There are lots of lovely shops to explore in Wimbledon, but when we looked back at our shortlist, we definitely noticed a bit of a foodie theme. So, here you are: three of our go-to local shops to stock up the larder back home.
Prezzemolo & Vitale
For the first, we’re heading to Italy, and specifically the warm Mediterranean climes of Sicily. Founded by couple Giusi Vitale and Giuseppe Prezzemolo, they opened their first shop in Italy in 1982. Today, they have seven stores in Palermo and four here in London, one of which you’ll find on Wimbledon High Street. Stop by for every Italian ingredient imaginable, from sauces and pastas to fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as Prezzemolo & Vitalie’s own brand of Sicilian-made products, Giù Giù.
Next, to France. Perhaps most recognisable for their extravagant floral shop displays, Colette is a trio of French delicatessens in Chelsea, Wandsworth and Wimbledon. Elegant interiors (think gleaming tiles, brass fittings and wooden shelves) combine with a tempting selection of ready-to-eat French dishes, intricate patisserie, wines, larder staples, seafood, cheeses and, exclusive to Colette Wimbledon, a butcher’s counter.
Bayley & Sage
Of the three delicatessens on our list, Bayley & Sage have been part of our community in Wimbledon the longest, opening their first shop here in 1997 (you’ll now find several other outposts across west London). They offer a delectable selection of market fruit, vegetables, cheeses, meats and wines from across the UK and Europe. We probably linger the longest at their bakery section though, taking home one of the freshly-baked loaves, something decadent to enjoy with a pot of tea, and a pastry or two to have for breakfast the following morning.