Does this mean God exist?!?! The God of cereal, for sure :)
Ok, all jokes aside, hope you enjoy our little adventure to the heart of Shoreditch, the most hipster area of London that I know of (if you know any place that is any more hipster than Shoreditch, you know how to contact me ;)))
Considering how we were going to stuff our faces with overly sweet treats at the Cereal Killer Cafe, we wanted to have some normal food before hand so we randomly hoped into this hipster café, which we didn't even know the name of but the food looked so good and fresh on the counter that we just couldn't walk by. The food was so delicious and flavourful, it restored my faith in cafe food.
Here's the name and the address of this wonderful place:
Exmouth Coffee Company 83 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7QX
As for what you came here for: the Cereal Killer Cafe, we have a few things to say about it.
1. It was pretty hard to find it because there weren't any signs outside of the cafe and the building looked typical and gloomy, like most buildings at the Brick Lane.
See the place #139? That's where Cereal Cafe is now. I'm assuming this Google Maps photo was taken before Cereal Cafe moved there but, trust me, from the outside, that's just how it looked. A typical dark green door and small windows. The place inside is very dimly lit so there wasn't even any lights coming out of the windows. We totally passed the cafe 5 times before we found it.
2. It takes FOREVER to order because they have a huge selection of cereals from all over the world (some of which I've never even heard of before)
3. The prices are steep. Like very steep. Like being-a-student-we-can-not-afford-this-more-than-once kind of steep. Ridiculously steep for a bowl of cereal. We understand that we're paying for the experience and the toppings but I honestly felt bad paying over 5 quid for a bowl of cereal, no matter how special it is.
Let's just quickly do the math:
I ordered Soya milk (which I had to pay extra 40p for, because apparently it's considered to be a 'premium milk.' :O I mean excuse me?! I got soy milk because I don't like regular milk but what if I was lactose intolerant? Does that mean I would have had to pay more for having a MEDICAL dietary restriction?! Ridiculousness continues...), a medium bowl which allows 2 cereals in it (I got Chocolate Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which are American cereals that I've never tried), and two toppings of strawberries and a Kinder hippo.
So the way prices work at the Cereal Killer Cafe is that there are 3 types of bowls (small £3/£2.50, medium £3.70/£3 and large £4.40/£3.50), 2 types of cereals (British and American/International) and 2 types of milks (Regular and Premium). I ordered a medium bowl so the price would have been either £3.70 or £3 depending if I ordered American/International or British cereal, with British being cheaper, which I guess makes sense because it is cheaper to buy in the UK. I ordered American cereal because I can have British cereal whenever I want so the starting price was £3.70. Add the 40p for the 'premium' soya milk -__- making it £4.10. And I also had two toppings, which cost 60p each (!!). In the end I paid £5.30 for a bowl of freaking cereal. My wallet is crying. My soul is crying. And it's all tears of sugar.
4. There is apparently a second floor in this cafe but we didn't figure that out when we went there. The place was so tiny and crowded that we didn't even notice the staircase leading to the bottom floor. The founders of this chain say that their cafe is filled with cereal memorabilia but I personally didn't each much cereal in my childhood so I don't have any special memories related to cereal. We also didn't have many foreign cereals in Russia when I was growing up.
5. Overall it wasn't a bad experience regardless of the prices. Having a good friend by my side made fun but I would never become a regular customer. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for new experiences to share with their friends or loved ones and maybe to tourists who have already been to London and seen all the typical touristy attractions. That's about it.
P. S. I was SO looking forward to ordering Oreo O's (오레오 오즈), which is a Korean cerealification of Oreos but THEY DIDN'T HAVE IT IN STOCK!!!!! ㅠ________ㅠ
The level of my grumpiness was beyond measurement.
Address: 139 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB Closest tube stations: Aldgate and Aldgate East
(Shoreditch High Street Overground is literally 5 mins away walking)
If you've ever been to this cafe or any other funky cafe for that matter, let me know in the comment section below and also don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE for the sake of cereal and it's sugary glory!