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REVIEW: O-food, Spitalfields

REVIEW: O-food, Spitalfields

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Looking for a new lunch spot in London? Got a taste for sustainably-sourced, super-fresh food? Look no further, for we’ve found a little slice of Scandinavia in Spitalfields – and the sandwiches are something to write home about.

You might not know it, but we bet you’ve spent hours observing the Nordic tradition of ‘fika’ – stopping for a coffee and a bite to eat at practically any opportunity. There’s no shortage of places to do this is London, especially Spitalfields market – but we think we’ve found a new favourite.


Responsibly-sourced ingredients and up-cycled decorations signify the care and consideration Swedish owner Jens Hannibal has taken in this venture. Headed up by bright and sunny manager Jonathan, stopping to chat with customers and explain the cafe’s ethos, it feels laid-back but purposeful, on a misson without feeling too precious.

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Branding themselves ‘evolutionary hippies’, the staff aim to change their little corner of the world any way they can. Stuffing the likes of sustainable North Atlantic prawns, smoked mackarel from the Orkney islands and seasonal veggies into their delicious sandwiches, the focus is on fresh and local.

We stopped by for breakfast, ordering a coffee and cold-pressed juice to get us going – kale, broccoli, spinach, apple and cabbage blowing away the cobwebs. Next was an avocado, mushroom and pesto toastie, though the selection of healthy porridge, fruit and yoghurt was tempting too.


If you’re fed up of faceless chains, give this place a try (if you’re not based near Liverpool Street, fear not – their plans for expansion are rather sizeable, with 10 branches set to pop up in the next year).

The sandwich selection is extensive, ranging from traditional Danish fish frikadelles to falafel rostis and Sussex free-range chicken on sourdough, as well as salads, raw pots, soups and roast potato wedges tossed in rosemary. This stuff is good for you and good for the planet – so spread a little love on your next lunch break.


Address: 71 Brushfield St, London E1 6AA

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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