Sweden | Fika Time

Sweden | Fika Time

Kanelbullar_Bageriet_Sandhamn_Sweden

If there’s a bakery in my midst, I’ll find it.  Bread is, hands down, my favorite food type – and the exquisite aroma of fresh baked bread has led me into pâtisseries in France, panaderías in Spain, panificios in Italy – and into this delightful bageriet in Sandhamn, Sweden.

I followed my nose (and, yes, the hand-painted sign) to Sandhamn’s one and only bakery.

bageriet_Sandhamn_Sweden

The sun went under a cloud and rain fell, as my significant other and I queued up with the locals who were stopping for their morning fika – that’s Swedish for coffee break. 

I stood on tiptoe to try to peek inside.  Significant Other gave me the “stand still” look.  (I get excited about these things.)

bageriet_Sandhamn_Sweden

Once we got close, I couldn’t help but notice the charming enameled sign posted next to the door – I’m a sucker for great graphics and they’re everywhere in Sweden. 

The bakery’s name is followed by the subtitle, “bröd kultur.”

Bread culture. 

I knew I liked this place.

bageriet_sandhamn_sweden

Inside, the bageri was every bit as charming as I knew it would be. The cozy space had walls painted fresh minty green, a glossy white ceiling, and a pink and white checked floor. 

bageriet_sandhamn_sweden

Rosy-cheeked girls in white t-shirts and ticking striped aprons looked like they had stepped out of a J Crew ad. 

bageriet_sandhamn_sweden

The highlight was, of course, the awe-inspiring baked goods, which were artistically displayed on every surface.

Rows of tiny fruit tarts, fresh out of the oven, lay cooling on the marble counter.

fruit tarts_bageriet_Sandhamn_Sweden

Inside glass cases were tarts filled with apples, and almonds, and all manner of sugar-y sweet treats.

bageriet_Sandhamn_Sweden

IMG_3036

Tiny cakes dusted with snowy sugar were assembled atop a cake stand.

bageriet_sandhamn_sweden

Arranged on another cake stand were golden “raspberry caves” – little cakes filled with raspberry jam.

raspberry caves_bageriet_sandhamn_sweden

And let’s not forget the kanelbullar – Sweden’s famous cinnamon buns.  Some are flavored with cardamom, others filled with custard…

bageriet_sandhamn_sweden

IMG_3038

…but my personal favorite is the classic cinnamon twist, always sprinkled with crystals of coarse sugar.  (That’s mine in the first photo of the post.)

bageriet_sandhamn_sweden

Behind the counter were shelves and baskets of crusty bread in a variety of shapes and sizes.

I satisfied my craving by taking photographs of all.

bageriet_sandhamn_sweden

IMG_3047

IMG_3051

When I finally emerged from the bakery with my kanelbullar and coffee in hand, the sun had come out.

I joined Significant Other among the locals, at one of the tables outside the bakery – close enough to go back in for seconds. 

Which I did.

I love fika time.

bageriet_sandhamn_sweden

There is 1 comment for this article
  1. Christi at 8:02 pm

    Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread…and to be led into such a gem of a shop!  What could be better?  Loved this post!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *