Here’s a review on Café 1001 I wrote for Made in Shoreditch magazine
If I had to choose one reason as to why Café 1001 is definitely worth the visit, it would either be its creative East-Berlin atmosphere, or the versatile nature what the place has to offer. Consisting of three rooms spread out over two floors, this café-slash-club is located in the heart of Shoreditch, within the Old Truman Brewery. This means that thanks to its vicinity to The Big Chill Bar, Rough Trade East, and several other voguish shops and clubs, it attracts a clientele from all over East London. Day and night, Café 1001 makes the ideal hangout because of its ability to please every taste, both when it comes to food and drinks, and when it comes to music.
By day the café offers a homey retreat where one can unwind, alone or with friends, while enjoying a fresh home-made lunch or afternoon tea from the café’s extensive selection of hot beverages and pastries. Everything from coffees to ciabattas is fairly priced, with breakfast offers starting at £2.50. At any time of day a lively buzz fills the space, as a crowd of both locals and tourists gathers around cushioned benches and folksy tables. Especially during these cold months, Café 1001 is the perfect place to lie back after a wander through Brick Lane, in between browsing through old vinyl records at the Sunday Market or freshly pressed ones in Rough Trade East, only metres away from the café.
By night, every night, Café 1001 brings out live bands and DJs in a large space at the back of the top floor, fit with a bar and dozens of old rugged Chesterfield sofas scattered around the room. At the end of the day, locals gather to discover artists not only from London but from all over the world. Because of the diversity of the music styles, and the diversity of the club-goers that the venue attracts, Café 1001 doesn’t feel snobbish or exclusive like many stylish Shoreditch clubs.
When it comes to great expectations, Café 1001 ticks all the right boxes, including: friendly staff, local artwork on the walls, unique events, good location, stylish design and free entry most nights.
To find out what’s on at Café 1001: http://www.cafe1001.co.uk