In the aftermath of Christmas and New Years it is natural to feel a bit all over the place. Like me, you might be at a loss as to what day it is, or what time it is as you strive to inject some sense of normality back into your life. But why not prolong this period of topsy-turvy for a little bit longer?
At the Cereal Killer Cafe located in Camden Market, you are encouraged to suspend disbelief and eat cereal at all times of the day: breakfast, lunch and dinner! This eatery has finally confirmed my belief that cereal always tastes better when consumed in the evening and it offers a truly novel and underrated experience. Open from 9:30am until 7:00pm, the cafe presents a plethora of cereals to the public- with more than 120 varieties sourced from around the world, as well as a selection of 30 types of milk and 20 different toppings to accompany each bowl! But wait… there is more… The menu is not restricted to just cereal- poptarts, toast, cereal cocktails, maltshakes and stacked hot chocolate all make an appearance. The cafe also caters for specific dietary requirements, providing gluten-free, nut-free and vegan options!
I opted for the ‘mint chocolate’ maltshake which was served with an overflowing cloud of whipped cream, littered with mint aero balls, chocolate cereals and sauces. Far from being sickly, it was refreshing and light and had the perfect infusion of mint essence. My friend ordered the ‘salted caramel’ maltshake (which I also sampled) and was blown away by the taste- deliciously sweet and naughty! Lastly, and arguably the most spectacular of all the three ordered, was the ‘strawberry and white chocolate stacked hot chocolate’ (of course I sampled this too- solely for journalistic purposes). As the name suggests, piled on top of the pink frothy liquid was a colourful mess of sprinkles, white chocolate buttons, whipped cream, strawberry sauce and broken biscuits. The description speaks for itself- my friend had nothing but praise for it and did not want it to end!
The décor, influenced by the cafe’s owners: Irish twins Gary and Alan Keery, screams ‘80s and ‘90s nostalgia. The shop front is adorned with old VHS tapes which prepares the public that as soon as they step through the front doors, it is like stepping back in time- more specifically, stepping back into your childhood. The seating area, whilst boasting of a few standard tables and chairs, is otherwise composed of rows of beds (single with garishly animated duvet covers), as well as breakfast stools and lunch counters. Other noteworthy staples of the cafe include a partitioning wall of multi-coloured crates that resemble children’s playing blocks, as well as posters and toys collaged to the walls and locked up in boxes. My friends and I found it a truly surreal experience but one that we wish to relive over and over again- we have already put a date in the calendar for next month!
With prices starting from as little as £1.50, there is something that everyone can afford and something that caters for all taste buds. So without further ado, for your next sugar rush, head down to Camden Market armed with cereal bowl and spoon, to sample the delights of the cafe!
Address: Mezz 2, Camden Stable Market, Chalk farm road, London, N16 7UY
Nearest tube stations: Camden Town and Chalk Farm Road (both on the Northern Line)