Restaurants, Swedish Brick Lane
3 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)

'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
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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.

Went to Fika after reading about it in Timeout. I'm a fan of Scandinavian everything, so I was excited to go here. Took me 40 minutes to get here and by the time I got here I was ravenous. Ordered eggs on sourdough bred with gravlax on the side. And aeropress coffee with milk. There were only two coffees available on the menu -aeropress and filter. Despite the name of the cafe (Fika meaning coffee).

The coffee arrived without milk. I then asked for milk 4 more times before I got it by which time the coffee was cold. The people on the table next to us ordered coffee off the menu (flatwhite and late). Table to our left had been seated and had ordered before we arrived. When we enquirer about our food order (as we had been waiting for quite some time), the waitress brought us the bill for the coffees. Very confusing. When we asked about our food again, it eventually arrived. My eggs were cold. There was. I gravlax.

We left briefly after, the table next to us still hadn't received food, about 50 minutes after we arrived.

There were people whose orders were mixed up. It was just shit. I wanted to love it, I really did, but this unfortunately was the worst service I got in London, perhaps ever.


Loved the cinnamon bun here! Believe me, i've tried almost every cinnamon bun in London this is one of the top three. Service was friendly, too. Makes me want to go to Sweden.


I went to FIka at about lunchtime on a Wednesday. It's a nice Swedish vibe with lots of wood and a rustic feel. The menu is varied enough although not extensive. The mains are a tad pricey for lunch. The service was attentive and friendly and the food fairly tasty if a little underspiced. If I could, I would say 3.5 stars.


Write a review...I popped into here around 5pm today. Very cozy atmosphere, with wood paneling, mismatched chair and pretty plateware. There's a terrace on the first floor. I popped by specifically for the quinoa salad but sadly it's been taken off the menu and replaced by a yummy goat cheese and roasted sweet potato salad. Great flavours but a bit steep at 11 quid. I also got the kladdkaka with vanilla ice cream. While the presentation was lovely, I have come to the conclusion kladdaka is the most overrated dish. It's just mildy chocolately- I'm looking for something much more powerful. I also got the carrot cake for takeaway, which is fine- nothing special.

HOWEVER, the chocolate balls, flaked with oatmeal, are AMAZINGGGGGG- rich chocolate flavour and a nice crumbly texture. I would return just for that!

I had a lovely waitress- friendly and gave me a much-appreciated carafe of water just for me. Plus ICE, so rare in Europe!

Perfect Fika in London !!!!

Food is so good and the staff is really kind. 

A peaceful place in busy London.

Enjoy your Fika, enjoy your Fika London ;)

Adorable little oasis on Brick Lane ! The roof terrace is amazing, the food is delicious and creative, try the herring or the beetroot and birch starters !! I also really enjoyed the pastries (cinnamon buns !!!) 

It's a great place to have a coffee and stay for a while with a book or to work and study during the week. 

Love it ! 

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!!

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