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LONDON'S BEST SCANDINAVIAN BAKERIES YOU MUST TRY

By Carmen | 01 March, 2019, Edited 10 October 2022
Laden with cinnamon and cardamom, these Scandinavian treasures are waiting to be discovered in England's capital.

A PLETHORA OF PASTRIES

French croissants get the most hype when it comes to pastries, but we tend to have a soft spot for Scandinavian pastries. Perhaps it's the fact that Sam is half Swedish or my unconditional love for cinnamon. Either way, we are often roaming the streets of London looking for a sweet fix to go with our coffee. If, like us, you're also a cinnamon bun lover, here are the best Scandinavian bakeries in London to try them.

OLE & STEEN

We came across Ole & Steen by chance last year, when wondering around Picadilly Circus. To our amusement, every passer-by could not resist the Danish bakery's eye-catching window shop, lined with mouth-watering glazed pastries, and dainty cakes.

We were quick to follow the rest of the crowd. After a long deliberation, we found ourselves gingerly sitting with a hot coffee and our cheeks filled with sweet dough, out of our choice of 5 pastries. Needless to say, this became our weekend destination for the next three months, as we found new pretexes to run errands in Central London.

Evidently not the only Londoners to notice the stylish Scandi spot, Ole & Steen have since expanded and now have no less than 8 bakeries throughout the city.

We absolutely love their Social Slice, a cinnamon heavy, rich sweet dough laden with a white glaze, but you can also come here for a quick lunch or bring back a loaf of rye bread home with you. Whether you have the chance to live near one, we urge you to make a little detour there very, very soon.

FABRIQUE BAKERY

Biting into a cardamom bun from Fabrique Bakery will just bring a smile to your face. In one mouthful you can taste the care, fragrant spices, and butter that was put into each of these wonderful Swedish delicacies. Sticky on the outside and pillowy inside, the buns are wonderfully balanced and will leave you wanting for more.

After sampling quite a few around town, these are as delicious as they are beautiful and have truly become our favourites. As they have branches throughout London, you are sure to find one within reachable distance. Happy days!

Evidently not the only Londoners to notice the stylish Scandi spot, Ole & Steen have since expanded and now have no less than 8 bakeries throughout the city.

We absolutely love their Social Slice, a cinnamon heavy, rich sweet dough laden with a white glaze, but you can also come here for a quick lunch or bring back a loaf of rye bread home with you. Whether you have the chance to live near one, we urge you to make a little detour there very, very soon.
BEST FOR
Cardamom and Cinnamon buns

ADDRESS
Various locations: Shoreditch, Covent Garden, Notting Hill, Fitzrovia

WEBSITE
http://fabrique.co.uk

BAGERIET

Nestled in a small street, behind the busy streets of Covent Garden, Bageriet offers a tranquil and cosy atmosphere, perfect for Fika. With a multitude of authentic and seasonal Swedish sweet treats, from Semlor to Princesstårta, Bageriet is a true delight when you feel like discovering Scandinavian cinnamon buns and Semlor cakes.

As a testament to the merits of this traditional bakery is the fact that one of our Swedish friends actually brings Bageriet's Princesstårta to her brother who lives in Paris, every year for his birthday. It's simply his favourite Swedish cake and there is none more authentic in the area.
BEST FOR
Authentic Swedish bakes, the cinnamon bun is lovely too.

ADDRESS
Covent Garden

WEBSITE
https://www.bageriet.co.uk/

SÖDERBERG

A little coffee shop and bakery, Söderberg deserves a mention here, amongst this selection of Scandinavian bakeries. The Swedish cafe business first started in Edinburgh, where it has 7 cafés & bakery shops, and has since also opened in London about three years ago. 

Located in bustling Soho, the cafe set on two floors has generous and cosy seating spaces (with lots of charging points to boot). The downstairs seating space is like stepping back into a retro Swedish interior, making for a very cosy Scandi setting. The coffee is lovely and amongst their varied range of sweet treats, their berry-vanilla buns certainly caught our attention as did their Mazarin tarts and Kladdkaka cake. They also offer savoury dishes, perfect for brunch or a quick lunch in town.
BEST FOR
Cosy Swedish chilled cafe spot with nice coffee and buns.

ADDRESS
Soho

WEBSITE
https://www.soderberg.uk/soderberg-soho

SCANDINAVIAN KITCHEN

You won't just find baked goods at Scandinavian Kitchen, but actually quite a bit more. Scandinavian Kitchen is THE place to go to for all things Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. The lovely cafe upstairs serves delicious hot & cold Scandinavian food, including meatballs, open-face sandwiches, and tasty cinnamon buns.

Whilst the shop downstairs is FULL of Scandinavian products. There you'll find an array of biscuits, sweet, savoury snacks, condiments, fresh foods like gravadlax, flatbreads and even Scandi cookbooks. And the best part is that you can also get hold of those via their online food shop. 
It really is a little piece of Scandinavia in London.
BEST FOR
Authentic pastries and savoury food as well as Scandinavian grocery products. 

ADDRESS
Fitzrovia

WEBSITE
https://www.scandikitchen.co.uk/
Do you have any favourite Scandinavian bakeries in London that we didn't mention? Make sure to comment below, we'd love to know. And if you want to explore more London bakeries, find out what the capital's top 5 bakeries are, according to TopJaw. 

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