Brick Lane Coffee - as quirky as it gets. This is what their web site page says: "We're locally owned and have been getting your orders wrong since 1999. All our milk is organic and always has been (even before it was trendy). Our coffee is fair trade organic and sourced directly by us (we've visited growers in Papua New Guinea twice)". Now here's what I have to say about it.
It’s all true! What else is true is that this a perfect meeting point. Located at the beginning (or the bottom?) of Brick Lane, it is sandwiched between two of the most popular Beagel places in town. It has free WiFi ( that’s why it’s always full of people with laptops), offers a selection of magazines and books and its interior design is so eye catching that you can easily forget about your coffee. There are posters of Take That from the 1990s looking ridiculous (well, who didn’t, back in those days…) and a topless David Beckham (looking OK), Ai Wei Wei sunflower seeds stolen from Tate Modern exhibition (available at £2 each), endless stencils, wall drawings, and other quirky examples of both re-cycle and up-cycle (very IN, watch this space!).
WC is a must! Big up to the artist who drew on its walls!
And of course, there is the coffee itself! it’s very good, trust me! Heavily tattooed baristas seriously know their business. From Macchiato to Latte, it’s all top quality! They do sell food too: soups, sandwiches, flap jacks and so on.
Brick Lane Coffee
157 Brick Lane
London E1 6SB
7am – 8pm every day