Café 1001

Restaurants Brick Lane
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Café 1001 forms part of a pedestrianised eating and shopping strip that recalls nothing so much as Friday afternoon at the Glastonbury Festival, as food stalls and barbecue grills compete for attention with record stores (Rough Trade’s expansive shop) and watering holes (the Big Chill Bar is at the opposite end of the stretch).

The entrance to the café welcomes a friendly bohemian crowd who gather to check emails by day, then glug lager and catch a DJ after dark. Most take their cans in with them, climbing the short staircase to a loungey area (not unlike a glorified sixth-form common room) and a music space at the back.

There are other drinks, among them standard cocktails (£6.50-£7) and top-notch fresh juices. Food involves salads, soups, burgers, bagels and own-made cakes, served from early morning until late at night.


Venue name: Café 1001
Address: 91 Brick Lane (corner of Dray Walk)
E1 6QL
Transport: Tube: Liverpool St
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  • Open-mic nights Until Tuesday July 25 2017
  • House, disco and techno Thursday June 1 2017 - Friday July 28 2017
  • House, disco and techno Saturday June 3 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017
  • Punk and metal Wednesday June 28 2017 - Thursday June 29 2017

Average User Rating

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Someone who cares about such things would describe this place as "buzzing" at night. The food is satisfying, if not very varied. 

Sam B

By day - a nice enough coffee shop with a decent array of sandwiches and snacks. Just try not to go in if you are in a hurry as they make the slowest.... coffee.... in..... the..... world..... literally waited 15mins for 2 lattes, with no other customers in front of me. And then the cups were half full. 

By night - it's more sticky floored university common room rather than cool Brick Lane bar. Music is ok, but the vibe is a little on the dry side. 

You're better off going around the corner to one of the livelier places where you get quicker service and don't feel like you are sitting inside a disused nuclear bunker when you go to the loo. 


Very east London vibe, open space, couches, outdoor seating, good for afternoon coffee and perfect for drinks. Cocktails are decent price and when you managed to get there during the happy our you pay only 4.80 for some of them. The place also hosts a lot of great events, DJs and live music, so keep an eye on it.

Sid P
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I've been a regular pub/club goer in the Brick Lane area for many years. I've always considered Cafe1001 to be a miserable cousin of 93 Feet East and Vibe Bar just a few metres away, with no atmosphere by comparison and its only virtue being its location. This view was recently confirmed when I tried to enter at about 8pm on the Sunday evening of Bank Holiday weekend. While it didn't seem busy, there was a large queue. I was surprised, so I asked a lady at the door, explaining that my friends were inside. Her verbatim answer was "I COULDN'T GIVE A SH*T". Delightful. If this bar had to survive on its quality and service rather than based on its location, it would have died a long time ago.