Restaurant review: Palm Vaults, Hackney, east London

Palm Vaults has exploded over Instagram this summer. Hipsters have fell hard for the dusty pink and mint green interiors alongside the endless pots of green ferns, cacti and palm trees. I popped along to see if it lived up to the hype and embrace my inner hipster. Hidden away in the depths of Hackney on Mare Street, the cafe couldn't look more out of place if it tried but that's the charm of the area. It's a tiny place with only a handful of tables scattered around. So keep in mind you may have to wait for a table if there's more than four but they do offer a takeaway service.

Palm Vaults certainly isn't cheap. I paid £4 for a freshly squeezed orange juice and £8.50 for a small portion of crushed avocado on toast topped with halloumi. I begrudge spending that much in places because they are trendy. I don't agree with having to put up with prices because they are in London - it's possible to get food in the capital of insanely good quality for a reasonable price. If I'm happy with the food then I won't complain about splashing the cash. But the portion was pretty small and the toast was a little too crunchy. Overall it was a bit of a disappointment which is a shame as London has an abundance of incredible brunch options and I was so desperate to like it.

Would I go back to Palm Vaults? It's a really cool place with a quirky vibe. The staff are friendly and I fell in love with the interiors. I would definitely pop in if I was in the area for a leisurely drink and would like to try some of their sweet treats. But I wouldn't eat brunch there again. I like value for money and I just don't think this offers it.


  1. This place looks so pretty I can't believe I haven't come across it before! Loving the decor, such a shame it's not value for money - so many places are so pricey just because they're 'cool' nowadays!

    Anoushka Probyn - A London Fashion Blog

  2. The brownie was amazing but your portions were teeny for the money! x


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