The Cereal Killer Cafe on Brick Lane is a MUST for any cereal obsessive; they boast being the World’s First International Cereal Café, with over 100 different types of cereal on offer. From Lucky Charms to Cheerios Fruity (who even knew they came in that flavour?!) and countless global ones I’d never heard of before, the café holds brands from all over the world (especially the USA) which are often impossible to come by in your local supermarket. They really mean what they say: “If we can source it, we sell it”.
If a *boring* bowl of cereal isn’t enough, why not add a speciality milk (of which there are 30 options to choose from)? Some of their more unusual flavours include pumpkin spice, salted caramel and even bubble-gum, in addition to your trusted cow’s milks and lactose free alternatives. I would personally recommend the peanut butter flavour to other nut fanatics, having tried (drunk half of!) my friend’s.
The final step: loading your bowl with heaps of unnecessary but totally justified toppings. With a whole array of fruit, biscuits, nuts, sprinkles, sweets and chocolate to choose from, this is the last hurdle for any indecisive soul in search of a sugar overload to kick-start their day. If this is simply too much choice, there are a whole host of cereal cocktails to tempt you, ‘Unicorn Poop’ (ricicles, party rings, fluff, marshmallows, hundreds and thousand with semi skimmed mil) sounds a very colourful affair!
If cereal isn’t your thing *surprisingly, I’m actually not a huge fan myself*, you can treat yourself to pop tarts, toast loaded with stupid amounts of crazy spreads (fluff, bounty, popping candy and Maltese to name but a few), or their infamous stacked hot chocolate. To my despair I was too full to try this dreamy concoction but on my next return, I can assure you I will be. And, as you’ve probably guessed, the cold drink selection is also extremely extensive, filled full of bizarre and wonder options.
Along with two friends, I ventured into this quirky café, a little unsold about having cereal for lunch (yes, here cereal is acceptable for breakfast, lunch and dinner). I was not disappointed. Greeted by a wall full of colourful cereal boxes, we had really entered into a time-lapse and it was all a little overwhelming. After continually changing our minds for the best part of 20 minutes, we all finally chose our ‘perfect bowl’. Mine consisted of Shreddies Max Cranberry cereal, fresh strawberries and Reece’s Peanut Butter crisps, and white chocolate milk. The peanut butter crisps were delicious and completely different to another I’d previously tried. Tara, a self confessed chocoholic, was a little more adventurous with a bowlful of chocolate Weetos, Oreos and white chocolate buttons topped off with almond milk. Chocolate overload. My second friend, Liv, went for a nuttier affair of Krave Chocolate cereal with fresh banana, Reece’s peanut Butter crisps and peanut butter milk. We definitely treated ourselves to say the least. All I can warn is that you may experience a serious sugar coma and toothache post visit. Definitely worth it though.
Not only did we get to indulge in our carefully selected cereal delights (believe me, the decisions were HARD), but we also got to feast our eyes on hundreds of pieces’ of retro 80’s and 90’s memorabilia. The basement is filled with original posters, TVs and figures, and some of the seating is actually beds dressed in iconic 90’s cartoon figure sheets. Cereal here has even taken over art, with a series of portraits made entirely out of different cereals. A visit here in not simply for the food, but also the experience; there is a real 90’s American high school feel. Sadly, I wasn’t at school, or in America, during this period but this café embodies everything I imagine, and hope, it would be!
I would certainly recommend a visit, just make sure you’re hungry.