You Can't Visit Sweden and Not Try A Kebab Pizza, Here's Why

Kebab pizza
Kebab pizza | © Michael715 / Shutterstock
Issy Häggström

Hub Writer

As Swedish as midsummer celebrations and ABBA is the affordable delicacy the kebab pizza. A guilty favourite of many both young and old, the kebab pizza isn’t reserved for late nights or groggy mornings after. It may very well be the folk hero of Swedish fast food, and that’s why you have to add it to your list of things to see and do when visiting Sweden.

Loved by over 40s

Swedish pizza

Is Swedish pizza even a thing, you ask? Certainly, it is. Since man first baked a flat-bread variety, pizza has been made the world over. Food tells the story of a people and the history of a place. This universal truth begins the story of the Swedish pizza evolution. Wonderfully versatile, the Swedish pizza is a melting pot of desires and appetites irrespective of conventional rules and nutritional value. Commonly available ingredients listed on the Swedish pizza menu include bananas, peanuts, shellfish, curry, bearnaise or garlic sauce. The pizzas are baked on thin crusts, occasionally in traditional Italian brick ovens, and never do they come already sliced. This fast-food item is quintessentially Swedish in its equal love of all and inclusivity of all tastes. The one Swedish pizza that wins over many hearts is the infamous kebab pizza.

Swedish kebab pizza with all the legendary toppings

A star is born

Swedish kebab pizza is a manifestation of migration history and socioeconomics. Turkish and Balkan families introduced the Kebab a close cousin of the Greek gyro – thinly sliced, spiced, processed meat served with fresh onions, Tzatziki sauce, pickled green peppers and lettuce in a wrap, sandwich bread or on a bed of fries. A kebab salad is available on most menus for the calorie-conscious and low-carb-diet follower. Serving the popular kebab dish on a pizza base is a natural, albeit surreal, development of folk food culture.

So however long you stay, no matter the weather, make time to experience this unusual pizza for yourself. As exotic food delicacies go, the kebab pizza is gentle on your wallet and easy on your palette. A friendly tip: don’t count the calories for that meal.

The evolution of pizza in Sweden

Fast-food kiosks serving the standard fare of pizza and kebabs are common in both urban centers and rural Sweden. As start-up businesses go, the costs are reasonably low and the kolgrill/pizzeria quickly became a favourite for newly arrived migrant families. The story according to Swedish celebrity chef Magnus Nilsson is that the first pizzerias opened in Sweden in the 1940s. With the invitation of migrant workers from southern Europe in the 1970s, the kebab shop arrived. When Balkan families arrived in the 1990s, they introduced the pizza salad, which is a sliced white cabbage doused in vinegar, salt and black pepper. Affordable and easily available, one is spoiled for choice with the kebab pizza. These days you can even find kebab pizza in your grocery store’s frozen-food aisle.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.