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The Best Places For Fika In London
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The Best Places For Fika In London

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Updated: 6 December 2016
Fika is the Swedish custom of taking a break for coffee, usually accompanied by a cinnamon or cardamom bun. More than that, the concept is a social institution, giving colleagues, friends and family a chance to sit down and connect with each other. We explore the best places for fika in London.
Cinnamon Buns | © Scandinavian Kitchen
Cinnamon Buns | © Scandinavian Kitchen

Scandinavian Kitchen

Both a café and a grocery store, ScandiKitchen is a buzzing hub on Great Titchfield Street. With friendly staff and a homely feel, the venue has garnered crowds of loyal customers. The cake menu changes regularly, but two must-eats are the Karleksmums chocolate cake with mocha and coconut icing, and the Mjuk pepparkaka, a gingerbread cake with vanilla lingonberry whip.

Scandinavian Kitchen, 61 Great Titchfield Street, London, UK, +44 20 7580 7161

Elve's Touch Cocktail | © Fika London
Elve’s Touch Cocktail | © Fika London

Fika London

An obvious contender, but an incredibly worthy one. Fika on Brick Lane is the epitome of Scandi style: cosy but cool, modern but classic. Settle in among bare bricks, bleached wood and brightly patterned cushions and order your coffee straight away. For an alternative to the excellent cinnamon buns, try the apple and cinnamon pie with blueberry ice cream.

Fika London, 161 Brick Lane, London, +44 20 7613 2013

Cake selection | © Bageriet
Cake selection | © Bageriet

Bageriet

Just slightly tucked away in the tourist haven of Covent Garden, Bageriet is worth braving the crowds for. The bakery is tiny in size, but full of heart. Both Londoners and Swedes alike find themselves charmed by Bageriet, a true testament to the quality of their baked goods. Tuck into delightfully named treats such as the almond-based Pepparnötter or the Jitterbugg, a shortbread rolled with vanilla meringue.

Bageriet, 24 Rose Street, London, UK, +44 20 7240 0000

Bread selection | © Fabrique
Bread selection | © Fabrique

Fabrique

While cinnamon rolls abound in London, it can be harder to find their more exotic cousin, the cardamom bun. There’s no such problem at Fabrique, where kardemummabullar are exquisitely baked with subtle spice, and a sugar glaze. Tear your eyes away from the buns to take a good look at the bread selection, and take home a loaf or two of Mr or Mrs Toast.

Fabrique, Arch 385, Geffrye Street, London, UK, +44 20 7033 0268

Coffee and cinnamon roll | © Nordic Bakery
Coffee and cinnamon roll | © Nordic Bakery

Nordic Bakery

A worthy contender for the fika crown, the Nordic Bakery has three branches around London. Step into the cool, dark interior to find croissant-like cinnamon buns and tiger cake, a marbled double cream and chocolate confection. For an alternative to traditional fika, swap coffee for a lingonberry cordial, and try the skoleboller; or Norwegian custard bun.

Nordic Bakery, 14A Golden Square, London, UK, +44 20 3230 1077