjoy! Continue reading “A foodie guide to 24 hours in Boston”

A foodie guide to 24 hours in Gràcia, Barcelona

Barcelona’s Gràcia neighbourhood is a charming district with a distinct village feel. Gràcia actually used to be a town before being swallowed up as the city of Barcelona expanded, and it still retains its fierce independent spirit and atmosphere today. While it’s not the most central area of Barcelona, it’s a great spot from which to explore the city, and if you are staying elsewhere, it’s well worth a visit.  Boasting key sights including legendary Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi’s Park Güell as well as his famous buildings Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, there’s lots to visit in the area, not to mention all the gorgeous squares, streets and side lanes that make up the heart of Gràcia. Of course, Gràcia also has some amazing foodie spots: here’s your guide to eating & drinking  in the neighbourhood for 24 hours.

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A foodie guide to breakfast in NYC

New York City. A place bursting with so many diners, cafes and coffee shops that deciding where to have breakfast during your trip is almost impossible. Not to mention the fact that even a few days visiting NYC feels like you’re hurtling towards bankruptcy, with all the amazing shops, experiences and food that the city has to offer. Not to worry: I’ve tracked down a few great options for a delicious and budget-friendly breakfast in the Big Apple, all located in great spots from which to explore the city.

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