Restaurants, French Swiss Cottage

Though the popular Primrose Hill shop and café have sadly closed as the lease ran out, Lanka has repositioned itself in tiny premises off the Finchley Road. Fortunately, this little shop with its whitewashed walls and pristine display counter remains a fine showcase both for the excellent Sri Lankan black teas and scented infusions from the Euphorium Tea Salon, and for pastry chef Masayuki Hara’s exquisite creations.

Everything is available to order at the three little tables that comprise the café area, which manages to exude serenity and prettiness despite its diminutive size. Tea and pastries are calmly prepared by helpful Japanese staff and served on Minton china; the only challenge is making a choice from the striking range of French classics and green tea-scented specialities, such as a deep, almost savoury tart; delightfully light and summery strawberry sponge; or the famed green tea bread and butter pudding with adzuki beans.



Venue name: Lanka
Address: 9 Goldhurst Terrace
Opening hours: Open 10.30am-6.30pm Mon-Sat; 11am-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Finchley Road
Price: Main courses £1.60-£5.60
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Exquisite and diverse cakes and tea selection. The staff and polite and attentive. My only complaint is they have no toilet in the facility and they tell customers to pop into waitrose.


Lanka is AMAZING! From their delightful staff to the amazing cakes, I can't fault it at all. The cafe at the back of the shop is small - only three tables - but they have an amazing selection of french cakes with oriental flavourings. Grab a seat (if you can!) and watch the regulars come and collect their delicacies. Apart from their delicious cakes they have a great selection of teas and they have recently started doing small gifts and accessories too! Go for the cakes, leave with some macaroons for later!


Amazing little Japanese/French patisserie in the North West London! My favourite cake shop of all time! 

Check their facebook ( )for the flavours of the day. Although everything from Lanka is awesome. Green tea and strawberry cake is the one that is pretty dreamy and delicious. Make sure you get them when you see them as they are so popular and will be gone in a short time. Another my go to dessert is the green tea tart with white chocolate shaving on top. It looks and tastes so good that I can never have enough of this. Their macaroons are made without the food colouring which you can taste the real flavour of it. Love them so much! Earl grey tea macaroon is my favourite.  

If you are not in the area, Monocle Café in Marylebone and Tombo Japanese Café & Matcha Bar in South Kensington has a small collection of Lanka's cake, too. 

I like to think of myself as a cake/pastry connoisseur. I have sampled more cakes than I dare recall and I have never had better (in the UK)! Lanka is in a league of it's own as far as cake shops go. The green tea eclair and the white chocolate and azuki bean tart particularly are to die for.