I've been coming here for a while now - every Sunday around 11:15, grabbing a cinnamon bun or coffee while we wait for them to bring out lunch. I don't know much (anything) about Scandinavian food but YESSSSSSS! Their beetroot salad and sweet potato salad are ace. Not to mention the little bits of fried onion and dollop of mustard on their roast beef / salami on rye things (I don't even know what they're called, sozz, but they taste real good). Big yes on the Smørrebrød and kladdkaka! I've had better cinnamon buns but these aren't too far off. Although for coffee it's probably best heading to Kaffeine across the road - not a fan of super milky coffee!
Popped in last week and they've recently schnazzed up the place! The counter's all done up now - in super slick black and salads in big wood bowls. Also noticed that they sell violet liquorice!! A box for 75p maybe? Not even a liquorice fan but trust me, these'll win you over too.
Having spent much of the past two years touring around Scandinavia, I was happy to see this place today when walking down Great Titchfield Street. Memories of my last visit to Copenhagen flashed by me...I ate the most wonderful: rye bread topped off with meatballs and beetroot. (By the way, the Smørrebrød literally stands for bread with butter.)
I went inside and saw a nice selection of Smørrebrød in the counter, along with some tasty-looking salads. I went for their 3-piece option for £5.95 (take-away). As 1 piece counts a Smørrebrød or a side salad. I took two Smørrebrød and one side salad, which I enjoyed very much sitting back at my desk and watching photos of Copenhagen on my screen ;-)
In the back of the shop they have plenty of seating as well as a miniature grocery shop, where you can buy Scandinavian goodies.
Perfect place to settle that Scandi craving for coffee and cinnamon buns on a lazy weekend morning. Absolutely love this place, and the rest of the offerings are great too - just can't beat the morning fare for me. Excellent place to eat in London.
Scandi kitchen was one of my favourite places to make a trip to to indulge in Scandinavian food, coffee and loads of other yum. Being Swedish, I always search out the Scandinavian/Nordic/Swedish places whenever I move to a new place and this is way, way better than IKEA. To be fair, though, it's more of a lunch/fika place than a dinner place as the food you have to choose from is usually a variety of the smaller Danish-style smørrebrød.
And if you are not familiar with the fika experience, which is incredibly Scandinavian, you should certainly visit Scandinavian Kitchen. Hint: starting with a coffee and cinnamon bun (kaffe och bulle) is good, but anything goes! Scandis are fond of their smörgåsbord, and that goes for lunch, afternoon coffee (at least four of those a day, please) and in between snacks. The only thing is that the shop is really small and it can become very crowded. But don't forget there's another fika room downstairs!
For people who like specialized deli food, this is also the place to go. They have not only Scandinavian food stuff, but they have famous brands from all the countries, so you can find Swedish smoked roe (Kalles kaviar) as well as Norwegian and Danish provided all countries eat it. Since it's imported, it's fairly expensive so be careful, you might end up selling your children to get another one of those yummy bags of salty liquorice! (No? Just me? Guess that's what makes us Scandinavians stand out and alone.)
Also, whatever you do: sign up for their email newsletters! I don't live in London anymore but I still subscribe to it because it cracks me up every single time. If you're not into emails, follow their twitter handle @scanditwitchen. Guaranteed laughs. Also, guaranteed cinnamon buns on October 4th on the annual Swedish cinnamon bun day! Enjoy.
They have lots of things rolled in chocolate and coconut here. Zing.
I also got some lingering Scandavian eye contact over my Americano this morning. Double zing.
They also have lots of amusingly named products here. Chocolate plopps anyone? It's cute, it's central, it'll save you from Starbucks.
I come here for 'popping out of the office' meetings during mornings and afternoons always found them to be brilliantly friendly, welcoming and serve very nice coffee and cakes.
Not really sure about the scandinavian-ness of it though; I live near Denmark and go there a lot as well as Stockholm. If they wanted the true Scandinavian experience they just need to double the prizes and turn the heat up a lot
Only joking, a very nice place and well worth visiting
This is a cool little spot to grab coffee or lunch. The smorgasbord lunch option allows you to choose 5 mini open-faced sandwiches, with options like smoked salmon, Swedish meatballs, Danish salami, crayfish tails, and other tasty things, for a reasonable £7.
