The line was ridiculously long the first time we lined up to try Juno the Bakery. Sunday morning just before lunch turned out to be the worst possible timing – everyone was out to get fresh bread! We waited over an hour in the cold December weather of Copenhagen (PS: The line usually moves much faster than this these days!). Was it worth it, though? Let’s just say we seriously attempted to find an apartment nearby when we eventually moved to Copenhagen. In fact, we almost succeeded in getting a place right across the road (the contract was signed!), but ended up near another good bakery in town instead. The Swedish-born baker Emil Glaser is a former Noma chef and briefly worked in Paris before he moved back to Copenhagen to open Juno the Bakery. That was fortunate for Copenhageners because this Swede bakes some of the most perfect and delicious pastries we know. Juno the Bakery is included in our guide to the best bakeries in Copenhagen.
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The World’s Best Cardamom Bun!
Our favorite pastry in the world is not found in Paris, the viennoiserie capital of the world, but in Copenhagen. Juno has perfected the art of pastry – their croissants are buttery, laminated things of beauty. Another specialty of Juno, when in season, is the Swedish semla – a sweet bun with almond filling and whipped cream. But perhaps their most impressive treat is the kardemummabulla – a traditional Swedish pastry that is typically dense and heavy, but here is transformed into a light and airy miracle of a cardamom bun. It’s fluffy and buttery and oozing with cardamom and sugar, but not in a syrupy sweet way. The best part? Juno bakes their buns all day long, so they never sell out, and they’re pretty much guaranteed to be warm and fresh from the oven. We’d be lying if we said Juno wasn’t a huge factor in our decision to move to Copenhagen.
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