Although three and a half months seemed like a really long time before I left my hometown behind to start my ‘erasmus adventure’, as I like to call it, time has passed so quickly and I can hardly believe it’s almost time to go home. During my time in Canterbury I spent a lot of time just wandering around in the city, stopping for a coffee and a cake now and then (or, as I’m in England, a ‘cream tea’) and I would often get up early to have breakfast at one of the many coffee houses. Like this, I discovered some really nice places which I would like to show to you.
The Skinny Kitchen – The Skinny Kitchen is the place to be if you’re looking for a healthy breakfast or lunch. Think smoothies, acai bowls and lots of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.
Tip: Order the Superfood City smoothie and their Acai bowl.
Kitch – This must be my favourite of all the places on this list. The first time I had breakfast here was when my friends Lisa & Helena came to visit me in November, and since then Kitch has been my favourite place to go when I want to swap my ready-made instant noodles (I’m a university student, don’t judge me!) for a more fancy meal. Their menu is comparable to The Skinny Kitchen’s, but I prefer the atmosphere in Kitch. The staff here is really friendly and they often have weekly suggestions which you should definitely give a chance.
Tip: Order the Kitch Full English Veggie breakfast or the Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry & Mango, Banana & Coconut
Canteen – Canteen is the place I go to when I want to do some work on my laptop in a cosy environment. They serve delicious flat breads, salads, some hot dishes and also a wide ranches of smoothies and juices. This place was actually recommended to me by my very own sister, who visited Canterbury for a school trip last year.
Tip: Order the Roasted Veg flat bread, the Houmous and Falafel salad and one of their smoothies (they are fairly cheaper here).
The Vegbox Café – I have been a vegetarian for a few years now and recently I started to swap to vegan food. I found that in England it’s not hard at all to find vegan alternatives than it is in Belgium, even in a small city like Canterbury. In my first vegan week I went to The Vegbox Cafe, since many people recommended it. You can create your own salad here and choose from a wide range of toppings to make it more tasty.
Tip: Create your own salad and have a cupcake as dessert, they’re delicious!
Try out Tiny Tim’s Tearoom, a traditional English tearoom which offers the typical ‘Afternoon Tea’. I could not make a list with my favourite places in Canterbury without including this one. I went here in one of my first weeks in Canterbury and it was such a nice experience: sandwiches, handmade pastries, and of course some scones with clotted cream and jam. A must do when you’re visiting England / Canterbury!
If you, like me, love sushi, make sure to try Kyoto Sushi, next to the famous cathedral. I honestly think this must be one of the best sushi places I have been to yet. When we entered the place, it seemed really small and the interior was not really special, but the sushi was so tasty (and not expensive at all!) I will definitely recommend this to anyone who’s planning to visit Canterbury
Enjoy your stay in Canterbury!