They've also got Scandinavian groceries, so it's perfect for people who are really into Scandinavian groceries.
On top of all that, everyone working there seems to be genuinely pleasant and friendly, even when busy.
I like big buns, and I cannot lie.
Scandinavian Kitchen had buns of a cinnamon variety a-plenty. And they flirted with me from their prominent place on the counter that I just had to have one*.
My eyes may have glazed over as I ate it.
Overall, I was impressed with the space, atmosphere and service here. The café was cool without being Fizrovia-trendy. Sure, the flat white I got wasn't even in the same playing field as the one I'd've got at Kaffeine just down the road.** But I wasn't here for coffee. The grocery area at the back had a pretty impressively Scandinavian spread of items and not just in the 'I got meatballs from Ikea!' way.
I was a fan.
* I left the 'stud muffin' ordering to my male companion. It was pretty damn tasty.
** I went to Kaffeine later...
This welcoming little spot has become a regular lunch hangout. They offer three salads or open-face sandwiches for £5.95 and make delicious cakes, coffees and pastries.
There's a folding blackboard out on the sidewalk that always sports a smartass quote of the day playing off of their Scandinavian theme or cuisine. Last time I went it said 'Happiness is a warm bun,' and the employees' black t-shirts said 'Please speak up. I'm hard of herring.' But my fave is the sign on their counter that says, 'All unattended children will be given a double espresso and a free kitten.' You gotta love a sense of humor!
In the front there are stools by a low window counter, a 2-seater sofa and some comfy chairs and coffee tables where there's always someone on a laptop just enjoying the day.
In the back there are several tables and more seating, including a large table that people sometimes share communally when it's busy. And downstairs there's even more seating and it's more quiet.
If you like Scandinavian food, this is the place for you because in addition to the fresh foods they serve, they stock the shelves in the back of the restaurant with all manner of things Scandi! Beer, biscuits, pickled herring, gingerbread house kits (at Christmas), lingonberry jams, liqueurs, gummies, etc.
They offer a frequency card that you get stamped after each order for a future discount. Super nice people and reasonably priced for the area north of Oxford, east of Great Portland Street.
Variety over bulk is the name of the game here. Eat lots of small things, attain satiety, and relax into a pool of flavours.
You order either three or five sandwiches (£5.95 or £8.95, respectively), from which you can choose from varieties as lovely and basic as egg and tomato, through liver paté with bacon and on to three different pickled herrings with rye bread.
The food is solid, simple, a little adventurous, and beautiful. It's a deli counter which is unfortunately held up by the variety on offer-- the sandwich selection changes regularly so you may have to queue while the people ahead of you aren't yet waited on as they gaze and drool at the glass display case.
I had a spiced herring, a double portion of a smoked salmon wrap-like thing, liver and bacon, and smoked salmon on rye. I must highly recommend the liver paté and bacon. Coffees were solid-- and came in beautiful and functional scandi-style cups with slightly sexualised protuberances for handles.
Staff were friendly and patient in the rush that's come to them with increased popularity (we arrived at 1400 and the place was still heaving) The place was perhaps a bit on the noisy/clattery side, but it fits with the simplicity and the deli style.
You're familiar with my last name, yes? Well, though my people can't claim Scandinavian heritage (as Finland is technically Nordic...), it's the closest I may get in central London.
There's another Scandinavian restaurant in shoreditch, but it looked quite pricey, so I thought I'd give this one a shot first. Nice little shop, great salads, and nice prices. I'm quite tempted to stop in again for some Swedish meatballs and some scandi-chic groceries. You should too if you're in the Fitzrovia area.. Also, if you're looking for a Swedish copy of Harry Potter while you're munching on your smoked salmon, there happens to be one among the Scandinavian books on the shelves/tables to peruse. They're nothing if not committed to the theme!
So close to my work, I've been here for a lunch date twice, both times opting to have the meatball and double salad offer. Both times delicious.
