If, just like me, you are obsessed with local, hiden, cozy and adorably decorated coffee shops, this post is for you.
As I woke up earlier today with the gloomy London weather greeting me from my window – on a typical Monday morning followed by a full day of lessons at uni- the day ahead of me didn’t seem quite so promising. But little did I know that a nice surprise was on its way.
To me, Mondays at university tend to go like this:
Lectures from 9am till 11am and seminars from from 12pm to 2pm.
Now, Monday the 21st didn’t go exactly this way. As my lecturer had to dismiss us at 10:00, I had two hours to kill until my afternoon seminars. Too little time to go back home and return, and too much time just to spare doing nothing at the canteen.
Luckily though, whilst chatting with my girlfriends about the most random topics you could ever imagine, one of my classmates brought up this vegetarian cafe located in the heart of Elephant & Castle, called Cupcakes & Shhht, to our conversation.
At first I thought they were a cupcake place that also had some other stuff to offer, and that she just went like ”oh, they sell cupcakes and sh*t”, but then I ended up realising that Cupcakes and Shhht was the actual name of the place. Fun, fun, fun.
So, because it was so close by and we clearly had a lot of time in our hands, we decided to go on a little trip to what I was yet to start calling my new favourite little coffee spot.
Let me just start by saying this one thing: they had me at vegan burger.
As soon as we got there and I saw the inside through the glass door and windows I already knew that that would be just the first of many times I would pop up at that place.
The incredibly vegan-friendly and beyond delicious menu including burgers, lattes, pastries (yes, lots of cupcakes, of course), pancakes, porridge, waffles, ice cream and shakes, filled with raw, gluten and refined sugar free options is just the cherry of the cake. What screamed new favourite spot to me was the small cozy environment, and the extremely warm staff.
The two owners had that very welcoming, life long friends attitude towards us and even the other costumers seemed to be just as sympathetic.
Because there was only this one long table cantered in the middle of the café and we were all engaging with each other, it felt exactly like I was just over at a friend’s place, about to have a nice afternoon tea. Quite a treat, I would say.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay for much long seeing that I had to be back at uni in time. So after admiring the place for a bit, I just ended up getting a raw cheesecake (and a peanut butter cup that one of the owners kindly gave me for free) to take away and, boy, think about someone struggling during class for two long hours. There I was, learning about the press, citizen journalism, blogging skills, discussing my future papers… And all I could think about were those two beautiful pieces of vegan dessert made in heaven.
I think it’s needless to say, but as soon as I got home I went straight to the kitchen, got myself a plate and a fork and taste tested a little bit of both (yes, I managed not to eat all of it right away, but just because I wanted to save the rest for tomorrow’s breakfast so I can start my Tuesday right) and oh lord! Did I went straight to taste buds paradise? Hell yes I did.
Moral of the story? There’s no Monday fog that can’t be fixed with a little vegan goodness and a new favourite spot.