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Boxpark, the innovators of the world’s first pop-up mall, have recently expanded Boxpark Shoreditch, which now features a variety of new food operators on the upper floor, new event space, and a ball pool on the ground floor.
Now taking control of the top floor are fantastic spots for the food lover, including fried chicken and beer favourites Coqfighter, off the back of the success of their first permanent site at Boxpark Croydon. This retrofit includes a brand new events space, housing a jam packed summer program of talks, music and more.
A new face to Boxpark Shoreditch is Nosteagia, who bring sweet treats and bubble tea from Taiwan. Nosteagia, expanding from their Piccadilly venue, offers hundreds of combinations of Bubble Tea (the fruit or milk-based tea with flavoured popping balls) – we tried a mango fruit tea with strawberry popping bubbles (£3.50). Iced, this sweet drink was bliss during the recent 30+ degree temperatures in London.
Nosteagia’s Bubble Waffles are for those wanting to go full throttle on the food porn, and of course they are so very Instagramable (see @vadamagazine). These Bubble Waffles are made with a special bubble-shaped mould using a batter is light, and non-greasy. There are permutations of ice-cream, Nutella, fruit, biscuits and matcha to fill these unique waffles with. We chose a Matcha Heaven (a matcha waffle with matcha ice-cream, cream, strawberries and Oreos, priced at £7). As with all enjoyable experiences in life, the Matcha Heaven was tasty and messy. This is a sweet treat that won’t disappoint, but remember to bring an extra tissue to clean up after yourself.
Occupying the ground floor are a variety of burgeoning brands that include design-led stationery startup Papersmiths, The Camden Watch Co., FOMM Vintage (providing the threads for every occasion), and BallieBallerson, taking the success of their fun-loving playground to Shoreditch with their ‘Box Balls’ pop-up – a fun escape for the child at heart.