Hackney. A cheerful harmony of pastel pink and green, bricks on the side walls, ferns and lush plants hanging from the ceiling, tinted marble, orchids on the tables: an irresistible, refreshing Miami vibe. No wonder it’s been named the most instagrammed café in London!
The counter is covered with sweet treats, changing from one day to the other. Maybe semlas, these cute Scandinavian choux filled with cream, served here rose flavoured with a touch of red fruit coulis. Avocado fudge or lemon/matcha/courgette cake (move over carrot cake!). Creativity at his best – and both paradise and hell for a foodie, where to start?. Shall we get a Dirty Chai? A rose, lavender latte? Wait – let’s try the Red Velvet Latte, which owes its sumptuous colour to beetroot : it’s strong and sweet and slightly coconuty all at the same time.
I sat down laptop on one side, dessert on the other, inspiration suddenly found. An hour later, smoothies seemed to call my name. Let me blow your mind, Unleash the dragon, Waiting for tonight… They sound like cocktail or magic potions about to make your day so much brighter. The only problem? The divine More than a woman (rose, strawberry, pineapple, banana, cardamom, cashew milk), topped with flowers is so pretty I felt guilty drinking it. Once you take the first sip, though, there is no way you can stop. Its tastes just like spring.
Palm Vaults is healthy, veggie, vegan but forget that. Most importantly, Palm Vaults is a happy place.
Palm Vaults | 411 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1HY
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