Are you a cereal lover, like me? Is this your idea of heaven? If so, don't worry, because heaven is a place on earth.
A cereal devotee from a young age, I can down a whole box of Trix in a day (probably not something to brag about, but I have to be honest with you guys). Whenever I go to the States, my mom inevitably buys me some Lucky Charms or Reese's Puffs to satisfy my childlike sweet tooth. Naturally, when I heard about the Cereal Killer Cafe, I knew that I absolutely had to go.
There's no shortage of options for my fellow cereal aficionados. While the cafe does focus on American cereals (we do anything sweet the best!), there is also a range of British cereals as well as cereals from all over the world including continental Europe and as far away as Venezuela.
I opted for Trix with semi-skimmed milk (which they give you in that adorable vintage milk jar). When you order, you have the option of sizes, milk types (there's even almond and soy!) and toppings. A purist at heart, I was sticking to one of my childhood favorites, untainted.
While the cereal is quite expensive for what it is (the above was £3 when you can order an entire box of Trix online for about £5), I maintain that you have to eat there once as it isn't just about cereal, but the atmosphere. The owner, Gary Keery, (well the franchise is managed by twins Gary and Alan, but Gary was the one I spoke with) was kind enough to let me photograph the interior of the restaurant--which I'm told you're not really supposed to see unless you buy yourself a bowl of cereal. I think it is worth the price of admission to take a trip down memory lane for any kids born in the '70s, '80s or '90s.
(Bear in mind that the interior is quite dark and without a tripod, some of the pictures turned out a bit blurrier than I intended.)
You can also curl up in a Nintendo themed duvet as you eat your cereal.
Or curl up and watch your favorite episode of Clarissa Explains It All or Saved by the Bell.
They even sell Mr. Pibb, Hawaiian Punch and Dad's Rootbeer, for all you Americans missing a little bit of home.
They also installed a fro-yo machine, perfect for the hot summer weather.
This is the Cereal Killer Cafe in Camden Market, which is the second one to open after the success of the enterprise in Shoreditch, though this one is a lot bigger than its original locale. You can find it at:
Look for the Amy Winehouse statue, stand in front of her, then look down. That's the only way I know how to describe it. It actually took me two tries to find the cafe as Camden Market can be a maze, particularly in high tourist season. But if you look down and see this:
Then you, my friend, have landed.
You can also visit their Shoreditch location, though it is devoid of many of the memorabilia, it is open longer hours.
You can find them at:
139 Brick Lane