I’m always on the lookout for cute coffee shops in London to pass my free time in. Palm Vaults in Hackney has been circulating my Instagram feed for quite a while now, and despite it being around the corner from Bethnal Green where I lived for uni, I had never actually ventured to Hackney before. As I had a day off on Monday, I decided to make the trip up to London to get some new blog content and visit Palm Vaults to see what all the hype is about.
Just a stone’s throw from Hackney Central Overground Station, don’t be put off by its location. Mare Street may be less-than-desirable, but this charming little cafe is tucked away and makes you forget where you are once you step through the mint green doors. With trendy tunes and so many pops of pink everywhere, trying to find a table can be quite tricky as the place is very small and most are taken up with students and bloggers tapping fervently at their Macbook keys. A couple of the tables are large enough to share though so don’t be afraid to ask to take a seat- you never know, you could meet a new pal!
Palm Vaults offers quite an extensive coffee menu as well as so many options for lunch such as the usual avo on toast. However, I was a little overwhelmed by choice so just went for a coffee & cake combo that set my teeth on edge with sweetness- rose latte (did I not learn my lesson from last time???) and vegan rhubarb cake. To be honest, I was surprised by the latte. My visit to AIDA had really put me off rose flavouring, but Palm Vaults’ version was much more subtle and not so… artificial tasting. The vegan rhubarb cake was delicious especially for a cake made with so many substitutes. I could definitely have eaten another slice if it weren’t for the steep prices- over £7 for both of these!
One warning I will give to anyone hoping to get some good-quality shots at this place: you won’t. The lighting is really bad given how dark the place is- brick wall interior plus hanging plants, and dark windows… not a good combination for the aspiring blogger who doesn’t want to edit the hell out of their photos! It’s a shame as there are so many photographable things in this quirky cafe, such as the crushed velvet upholstery, trendy marble tabletops and funky decor. Your best bet is to get a cliche coffee cup snap against the white Palm Vault logo wall near the door- if you can handle the multiple stares from the disapproving customers, who I’m totally sure did the same thing just before I came in!
All in all, I enjoyed Palm Vaults for the novelty, but probably wouldn’t make the journey back unless I was already in London at the time. I’ve been to coffee shops worth coming all the way from Essex for, and this one just didn’t cut the mustard for me. Still, that’s another Insta-find crossed off of my to do list!