When Luke Maguinness and Anna Olsson returned home after nine years working the corporate life in Sweden, they decided to forgo the office attire and open this little Scandinavian cafe.
Nord Cafe is simple. It serves traditional Scandinavian sandwiches and sweets alongside Red Star coffee. The menu features everything from the timeless ham, cheese and tomato toastie with bread from Noisette Bakery, to the classic raksmorgas open prawn sandwich on homemade Danish rye. These choices are proof the humble sandwich can pack big flavours.
Lined up neatly on the wooden counter top are several cookie jars filled with sweets made in-house by Olsson, who’s from Sweden. Treat yourself to pepparkokor, a spiced cookie similar to a gingerbread biscuit, or kolasnittar, which is a traditional caramel cookie. The menu also offers fresh cold-pressed juices.
Aside from bringing fresh Scandinavian flavours to the streets of St Kilda, the duo also wanted to spark a new approach to cafe culture. Inspired by the Swedish word fika, which loosely translates to “coffee break”, Nord isn’t about rushing in and out for your morning takeaway. In Sweden they take the time to enjoy the menu; to sit, sip and be social.