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Gourmet Bakeries - Stockholm

The Swedish ritual of fika is simply a foodie must-do when travelling to Stockholm, and lately this foodie fave has been getting a luxury, Michelin-starred makeover. A number of innovative new bakeries have been popping up all over Stockholm, helmed by Michelin-starred chefs that are reinventing this foodie classic. Below are our fave fika haunts in Stockholm, perfect for a sight-seeing stop-off and some lip-smacking pastries – be they heritage classics, gourmet offerings or crafted by Michelin-starred pros.

The word fika is derived from the 19th-century slang term that reverses the syllables in kaffi, the Swedish word for coffee — fika is a moment of pause where one steps back from the daily grind. “It’s a short break from work, where you build more personal relationships with your co-workers,” said Swedish entrepreneur Mikael Larsson. “It is a way to catch up with friends, family or a new love interest.”

Usually, that means a cup of coffee accompanied by a pastry, most likely a kardemummabulle (cardamom bun) or kanelbulle (cinnamon bun) — lightly sweet, delightfully fluffy concoctions flavored with cinnamon or cardamom, twisted into a snail-shaped bun and sprinkled with a coating of pearl sugar. We like things gourmet - below are our favourites.

Vete-Katten

Kungsgatan 55, 111 22 Stockholm
+46 8 20 84 05
vetekatten.se

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Vete-Katten is an 89-year-old Stockholm institution that prides itself on the freshest of baked breads and pastries. Behind its serving counter and coffee rooms nestle a labyrinth of corridors scented with centuries of flour, spice and the sweet aroma of freshly-baked bread.

Sturekatten

Riddargatan 4, 11435 Stockholm
+46 8 611 16 12
sturekatten.se

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Sturekatten is one of the city’s oldest cafés and bakeries. Housed in a 17th-century building just off of Stureplan travel back in time in this menagerie of kitsch heritage and old-world vibes. It also has a beautiful outdoor terrace in the summer.

Wienercaféet

Biblioteksgatan 6 - 8, 111 46 Stockholm
+46 8 684 23 850
wienercafeet.se

Peer into the glass wall of Wienercaféet, founded by Daniel Lindeberg, the Lindeberg of Michelin-starred Frantzen/Lindeberg restaurant, and witness bakers hard at work, perfecting pastries inspired by Vienna and Paris. Go for the classic kanelbulle or kardemummabulle, or the vaniljbulle — a vanilla-flavored take on the traditional buns filled with pastry cream. 

Lindeberg Bageri & Konditori

Orminge Centrum, 132 30 Saltsjö-Boo
+46 8 715 04 48
lindebergbageriochkonditori.se

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Lindeberg left Wienercaféet (above) to open Lindeberg Bakeri & Konditori, which uses organic ingredients and is aimed at creating high-quality, gourmet, fresh sourdough bread alongside an assortment of baked delights.

Green Rabbit Bakery

Tegnérgatan 17, 111 40 Stockholm
+46 8 20 46 26
greenrabbit.se

Green Rabbit Bakery, fika, stockholm, gourmet, foodie

Michelin-starred chefs Martin Berg and Mathias Dahlgren opened Green Rabbit Bakery in Stockholm’s Vasastan neighbourhood. Armed with a focus on using fresh ingredients and Swedish grains to produce freshly-baked rye bread, the quaint corner shop offers sesame rye and Danish rye, and Danish smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches), along with pastries perfect for fika.

K-Märkt

Karlavägen 100, 115 26 Stockholm
+46 8 466 88 90
kmarkt.se

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While K-Märkt prides itself on using seasonal ingredients and producing no waste, its cakes and pastries are the creation of Sweden’s leading confectioner - Daniel Roos. Designer of unique colours, shapes and pastries, these culinary delicacies simply pop from their glass display as your eyes travel along it.

Urban Deli

urbandeli.org

Urban Deli is a hip restaurant and market with numerous locations in Stockholm, serving cakes and coffee alongside their popular restaurants and delis. 

A journey to Stockholm is not complete without a peek at a slice of cake and a freshly brewed coffee – it’s fika time. And with so many cafés and bakeries to choose from, it’s a good thing fika happens every day.

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For another classic Stockholm delicacy set your coordinates to Ett Hem, designed by interior design legend Ilse Crawford and a cosy style den that is a true home away from home - probably, even nicer. 

EDITOR'S JOURNAL EDIT

If you’re travelling to Sweden's Stockholm be sure to have a peek at our Stockholm Design Guide, and for more on favourite foodie haunts bookmark our Foodie genre – full of culinary delights from Michelin-starred Roca Moo in Barcelona to Austrian zen at Hecht! and peek beyond Sacher into the world of luxe Austrian coffee houses - from classic to cool.

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