PINK, VEGGIE & CUTE:
WHY PALM VAULTS
IS MY FAVE
If you like your coffee served dairy-free and with a side of pastel delights, then Palm Vaults is for you.
A haven for pink-obsessed vegetarians, the colourful café stands out next to the local shops on Hackney’s Mare Street. When it originally opened in April 2016, it was a vintage clothing company selling vintage clothes and furniture, as well as plants and flowers. But when the dairy-free lattes and vegan cakes popped off, it was time for owner Hannah Rose to launch Palm Vaults Vintage with new pal Djo.
While the vintage clothes went online, it wasn’t long before the little café earned a big following, with vegans, veggies and Instagrammers literally queueing outside to get a piece of this east-London sensation. It’s even been dubbed the most Instagrammable café in London! But aside from it being the perfect backdrop for some like-worthy snaps, it’s certainly not a gimmick.
Everything on the menu is vegetarian with some vegan options available too. The drinks are a completely no-dairy zone and when it comes to the food, the only dairy you’ll find is in the halloumi, feta and goats cheese – all the best things then, basically.
Now, I am a massive fan of meat, so don't expect this whole site to be plant-based. However, if there’s a banging veggie or vegan option on the menu then I’m fully down and I rarely eat dairy either, that's why Palm Vaults has always been a percy spot. And come on…I do like a bit of pink!
What we had:
The banana bread was my favourite out of everything. It’s topped with ice cream (vegan, obvs), date caramel and toasted coconut flakes. If you have a proper sweet tooth, then this is the one.
Halloumi on toast is a great choice if you want something light and fresh – and that homemade chilli jam adds just the right amount of sweetness.
The selection of smoothie bowls not only look the part but they're also my kinda breakfast option. Mine had raspberries, blueberries, chia seeds and coconut flakes, and it went so well with my rose latte, which was made from espresso, homemade rose syrup and steamed oat milk.
I went full piglet and also ordered the vegan vanilla berry cake and OMFG it was the tastiest thing. The sponge was light with a sweet pink icing and crumbled pistachio on top.
Why you should go:
Firstly, it’s pink, green and CUTE.
Dogs are welcome. Laptops are banned.
The food tastes evennn better than it looks.
You can go home with a plant after your lunch.
Don’t forget to check out the loo! Not being weird, just do it.
Aside from the beautiful décor of pink velvet seats, marble tables and hanging plants, Palm Vaults often changes its menu based on customer feedback – so you’re definitely being listened to here - but trust me, whatever's on the menu, you'll find something that's healthy and fresh.
Make sure you look out for the new Palm Vaults Vintage website launching very soon. Or if you’re a vintage retailer, then the duo host monthly shopping events in the café, so you can get fully involved with the PV wave.
Wow...that was thirsty work. Lemme just sip on this real quick.
WHAT I'M WEARING:
NAIL ART - ANOUSKA ANASTASIA.
PHOTOGRAPHER: EISA BAKOS