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Brick Lane

'Fika' is the delightful Swedish expression for a coffee break - a form of social interaction that Swedes take seriously. This Fika on Brick Lane is a casual Swedish-styled restaurant, on this site since 2008. The food combines traditional Swedish elements – right down to meatballs and gravadlax – with touches of flavour from sunnier climes. Much is made of foraging and seasonality, and there's a cocktail list with Scandinavian accents aplenty.



Venue name: Fika
Address: 161A Brick Lane
E1 6SB
Opening hours: Open 12noon-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green tube/bus 8, 388

Average User Rating

2.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Having not been to Fika before and being a Swede in London, my friends and I thought this would be a great stop after some strolling around Brick Lane. We had expected fika in the more "cakey" sense but after speaking to the waitress she informed me Fika is more of a restaurant (then why the name?!). My friend had a little banana fly in her icecream that came with the kladdkaka (sticky brownie cake) and only the ice cream was replaced and not the cake! I found the waitress extremely off-ish and the decor made no sense. Wasn't a traditional coffee house interior nor was it that of a restaurant. Just terribly confusing. Wouldn't recommend it and will probably not go there again.


If you are looking for a great coffee during the day when trawling around Brick Lane I would recommend. However, after going there for an evening meal recently I was really disappointed by the very average Swedish meatballs which were expensive and a very small portion for the price. Stick to the coffee!


Not great -- an odd atmosphere, uncomfortable chairs, and overpriced food. Teapigs tea is always a plus, though.


Far improved from the previous comments. Delicious food and a great Scandinavian atmosphere. Lovely staff-fully enjoyed my lunch!!