Ah, Ikea, my love/hate relationship with you knows no bounds.

On the one hand, I hate that the shop forces me to walk through every-fucking-department just to pick up one bedside cabinet. On the other hand, I love that the bedside cabinet costs about £15.

And let's not get started on the meatballs and Daim cake. Actually, let's get started on that, because, in all seriousness, the food bit is how you bribe yourself into going to Ikea, isn't it?


Ah, wonderful meatballs and oddly-coloured 'gravy' that Northerners know is not real gravy but is still fantastic.

Also, it sells booze. I drank cheap wine last time I was at Ikea and once you get past the weird feeling of drinking in Ikea, it's actually quite pleasant.

And, it totally takes the edge off the rest of your shopping trip. 'Do I like that desk? Yeah, you better believe I do! Let's get four'.

Wouldn't it be amazing if you could somehow enjoy all this delicious food and worryingly cheap wine without having to look at bathroom mirrors and lamps?

They are heading straight for the meatballs. Credit: PA

Well, good news, humans. According to Fast News, the Swedish furniture makers might be set to open stand-alone restaurants.

Apparently the huge success of the food division has led Ikea bosses to consider the idea of opening cafés in city centres across the world. A whopping 30 percent of Ikea's food customers come to the shop just to eat, and who can blame them?

The company has also run very successful pop-up eateries in London, Paris, and Oslo, which allowed punters to enjoy the food without the flatpack.

Michael La Cour, Ikea Food's managing director, told the Fast Company: "The mere fact that we don't need so many square feet to do a café or a restaurant makes it interesting by itself.

"I firmly believe there is potential. I hope in a few years our customers will be saying, 'Ikea is a great place to eat and, by the way, they also sell some furniture'." Some of us already say that, mate.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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