We bought a gingerbread house here too, and I'm yet to make it - but that's besides the point. I love a place that sells deli-style specialities relevant to the cuisine they serve, and all kinds of produce is packed into every spare nook & cranny.
The people are lovely, the place has a hint of kitschy cool, and the food is great. Happy days.
Great little place to grab a yummy flat white. Although the coffee was pretty top notch, my favorite part was the service. Always a smiley, happy person to give me my morning caffeine, and best of all, the reward for one of their full punch cards is a hug!
There's also loads of interesting Scandy groceries to check out while you waiting for you order!
A wonderful aspect about this restaurant is that you can eat ASAP! The food was fresh tasting and the people behind the counter were very friendly.
I had a selection of three sandwiches and a cinnamon roll. The cinnamon roll or bullar is reminiscent of what I ate while I lived in Sweden.
If there is one thing I would change about the restaurant is to serve hot dishes in addition to the sandwiches. The inclusion of Scandinavian goodies was a complete bonus - I got to pick up some of my favourite snacks which I have not seen available in England.
I wandered into this cafe on a wonderful, warm Friday afternoon and found the place crowded, but not overly so. As it was after 1 pm, some of the sandwiches were sold out (or so I thought, I later saw they brought up some new stock from downstairs) and proceeded to order a Scanwich smorgasbord of three open-faced sandwiches. I couldn't quite say it with a straight face, but, bless the male server, he didn't take any offence. I took two salmon and one Swedish mature cheese, and I've got to say that I absolutely loved the flavour of the cheese. Good stuff!
I also tried a cappuccino which came served in a rather cute white cup with protruding handle and noticed that the sugar was kept in a smaller version of that. A nice touch. The coffee wasn't bad, although I found it a little too strong, requiring sugar (which is not how I usually take coffee).
The decor was typically Scandinavian (very Ikea-esque) and cheerful, and I just loved that there's a little grocery in the store as well. It just made the whole cafe look so cosy!
One last comment: the signboard outside, I'm told, usually has some humourous comment. The day I went, it was, Spring's here: Go topless! Heh.
When I arrived they were playing "Little bit" by Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li. The first time I listened to this song was when a friend posted a link to the video
Video link: youtube.com/watch?v=se4Z…
somewhere, where Lykke Li performs "Little bit" in Södermalm in Stockholm - while I was actually studying in Stockholm. And as I love Stockholm, that was definitely one of the best welcome songs they could have chosen, if they would have known that I'm coming ;)
I took prinskorv with scrambled eggs and toast - sort of a Swedish version of an English breakfast.
As dessert, I had to get a kanelbulle and a cappucino. It would not be fair to compare the cappucino to the one you get at nearby Kaffeine, but it was okay. And you won't get real kanelbullar at Kaffeine! ;)
Furthermore, in Scandinavian Kitchen you cannot just eat great Swedish or more general Scandinavian food, you can also buy other Scandinavian stuff, like Swedish Marabou chocolate and the like. So for everyone, who likes Sweden or any other Scandinavian country, stopping at Scandinavian Kitchen can never be wrong. The only problem for me: now I want to visit Stockholm again. As soon as possible ... :)
I became enchanted with this cute little place over the summer, visiting regularly for a few weeks to sip delicious soya lattes and make serious conversation among the Swedish groceries.
It's a curious feeling, surrounded by boxes of unpronounceable produce, the airy ambience and clean lines making you forget the time. I kept staying too late and having to cycle-sprint through North Soho back to rehearsal, jacked up on caffeine.
Nothing on the food menu is vaguely vegan but it all looks great and I'll still return for coffee.
Huuuuuuge variety of lovely Scandanavian food. There are so many great reviews I don't know what I could poddibly add!
The staff behind the counter were super friendly when I was trying to understand what I was ordering and patient. They are really helpful to us newbies.
The lunch itself filled me up but I somehow found room for dessert which was fantastic!
mind you, this is a place for MEAT - no veggie bits here so don't bring any vegitarian friends with you!
I was recommended this place very recently by a good friend who knows his way around things Swedish.
