Cameroonian Evangel has been bringing his friendly and colourful vibes to the good people of Camberwell for a while now, so don't be surprised to find local creatives hanging out and working here all day long. The coffee might not be anything special but the crepes are going down in a big way - sweet or savoury. Have a go on the gluten and dairy free galettes filled with organic, seasonal vegetables, while maybe a strawberry and chocolate crepe would be a fitting dessert. Heck, even if crepes aren't your thing you'll love this spot.
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Riley the Ice Cream Café
***Permanently Closed*** Don't like ice cream? We don't believe you, especially when the flavours they whip up at Riley Ice Cream Cafe are as toe curlingly good as this. Gingerbread latte? Done. Mulled Orange? Oh go on. Salt and Vinegar Crisps? Ok, that one sounds batshit crazy, but it's a taste revelation. They take their coffee seriously here too, and downstairs has a snug area where you can mong out with a mocha. There's a crepe selection, some brunch goodies, and on Tuesdays they offer 20% off some of the menu. Plus the owner's dog is freakin' adorable.
Brunch is big business in these ends and Farmacy is a definite hotspot - where big old queues have been known to form on weekends and where you feel like a minor celebrity might be walking through the door at any moment. It's in the mould of numerous places around here with Scandi-inspired decor, all manner of plants, and hordes of yummy mummies leisurely indulging in some grub with their gossip. It's slightly pricey, too, it must be said. Everything on the menu is plant-based: sustainable, organic... all that good shit. But the menu is by no means a dull health fix: they aren't counting calories here and there are all kinds of treats including their sweet rawnola, a delicious protein pancake, and a super take on nachos.
Cozy, no-frills, affordable, quality coffee and food is pretty much all you can ask for from a neighbourhood joint, and Coffee Corner delivers on all fronts. The cafe is pretty tiny, but they've got a nice selection of crepes, sandwiches, salads, and daily lunch specials which can be eaten in or grabbed to go. The best part though is probably that it's open at the crack of dawn, ready to fuel all you early-risers with your caffeinated lifeblood before work (the coffee won't disappoint, and there's a nice variety of fresh juices and loose-leaf teas for all you non-coffee drinkers).
Imagine if Wes Anderson and Marie Antoinette had a love child, and that love child had a popular lifestyle blog in Palm Springs and was Instagram famous. That's the general vibe at Palm Vault, Hackney's (and we'd be willing to bet the world's) most aesthetically pleasing cafe. With low hanging plants suspended from the ceiling, exposed brick, and a pastel colour scheme that puts Ladurée to shame, the atmosphere here will have you seeing la vie en rose. Oh, and the food is pretty great too, concentrating on locally-sourced plant based dishes that have inspired songs in the hearts of the Hackney vegan community. A must-try (for the 'gram as much as for the taste) is their fuchsia-hued velvet latte, which is made from beetroot and steamed milk (your choice from an extensive list of vegan substitutes). We also loved the avocado chocolate cake, and will never stop being mesmerised by the colour-changing "Magick Tea" which is nothing short of sorcery.