The Traditional Swedish Food I Can’t Wait to Eat

In a few weeks I’m off to Stockholm for the first time, very excited. I’ve wanted to go to Sweden for ages. When I was about 15 our drama class did an exchange with a class from Gothenberg in Sweden, having them over was so much fun. But our teacher was lazy and didn’t bother organising for us to go there. I can still remember her smiling as she gave us the news we wouldn’t be going as we were all so excited about it. She was a weird one.

– Post written in collaboration with Visit Sweden


But anyway, the opportunity is now there, thanks to the TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conference and my flights and accommodation are booked. So now I’ve started to look to what I’ll be eating. One of my most favourite things about travelling is the chance to try so many different foods from around the world and to fully immerse myself into the cuisine of the country. I’ve been going all out lately.

I love any kind of fish for food and in Sweden I’m expecting lots of pickled herring. This video from Visit Sweden makes me want it even more. I want to replicate that BBQ at the end with my friends while I’m there.

Bread in Sweden

I’m also excited for all the breads in Sweden. Bread is my catnip. I love the stuff and don’t actually buy it to have it around because I know I’ll eat it all. They’re big on their crispbreads over there but it’s the soft dough and crunchy crusts that I want to devour. Apparently there’s a whole ‘tiny bakery’ movement with bakers taking the recipes back to basics and setting up little shops to literally have a bake off.

More food in Sweden

Other foods I’m looking forward to sampling include the pancakes, which are apparently served with pea soup as a speciality on a Thursday. I’ll find out why. And Kanelbulle, which is a cinnamon bun, and apparently the national food of Sweden – who knew? Definitely going to be trying that with my morning coffee.

Food in Sweden

I keep reading about how Lingonberries are also super popular there (love berries), and best served with a pancake.

There’s apparently a famous cake called a Prinsesstårta, that I’m going to have to try if only for the inevitable Instagram photo. It was named after the Swedish Princesses in the 1920s, because they loved the look of it so much.

Cake in Sweden

And I’ve heard a rumour, that I’m definitely going to investigate, that you can even get bread ice cream in Sweden. Would that be nice? Only one way to find out!

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