15. Le Violon Dingue
Olof Palmes Gata 12
We liked the sponginess of this bun and its fair cinnamon flavour. It tastes a little bit too much butter and of cardamon. The inside is a bit dry. From our point of view it had a sour aftertaste, we don’t really know why. We had to try this kannelbulle because it was very much recommended and Le Violon Dingue is famous for their baking, but it did not fulfill our expectations.
14. Albert & Jack’s Bakery & Deli
This bakery and café reminded us how much we love good customer service. They are so polite and welcoming. Their kanelbullar look like muffins, which was new. The bun is intense with cinnamon, almost spicy and with some cardamom. It has just the perfect amount of sugar in it. We thought the consistency of the dough was particularly interesting. It is not too stuffy but sort of light and a bit dry. Our recommendation is have one of their milky lattes with the bun, they’re really good!
13. Café Saturnus
When we heard that Saturnus had the biggest kannelbullar in Stockholm, we thought, right, this is a must see. But what we found when we got to this little and cozy French hideaway deep in Östermalm, was nothing like we had anticipated us. They were larger than the size of a hand! They were not kidding. The taste of the bun is super sweet with thick batter and a mild overall flavour of cinnamon.
12. Älskade Traditioner
So let’s start by saying that this bun has a very funky look, messy in a way, though we like it, it’s original. The outer layer has been hardened during the baking process, making it like a biscuit which feels nice to the bite in contrast with its spongy centre. The cinnamon concentrated in some of its parts adds a sandy texture, which is not a bad thing. The flavour is pleasant, very sweet and with lots of spicy cinnamon.
This is another oversized bun. One of the sweetest we had, since it has honey all around plus nib sugar and caster sugar sprinkled on top. It has a strong cinnamon flavour and a moist, almost juicy inside. They serve it with tiny bits of orange and the bun itself has a touch of citrus in its core, which is a clever idea, since the tanginess of the orange and the spiciness of the cinnamon go well together.
10. Åsö Konditori & Bageri
Here you’ll find a kanelbulle that ticks all the right boxes, though in a conservative way. Its looks are not so towering, its cinnamon flavour is not too overwhelming, its dough has a strong butter flavour. The centre is very creamy and the bun is spongy all around.
Stora Nygatan 6
A vegan kanelbulle, the only one on our list. It is so rich and delicious, that it makes you wonder if baking actually needs all that butter and milk. This bun is in a way a little bit like a pastry that reminded us of a millefeuille, with the outer corners of it kind of crispy and thin, but as you go on towards the centre, it becomes thicker, softer and moist. It has a lot of cinnamon which makes it spicy and it’s the only one we tried with glaze on top, which gives it a super sweet finish.
30kr eat in
28kr take away
Tössebageriet is a classic Swedish bakery, they have been behind the confection of both Crown Princess Victoria’s and Prince Carl Philip’s wedding cakes. The question than popped into our minds when we found out these facts, was how do the royal baker’s kanelbullar taste like? This is what we perceived: the buns have a compact consistency and concentrated cinnamon and butter flavours though not too strong, just the right amount. The quality of the dough is very special in this one, it has added cardamom, which renders it more delicious.
7. Petit France
John Ericssonsgatan 6
A very traditional kanelbulle, a very tasty and soft dough with a little bit of cardamom, honey and butter flavours at its best. Cinnamon is not so overwhelming in this bun. It’s size and looks are just perfect. We could eat it everyday and never get tired of it, especially sitting in the cozy atmosphere of this little French corner café, or if it’s a nice day, enjoying its outdoor sitting area.
Tastes like your grandma’s home-baked kanelbullar must taste. It’s juicy, buttery and nothing pretentious at all, just like it should be, kept simple. I should also mention that the staff at Vurma is so polite, the staff at every café in Stockholm should be this kind. They even warmed my cinnamon bun in the oven, before putting it on a plate and bringing it to the table, yummy!
5. Petrus Bageri
What a tasty bun do we have here, the dough is delicious and abundant in butter and honey flavours, with some almost unnoticeable cardamom. It did surprise us though, that the cinnamon flavours were also very much disguised with the honey in it. The sprinkled almond flakes on top also give it a special touch. The honey on top and the way the dough is wrapped around itself makes the outside layer kind of crispy.
Ringen Centrum, Skanstull
This little corner inside the newly refurbished Ringen food court, now called Teatern, offers the sweet creations of celebrated bakery master Daniel Roos. The buns we found here are the modern representation of the kanelbulle. What Daniel Roos has done to twist the traditional recipe, is that he has made the dough wrapping strips thinner and created little bundles in which the centre is like soft sponge layers with crispy outer layers. Little bits of almond have been sprinkled on top, and these blend very well with the concentrated and strong cinnamon and cardamom flavours. If you love the traditional kanelbulle, you should definitely give K-märkt’s refreshed version a try.
This is a bun that lacks nothing and has everything, done in the most traditional way: with mouth-filling cinnamon flavour, a little bit of cardamom and nib sugar. The dough is spongy and savoury with butter, which gives it also the right moisture. Its size is perfect and once you’ve eaten it, you want to have one more… honestly it’s addictive! We have to admit it’s one of our favourites. You can choose to buy your bun to take away or eat it in, sitting in a cozy environment in the two-floor café, or if it’s nice day, they do also have outdoor sitting.
2. Bakery & Spice
In order to describe this bun’s flavour, I would have to say that it has a very rounded and balanced layered taste, with perfect amounts of all the right things,: butter, sweetness, cinnamon and even a hint of vanilla. It’s crispy on the outside, perhaps enhanced by the whole almonds on its surface, which provide more flavour than almond bits and inside it’s all perfectly spongy.
And perhaps you should know that Bakery & Spice’s own baker Isabelle Lundin won the Young Bakers Award in 2016. Make sure you get there quite early, if you want to get yourself a cinnamon bun, because they sell out fast every day.
1. Lillebrors Bageri
Now this is definitely the best kanelbulle in town. Lillebrors has created a bun that is perfect on many levels. The dough is soft and moist, almost creamy in its core, with an amazing taste of butter, discrete cardamom, a perfect amount of cinnamon and sweetness. The almond flakes sprinkled on top round the flavour together with the honey and sugar. Also its size and looks are just as appealing. Describing the flavour of this kanelbulle in words is quite hard. It’s nothing less than absolutely delicious, it fills your mouth with delight. Lillebrors, we don’t know how you do it, but you’re doing it great… So keep doing it!
So now that you know where the best cinnamon buns in town are waiting for you, don’t fall for the temptation of local supermarket’s kanelbullar like these. Yeah ,they might be cheap, but look as little appealing as these and they’re by the way mass-produced with environmentally unfriendly palm oil.