How Swedes Celebrate Fat Tuesday



It’s that time of year again, when the Swedes celebrate Fettisdagen (The Fat Tuesday) or should I say, when Swedes stuff their faces with whip cream buns called ‘Semla’! They always make sure to have a bunch of Semla at work on Fat Tuesday and then everyone tries hard not to fall asleep right after Hahaha..


“Celebrate Fat Tuesday with us! Order already now!” Beautiful window displays of Semlor all over the city!

Semla or Semlor (plural) are available at one of the many bakeries or konditori around town, at grocery store where they are usually sold in packages of two or even at the
7-Eleven, which has some really nice desserts btw. Nothing like the 7-Elevens back home.

My first couple of years in Sweden, I always made sure to have one (or 2)… but I have since learned my lesson. Those buns can be quite filling!



They come in different sizes from mini to huge and they are all pretty delicious (and fatty lol)

Aside from the delicious whip cream, semla also have some vanilla and almond paste. The bun itself, of course, uses the spice, cardamom. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Swedish pastries…most of them use cardamom..which I and a few other expats decided we aren’t so fond of , now that we’ve realized how much Swedes like it in everything 😉


“Cream with love” Coffee and Semla only 30sek (which is about $4.50)


An evening view of the Göteborg canal on Fettisdagen

Happy Eating!
(Hope you enjoyed Fat Tuesday and celebrated with whatever food your heart desired!)


Extra Large Swedish Cinnamon Buns


20150922_213808The Swedish version of a cinnamon bun is called “Kanelbulle”. It’s a bit different from the cinnamon buns in North America.

For one, it has cardamom, which after living here for a couple years now, isn’t my favorite thing (but only because it’s in everything).

Swedish cinnamon rolls also have bits of sugar on top, like salt on pretzels, instead of icing. They aren’t as gooey as North American cinnamon buns either but the centre is pretty soft.

Kanelbulle can be found at convenience stores like 7 eleven and Swedish Pressbyrån, IKEA, and cafes and bakeries around the city.

A “Hagabulle” is an extra large version of the kanelbulle. It’s a special pastry found only in old town of Haga. It’s definitely something that you can share and when this pastry is baked really well and it should still be soft and easy to rip apart.


One of two cafes that I know of that sell Hagabullar in Haga, is Cafe Husaren. They have an amazing window display of the hagabullar and it always draws people in. It’s nice to bring visitors to the cafe and let them try this extra large Swedish cinnamon bun.


Look at all those Hagabullar


An old photo from one of our first visits to Haga in the winter.

Hagabulle is pretty delicious but it goes fast. If you visit the cafe in the afternoon they will often be sold out. It’s best to grab as a morning snack or for early afternoon fika (Swedish coffee break).

Cafe Husaren
Haga Nygata 28, Göteborg 411 22, Sweden