The 5 Best Novelty Cafés And Bars You Need To Get On Your Radar

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  • From cafés that only serve cereal to an underground air raid shelter turned 1940s-themed bar – novelty bars and cafés are now a thing.

    Here’s our pick of five of the best and totally bonkers ones that you need to know about…

    If you… are a total Froot Loop
    Check out… Cereal Killer Café
    The UK’s first speciality cereal café situated in east London’s Brick Lane (where else?). The joint is run by bearded and tattooed identical twins Alan and Gary Keery. Cereal Killers offers 120 different types of cereal from around the world with 30 different varieties of milk and 20 different toppings to choose from. Chatting exclusively with Marie Claire, the Keery twins revealed their future plans to “have Saturday-morning breakfast clubs in the pipeline, where you can come in your PJs and watch cartoons.” A hipsters’ paradise.

    If you… know your Scrabble from your Cluedo
    Check out… Draughts
    A board game café in Hackney that was partially kickstarter funded as a hub for all things board gaming. This geek chic haunt boasts a huge – and we mean huge – library of games: 500 and counting. Indulging in childhood games with a glass of wine in hand? We’re sold.

    If you… are into your sports  
    Check out… Look Mum No Hands
    A bicycle theme café with a fully functioning workshop with mechanics for bike repairs and maintenance.

    If you… want to step back in time
    Check out… Cahoots
    An underground air raid shelter turned 1940s themed bar in the disused Kingly Court tube station. And if that doesn’t sound cool enough, it’ll be serving Victory-style cocktails with ingredients including beetroot, potato and peas, as well as ration book staples – think powdered milk, treacle and Spam.

    (Photo credit: Cahoots London)

    If you… love your walkers crisps
    Check out… Simply Crispy
    The world’s first crisp sandwich café, based in Belfast. The idea for the pop up shop actually began as a joke about Northern Ireland’s love affair with crisp sandwiches. On it’s first day opening in January, they had sold out within two hours. Diners at the café can choose from 35 different crisp flavours and three different types of bread on which to make their ham and cheese sandwich.

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