When it comes to kanelbullar in Stockholm, there’s an abundance of options. Some are famous, while others come highly recommended by locals. However, this time, we decided to do things differently. We patiently waited until other media and trend-setters revealed their favorite kanelbulle, and then we embarked on a mission to try out the absolute best of the bunch in 2023.
#1: The Crown Goes to Bergstrands Bageri
Location: Frejgatan 46A, Vasastan
Bergstrands Bageri clinched the top spot this year, and it’s easy to see why. Their kanelbulle is a bit larger than the average, adorned with almonds on top and the traditional pearl sugar.
What makes Bergstrands Bageri’s kanelbulle truly outstanding is the perfect blend of flavors that runs throughout the entire pastry. From the very first bite to the very last, you’ll experience an explosion of tastes – almonds, cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, and just a hint of cardamom. Missing out on this kanelbulle is simply not an option.
#2: Pocket Café by Pontus
Location: Gjörwellsgatan 30, Stockholm
If you find yourself near Gjörwellsgatan 30 in Stockholm, make a beeline for Pocket Café by Pontus. Their kanelbulle boasts an average size, a visually appealing presentation, and an irresistibly fluffy texture.
This kanelbulle is a flavor-packed delight, especially if you’re a fan of cinnamon. It’s juicy, sweet, with a subtle touch of cardamom. Perfectly paired with a nice cup of tea, it’s a must-try treat.
Location: Valhallavägen 174, Östermalm
Vallhallabageriet has been a long-standing tradition for locals and comes highly recommended to tourists visiting the area.
Their kanelbulle dazzles with an eye-catching presentation, an average size, and a fluffy texture. The flavor experience is characterized by moistness, softness, and a consistent taste that permeates every bite. While the cinnamon flavor isn’t overpowering, its sweetness shines through. If you’re in the vicinity, don’t miss the chance to savor this kanelbulle.
#4: Lillebrors Bageri
Location: Rörstrandsgatan 12
Lillebrors Bageri’s kanelbulle has been topping our list for several years in a row.
Now this is definitely one of the best kanelbullar 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!
Vetekatten shares the common trait of exterior beauty with others on our list. It offers an inviting, decently-sized kanelbulle.
This kanelbulle boasts a substantial concentration of cinnamon in the middle, along with a subtle cardamom aftertaste. While it may not be the juiciest, its sweetness is a standout feature. If you appreciate the unique charm of a drier kanelbulle, Vete-Katten should be your next stop.
In this delightful journey through Stockholm’s kanelbulle scene, we’ve uncovered a diverse range of flavors and experiences. Whether you prefer a juicier and sweeter delight or a drier, spicier treat, Stockholm has a kanelbulle to suit every taste.
All photos by Karen Lundquist