Where to Eat London’s Tastiest Cinnamon Buns

Where to Eat London’s Tastiest Cinnamon Buns
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Cinnamon buns (or Kanelbullar) are the sugary Scandinavian treat traditionally served at Fika. Fika is a part of Swedish culture that translates into ‘taking a break’ and I use the word culture on purpose because it really is a way of life.

London has adopted them with big open arms and even though October 4th is National Cinnamon Bun Day we don’t need a special day to enjoy them do we! As with all my bucket lists, I’ve tried and tested every single one and  in no particular order here is a list of the tastiest cinnamon buns to eat in London…

1. Ole & Steen, Various Locations.

… For those who want their mind blown.

I’m not usually biased on these bucket lists but the cinnamon ‘social’ from Ole and Steen has to be the best one I’ve ever eaten and was featured on my must eat list of 2018. It comes as a slice rather than a traditional bun and instead of just the usual layers of just cinnamon sugar this one comes with dots of sweet custard throughout and strips of icing on the top as well. It comes as a single portion or you can buy it as giant sharing one (hence the name ‘social’) that could easily feed 6 people. Most of the stores are open until 10 pm so it’s perfect for a late night sugar craving.

Texture: Soft and squidgy
Cinnamon level: Intense

Ole & Steen - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns14A Golden Square, Soho, London W1F 9JG http://nordicbakery.com

 

2. Nyborgs Kitchen @ Broadway Market, Hackney.

… For those non traditionalists.

Nyborg in Broadway Market has taken the simple cinnamon bun and turned it into a cinnamon bun bread pudding. Genius right there. This Nordic twist on a British classic is cut into a big wedge and loaded with Scandinavian Skyr yoghurt and blueberry compote. It has layers and layers of stodgy comforting bread and a sweet spice of cinnamon throughout. A super decadent brekkie or an after lunch dessert from one of the many stalls at the market.

Texture: Thick and Stodgey
Cinnamon level: Moderate

Nyborg Cinnamon Bread Pudding, Broadway Market, Hackney - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns18 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ http://www.pavilionbakery.com

 

3. Bageriet, Covent Garden.

… For those who love cute coffee shops.

The sign of a good cinnamon bun is when you can smell it before you can even see it – that’s true for the tiny Swedish bakery Bageriet just off Covent Garden. Hidden down a small, unsuspecting alleyway, this tiny little bakery produces authentic Swedish baked goods by authentic Swedish bakers. Their version is the true way of dressing a bun with crunchy pearl sugar on the top. Best served inside with a cosy book and coffee. If you’re lucky you might see them popping in and out in their cartoon-like chef hats.

Texture: Bread like and fluffy
Cinnamon level: Moderate

Bageriet, Covent Garden - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns24 Rose St, London WC2E 9EA https://www.bageriet.co.uk

 

4. Fabrique Bakery, Various Locations.

… For the Instagrammers.

Fabrique cinnamon buns are one of the most photographed in London. The bakery has 4 locations here in the capital, but they originated from Stockholm. The texture of this bun is the dense and chewy kind with bits of crunchy sugar nibs on top. Inside their bakeries, they are going for the whole rustic, Scandi, minimalist look which will make any interior lovers giddy with joy. Your Instagram will thank you for this one.

Texture: Dense and chewy
Cinnamon level: Mild/Moderate

Fabrique, Various Locations - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns8 Earlham St, London WC2H 9RY http://fabrique.co.uk

 

5. Mughead Coffee, New Cross.

…For the indulgent.

So many people told me about Mughead Coffee’s cinnamon rolls that I just had to go and try them first hand to see what the fuss was about. News flash, the hype is real. Their buns are baked fresh in house every morning and massaged in are gooey, sticky cream cheese frosting until they are soaked right through. An unassuming little cafe with some almightly buns. Thanks to those who brought these into my life!!!!

Texture: Gooey, sweet and creamy
Cinnamon level: Intense

Mug Head Coffee Cinnamon Roll-2359 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AT 

 

6. Margot Bakery, East Finchley.

… For the cafe hunters.

