If the aroma of freshly baked bread is what you look forward to every morning, then you can probably relate to this post. On the second day of our Stockholm stay, we made our way to Valhallabageriet AB to grab the famous Cinnamon buns (kanelbullar) right after having breakfast at our hotel. This beloved pastry is so popular that the locals dedicated 4th October to be National Cinnamon Bun Day in honour of their favourite sweet treat.
The overnight snow turned the whole city white as everything was coated in a blanket of wintery powder.
We were pretty lucky to arrive and secure a seat inside the tiny bakery with limited space. Worthy of special mention was the sweet pastel coloured and country-themed wall that made the place so homely.
There was a roll of numbered tickets right next to the entrance door and you have to tear a number for your turn.
Here’s our order of the signature Cinnamon Bun along with the Swedish coconut macaroon (kokostopp). As we typically associate coconuts as a tropical fruit, I was surprised to know that it is widely used in the Scandinavian countries pastries!
The freshly baked, aromatic cinnamon bun has a hint of cardamom (another surprise!) and covered with a dash of crystallised sugar on top. At this point I’m convinced that the European nations are so obsessed with spices that they started a spice war between the 15th and 17th centuries.
While we were still enjoying our fika moment over a cup of coffee in the shop, the crowd started to grow. While there were a number of customers who popped by for takeaways, the seats were also filled up quickly. As more customers took their seat in the shop, I also observed that the coffee served was refillable? Seems like that was also the case at Vette-Katten too.
Afternote: For filtered coffee lookout for sign “påtår ingår” (refill included), but the unwritten rule is limited to one refill.
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Since we are on the topic of bakeries, let me introduce to you a few iconic items to try at the breakfast buffet in Sweden.
If you like to start your mornings with a glass of fruit juice, you can try Rosehip Soup. But what is Rosehip? Turns out it is the accessory fruit of the rose plant. This is a Swedish classic soup/beverage which is the perfect winter drink as rosehips contain a lot of the vitamins C, D and E, calcium and antioxidants. It has a sweet/tart flavour which was pretty appetising.
Just like Dutch who call their mini pancakes Poffertjes, the Swedish people called their flat cake of batter Swedish pancakes. It is slightly thicker than crepes but not as fluffy as the McDonalds type (I used McDonalds as benchmark as I suppose the pancakes served at the fast food chain around the World should be about the same?).
Being in Scandinavia country meant having abundance supply of salmons~ So in love with the Cured Salmon (Gravadlax).
Finally the Swedish Kaviar in the classic toothpaste tubes is actually fish egg spread. Don’t confuse this kaviar-with-a-k with upmarket Caviar. The main ingredient for this iconic spread low grade cod eggs that is lightly smoked and seasoned with sugar and salt. Then it is mixed into a paste with potato starch, tomato paste and vegetable oil.
I’m including a photo of automatic juice dispenser cos it looks so sleek.
The most fun thing about our breakfast was the DIY waffles. =)
After breakfast we began our short exploration of Stockholm‘s subway stations which are filled with amazing artworks.
The T-Centralen (Central) station is one of the most famous subway stations in Stockholm. This station is a huge interchange hence has a network of linkways. It took us a while scurrying in the underground walkway like lost mice before finding these two spots.
Over at Stadion station, we were greeted by this rainbow once we alighted from the subway.
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