Food and drink
No question this place has the best rye breads in London. Now they’re also baking sweet muffins with rye flour, in flavours such as blueberry and lingonberry, and topping them with cream cheese frosting. The herring and salmon sandwiches are made to a fantastically high standard but those karelian pies (little rye crusts filled with rice or potato and smothered with buttery hard-boiled egg spread) are hard to pass up. The coffees (Dibar’s their blend of choice) are well-crafted and made specially to fit the Teema cups and Aino Aalto glasses chosen by the design-conscious owner.
Very cool, very chilled, but relaxing rather than pretentious. I adore the décor. Like an episode of Wallander, it’s a contemplative mix of darkness and light. They’re rightly proud of their attention to detail yet the clean, simple lines feel almost minimalist. If only I could persuade them to decorate my flat…
Sweet and friendly, and always clad in cute denim aprons.
Worth the short walk from Marylebone High Street.
You probably wouldn’t eat more than a karelian pie (just £1.60) and a cinnamon bun (£2.20), but venture into the sandwiches and you can expect to pay £3.25-£4 each. Lattes at £2.10-£2.40 are on par with other first-class coffee bars in the capital.
The Golden Square original, in Soho’s most genteel quarter, is mere seconds from Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus – see website below for details.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Escaping the crowds
- People watching
- No fuss
- Design and architecture