It’s neighbourhood gems like Margot Bakery that knock big mass-produced chains out of the water. It’s a small, local café in size but big in produce and the counter is full of freshly baked breads, buns and babkas, all made in the morning and throughout the day so they’re super fresh. They do two types of cinnamon treats in the form of a bun and a babka. Both are great but the babka topped it for me. It’s cut in front of you to a generous size and has a sweet, soft, bread-like inside with a caramelised, crunchy shell. The outside will be the bits you’ll want to save until last just like those crunchy corners of a lasagne!

Texture: Soft and bread like
Cinnamon level: Moderate/Intense

Margot Bakery, East Finchley - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns121 E End Rd, London N2 0SZ http://www.margotbakery.co.uk

 

 7. Nordic Bakery, Various Locations.

… For the lunchtimers.

Nordic Bakery is a minimalist Scandinavian café doing Nordic inspired sweet and savoury bites but are best known for their golden glazed Finish cinnamon rolls. They are a denser, chewier bun when cold but squidgy and soft when warm. If you can snag one straight out the oven or pop it in the microwave at home I recommend you do. A nice place to stop for an open rye bread sandwich and coffee for lunch with one of these for dessert.

Texture: Dense and chewy
Cinnamon level: Intense

Nordic Bakery, Various Locations - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns14A Golden Square, Soho, London W1F 9JG http://nordicbakery.com

 

8. Hej, Bermondsey.

… For the coffee lovers.

Tucked away in a cosy corner of Bermondsey Square is Swedish coffee shop Hej which literally translates into Hello! The cinnamon buns are sat proudly on the counter as you walk in and are tall, plump and fluffy with a thick glaze of cinnamon over the top. The café has a large communal table in the middle and if you can catch it very earlier morning there’s a little bit of that quiet ‘hygge’ feel going on. I’m not a coffee drinker but heard it’s good. Go and let me know.

Texture: Soft and sticky
Cinnamon level: Moderate

Hej, Bermondsey - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns1 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN http://www.hejcafe.co.uk

 

9. Aquavit, St James.

… For the ones who want to go high-end.

Who knew you could get a Michelin starred cinnamon bun but it’s true, you can! Aquavit is a 1 star Michelin restaurant in central London doing all day Nordic inspired dining. The restaurant is headed up by Swedish chef Henrik Ritzen who together with this team make these light and delicate cinnamon buns in-house. The best part though? This Michelin bun is just £2! … Not many people can say they’ve eaten somewhere like this for under a fiver!

Texture: Light and Soft.  Slightly chewy.
Cinnamon level: Mild

Aquavit, St James - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon BunsSt James’s Market 1 Carlton Street, SW1Y 4QQ http://www.aquavitrestaurants.com/london/

 

10. Pavillion Bakery, Broadway Market.

… For the weekend wanderers.

Pavilion bakery is the shop you’ll see at Broadway market with a queue out of the door or the people that run the cafe of the same name at Victoria park, East London. They make freshly baked breads, jams and pastries including their glossy cinnamon rolls.

Texture: Chewy
Cinnamon level: Mild/Moderate.

Pavilion Bakery, Broadway Market - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon BunsBroadway Market, London, E8 4QJ http://broadwaymarket.co.uk

 

11. Quality Chop House, Farringdon.

… For those who want something different.

As you can see from the picture below this is not your average cinnamon bun. Some may argue it’s not a cinnamon bun at all! You’ll find it at the Quality Chop Shop deli which is the store attached to the modern British restaurant of the same name. This bite-size delight is more crunchy and caramelised than what you usually get but has swirls of cinnamon layers like a traditional bun. An interesting one.

Texture: Crunchy and caramelisd
Cinnamon level: Mild

Quality Chop House, Farringdon - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns88-94 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3EA http://thequalitychophouse.com

 

12. Karma Bread, Hampstead.

… For those who want to support local business.

