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
Address: 14A Golden Square
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

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:2
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Sohère R

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. 


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.  


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.


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


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.


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

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