Bageriet, Covent Garden, London
This year I’ve resolved to cut down on the refined sugars. Then it came to lunchtime and I thought to myself: bageriet. Life is for the living and you’ll be living it up when you encounter London’s finest Swedish bakery. Bread, biscuits, cakes, buns, pretzels and brioche with a touch of the Nordic tradition all available in Covent Garden. For such a small store, Bageriet sure pack a lot of variety in. I did find the service on my visit cold but the baking is hot hot hot.
It was founded by bakers Daniel Karlsson and Sven-Gunnar Appelgren in early 2013 and clearly has stood the test of time. Even though the space is diminutive, there’s a steady stream of clientele that shows it has a following.
Bageriet is Swedish for the bakery and in particular, the store pride themselves on their cinnamon buns. Whilst I have yet to sample these, they’re described as being a lush, what dough flavoured with lots of cardamom, filled with a cinnamon, butter and syrup layer that you roll into a swirl and sprinkled with pearl sugar. This narrative alone makes me want to go back.
I had one of the Semlors (cardamon bun with fresh cream) and a coconut tart. These were outstanding. The spiced bun is a delight to eat, with the filling inside being pillowy. It’s not a super sweet cream and they give you a lot of cream. It’s quite a big size so possibly better to have had in two servings, but I couldn’t wait that long. In my defence I did have the semlor before deciding it was too hard to wait for the afternoon to gobble the remainder. Another good word to describe the bun is aromatic. The cardamon is definitely there but not full on. A lovely, light blend.
The coconut tart is also superb. It tastes of freshness and the crust are filling are perfect. Well worth stopping in for when in the Covent Garden area. A limited number of savoury options are also available but sugar all the way, right?