All I have tried so far is the cinnamon bun (delicious) and the coffee. The latter was good not great, but comes in big white china mugs with funky handles - so is fine by me.
The tables are good with a decent amount of space, so I look forward to being more adventurous with my choices next time. And there will definitely be a next time!
My friend took me there and I absolutely loved it. It is very quiet place in the middle of city centre of London.
It is a proper hidden secret place!
I got a cuppa and cinnamon roll! It is rather sweet and big so is nice to share with friend.
The deco is very nice and you can buy some of Scandinavian foods too.
Piccadilly Circus is such a tourist place and many cafe or restaurants are so packed and not really good for what you pay for .But this one is really really nice and you feel very comfortable to stay. It is a bit hard to find !
This is a super-cool place and such a cool find in London. Just behind OXford Street/Marketplace, it has friendly staff, nice pastries and all kinds of odd Scandinavian foodstuffs, candies, etc. All my Swedish friends love the candy pick a mix selection, the shrimp paste in a tube and other odd pickled, smoked fish products. The coffee is decent (not the best), but the atmosphere is cool, and there are some tables in the back so you can have quick coffee business meetings any time.
Definitely worth checking out!
Lovely place esp in winter.
Not much outdoor space otherwise.
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I stopped by mid-afternoon after a shopping trip. Super cute restaurant and good service, but definitely go during a normal meal time! They were out of soup and running low on the smorgasbord options.
Coffee was good, food was interesting. I've never had Scandinavian food before. I adore tiny restaurants with character so overall this was a pretty good experience that would have been great had I just gone a couple of hours earlier.
They also have a few groceries- didn't buy anything, but those jams looked delicious!
Scandinavian Kitchen is great, and i have returned a few times. The food is fresh, tasty - and something a little different to most cafes! Being Scandinavian! The setting is warm and cosy and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Its open throughout the day so its a great meeting place for a nibble and a social.
The décor seems typical Scandinavian style if ikea is anything to go by! It is bright, crisp and clean. It helps that the place is not very old i guess.
It always seems to have quite a few Nordics inside so i assume from that that it is authentic. As i am not a professional in the ways of Scandinavian food i would not like to say if it is or not, but i can say that it tastes very good and at a reasonable price too.
Great place to get meatballs, smoked salmon, gingerbread cookies and swedish candy. The coffee is tasty, the staff are friendly and the sandwich with meatballs is to die for :)
You can also find scandinavian food for sale and you be sure to meet al least some scandinavian people in there, mostly swedes.
Being a semi nord was delighted to find this place just 200m from work. A chance to subject the workmates to the delights of pickled herring never goes amiss and am glad to say all enjoyed the food.
An explanation of what's on offer is already provided by other reviewers so won't go into that, and would agree it's all fresh and tasty.
The grocery selection is a nice touch, especially for those who recognise a few old favourites on the shelves. Good for a few treats though, such as authentic salmiakki.
Scandinavian Kitchen rocks! We popped in to snap up some of the new Gluten Free Fria food. Yet we were transfixed by the Swedish decor, quirky music, friendly atmosphere and oddles and oddles of Swedish products. All of which almost distracted us from our main goal of buying some of the new Fria Cinnamon rolls! A bit like a trip to Ikea where you end up with more in your basket than you expected we snapped up some Wasa GF crispbreads (so so nice!) and the Gluten Free Semper Macaroni. The staff were really helpful when we asked about gluten free products and they happily bagged up our goodies for us unlike many other small shops or even large supermarkets. Even the carrier bags are cool, they are 100% compostable which makes them green yet strong!
The place has a great feel and personality (look out for the Moomin pictues and smile at the staff uniform which has message about being 'hard of herring' so speak up if you want some help printed on the back of it). Our only quibble is please get some great gluten free products in and have some GF ones on the counter that are covered to avoid cross contamination. However, that's more of a hint than a quibble!
Unlike Ikea you won't end up frustrated, achy, or cursing about where you put the allen key. So it's high scores from us! It's like a perfectly wrapped piece of Sweden here in London. Skip the high street chains on Oxford Street and instead head over to Scandi Kitchen. Let's support the independant shops and cafes that are selling gluten free choices. Go visit and say 'hello' from Gluten Free Guerrillas ; ) !