If you want a cinnamon bun produced with nothing but love then you NEED to go to neighbourhood bakery Karma Bread in leafy West Hampstead. Run by Tami and her team, they make all their produce in-house, and she tells me the mark of a good bun is to turn it upside down and look for the endless swirls sandwiched together with sticky sugar. A good piece of advice from the baking expert and a very good bun.

Texture: Fat and Fluffy
Cinnamon level: Moderate

Karma Bread, Hampstead - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns13 S End Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 2PT http://www.karmabread.co.uk

 

13. Burnt Toast Cafe, Brixton.

…For the brunch lovers.

As well as their epic breakfast that I bang on about all the time, Burnt Toast does freshly baked goodies including these cinnamon rolls. Made by the cafes self-taught baker Carol, they are soft, chewy and sticky but be warned they don’t do them all the time so go for breakfast one day and hope they have these for bressert. If they don’t you’ll be glad you went anyway.

Texture: Soft, chewy and sticky
Cinnamon level: Moderate

Burnt Toast, Brixton - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns88 Brixton Village Market, Brixton, London SW9 8PS

 

14. Luminary Bakery, Stoke Newington.

… For those who want to support good causes.

The Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise helping socially and economically disadvantaged women gain transferable skills through the art of baking. It’s on a quiet residential road in East London and everything is made in-house by the women who have gone through work experience and are now working at the bakery. They are very proud of their cinnamon rolls and founder Alice says it’s her favourite thing at the café. When they ask do you want icing obviously say yes – that cream cheese is the dream. At Luminary, you’re not just buying a cinnamon bun you’re doing some good for the community as well.

Texture: Bread like
Cinnamon level: Moderate

Luminary Bakery, Stoke Newington - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns71-73 Allen Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8RY http://www.luminarybakery.com

 

15. Scandinavian Kitchen, Fitzrovia.

…For the Oxford Street shoppers.

Scandi Kitchen was opened in 2016 by Bronte (A Dane) and Jonas (A Swede) who were looking for authentic Scandi food in London. They couldn’t find what they were looking for so opened up their own place just behind Oxford Street. They stock authentic Scandinavian groceries to take away and have a full café menu complete with their cinnamon buns sat fresh on the counter every day. A nice little rest stop from shopping. They’ve  created this list of 15 fun facts about cinnamon buns so if you’re a geek like me you will enjoy it :) 

Texture: Softer but slightly chewy
Cinnamon level: Mild/Moderate

Scandi Kitchen, Fitzrovia - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns61 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7PP http://www.scandikitchen.co.uk

 

16. Cinnabon, Various Locations.

… For the downright filthy.

You won’t go to Cinnabon for a delicate, artisan cinnamon bun made lovingly by hand. You will go to Cinnabon if you’re looking for a big fat calorific treat loaded with sugar and fat – meant in the best of ways I promise you. It’s an American franchise which means no quaint little bakeries but instead, you’ll see them in places like airports, shopping centres and petrol stations. They’re usually served fat, warm and drowned in icing. Far away from the traditional bun but oh so very good! Afterwards, you may need a sugar-induced lay down. It’s intense!

Texture: Fat and Fluffy
Cinnamon level: Intense

Cinnabon, Various Locations - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns7 – 14 Coventry St, London W1D 7DH https://www.cinnabon.co.uk

 

17. Gails Bakery, Various Locations.

…For the sugar addicts.

Gail’s is a chain of artisan bakeries around London so next time you stroll across one pop in for a sugary cinnamon bun and a cuppa tea. They are all piled up high in a rustic kind of way and all come in mismatched shapes and sizes. Then are rolled in a mix of cinnamon and sugar so get the wet wipes at the ready. A good one for on the go or a quick pit stop.

Texture: Soft with a sugary crunch
Cinnamon level: Mild

Gails, Various Locations - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns128 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8ZL https://gailsbread.co.uk

 

… and just for a laugh – the cinnamon roll pancakes at Cafe Miami. 

Cafe Miami, Hackney - Where to Eat London's Tastiest Cinnamon Buns

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