What: With a focus on vegan and gluten-free grub, 2 Girls’ Cafe offer everything from raw chocolate tortes to lavender lattes. They’ve created a homely, artsy vibe with an unpretentious gallery space at the rear and package-free organic produce available to buy at the front – just bring your own containers.
Where: It’s on Rye Lane, tucked snugly in a parade of (yet more) coffee shops, hip hairdressers and pizza joints. Though 2 Girls’ definitely holds its own, notable for its laidback service, reggae tunes and a graffiti-style mural on the wall, the atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed and the food is truly unique.
Why: As well as having a strong commitment to sustainability and becoming a zero waste shop, 2 Girls’ do a great sarnie. You can choose from a variety of ciabattas, wraps and burritos – all for under a tenner – but we recommend the Wonder Woman Sandwich (£5.50) for a satisfying lunch that doesn’t skimp on flavour. It consists of avocado, tomato and salad with courgette humus and coconut “bacon” pressed between two pieces of light but sturdy sourdough. The smokey and delicate courgette humus is by far the best part. Wash down with a turmeric latte (£3.20) minus the offered espresso shot (if you’re feeling really virtuous) for an altogether tasty, revitalising meal.
Don’t: Forget to take a peek at the back room where local artists exhibit their work. Currently, there’s a collection of paintings and drawings by two talented eleven-year-old boys, no less.
Notes: It’s best to visit 2 Girls’ at a quiet time like a weekday afternoon. The wait for food varies but can verge on the lengthy side at the weekend.