Open sandwiches, meatballs and gravad lax, coffee, lots of coffee and bread. Join us when we visit London’s Best Scandinavian Restaurants, Cafes and Bakeries!
Lisa’s – Portobello Market 305 Portobello Road, W10 5TD
At Lisa’s they offer dishes depending on the Swedish season, prepared with a modern simplicity in a tapas style. The kitchen is run by Swedish chef and restauranteur, Lisa.
“The menu consist of classic Swedish dishes of incredibly good taste. The restaurant is cosy, stylish and friendly. In my opinion, this is the best place for lunch after a walk through the charming Portobello Market.” TripAdvisor
Snaps & Rye – Notting Hill 93 Golborne Road, W10 5NL
Priding themselves of being London’s only Danish restaurant, Snaps & Rye is a fantastic addition to Scandinavian eateries in the capital. From mouthwatering open sandwiches to a’la carte contemporary Danish cuisine, ensuring that you will be all scandified. Hot tip; check out ‘fiskefredag’.
“This little gem is a must visit. The food and service is perfect and perfectly Danish in every way. Home made akvavit – especially the Rye Bread one – is on another level. Seriously good and about to become a firm regular for me.” Tripadvisor
Scandinavian Kitchen – Fitzrovia 61 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PP
Scandinavian Kitchen is run by a dynamic husband and wife team, Swedish Jonas and Danish Bronte. The restaurant is famous for its open sandwiches, cakes, great coffee and hugs(!). They also have a shop with lots of Swedish treats and yes, they do catering.
“Super friendly and helpful staff. Great place for a business lunch, a date, to catch up with friends, or to enjoy the super tasty food on your own. They also have great homemade cakes… A wide variety of Scandinavian food products are also available for purchase.” TripAdvisor
Fabrique Bakery – Hoxton Arch 285, Geffreye Street, E2 8HZ
Hidden in the railway arches next to Hoxton Station, this bright and modern open style Swedish bakery is a must visit. Tip: Go hungry, so you can manage both a baguette and a cinnamon bun.
“This place is quite small and they serve the real filter coffee that Swedish folks like. I enjoy their sandwiches, their baguette “traditions” (seriously the best to find in all London) and their buns are just exquisite. And best cinnamon buns.” TripAdvisor
Bygga Bo – Walthamstow 8 Chingford Road, E17 4PJ
Bygga Bo is a Swedish cafe in Walthamstow serving locally sourced food, organic when possible, in relaxed Swedish surroundings. Again, the coffee here is exceptional. You’ll also find a small shop, with a selection of homeware, furniture, fashion, gifts and children’s toys.
“I was almost tempted not to review this place, because every time I go there it is busier than the time before and there’s a bit of me that wants to keep it a secret.” TripAdvisor
Fika London – Shoreditch 161a Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
From coffee and cake to dinner in the restaurant and cocktails enjoyed al fresco on their roof top gardens, this is the place where you can do Swedish ‘fika’ – your way!
“We just stumbled across this restaurant. It was really cute and quaint inside. The food has a Swedish flavor and it fresh, simple and gorgeously tasty.” TripAdvisor
Curious Yellow Cafe – Hoxton 77 Pitfield Street, N1 6BT
Cozy local Swedish run place, for breakfast, brunch and with lunch time specials. A pleasant place to enjoy the local neighbourhood, with indoor and outdoor seating. Great coffee, a good selection of teas and cakes makes this a place to head for for some ‘fika’.
“The choc beetroot cake is heavenly and their swedish meatballs with mash and lingon berry jam always hits the spot.” TripAdvisor
Bageriet London – Covent Garden 24 Rose Street, London WC2E 9EA
Amazing Swedish sweet treats, biscuits and cakes baked fresh by Daniel. But if it’s lunch you are after they have some fantastic salads and open sandwiches too. Quint place but there always seems to be a free seat – or two.
“This bakery is phenomenal. Not a lot of Scandinavian themed bakeries and this one does it right. The princess cake is to die for, it’s a must get but you can order anything and have an amazing and creative pastry that will cut above the everyday pastries in other shops.” TripAdvisor
Stockholm Restaurant & Deli – East Sheen, Richmond 109 Sheen Lane, SW14 8AE
South West London’s first Swedish restaurant and delicatessen, priding themselves in serving authentic home made food in a cosy laid back atmosphere. In addition to a restaurant you’ll also find a deli with all you can wish for of Swedish delicatessen. Stockholm Restaurant & Deli also do catering.
“Delicious and tasty. Should have asked for rare reindeer burger though. My fault. Amazing array of authentic Swedish cuisine. You feel like you’ve really entered Stockholm after you walk through the door.” TripAdvisor
Nordic Bakery – Soho 14 Golden Square, W1F 9JF
Escape the busy shopping streets and step into the Nordic Bakery, with interior that will make you believe you are in a retro wooden Finnish cabin. The freshly baked cinnamon buns are the main reason to go. Tip: Pick up a rye bread to take home!
“Trendy, warm, inviting, friendly staff and all kinds of good food and coffee to choose from in an unpretentious environment.” TripAdvisor
Cooper & Wolf – Clapton 145 Chatsworth Road, E5 0LA
A family run café offering breakfast and lunch menu of honest home cooked Swedish food inspired by head chef Paul and owner Sara’s family recipes. Dishes include Swedish meatballs and fresh fish. Their gravlax (cured salmon) is recommended. As well as their coffee.
“I lived nearby for over a year and made it a tradition to go there for a coffee and Guinness cake every Saturday. Their nordic inspired menu is exceptional…” TripAdvisor
Hej Coffee – Bermondsey 1 Bermondsey Square, SE1 3UN
Hej Coffee is serving up fair trade Swedish Löfbergs coffee made to the highest Scandinavian barista standard alongside sweet treats – a perfect spot for your morning coffee or catching up with friends.
“This place is so friendly and the coffee and food are excellent. All the staff are knowledgable about coffee and they stock plenty of coffee gadgets as well as excellent coffee bags and Scandinavian chocolates and nibbles.” TripAdvisor