Fancy a fika? The coffee break - fika - is a Swedish institution. No visit to Stockholm is complete without a languorous brew in one of the city’s coffee houses. This is best accompanied by a sweet treat such as a cinnamon bun. Studded with sugar crystals and laced with ground cinnamon, crushed cardamom and plenty of butter, these knotted pastries are the kind of thing you’re still thinking about long after you’ve forgotten what the ‘Dragon Tattoo’ landmarks look like.
There are a few spots in London where you can get a decent Nordic pastry, but we’re particularly keen on the buns they’re doing at this Swedish bakery. Tucked below Hoxton Overground station, on a little strip that’s also home to the newly-opened Beagle, this is the first branch of the artisan bakery chain, Fabrique, to open outside Stockholm.
Much of the white-tiled vault is taken up with the on-site bakery, which turns out excellent sourdough loaves baked in the stone ovens. Huge walnut bread boules and batons of rye are sold in whole or half loaves.
More of a bakery than a café, there’s are only a handful of small tables to sit at. But, it’s a relaxing place to enjoy a brew from Swedish coffee roasters Johan & Nyström, a filled baguette (pricey at around £6) and, of course, a cinnamon bun. Thank fika!