Learn how-to bake classic cinnamon buns with Miisa Mink at Nordic Bakery, London.
How did you get started?
Nordic Bakery is a Scandinavian style premium coffee shop chain. I, and the other founder come from Finland. The idea was to bring Nordic ‘dark rye bread, cinnamon buns and coffee’ to London. Finding the right premises was crucial. Somewhere quiet (not on a main street), yet convenient for Londoners so that they could easily pop in on their way to work, come for a meeting or for lunch. And in 2007 the first Nordic Bakery was opened. It faces onto one of the prettiest squares in Soho - Golden Square.
We took particular care when designing the interior because we wanted it to be a place of minimalistic beauty. And we created a very simple Nordic menu of cinnamon buns, dark rye bread sandwiches, and other bakery items.
Where are you located?
We have three cafes in London. They are located in Soho, Marylebone and Baker Street areas. Each café offers Londoners a quiet ambience unlike other coffee shops. We provide a unique peaceful place in the middle of a busy and noisy city where people can meet and enjoy each other’s company over a great cup of coffee.
Nordic Bakery Soho:
14a Golden Square
London W1F 9JG
Monday - Friday 7:30am – 8pm
Saturday 9am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 7pm
Tel. +44(0) 20 3230 1077
Nordic Bakery Marylebone:
37b New Cavendish Street
London W1G 8JR
Monday - Friday 7:30am – 6:30pm
Saturday-Sunday 9am – 6pm
Tel. +44 (0)20 7935 3590
Nordic Bakery Dorset Street:
48 Dorset Street
London W1U 7NE
Monday - Friday 7:30am-6:30pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am - 6pm
Tel. +44 (0)20 7487 5877
What are your specialities?
The cinnamon buns are our biggest seller and we make them on site and bake them throughout the day, so they’re often still warm when you buy them. They’ve have gained cult status and people travel from all over just to buy them. The recipe originates from a rustic home-style Finnish recipe that has been updated in London and they are quite different from any other Scandinavian style cinnamon bun that the city has to offer.
What's your personal favorite thing on the menu?
But I’m a big fan of wholegrains and rye too. So my personal favourite is the herring sandwich. For me rye bread is the only ‘real’ bread. I grew up in a household where my father not only baked the bread, but where he made his own flour from grains he bought from local farms. We’ve brought this ethos into Nordic Bakery and use a lot of rye flour – in our little Karelian Pies, in pastries for tarts and quiches.
What's on the stereo?
Fitting with our ethos of providing a quiet, calming ambience, we do not play music because we did not want the noise and din to distract from the peacefulness our space can provide. The only tune being played is that of the gentle hum of friends and colleagues talking to each other.
Where else should we visit in your area?
When visiting our Dorset Street café, Atlas Gallery on Dorset Street, Trunk on Chiltern Street, Mouki Mou on Chiltern Street.
When visiting our New Cavendish Street café: Skandium, on Marylebone High St, Daunt Books on Marylebone High St and Marimekko on St Christopher’s Place.
When visiting our Golden Square café: Laird & Co Hatters on Sherwood Street, Albam on Beak Street and Nudie Jeans on the D’Arblay street.
Do you host any special events?
We host tasting evenings for bloggers and our loyal customers. Last October we invited them to taste the five special cinnamon bun flavours we developed for the Cinnamon Bun week which we run always coming up to the International Cinnamon Bun Day on the 4th of October.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
We believe harmonious space and well-designed surroundings can bring balance and well being to all. We want to share the learning and inspiration of aesthetics and how it can improve the quality of life. All Nordic Bakery stores have been carefully designed to create a space that leaves an impression. All interior pieces are Nordic design classics from renowned designers and architects (such as Alvar Aalto and Kaj Frank).
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