Cocomaya, London

Since leaving London, I’ve fallen madly in love with the city and enjoy nothing more than strolling around rediscovering my home. How lucky am I to have stumbled upon Cocomaya? Very. Cocomaya is jointly owned by a former fashion designer (Walid Al Damirji) and the former head of concept at Liberty (Joel Bernstein). If this is what happens when food and fashion mix, I like it. I like it a lot.

Apparently you can have Afternoon tea there as well, and with a good selection of gluten and dairy free delights, Cocomaya is one of the few places catering for those with allergies and intolerances. The orange and almond cakes look particularly scrumptious. It kills me that this is in W2. Missing it big time!

A creature of habit, I went with green tea and a cinnamon bun. There’s one thing you should know about me: if there’s maple syrup, apple cider vinegar or cinnamon in it, you can expect me to gobble it up rather quickly. Cinnamon buns are a favourite of mine but more often than not, they’re covered in this thick, sugary, processed icing. This was simple, fresh and just what I wanted. I didn’t get round to tasting the chocolate, which are sold in an adjacent shop but next time, right?

Do you see anything you fancy?

12 Connaught St
W2 2AF
+44 (0)20 7706 2883


  1. 6 September 2011 / 19:55

    It all looks so YUMMY!!!! Great photos Milla

    • Milla
      6 September 2011 / 22:47

      Thanks Michelle – clearly I’m missing London already… 🙂

  2. 6 September 2011 / 21:16

    Ah, how I smiled to read your opening line: ‘SINCE LEAVING London, I’ve fallen madly in love with the city’.

    I expect to feel similarly when we move away.

    London can be a cruel mistress and, to be here – day in, day out – can often feel wearing and deeply impersonal. Perhaps only with distance and nostalgia, I will see her beautiful side and all of the things otherwise taken for granted.

    Though it’s not my favourite place for cakes and pastries in London, I do like Cocomaya and visit every six months or so.

    Sarah x

    • Milla
      6 September 2011 / 22:45

      London as a mistress – oh, I love it! In an ideal world, life would be split between the two. I’ve lived in many different cities and I swear, nowhere has the freedom of London. Nowhere. Have you started to look at places in Paris yet?

      I’ve only been there once, but Cocomaya is just lovely. The perfect place for a cake, tea and your favourite magazine whilst out shopping/strolling.


  3. 7 September 2011 / 10:06

    My newest resolution is to stop reading your blog in the morning at the office! First of all, because well I am suppose to work ( lol) and then because it makes me hungry !!! 🙂

    The cinammon bun looks delicious and I love the tea cups 🙂 !!!

    • Milla
      7 September 2011 / 12:30

      That’s hilarious! I should write a tag line “beware, will make you want to eat!” 🙂

      The tea cups were all mismatched and usually that sort of thing would deter me, but it only added to the charm of Cocomaya.

  4. Sarah
    7 September 2011 / 13:34

    Yum yum yum!! I also love cinnamon buns but I will take them however they arrive…Mum used to do these amazing baked ones for Christmas morning when we were younger. Clearly, as a Canuck, I also love anything with maple syrup on it! Actually Canadians will eat anything with sugar, especially if they’re French Canadian like my family-French Canadians have a pie called tarte au sucre-it literally is sugar and it’s AMAZING!
    All of those pictures looked amazing….even the one that was healthy! haha.

    • Milla
      9 September 2011 / 12:01

      Really? I’ve never tried to make them but really want to. Does your mum have a recipe to share? 🙂

      Googling ‘tarte au sucre’…

      • Sarah
        10 September 2011 / 02:54

        I think it was actually some Pillsbury ones that just required shaping, baking and assembling to be honest hahahaha but they were AWESOME! Definitely google tarte au sucre…I just did and it looks as delicious as I remember!

        • Milla
          10 September 2011 / 08:15

          I blame you: I just gained 5 kgs looking at tarte au sucre! Oh my goodness – my sugar addiction side is in full swing…

          I often buy ready-made gingerbread dough at Christmas and make biscuits from that. There’s nothing wrong with that stuff. I keep telling myself that I’ll do it the proper way one day… I believe you – anything with cinnamon is heavenly.

  5. 8 September 2011 / 18:50

    This looks amazing!
    I’m a cinnamon fiend also, but i CAN’T get enough of the gloopy icing you so despise! We are like Jack Sprat and his wife when it comes to cinnamon buns 🙂


    • Milla
      9 September 2011 / 11:51

      Every time I hear from you, I think about eating a Crunchie! Slightly random but so true 🙂


  6. 8 September 2011 / 19:53

    Wow, this looks too tasty! And that flowery china melts my heart… Cinnamon buns are my favorite too, a valid reason to cheat on any (gluten-free or not) diet!
    Thanks for this post Milla, I’ve written down the address, I’m going to London in December, if I’m near I’ll check it out.
    By the way, did you capture these amazing images yourself? If so, I’m even more impressed! 🙂

    • Milla
      9 September 2011 / 11:32

      I feel like we have a little cinnamon bun club going on here 🙂 You’re going to London? How cool!

      Yes, I took all of the pics myself. They were so nice and gracious to let me walk around snapping away.

  7. 8 September 2011 / 20:26

    need to be there now and eat everything I see! Greedy anyone?

    This one is definitely going on my places-to-visit-when-next-time-in-London list!

    • Milla
      9 September 2011 / 11:25

      Can I join Team Greedy?! I just love that they cater for all needs. Whilst I was there, a lady came in to by something but had a nut allergy – the staff checked all the ingredients and confirmed what she could eat. I like that serve.

      A must-visit!

      • 9 September 2011 / 16:33

        Yes, you are now an official member of Team Greedy 😉

        Sounds like an excellent service. I sent my friend Sigrun (the one who runs the CafeSigrun website) in London that link and we are going there when I visit her!

        • Milla
          10 September 2011 / 09:30

          Oh that’s great! Cocomaya is a great place to sit and enjoy. It’s family-friendly as well 🙂

          Thanks for her link – I baked something from her site as well. I’ll put it on the blog next week.

  8. 10 September 2011 / 07:20

    Lovely photos, Milla! Looks like you’re getting hang of working around the settings of your camera 😉

    And do I see anything that I fancy? Everything!

    • Milla
      10 September 2011 / 08:10

      Thanks so much Aggie! I spent the entire Eurostar journey with the manual glued to my hands! It’s a process but I’m really enjoying it. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Afternoon tea is on me when you come over!

  9. CinZilicious
    12 September 2011 / 04:58

    omggggggggggggggg………….im drooling majorly over here!! Gosh, i miss london and i gotta check this place out man!

    Cinnamon buns….i love anything cinnamon!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing a piece of heaven=D

    p.s. didn’t you say you were trying to cut out sweets? lol


    • Milla
      12 September 2011 / 10:03

      I did say “trying”… The cinnamon takes away my willpower! You simply must go there when in London. Must!


    • Milla
      17 February 2012 / 15:40

      We heart tea, London and cakes. Life is good 🙂

  10. 20 February 2012 / 23:08

    Mm..looks so yummy.. but still finding out about all the new allergies I have gotten .. so nothing for me unfortunately! 🙁

    • Milla
      27 February 2012 / 16:35

      This allergy business is so awful. Why oh why! Phew, I’m fed up with it as I’m sure you are. I guess we’ll just live on juice when you visit.

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