An Organic, Swedish Coffee Shop in London

The Swedes love their fika - a phrase which loosely translated means 'to meet and have coffee', preferably with a slice of cake and some good company. A little like the German tradition of Kaffee und Kuchenfika is an important part of Scandinavian culture.

Wayne's Coffee is a Swedish coffee shop chain which has recently arrived in the UK. At the moment the only two branches in the country are both in the capital; there's one on Kensington High Street and the one my husband and I decided to visit today: Ilford.

Ilford is situated in the East London borough of Redbridge on the Essex/London border, about ten minutes from Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford and just a twenty minute train ride to London Liverpool Street.

My husband had brought home a flyer for this new coffee shop one day and I was intrigued by their trademark Supercinos - healthy plant drinks with the consistency of a cappuccino. So we decided to go and check it out for ourselves...

Granted, it's not much to look at from the outside, occupying an old Santander building on the corner of a cold, grey high street on a wet Tuesday morning in February, but once you step indoors, everything is so much better.
With a cosy atmosphere, well-stocked displays and friendly staff, I instantly felt relaxed and at home.

Everything looked so delicious; I just wanted to eat ALL THE FOOD. Salads, smoothies, turmeric shots, sandwiches, cakes and pastries...okay, so not everything here is healthy, but it is fresh and most of it is organic.

We did, however, manage to resist temptation and just order the Supercino - I went for matcha while my husband chose the hemp & cocoa option. At £3.50 each, they are slightly pricey and not something I'd shell out for every day, but as a one-off treat they were definitely worth it. Mine consisted of matcha powder, raw sugar and oat milk and I could easily have drunk another. Hubster reported that his tasted just like hot chocolate.

Hubs was getting visibly irritated and slightly embarrassed with my photographing everything in the store - including his drink before he was allowed to touch it - and my protests of "It's for my blog!" didn't seem to pacify him. Honestly, non-bloggers will never understand us, will they? 
Overall, I'm really impressed with Wayne's and its high-end, organic beverages, snacks and lunches. Like I said, it's not the cheapest place in the world, but for the quality of the products, the cleanliness, the professionalism of the staff and the all-round pleasant atmosphere, it's the perfect place to go if you want to treat yourself on a dull, dreary day.
Where's your favourite place to relax and unwind?
This is NOT a sponsored post, nor am I affiliated with Wayne's Coffee in any way. I just wanted to share a nice little spot I found which you might want to visit if you're in town. Let me know if you do.

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