It’s not everyday that a yurt suddenly appears down the street from your flat, but that’s precisely what happened earlier this week here in my neighbourhood of Limehouse.
My boyfriend alerted me Wednesday morning that free coffee vouchers were being given away at the front of Limehouse station. When I did some investigating, not only did I learned that there was a new coffee shop (inside a yurt) coming to the neighbourhood, but this was in fact all a part of a much greater development project by St. Katharine’s Precinct.
The whole idea behind the project (I think) is to bridge the awkward stretch of no-man’s land between Limehouse and Wapping/St. Katharine’s Dock. The Yurt Cafe, which is housed inside a genuine yurt, just opened a few days ago and I have to say I was pretty impressed.
Limehouse doesn’t have a great cafe scene. In fact, it doesn’t really have a lot going on — the area around Limehouse Basin is almost entirely comprised of residential units. So the fact that a little cafe has just opened up within a block of the basin is a pretty big deal to us locals.
The Yurt Cafe looks small on the outside, but the inside is pretty roomy. The cafe features that ‘upcycled’ look that’s so en vogue these days. There’s a little fireplace in there, as well as plenty of seating across a large open space. In addition to a range of coffees and teas, the cafe serves breakfast and lunch foods. When we visited yesterday we opted for two lattes, one lemon polenta cake, and one vegetable quiche. It took a little time for the food to come out, but everything was delicious.
Going forward I’ll definitely be popping over a few times a week to grab a quick takeaway lunch here. If you’re ever in the neighbourhood, I definitely recommend stopping by — even if it’s just to check out the yurt!