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Sweet treats in Stockholm


Swedes love meeting for fika with friends: this means sitting down for coffee, cake and a chat. Sweet-toothed locals will be found at the following Stockholm addresses

Ashlee Beard,

Konditori Vete-Katten
Vete-Katten, a family-run bakery launched in the late 1970s, serves a selection of delicious traditional cakes and desserts, all baked on the premises. Take a break from shopping to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea, accompanied by one of Vete-Katten’s legendary princess cakes – the best in Stockholm, according to the locals – or a bakelse (a cake that’s just big enough for one). If you’re in a hurry, grab a bag of Vete-Katten’s delicious chocolate pralines.

Konditori Vete-Katten, Kungsgatan 55, 111 22 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 208405

Cupcake Sthlm
The recent opening of the second Cupcake Sthlm store suggests that the recent trend for these childhood treats shows no signs of waning. With 16 flavours to choose from each day, ranging from the Michelle Obama (chocolate and raspberry with a liquorice topping) to Red Velvet (chocolate and beetroot with vanilla and lemon cream), Martin Johansson and Mikael Ingeltun’s cupcakes are far more exotic than conventional varieties. Step into their cosy Swedish-style cupcake stores and enjoy a sweet treat.

Cupcake Sthlm, Eriksgatan 83, 113 32 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 838083; Götgatan 78, 118 30 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 838083

Speceriet
If you can’t get a reservation at Gastrologik, Stockholm’s new fine-dining destination, or simply can’t find the time to visit, fear not. Just next door, the restaurant’s newly opened bakery and deli offers delicious treats to go, freshly prepared in the restaurant’s kitchen. Pick up one of chef Anton Bjuhr’s famed desserts or fresh bread straight from the oven of the city’s latest gourmet destination.

Speceriet, Artillerigatan 16, 114 51 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 662 3060

Östermalms Saluhall
Stockholm’s Östermalms Saluhall is a must-visit destination for visiting gourmets as well as a popular lunch spot for locals. Housed in a beautiful Neo-Gothic-style red brick building that dates back to 1888, this large food hall is filled with stalls offering fresh Swedish and international produce. Try smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches), a Danish speciality, at Nybrøe Smørrebrød, or enjoy the flavour of freshly ground beans at Robert’s Coffee. From handmade gourmet chocolates and tasty pastries to fresh fish and delicious deli wraps, you’ll find something to satisfy every craving, sweet or savoury.

Östermalms Saluhall, Östermalmstorg, 114 39 Stockholm

Tössebageriet
Tössebageriet has become a popular fika spot and something of an institution among locals and visitors alike; with few interior changes since it opened in 1920, Tösse retains much of its original charm. During Sweden’s semlor season, from January until Easter, gourmets come from near and far to sample delicious traditional almond and buttercream-filled semla buns; Tösse’s are reputed to be the best in Stockholm. No chocaholic should leave without trying a decadent slice of chocolate-covered, truffle-filled kladdkaka.
Tössebageriet, Karlavägen 77, 114 49 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 662 2430

Chokladfabriken
Martin and Ellinor Isaksson not only discovered love while working in the patisserie of Stockholm’s NK department store, they also found a successful business plan – Chokladfabriken. The couple opened their first store in 1997 and today have four stores and cafés in Stockholm and even an outpost in Tokyo. Within this chocolate lover’s paradise, you’ll find the finest quality chocolates and desserts, all made by hand. There are over 30 varieties of flavoured chocolates to choose from, including söder tea truffle and dark chocolate with salted liquorice toffee. Last year, Chokladfabriken’s Josefine Baummann won the Årets Konditor award; this annual competition sees five of Sweden’s leading pastry chefs battle it out to take the title of confectioner of the year. If you want to learn some of her secrets, Chokladfabriken offers a range of courses and tastings. Products are also available online.

Chokladfabriken, Regeringsgtan 58, 111 56 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 229110

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