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!
A new destination for food, drinks and music has opened in Hackney, London. Drawing on a Nordic aesthetic, Oslo marks a significant new arrival in the exciting and diverse area of Hackney Central.
Covent Garden in London, an area situated centrally in the West End, is a former fruit and vegetable market. Nowadays it’s become a popular shopping and tourist destination with a great selection of shops and restaurant. As of recently also including Nordic additions to the fashionable area; The award winning Swedish bakers Daniel Karlsson and Sven-Gunnar Appelgren has opened a new bakery store in Rose Street, Bageriet.
After working in the bakery of Stockholm’s most famous high-end department store NK, Daniel Karlsson moved to London in 2007 with dreams of setting up his own bakery store in the UK capital. With work experience from Ottolenghi and Melrose & Morgan, Daniel sat up his own company, Bageriet. Birthday cakes, traditional Swedish cinnamon buns, Semlor cream buns, crisp-rolls, biscuits, desserts and pastries was hand made for the Swedish Embassy and a host of restaurants and stores across London including TotallySwedish and Stockholm Deli. Daniel’s business partner, Sven-Gunnar is passionate about bread baking and for the past five years has worked at the Ottolenghi restaurants in London’s Notting Hill, Kensington, Belgravia and Islington as well as the fashionable restaurant The Wolseley.
In combining their expertise, Daniel and Sven-Gunnar aim to bring quality and originality to their newly launched operation as Daniel explains: “We want to provide the best fresh bread, pastries and traditional Swedish open sandwiches in London.”
Prinsessetårta, equally important to the Swedes as the Victoria Sponge is to the English, a delicious Marzipan cake is one of Bageriet’s specialties and definitely a must-taste.
Visit Bageriet, 24 Rose Street, London WC2E 9EA
If you didn’t know already, there’s a Scandinavian Kitchen, called… Scandinavian Kitchen(!) in Great Titchfield Street, near Goodge Street tube station. A bright red shop front makes sure you can’t miss it, along with crazy sales boards outside implying insane stuff about Scandinavians… But never mind the sillyness. Because the Swedish / Danish husband and wife team that runs this gem of a shop and café means business. The coffee, open sandwiches and cakes are seriously delicious. And the shop stock most products that in an instant would heal any Scandinavians homesickness. However if you are not Scandinavian, this would be your chance to explore the Nordic countries through food served in a café with a friendly vibe.
Photo 1 via Flickriver Photo 2 © twentysomethinglondon.com Open Sandwich from Scandinavian Kitchen
Scandinavian Kitchen is open all days, in 61 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PP.
The trendy Swedish bakery, Fabrique has recently opened up in Hoxton, London. Tucked away, underneath the railway arch of Hoxton Station, it’s open daily except Mondays from 10am.