Fettisdagen, or Shrove Tuesday, is fast approaching! This year it’s on March 1 and everybody knows what that means – delicious, sweet semla! For those of us who can’t wait until Fettisdagen to begin stuffing our faces, the amazing bakeries of Stockholm have already started selling them. Any good bakery in Stockholm will sell you a semla in the run-up to Lent, but the places on this list really hit the spot with their delicious bakes.
1. Café Pascal
📍Norrtullsgatan 4, 113 29
📍Skånegatan 76, 116 37
The delicious treats at Café Pascal are incredibly special and pretty unique. This year they have ‘cremla’, semla buns made with croissant dough, which makes them super-flakey and helps to disperse the cream. So, you’ll find delicious flavour in every bite, between every layer of dough.
2. Vallentuna Stenugnsbageri
📍Allévägen 6, 186 39 Vallentuna
If you have a hankering for classic semla then you can’t beat those offered at Vallentuna Stenugnsbageri. Sure, it’s not really in Stockholm, based in Vallentuna, but their delicious semlor are definitely worth traveling for. You can also pick up a vanilla bean semla bun here, and if you’re not peckish enough to eat a full one then you can also buy a mini semla.
3. Liselotte Hembageri
📍Norrtullsgatan 11, 113 29
This lovely family bakery is a must-visit if you’re in the neighbourhood, near Odenplan. The recipe is classic and you can tell that it’s been around for a long time. If you value the little hats on top of the cream (which I do), then you will love this place. Honestly, the hats make everything less messy.
📍Karlavägen 77, 114 49
Last year Tössebageriet sold the most incredible semla wraps, which is pretty far from the traditional semla bun. However, they were delicious and really easy to eat on the go, proving that you don’t have to cover your hands in cream and icing sugar to enjoy a delicious semla.
5. S:t Pauls Bageri
📍Sankt Paulsgatan 24, 118 47
Fancy a vegan semla? Head down to S:t Pauls Bageri and you won’t regret it! These moreish, delectable semla buns are just one of the amazing options available at the bakery, so go and munch your way through the options!
📍Kungsgatan 55, 111 22
📍Vasagatan 22T, 111 20
📍Klarabergsgatan 50, 111 21
📍Hamngatan 37, 111 53
Got a gluten-free diet? Vete-Katten has you covered. You can also order semla with or without almond paste, in case you’re not a fan of it. These bakeries are really pretty and you’ll almost certainly want to enjoy your bun inside.
📍Götgatan 92, 118 62
You can taste Valencia in these delicious semla buns from Gunnarsons. With almond cream and tasty almonds from Valencia, they bring the Mediterranean to Stockholm.
8. Magnus Johanssons Bageri & Konditori
📍Lugnets Allé 7, 120 65
Blueberry cream semla? Yes please, I’ll have 10. These delicious creations come from Magnus Johanssons Bageri & Konditori, where there’s some serious semla magic going on. We don’t want to know how they do it, we just want to eat it.