Great find and just down the road from the office. Huge table in the middle of cafe is ideal for mini meetings lovely coffee in stylish big white mugs and flapjacks to die for!
Cheeky male staff members never fail to bring a wry smile to my face everytime I go in!
Amazingly friendly people there and scandy style tapas which I love. If you are into things like pickled herring on rye bread - look no further.
They also do very, very good coffee - which is tougher to find than it should be!
Delicious coffee and cake, friendly service, and I love the Scandi-themed puns on the A-board outside:
Abba nice day!
There is not too many places serving Scandinavian food in London and this one beats them all with the atmosphere. It is busy cafe that also sells traditional, mostly Swedish, sweets and groceries, anything from bread to jam. The selection is very random, but maybe the Swedish people understand it better than I do?
The staff is just great and always so happy and friendly. As a big fan of the Scandinavian food I ofter go here for lunch that consist from a sandwich buffet, and you can choose either three or five small filled bread from a wide selection that is mostly about seafood and rye bread. Also the cakes are great, my ultimate favorite is the Daim chocolate cake that is made from Daim sweets they also sell. If you are up for a adventure try some liquorice sweets ( very very salty). Coffee is also good and the design of the mugs wicked!
It is a very interesting place. I had same of their salmon and it was simply amazing-the best that I have ever tried.
Ohhh, this place is yummy. Great selection of Scandinavian food good for breakfast or lunch. Awesome pastries and super carrot cake when they make it. Coffee is decent and a cool place to hang out. People are super friendly.
A great find not too far from Oxford Street. The smørrebrød is great, 3 pieces for £4.95 or 5 pieces - £7.75, compared to what I paid in Stockholm the other week, an absolute bargain. I particularly enjoyed the herring with rye bread. Great food, and really friendly staff make this a 5-star lunch destination.
Such a lovely spot! The food is healthy and delicious and it's great that you get to try a variety of things. The staff are friendly and helpful, there's a good amount of seating (there's a downstairs as well as the main area) and the place has a nice casual but trendy vibe. The shop at the back full of Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish products is great fun to browse - we bought some random candy and chocolate but they have lots of savoury items such as cheese, crispbreads, pickled fish and baking/cooking ingredients too. I can't wait to go back. :)
Being Swedish and all that, this is the best place in London to go to if you want a taste of Scandinavia. The coffee is strong and brilliant is served in stylish cubs, the smörgåsbord is tasty but maybe a little costly for what you get. You must not miss out on the chocolate cake, the cinnamon buns or the delicatobollar - the main reason why I as a swede visit the cafe. Staff is super-friendly and will always put a smile on your face! Great location in the West End as well so very easy to find.
Nice little place, friendly, cosy and definitely a place to hang out in. The open sandwiches were good but a little pricey for what you get. The chocolate cake and coffee were among the best in London. I wonder where they get their coffee. Nice staff. The grocery section sells one or two interesting things, e.g. orange and carrot marmalade. The only reason it has 4 rather than 5 stars is that I would really have liked a buffet, but I guess they just don't have room.
good for lunch, but stays open till about 8 pm
I have reviewed this place before, but I wanted to give it a third chance and even I can change my mind about a place. This time it wasn't so crowded, so I tried their sandwiches which was a nice experience. The bread was particular good, you don't find that kind of bread anywhere else in London. The coffee tasted like coffee tasted back in Sweden then I lived there. If you wanna enjoy this place, do it in the week and not in a weekend, then it can get full and not so quiet. So this place isn't so bad at all.
Superb quality food with great service. With such a variety of Scandinavian foods on offer it's great to have staff who are more than happy to explain what everything is and to make recommendations. My recommendation - Swedish Meatballs! One of the more expensive lunch options in the area, but definitely great for a nice treat once in a while.
It was one of those days when I needed herring. There was no herring How come there was no herring?! So I had salmon nice canapes they were! Coffee? OK. .
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