Nordic Bakery

Restaurants , Snack bars Soho
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Nordic Bakery
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Nordic Bakery

An oasis of calm and poise in frenetic Soho, this cool café is a fantastic under-the-radar pitstop for Scandi-style sandwiches and sweet treats.

Stepping out of the anarchy of Soho, pushing open the heavy wooden door and crossing over into Nordic Bakery’s calm, ordered world gives you a rush of reassurance that everything will, in fact, be alright. You’ll be greeted by attractive smiling servers and cocooned in a warm wood-lined interior where everything, from the Alvar Aalto furniture to the Helvetica signage, is clean of line and muted in tone. Even the sandwiches look pretty – neat circles of dark rye supporting Scandinavian staples such as gravadlax, brie and lingonberry, or the delicious combination of vinegary herring with soft egg and a smooth mustardy mayonnaise. Or try a karelian pie – a traditional Finnish rice or potato pasty, perhaps with a bottle of Nordic’s in-house blueberry cordial. Get there early if you want to get your hands on one of the famous cinnamon buns, though the squishy, sugary butter buns are pretty addictive too.

 

Venue name: Nordic Bakery
Contact:
Address: 14A Golden Square
London
W1F 9JG
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-8pm Mon-Fri; 9am-7pm Sat; 10am-7pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Main courses £3.25-£4.20
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Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:2
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Matilda Egere-Cooper

I'd heard loads of great things about this place and actually made a u-turn to visit it when I cycled past it last week. The queuing situation seemed a bit all over the place (turns out they're card machine was down, tut tut), but my first impression was that people love the bakery, they do what they do well, and a regular visit never hurts. Especially if you're going for the cinnamon rolls - they're so good! 

LeeLee
tastemaker

A cinnamon lover's dream! The iconic cinnamon bun has an almost bread-like texture with a cinnamon and sugar filling. The filling is evenly spread such that each layer in the centre has a good amount. However, the edges seemed to lack that filling, which made the pastry a little dry. 


I loved the fact that the bun was still warm when I ordered it at around 4PM. It was reassuring to find that they do in fact bake them fresh throughout the day. The bun is also quite big in size so you could share it with among 2 for a light afternoon snack or have it for yourself as a breakfast option. 

Sohère R
Tastemaker

Really yummy open rye bread sandwiches topped with smoked salmon, or egg and prawn mayonnaise (other toppings are available, I just haven't tried them! The coffee is great and the desserts look amazing. The staff are efficient and friendly and the decor and atmosphere is friendly and quiet - a good place to read a book or do some work whilst enjoying delicious food and drinks. 

Sarah (kukkiiandkoppee)
Tastemaker

The cinnamon roll is coated in enough cinnamony-sugary goodness to satisfy any cinnamon fiend. Alas the bun is too dry and I couldn't bring myself to quench my thirst with the poorly made  coffee. The staff were uninterested and were almost lifeless. 

Harvey W

I remember the days this was still a great place to go! Sadly nowadays the coffee is mediocre at best, the staff seem stressed and grumpy, and the buns are a former shadow of themselves! Once I even walked in and they didn't have their signature rye bread! I guess the saying "What goes up, must come down" really does apply here. I hope they aren't expanding too much as I miss the days I could walk in and see the happy smiley (and yes a cliche - blonde) people that I would love chatting to, sit down and enjoy a great cuppa with a wholesome sandwich... not warburtons half and half sandwiches with burnt coffee and baristas that seem to constantly be changing. BUT if you're still looking for rye bread and sugary buns then its still the (almost) only place to go! Please get your act together again Nordic Bakery. Love - a former regular.  

Robert

Amazing buns. Not your cheap sugar filled commercial ones. Expect something completely different and amazing. Been going for over two years now. Never had a problem with staff. Not for the type that considers McDonald's an enjoyable meal.

marzipan

Great coffee, great cinnamon buns. However, abrupt and snarky wait staff cast a gloomy cloud over the experience...

Laura

Rather gloomy place with ok-ish. Tasteless, overburned and dry cinnamon rolls - which is what they advertise as being great....Avoid it, there are much better places.

Flipper

Excellent food, lovely staff & great atmosphere! My favourite cafe place in Marylebone!