Best Cinnamon Buns Ever

It is a lovely crisp and sunny autumn morning in October. And I decide to go on my next discovery tour around London.

This time I am heading to the Nordic Bakery on Golden Square in Soho. I have come across the Nordic Bakery for the first time in 2011 when I was still working on Baker Street. I discovered this little Scandinavian Cafe in one of the side streets, not far from the tube station. The smell of cinnamon was so luring and I could not resist to walk in. I have never forgotten these warm cinnamon buns, which enlightened my taste buds, ever since.

I haven’t gone back for quite some time because I moved jobs in the meantime but Twitter told me recently that it is Cinnamon Bun Week at the Nordic Bakery. What a great reason to go back. So I looked them up on their website and I realised they had three cafes by now! Good food travels quickly.

The Nordic Bakery on Golden Square is in the heart of the city, not far from Piccadilly Circus and off Brewer Street. But despite being in the centre of Soho, it was lovely and peaceful around there. A nice little escape from Soho’s hustle and bustle.

It is 11.30am and I am sitting together with about 20 others in one spacious room. This seems to be the place to meet and enjoy some Nordic hospitality. I see men talking business, a group of ladies talking about how to change the world, and me having a coffee accompanied by one of their famous cinnamon buns. Unfortunately the bun was not warm and a bit dry as a result but they were the naughty delight just as I remembered them.

20141001_111915              Cinnamon Bun, Coffee and Recipes

I had secured a seat facing the large floor-to-ceiling windows, which allowed a good amount of sunlight into the space. Overall, the design is minimalist – plain furniture, a mix of blue-painted walls and wooden panels with tongue and groove effect and generally darker colours. On their website is says ‘ The tableware and furniture are designed by iconic Nordic designers, such as Kaj Franck, Alvar Aalto and Ilmari Tapiovaara’. Well, whatever that means, I am here for the buns!


Their coffee supplier is Dibar from Barcelona by the way. They also have a few bags for sale in the store and my cappuccino was pretty good.

I am noticing that their menu and food display has become much more diverse. I am getting excited and I also buy an almond twist and a custard cinnamon bun to go. A little surprise for my fabulous housemates who are probably already drooling from the pictures I have just sent them.

I am almost half way through my cinnamon bun, when I discover on the side of the counter the Nordic Bakery Cookbook. I grab one and my eyes are screening the book for the cinnamon bun recipe. Oh my lord…in the recipe, which makes about 6-8 buns, there are almost 500 g of sugar (including dough, filling and glazing), not to mention the additional butter.

Oh well,..good that I cycled! And it definitely made my day a whole lot sweeter 🙂 I am already looking forward to my next visit. And then it is time for some of their cured salmon with cucumber on dark rye bread.






1 Comment

  1. Bente Gonzalez says:

    I want to visit this place! Cinnamon buns are so yummy. Noemi, I love your blog and you plans to open the Bread Box. The ONE thing I miss from home (Norway) is bread so once your business opens I will become a regular!


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