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Published May 12th 2014
Welcome to Hipsterland
Walking into Kahaila Cafe is like entering hipster wonderland in Brick Lane. As you cross the door, you step into a parallel universe reigned by MacBooks, sublime coffee drinks, live music at night, inspiring atmosphere and cakes that will rock your world in the heart of East London.
Like many other prime cafes in the city, Kahaila remained one of the east side's best kept secrets for a long time. Even coffee bloggers wouldn't mention it while they wrote their posts from this cafe's seats. However, Kahaila has recently been discovered by just about everyone who appreciates good coffee and an extraordinary place to hang out, surrounded by paintings, searchlights and a mysterious closed door with a tree painted on it - an allusion to The Lord of the Rings.
"We have got more cake than East London has hipsters!" said Joe Holland. Kahaila Cafe put that message on a poster and I can second that. I started going to Kahaila a year ago and it is my favourite cafe ever since. Whatever I'm writing or whatever deadline I'm on, I always find inspiration and encouragement in Kahaila's coffee and cakes. Whether I go for a red velvet cake, Oreo, rose and pistachio, carrot cake, lemon cake, salted caramel or chocolate buttercream, the cakes never disappoint and are enough to brighten up my world.
The significance of this coffee shop, however, transcends the hipness of its walls, its ambience, its mouthwatering cakes and even its heavenly coffee. Kahaila is, in fact, a registered charity and all of its profits go toward their community projects and other charitable causes. Therefore, as a customer, you are helping this charity to fulfill its mission. And there are also other ways to contribute.
Indulge in exquisite cakes and coffee, 100% of what you buy will go to Ella's Home, one of Kahaila's projects, aimed at offering a home for women who have been exploited by the sex industry. Ella's Home will offer a holistic plan for recovery that will include skills training, as well as development plans to create small business enterprises for job opportunities.
Kahaila is also a nonprofit cafe with a conscience which guarantees that all of their products are ethically sourced and, where possible, locally sourced.
Apart from all of its extraordinary qualities and values, Kahaila is the ideal place to relax, get to know other hipsters, writers, students, coffee lovers and interesting people while enjoying unmissable entertainment and activities.
Live music and out-of-this-world ambience at Kahaila