The choice of café’s, delis and restaurants in the Swedish capital is already very impressive, and now visitors can add a raft of artisan bakeries to their must-visit list while in the city.
Sweden is famous for its mid-morning fika breaks, when coffee and baked treats are enjoyed in a tradition which dates back to the 18th century. Typical fika snacks include kannelbulle (cinnamon roll) and saffransbulle – saffron-flavoured bun. Many of Stockholm’s artisan bakeries also have cafés or small seating areas in which to enjoy your fika break, and some also serve breakfast and lunch.
If visiting at Christmas, look out for seasonal specialities, such as pepparkakor – spiced biscuits traditionally made with ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.
The city’s leading artisan bakers take the quality and provenance of ingredients seriously and are using traditional methods to produce sourdough and rye breads, as well as making use of stone ovens. Take time to seek out one of the new breed of bakers while in Stockholm, whether for a take-away snack, a fika break or during your lunch stop.
There is nothing quite as tempting as the smell of freshly baked bread, and in this charming bakery your scents will be delighted. Specialising in sourdough baking, Fabrique aims to allow visitors and locals alike to experience the difference between artisan-made bread and mass-produced loaves: everything here is made by hand using traditional methods. Fabrique now has four locations around the city, including this branch on Nybrogatan. A cosy seating area behind the store’s large windows makes for the perfect spot in which to sit and watch the world go by with a large cup of coffee and a fresh bake.
Fabrique, Nybrogatan 6, 114 34 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 661 8300
Made by a pastry chef every day, the baked goods at Haga are particularly tempting. Quality is taken seriously, with many ingredients sourced from Swedish dairies and farms, and preference is given to natural ingredients. The range includes freshly baked loaves and baguettes through to sweet treats. Stop here for frukost (breakfast) and enjoy Haga’s bread served with cheese and meat along with a coffee, organic fruit smoothie or a freshly pressed juice. Croissants and pastries are also available, and while here try a piece of the poached pear- topped cake.
Haga, Torsgatan 75, 113 37 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 193434
With an award-winning pastry chef and all kinds of baked delights on show in glass display cabinets, Lundbergs Konditori is well worth a visit when in Stockholm. There are classic loaves and rolls as well as beautifully presented cakes and pastries. We recommend the chocolate mousse cake, with a gluten-free soft chocolate bottom, light and dark chocolate mousse middle and citrus-marinated raspberry topping. Chocolates and confectionery are also available. Whatever you select, enjoy it with a cup of freshly roasted Colombian coffee.
Lundbergs Konditori, Sjöbjörnsvägen 2, 117 67 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 645 2034
Bröd & Salt
The focus at Bröd & Salt is on the traditional stone oven where rustic bread and sweet pastries are baked on a daily basis, so you may be lucky to be served something warm and fresh from the oven. Among the loaves available are versions made with sea salt, walnuts, black syrup, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. If you fancy something sweet try a traditional kanelbulle or Bröd & Salt’s tosca bun, made with almonds, whipped cream and walnuts.
Bröd & Salt, Hammarby allé 66A, 120 61 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 522 46870