Cult Mountain doesn’t serve Koolaid, but if it did it would be local, organic and fair trade, and you’d definitely go back for seconds. This spunky little spot is one of the best cafes in Shoreditch, no exaggeration. Located on Bethnal Green road, smack bang in the centre of Shoreditch, Cult Mountain is both concept store and cafe – the owners have a thing for art and hope to lure fresh new talent by showcasing artists from surrounding neighbourhoods. That means this hyper local cafe includes a jam packed store with quirky decor, trinkets, paintings, sculpture, stationery, music, prints, ceramics, clothing and all manner of curious bric-a-brac.
On the cafe side of Cult Mountain you can satisfy your appetite and your conscience – every morsel is locally and ethically sourced, healthy and seasonal. Each time you pop in you’ll find something different: their filled baguettes, delicious cakes and salads all reincarnate depending on what’s fresh and what’s available at that moment. The best deals on the menu are hard to pin down. The food, like the decor, is ephemeral and changes daily. But you can’t go wrong with an olive platter and a piping hot cup of Teapig tea. The platter includes olives, artisan bread, balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dipping, and Teapig’s Chili Chai brew is highly recommended. Or come back another day and try the other eccentric flavours: popcorn, licorice and mint or chocolate flake tea. They also serve Monmouth coffees if you’re feeling swanky, or else coconut water or aloe vera juice to go with your vegan salad.
Cult Mountain is more than just delicious eats though, it’s a little pocket of vibrant, artsy fun – you’ll find stand up comedy, launch parties, film nights, photo shoots, fashion and music events and all sorts. The bright pink building has an artist’s workshop in the basement, and in the evenings it transforms into a gallery, a movie theatre, workshop venue… or whatever. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events. March 27th is a screening of the documentary ‘Who are the Angola 3′ by Red Rat films. There’s a full bar and the chance after the film for Q and A with the film makers as well as live music by Lunar & the Deception. All in all Cult Mountain has a great offbeat vibe and is definitely one of the most charming cafes in London.
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