Thursday, 29 December 2011

Top Five East London Coffe Hangouts ~ #4 'The Cute' Violet

Violet is the cutest little coffee shop tucked away in Hackney, just off London fields on the hip Wilton Way. Surrounded by other independent shops like a boutique hair salon, vintage stores and a grand old pub.

With a delectable selection of organic cakes and savouries, this is the place to go if you fancy a cosy getaway with some magazines a coffee and a cupcake, which is exactly what Lena and I did.
We opted for the Red Velvet cupcake to share and a flat white & cappuccino not to share.

The coffee in here is deliciously smooth and presented in adorable vintage style cups, I saw another girl at the end of our long share table upstairs with an expresso in the most gorgeous, elaborately decorated tiny tea-cup. I must admit I was a teeny bit jels, but this was my excuse to come back!

A stones throw away from Broadway Market, which Violet sells every Saturday (rather well in fact,) you can buy all of their gorgeous cupcakes which include a lavish range of flavours-

candied violet, salted caramel, english strawberry, fragolina grape, french apricot, valrhona choc, milk coconut, english raspberry and vanilla bean, all  made with a limited edition buttercream icing that change with the seasons.
You can also pick up some of their cuter than cute MINIATURE cupcakes, which in my opinion are a like a little bite of heaven.
Great for gifts or just eating yourself, no-one would know because you can slip it into your gob pretty well un-noticed.

But it's not just cupcakes that they do well, they also have an eye popping selection of other cakes (many suitable for those choosing a gluten-free option) and also ridiculously amazing looking savoury treats- the day I went they had (generously sized) red cheese & onion pasties, squash & cream tarts and a deep pumpkin & veg quiche.

All in all a lovely place to catch up over coffee (and a smidge of cake naturally), and with the bakery downstairs on show, it has a wonderful atmosphere, the glorious constant smell of baking wafting around the cafe. 

Violet is open Tuesday to Friday 7:30–6:00
Saturdays 9:30-6:00
Sundays 9:30-5:00

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