London is packed with small coffee shops and restaurants showcasing food from all continents. As a cosmopolitan and multicultural capital, the city cater for every taste from French to Italian or Vietnamese. So if you are looking for Scandinavian food, you are bound to find one within the square mile! A couple of days ago, I went to a cool café called Nordic Bakery. The first shop opened 10 years ago, so this is not a new brand but a well established coffee shop with three other branches in Central London. Here is my review.
Tucked in the corner of the trendy yet quiet street off Chiltern Street, Nordic Bakery offers a quiet place to sip your coffee just a short walking distance from the busy Baker Street tube station. The cafe is also very close to the trendy and posh Marylebone High Street.
Step inside and you will be welcomed by a very Nordic decor (yes, the clue is in the name) with lots of wood, dark colours and bare walls. The only thing you can see on the walls are the posters in the above photo. The bare walls makes the bakery a relaxing environment. The cafe/bakery is small but busy with locals and tourists of all age. Even though it is busy, it is intimate enough so people can have a meeting or a quiet conversation with friends. Keep on reading!
Scandinavia was never in my bucket list, I kind of ended up there by chance. Having some leave to take before it expired, I went on the look out for a cheap flight. At the time Copenhagen was quite cheap since the return ticket from London was £59 per person with Norwegian. I debated whether to fly Norwegian for the first time or fly British Airways using my Avios. I did the latter. Once the tickets were bought and hotel booked, I was off to Denmark! Keep reading!
One of the activities I enjoyed the most when I visited Japan was Ukai (鵜飼) a traditional fishing method which uses cormorant to catch fish. This technique has been used over a thousand years. Now it’s a very popular summer activity for tourists and takes place in various areas across Japan. Keep on reading!
Malmö is not always the first city people think about when they hear or plan to visit Scandinavia. Like me, most people decide to go to Malmö towards the end their Copenhagen trip. I didn’t know what to expect since I did little research about the city. I was surprised to see that the third largest city in Sweden and the 5th biggest city in Scandinavia has actually much more to offer than just a few hours.
I found Malmö to be a very pretty city. So here’s why I fell in love with the city and why I believe you will too. Keep on reading!
The idea of writing this blog came after my trip to Japan but I never managed to find the time to start it. Fresh from my last trip to Scandinavia, I decided that it was about time. Why the name Secret Moona? The idea came to me following a discussion with my sister. While brainstorming for a name for the blog, my sister suggested I call it “Secret Moona”. This has been my unofficial nickname as every time she would suggest a new restaurant I would say that I have been there. She would call me Secret Moona because I didn’t tell her about it.
Through this blog, I would like to share with you some of my favourite experiences, it can be while discovering a nice and quirky place in London, exploring a different city or country or just drinking a nice coffee.
I’m a Parisian based in London. You will either find me drinking coffee, exploring London or watching my favourite kdramas.
I struggled writing this About section of my blog, because to me it’s like writing a personal statement for a job application. It’s hard. So apologies and thank you for your visit, I hope you enjoyed reading my blog. I would love to read your comments or suggestions and will always take the time to reply.