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The Canvas

Restaurants, Cafés Spitalfields
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)


Address: 42
Hanbury Street
E1 5JL
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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A pleasant and friendly (though rather crowded and disorganised) cafe. This applies to both the indoor and outdoor spaces. The menu could be more varied. 


Charming spot with a full blackboard wall of events. I got the chickpea mash and avo sandwich and was impressed with the spiced (but not spicy) flavouring of the mash and the sourdough bread really accented it. Also the thick protein ball is fabulously nutty. Always impressed with how cheery the staff is as well. I was last here for Chuku's Nigerian popup and will be back!


This is a nice vegan place, but very overpriced  I'm gluten and dairy free and I know these items cost a bit more, but £7 for a milkshake out of soy milk and bit of a cookie was way too much. The shake was not even that filling and the taste was ok. Nothing spectacular. Other items have bit more decent price, so if you make a visit, go for those.


Another great cafe in Brick Lane which provides a range of snacks to meals, cakes and coffee, even alcohol is available. Best of all the Canvas Cafe has mouthwatering vegan Freakshakes- a jar full of sugary goodness, variety of ever changing flavours from; raspberry, choc-hazelnut, coconut and pumpkin spice. If you are looking for ice cream, chocolate, berries and more cast your taste buds to Canvas Cafe for a calorie-tastic drink in a jar with a large range of vegan items. The cafe itself is small however with outside and downstairs seating the space still lends itself to be 'intimate' with follower cafe-goers so best to go when you and your company don't have personal conversations to chat about. Worth a visit no matter what time.

Tried out their vegan shakes today because they were rated highly by Timeout. All I can say is ... Meh!


so I came to the Canvas Cafe yesterday for a vegan popup meal!! VEGAN???!!!!!  

yes Vegan lol but don't worry it wasn't "Yuck..this is rabbit food and has no taste" type of vegan food it was more "MMM my mouth is too full to comment" kind of vegan food!.. I will start off by saying that I was greeted by  friendly staff who ushered a full glass of prosecco into my awaiting hands then showed me the garden where we sat down and had the healthiest dinner known to man! lol

the salads which I had were fresh and made me feel good. there was one which really blew my mind and took me on a one way trip to flavour town! overall the ambience in the cafe is relaxing and peaceful.


I’ve been passing by this café for month, but I only discovered it yesterday, thanks to the Museum of Happiness workshops that were organized on the occasion of the Laughter Day. Self-proclaimed ‘First Happy café’, the place is not just another trendy Shoreditch café bar. With a great selection of teas, even better coffees and delicious cakes, it’s a creative space, where you can come to co-work, share ideas, learn new skill or if you don’t want to talk to anybody, express yourself on one of the walls. The place is also a social enterprise. You can for example, when buying your coffee, drop a coin that will buy a drink or meal for someone who can’t afford it or come to a supper club cooked by homeless people in training. A hugely inspirational place with fantastic atmosphere, encouraging openness and integration with other human beings.


I'm also confused as to why this place is listed a 'cinema'... but I've been working my way through a list of 100 things to do in London over the next year and this was a pretty important one for me to achieve and I ticked it off last week! However I will DEFINITELY be re-visiting as much as possibly possible. It is just utterly adorable. With walls you are free to write all over, the cafe is quite literally a canvas. They also run all manner of talks and workshops, which are timetabled on the cutest giant chalkboard calendar. All the flowers are yellow, which makes it look an even happier place and add to the atmosphere which is so so so soooo friendly and relaxed! 


I'm not sure why this is listed as a cinema, but I'd hesitate to even put it into just one category. Performance space, café, hangout, art room... the list goes on. I went to this café to attend a clothing sale event in the basement, and while it's a bit cramped in there, it didn't bother me one bit. The atmosphere is fantastic, in large part due to the super nice people who work there and also because of the drawings and notes all over the walls. that's right - it ain't called the Canvas Café for nothin'! When you've finished your food or drink (I had a delicious coffee) you're invited to ask for a Sharpie and draw or write on the walls. Some spaces are free draw, and others have starters like "my favourite childhood memory..." I could have spent hours in there just reading anecdotes left by patrons. Take a look at the café's website and you'll see that there are tons of events coming up, from yoga to one acts to support meetings - you're sure to find something to tickle your fancy.

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