When I first discovered Urban Jungle in Costessey, the quirky coffee shop had no more than six tables, the tea was never quite hot enough and there was only one waitress. Now there are a grand total of 14 tables, each one hidden by immense walls of foliage so it feels like you’re sipping coffee deep in the jungle. There are countless staff and hidden walkways taking you to places you didn’t even know existed. And their newest rule? Dogs are no longer allowed. Sorry Moo.
Table 14 is my personal favourite. It’s right at the back of the garden centre and features only a small 2-seater sofa and a wooden folding table. It’s the perfect spot for writing and people-watching. (And using a plant stand as a camera tripod to take photos of yourself…)
Urban Jungle has an entirely gluten-free menu, and now they’ve added two vegan cheesecakes to their range of sweet treats – lovingly handmade by Jo from the Nurturing Kitchen. I’d been dying to try it ever since I saw I saw Jo’s picture-perfect cheesecake on Instagram and I wasn’t disappointed. It was moorish and delicious, but costly at £6 per teeny tiny square!
Regardless of the prices, Urban Jungle is one of my favourite spots on the planet. Since it’s only a 5 minute walk from my house it’s the perfect escape from the #freelancelife. It’s so important to support local businesses, which is why I keep going back to this adorable family-run coffee shop. Since it’s newfound popularity, which may or may not have something to do with it being so Instagrammable, Urban Jungle has started to sell stylish crafts from local makers. You’ll find handmade cards at the till and intricate macrame plant holders suspended from the greenhouse ceilings.
If you’re ever in the area, you won’t regret a trip to this lush paradise. Your purse might, though.