Malmö is home to plenty of bakeries, and choosing between them can be a little overwhelming. For traditional Swedish delicacies, sweet treats or freshly baked loaves, these are the best bakeries to try in Sweden’s third-largest city.
Bakeries are of huge cultural significance in Sweden, a country that breaks for fika (coffee and cake) every day at around 4pm. Bakeries are therefore an important part of any Swedish town’s DNA, and have become as essential to its residents as a pharmacy. They’re part of the community, serving fresh bread every morning to families and residents alike. Here is a selection of the best bakeries to try in this Swedish coastal city.
Based in the Västra Sorgenfri area of Malmö, Söderberg & Sara is located next to St. Pauli kyrkogård – an excellent spot to walk off too many sweet treats. It follows a similar ethos to many of the ‘New Nordic’ restaurants found in Malmö, as the bakery uses organic flour, local producers and even grows some fresh ingredients at its own farm. Per and Tilde, the team behind Söderberg & Sara, have created a menu of sourdough breads, cardamom buns and more, but you’ll also find wood-fired pizza. With such variation, you could spend a full day – or three square meals – at this bakery alone.
Hollandia is the oldest pastry shop in Malmö and was established in 1903, although it didn’t receive the name it has today until 1950, when the shop was decorated with furniture imported from Holland. This quintessentially European patisserie, for the past 100 plus years has been serving generations of Swedes at its central location. The menu of traditional Swedish treats can be enjoyed in the cafe’s decadent surroundings. Alternatively, order a takeaway and enjoy baked goods on the go as you explore its neighbouring attractions, including Raoul Wallenberg’s Park.
Located in the heart of Malmö, Leve is a sustainable vegan bakery that uses organic flour, green energy and exclusively plant-based products. Central to everything Leve does is fermentation, as sourdoughs are made in the traditional way that creates a wet, complex dough full of flavour and health benefits. The bakery is a hive of activity, as the owners have made the innovative decision to bake throughout the day, instead of late at night. The bakery also runs crash courses for those looking to perfect – or just start from scratch – their bread-making skills.
If you’re itching to try a traditional Prinsesstårta ‘Princess’ torte (a Swedish sponge cake filled with jam and cream, and then topped with marzipan), Mormors Bageri is the best spot to sample this delicacy. This family-run business is named in honour of the owners’ grandmother, ‘Mormors’. There’s an extensive range of traditional Swedish pastries created from family recipes, and a few European variations, which can be found at any of its two central locations.
Starting in 2015, this two-man operation had a goal to make sourdough bread as healthily and as close to nature as possible. Working closely with local producers, this bakery strives to make environmentally friendly baked goods. As is the style of the time, Bagaren och Bonden regularly uses fermentation in their bakes. Their sourdough is sometimes left to ferment for two days before baking, and yeast is never added. Located at the east end of Kungsgatan, it’s the ideal spot to pick up a flaky, sourdough croissant as you stroll back through the park and into town.
Malmö is a dynamic and multicultural city, and as such, its restaurants, cafes and bakeries reflect that. This traditional Middle Eastern bakery is a firm favourite with Malmö’s residents and sells traditional baklava, though it’s famous locally for their sesame bread. Located in the culturally diverse neighbourhood of Möllevången, the bakery is opposite a lively marketplace and is within walking distance to Folkets Park.
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