Danielle CoppermanPhoto by Issy Croker

Danielle Copperman is a model, editor of food blog ModelMangeTout, chef, food stylist and founder of Qnola, a muesli alternative made with quinoa. She is an advocate of healthy living. Here she shares with us her wellness guide to Bath, her home city.

Growing up in the Bath countryside was enchanting. We’d make dens in the fields and the hedgerow, climb hay bales, draw hopscotch on a road frequented by less than 10 cars a day and hold mini jumble sales outside our house; selling nothing but feeling proud. Today, all grown up and living in a giant metropolis (London) and my home city of Bath has instantly become a tiny corner of heaven, somewhere I cannot wait to get to, to switch off from everything and take advantage of the fresh air, space and slower-paced life.

It is only in the last year that Bath has become a noticeably healthier city. Until now, Bath buns, cream teas in the pump rooms and fudge shops were the main culinary features of the city, but nowadays, there are vegan cafés, coffee shops that serve almond milk and shops that sell chia seeds. Here are some of my favourite new health food stores and eateries to put on your radar. Juices, leisurely breakfasts and markets will give you a real taste of living like a Batholian – life in the slower lane.

 

Breakfast & Brunch

The Wild Café

I spent many middays devouring pancakes here. The pancakes are out of this world, but what I like to go back for now are their delicious poached eggs, smoked salmon and homemade soups. Everything is made fresh and the kitchen uses natural, locally sourced ingredients. The place itself is tiny, which is half the fun of it. There is a lovely, chilled vibe and you could spend all day in there hiding from your teachers. They also have a selection of loose leaf teas, smoothies and fresh juices.

Boston Tea Party

A bustling little café located on a small square, Boston Tea Party serves pretty much anything brunch. They make scrambled eggs, but add tomato and basil or coriander and lime, omelettes and a great full English. If it’s eggs you’re looking for, this is where you’ll find them.

The Green Rocket

A newcomer to Bath and the first and only place this far out of London or away from L.A. that you’ll find courgette spaghetti on the menu. With a beautiful view over Parade Gardens and wonderful wide windows, it is the perfect airy, comfortable café for people-watching, juice drinking and gluten and dairy-free existence at its best. Go for the fresh juices, the celeriac fritters and sugar, dairy and gluten-free cakes. They are also open evenings, and serve curries, vegetable spaghetti dishes, raw food specialities and guilt-free desserts.

Lunch & Dinner

Acorn

Acorn is one of few solely vegetarian restaurants in Bath. Tucked away on a cobbled side path, it’s not a place you’d just stumble across. The menu has a creative selection of starters, mains, sides and sharing plates, taking into consideration taste and flavour, not just the omission of meat.

Cafe Lucca

Situated at the top of town, Lucca could easily be overlooked and forgotten about. The café counter is positioned in a large, well-lit loft which doubles as a shop selling home ware, garden ware and clothing. The counter is covered with gigantic bowls of fresh, colourful salads – roasted beetroot and puy lentils tumbling down piles of goodness. Take a break from shopping or stop by here on your way to the crescent to refuel, or to add to a packed lunch in need of some sprucing.

Juice Shops & Coffee Shops

Jika Jika

Jika Jika used to be my go-to spot for breakfast and lunch. I spent hungover mornings with their breakfast burrito or poached eggs and countless afternoons loading up on lattes and smoothies. It could take you hours to decide what to order from their wholesome salad bar (we’re talking marinated squash and pulled pork, not baby gem, sweetcorn and boiled eggs). However, Jika one closed down and now only exists in miniature – still serving excellent hot drinks and homemade snacks.

Society Café

Society Café is the first of its kind in Bath. There have been a few specialist coffee houses before, but none that offer almond milk, or gluten-free, homemade cakes. Their almond milk cappuccino is the best I’ve ever tried, and the lemon polenta cake goes hand in hand. The interiors are simple yet cosy – minimal but not unwelcoming. Their Wifi is also incredibly strong, making it a great place for hard workers who don’t want to be scowled at for outstaying their welcome.

Beyond the Kale

Beyond the Kale sells fresh, made-to-order juices, smoothies, nut milks and hardcore shots like pure ginger and wheatgrass. They also have a display of handmade raw treats, including natural bounty bars, raw fudge and cheesecakes. They serve fresh salad boxes and have an entire shop dedicated to whole foods. This is the best place in Bath to buy gluten, dairy and sugar-free food items, such as ice cream, yoghurt, chocolate and cereals. They also have a wall of dispensers to help yourself to bulk nuts, seeds, grains and spices. Sit outside under the arches of what used to be a platform of Green Park Station, with a refreshing and nourishing drink in hand.

Organic Shops & Farmers' Markets

Newleaf

Perhaps not the best place if you are in the city for a fleeting visit, but if you’re staying for longer and want to stock up on affordable produce and dried food, this is your place. With large tubs and dispensers, you can buy things like quinoa, flour, nuts, seeds and dried fruits in bulk – without packaging, without waste and without the extra cost. They also have smaller herb and spice dispensers that are perfect if you want to make your own spice blend for a particular meal or recipe.

  • 01225 425301
  • 29 Shaftesbury Road
    Bath
    Avon
    BA2 3LJ

Green Park Farmers' Market

Rather a new addition to Bath’s evolving health food scene, Green Park Market used to be home to a few stalls selling records, hats, candles, chutneys and sausage sarnies. Now, every Saturday you’ll find an eclectic selection of local companies who are passionate about their culinary products. Expect artisan coffee, homemade gluten and dairy-free soups, fresh produce, local cheeses, pâtés and sausages and freshly made juices and cordials.

Seasons

A convenience store of the health food scene. A wonderful, quaint shop with all the supplements you’ll ever need – snack bars, teas, grains, seeds, nuts, cereals, drinks and much more. Perfect if you need a snack or something on-the-go, or to stock up on your weekly or monthly supplies. If you are travelling around, be sure to nab some of their energy bars to accompany you.

The Wild Café

Boston Tea Party

The Green Rocket

Acorn

Cafe Lucca

Jika Jika

Society Café

Beyond the Kale

Newleaf

Green Park Farmers' Market

Seasons

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