Cinnamon buns (or Kanelbullar as they are known in Sweden) are the sugary Scandinavian treat traditionally served at Fika. Fika is a part of Swedish culture that translates into ‘taking a break’ that is an integral part of daily life. London has adopted cinnamon buns with open arms and even though October 4th is National Cinnamon Bun Day we don’t need a special day to enjoy them. Here are 15 of London’s best cinnamon buns.
London’s Best Cinnamon Buns
… For those who want their mind blown.
The cinnamon social from Ole and Steen has to be one of my favourites. 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. Their cinnamon social comes as either a single portion or you can buy it as a giant sharing version that could easily feed 6 people. Most stores are open until 10 pm so it’s perfect for a late night sugar craving.
… For those non-traditionalists.
Nyborg’s Kitchen in Broadway Market has taken the simple cinnamon bun and turned it into a cinnamon bun bread pudding. Absolute genius! This Nordic twist on a British classic is cut into a big wedge and loaded with Scandinavian Skyr yoghurt and blueberry compote.
18 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ http://www.pavilionbakery.com
… 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 traditional way of dressing a bun with its round shape and crunchy pearl sugar on the top. Best served inside with a cosy book and coffee.
24 Rose St, London WC2E 9EA https://www.bageriet.co.uk
… For the Instagrammers.
Fabrique cinnamon buns are one of the most photographed in London. The bakery has four locations here in the capital, but they originated from Stockholm. The texture of this bun is dense and chewy with crunchy sugar nibs on top. Their bakeries have a rustic, Scandinavian, minimalist look which will make any interior lovers giddy with joy. Your Instagram will thank you for this one.
8 Earlham St, London WC2H 9RY http://fabrique.co.uk
5. MUGHEAD COFFEE, New Cross.
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 almighty buns! Thank you to those people who recommended it to me and brought it into my life!
359 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AT
… 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 but their range of baked goods is vast. The counter is full of freshly baked bread, buns and babkas, all made in the morning and throughout the day. 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 slice and has a sweet, soft, bread-like inside with a caramelised, crunchy shell.
121 E End Rd, London N2 0SZ http://www.margotbakery.co.uk
… For the lunchtimers.
Nordic Bakery is a minimalist Scandinavian café that does Nordic inspired sweet and savoury bites. However, they are most famous for their golden glazed Finish cinnamon rolls. Their buns have a dense and chewy texture when cold but squidgy and soft when warm. If you can snag one straight out the oven you’re winning. Alternatively, pop it in the microwave at home. A nice place to stop for an open rye bread sandwich, a coffee and a cinnamon bun for lunch.
14A Golden Square, Soho, London W1F 9JG http://nordicbakery.com
… 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.
1 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN http://www.hejcafe.co.uk
… For a high-end experience.
Who knew you could get a Michelin starred cinnamon bun! 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 £5.
St James’s Market 1 Carlton Street, SW1Y 4QQ http://www.aquavitrestaurants.com/london/
… For the weekend wanderers.
Pavilion bakery is the shop you’ll see at Broadway market with a queue out of the door. They make freshly baked bread, jams and pastries including their glossy cinnamon rolls.
Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ http://broadwaymarket.co.uk
… 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 products in-house. She tells me the mark of a good bun is to turn it upside down and look for the endless swirls. A good piece of advice from a baking expert.
13 S End Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 2PT http://www.karmabread.co.uk
… 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. Everything is made in-house by the ladies 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 on top, say yes! The cream cheese frosting is the dream. At Luminary, you’re not just buying a cinnamon bun you’re doing some good for the community as well.
71-73 Allen Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8RY http://www.luminarybakery.com
…For the Oxford Street shoppers.
ScandiKitchen 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 fresh cinnamon buns sat on the counter. They created this list of 15 fun facts about cinnamon buns so if you’re a geek like me you will enjoy it.
61 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7PP http://www.scandikitchen.co.uk
…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 copious amounts of cinnamon and sugar so it may get pretty messy but its so worth it!
128 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8ZL https://gailsbread.co.uk
Swedish bakery Soderberg made a name for themselves in their hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland and have now migrated South to London’s Soho. They offer authentically Swedish food including open sandwiches, bread, cakes and of course no Scandinavian cafe would be complete without a cinnamon bun. Especially one filled with custard and fruit. If you can catch them when they’re still warm and squidgy out of the oven I highly recommend it.
36 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8RR, http://www.soderberg.uk
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