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What to eat in Sweden?

Updated: May 8, 2023

Swedish cuisine is known for its simplicity and minimalism. It is often described as fresh, seasonal, and local but also includes dishes with international influences. The flavors are simple, but the dishes are cozy and work perfectly with the cold snowy winters.

Here we will introduce you to some of the most famous and delicious Swedish food you have to try while visiting this beautiful Scandinavian country.

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What to eat in Sweden?



This is the most popular dish in Sweden and it is also known as "kottbullar". It is usually served with mashed potatoes, cream sauce, and lingonberry jam. To try this amazing dish, you can also take a stroll down to your local IKEA.

What to eat in Sweden?

Shrimp Sandwich

You can see shrimp sandwiches in every coffee shop, bistro, and even gas station. Bread, shrimps, eggs, and mayonnaise are the main ingredients used to make this open-faced sandwich.

Pickled Herring

Surströmming is an infamous pickled herring that everybody has heard mixed stories about. It does have a very strong smell and has quite an unusual taste. The best way to eat it is to put a little bit on top of the flatbread.

What to eat in Sweden?

Sandwich cake

Not all cakes are sweet! Swedish sandwich cake is a savory and cold cake that also contains fish! It’s very common to use shrimps and salmon, which work perfectly together. This cake is also popular in Estonia, Finland & Iceland.

What to eat in Sweden?


Swedish Princess Cake

This marzipan cake contains whipped cream, raspberry jam, and layers of sponge cake. It’s delicious and super light, which makes it perfect to enjoy with coffee or tea. Traditionally the cake is covered with bright green marzipan and is topped with a pink marzipan rose and powdered sugar!

What to eat in Sweden?

Mud Cake

Very chewy and melty chocolate cake that is very easy and quick to make. You can find it in almost every cafe you pop into across Sweden, as it is one of the nation's favorite cakes! If you crave chocolate, this cake will definitely do the job, as it's chocolatey and rich!

What to eat in Sweden?

Saffron Cake

Swedish Saffron Cake is very popular to bake in the cold winter times. Saffron gives the cake a stunningly bright yellow color, that definitely catches everyone’s eye. The key to this cake is to use the right amount of saffron, as it is a strong spice that can be overpowering. This dessert is worth trying, as it has a very unique and cozy taste! If you would like to impress your friends at Christmas, we recommend you try to make this cake yourself, as it is very easy and doesn't take a long time to bake!

What to eat in Sweden?



Unlike Coca-Cola, this carbonated holiday beverage has a stronger Christmas taste. This beverage is available across Sweden's grocery stores beginning in November throughout the winter season. This drink is highly popular during Christmas dinner since everyone, regardless of age, enjoys it!


A thick and sour fermented milk drink. It's highly healthful and beneficial to your digestive system. You may drink it alone or add fruits and muesli to it and enjoy it as a breakfast or snack.

We hope the article about the food from Sweden made you consider visiting this beautiful country and trying out its cuisine! Follow us on Instagram @thewalkingparrot to be alerted when new articles are published!

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