If you’re wondering who is this girl and how the heck would she know about the best pastries in Copenhagen and Stockholm? Then let me catch you up to speed. I got married in the beginning of September and we went on our honeymoon to Copenhagen and Stockholm for 8 days! While my husband, Mike, was mainly interested in seeking out viking history and relics, I had different purposes in mind. Mainly what I’d been calling to myself and friends as “European Pastry Tour 2019”. My main interest in my honeymoon was seeking out awesome bakeries (or bageri in Denmark) and trying different culture’s traditional pastries. And documenting it for all of my friends on the internet to see, of course.
So before I get into it, let me preface by saying that I’m sure there are many many more places that I’ve missed here. I’m sharing what I tried and what I loved, but I know that there are places not shared here that are also phenomenal. Many of the bakeries I tried were found via google, social media, or friend recommendations. Second, while I mainly focused on pastries, I will also include some awesome coffee shops/cafes or great food joints that were just too good not to share. Okay, let’s get into it!
Our first stop on the pastry tour was in Copenhagen, Denmark. I was able to try out 4 bakeries here and they did not disappoint.
Holm is a bakery in a very busy “tourist-y” shopping area of the city. For my American readers, me and my husband called it the “Times Square” of Copenhagen. It had a great selection of traditional danishes, assorted pastries, and fresh baked breads. Mike got a Danish cinnamon roll and I chose a vanilla custard danish. The cinnamon roll was closer to an American version, rather than the traditional Swedish roll. The custard danish was very buttery and flaky. Very different from any grocery store variety you’ve probably had before.
Brød was probably Mike and I’s favorite bageri in Copenhagen. This place was much more mellow and straightforward. But their bakes were incredible and they had a huge selection of fresh baked bread against their back wall. I wish we would’ve gotten a loaf, but it just didn’t make sense for us (sigh). We tried out a chocolate croissant, a citrontærte, and a pastry I don’t remember the exact name for but was a sort of strawberry pistachio pastry. The citrontærte was both of our favorites. It was very similar to a lemon meringue tart, but a handheld version. The torched meringue on top was to die for and the lemon curd was a perfect balance of sweet and tart. So good.
Sankt Peder’s Bageri
We stopped by Sknt Peder’s on our last morning in Copenhagen for breakfast while we were heading up to the Rosenborg Castle. This bakery was smaller and had a very cozy vibe. The seating was all floor cushions and it was full at 9 am. I chose to get a tebirke here, a traditional Danish pastry I had seen everywhere but hadn’t tried. A tebirke is a hollow roll, with crossaint-type flaky layers. In the middle is a type of custard and the top is coated in poppy seeds. I’ll be honest, while the pastry wasn’t unenjoyable, it wasn’t for me. The coating of poppy seeds was a weird contrast with the sweetness of the custard for me. But I don’t regret trying it!
Cakenhagen was a bakery we stumbled across while in Tivoli Gardens, and it just had the cutest name that we had to try it. Mike chose a unique dessert called a Tivoli Cake, which was a shortbread biscuit on the bottom with a mound of whipped cream and topped with a mini vanilla cake. I got a slice of a rhubarb crisp pie. As you all know, I am a big fan of rhubarb so it did not disappoint. The atmosphere here made the bakery very enjoyable. I mean, we ate our dessert while watching peacocks walk by! So fun.
Coffee & Food
A few honorable mentions if you’re headed to Copenhagen and are looking for places other than bakeries to eat at. Two cafe’s that we went to for coffee and Danish brunch that were great was Risteriet and Mad & Kaffe. Both had very cozy vibes and good breakfast plates.
There were two food places we went to multiple times because we loved them so much. The first was Tivoli Food Market. Attached to the gardens, the food market had about 15 different gourmet food stands with amazing food!
The second food recommendation is hands-down our favorite place we ate on our entire trip, War Pigs. Located in Vesterbro, the meat packing district, this restaurant had some of the best BBQ food I’ve EVER had. No exaggeration. It was so incredible we went there twice. Highly, highly recommend!
Fabrique was the first bakery we stopped at in Stockholm, on our way to checking into our Air BNB. Here we tried our first traditional Swedish cinnamon roll and a traditional kokosbollar. A Swedish cinnamon roll is definitely different than the American ones I am used to. It is a more dense knot of dough with a thin sugar glaze over top of it. But it does still have that amazing caramelized cinnamon mixture in the middle that we all know and love! A kokosbollar is a simple, yet delicious fudgy chocolate ball rolled in coconut flakes. If you like coconut, you should definitely give it a try!
While the bakes that we tried at Fabrique were good, it was overall pretty underwhelming. It was probably our least favorite bakery in Sweden.
Johan & Nystrom
Johan & Nystrom is a cute coffee shop/bakery in Sweden that we stopped at on our morning walk. Here we tried our first cardamom bun and got (another) Swedish cinnamon roll. A cardamom bun has some similarities to the cinnamon roll in structure. They are both dense knots of dough covered in a sugared glaze. But a cardamom bun is infused with the cardamom spice throughout the dough and was topped with fresh cracked cardamom. It was a very fragrant/floral tasting pastry. I was familiar with the spice from drinking tea in the past, but this dessert took that flavor and really packed a punch with it!
Okay, so MR CAKE was probably our absolute favorite bakery we visited! It was definitely a more “western-ized” bakery but they had a great mix of traditional and modern bakes. My favorite item that I tried was definitely their red velvet croissant, which is the pastry they’re most known for. It was AMAZING. It mainly wowed me because they managed to stuff cream cheese frosting in the middle of it! I have been thinking about how they managed that ever since. If you want to visit a trendy, Instagram worthy bakery, definitely visit MR CAKE!
Vete-Katten was a great “old-fashioned” Swedish bakery that we visited on the last day of our trip. It is styled in a 1920’s fashion and has a wonderful classic feel to it. Fun fact, it has been in operation since the 1920’s! Mike ordered a little fudge cake which delicious and densely fudgy. I got the Klassik Budapest roll. This roll was surprisingly delicious! It had a crumbly crust and was filled with fresh whipped cream and mandarin oranges! The oranges were a surprise while I was eating it, but it was truly delicious. One of my favorite baked goods I tried while abroad.
Coffee & Food
The best coffee we had on our trip was definitely Joe & The Juice. It’s actually in both Stockholm and Copenhagen! It’s one of the larger coffee chains of Scandinavia. It has great vibes, the coffee is great (and with alternative milk options!), and it also is a juice bar! We really enjoyed this place.
We also went to a few great restaurants while in Stockholm. The most fun one was called Aifur. My husband wanted to go here because it was a viking-age themed restaurant, with long table seating, live music, and “historically accurate” food. It was a ton of fun and loud, but it was a very cool place to check out. I mean, every time someone is seated at a table, the host blows a horn and announces you (I was totally embarrassed when it was our turn).
We also checked out Meatballs for the People, and got a great traditional Swedish meatball spread, with four different types of meat (FYI, reindeer is not for me). And finally, we got our last meal (clearly craving home food at this point) at Flippin’ Burgers, a cool 80’s themed diner with killer burgers and fries. Sometimes you just need a taste of home, you know?
Finally, I felt like I couldn’t end this post without talking about Fika. Fika is a Swedish term that essentially means a time to slow down and enjoy coffee and a treat. It embodies coziness, friendship, and appreciation for your day. I am all for anything that celebrates taking a break and enjoying some good coffee! I wish we practiced a culture of slowing down and taking breaks here where I live, in America. It was honestly one of my favorite things about Sweden.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post! If you have questions or are traveling to either of these countries soon feel free to chat with me in the comments!