National Waffle Day (‘Väffeldagen”) in Sweden is celebrated on March 25th every year. This tradition officially dates back to the 1700s but some evidence of waffle irons also comes from the Viking Age. The original Swedish waffles are a bit thinner and crispier than the well-known Belgian waffles. They are typically served with jam and whipped cream. So yummy!! 😋
This article is an appreciation post of the waffles I’ve had in Sweden and it includes tips on where to find some nice waffles.
The first time I had waffles in Sweden was last year in May. The weather was getting super nice (about 14-18 degrees Celsius), so we decided to go on a biking trip. We cycled for about 8 km, a bit outside of the city of Skövde and found a lake called Simsjön. By the lake was a cute coffee place owned by an older couple. The waffles were only for SEK 40 and we were able to play mini golf (from the 1950s) completely for free. What a cool find!
Jenny Gelato, Skövde
My second tip is to buy waffles for someone as a birthday gift. If they have sweet tooth, they’ll love it! I bought waffles at Jenny Gelato in Skövde for SEK 69 and they were spectacular with Nutella and bananas. Definitely worth it!
One day I decided to go on a solo trip to Gothenburg. The weather was so good and I had not been to the city before, so it was time. I first visited the City Museum (which is free for students) and then I took a walk in the park. Suddenly I ran across a place called Våfflor and Crepes. It was a little but cosy café and I could not resist. I sat down and ordered chocolate waffles with Nutella and fruits. These were for SEK 79, so a bit more expensive for my taste but they were so yummyyy!
So I sat outside, peacefully watching people pass by, enjoying my waffles. What a great moment!
Since then I’ve been to Gothenburg many times. One special trip was when we decided to visit Stora Delsjön, a bit outside the city center. There is an option to go on an 8 km hike around the lake or to sit on one of the benches. There are even fireplaces with grills and wood prepared. Near the lake is this little cottage called Kaffestugan Lyckan where they sell hot chocolate, waffles, and other desserts! They were for SEK 69 with hot chocolate included! Definitely worth stopping by on your visit to Gothenburg.
I also recommend going for a brunch with friends. There are many places in Sweden that serve delicious brunches and it is a nice way to spend time with people. I went to Brunchoteket recently with my friends and we shared this waffle for SEK 69 as a dessert together. It was a very nice waffle and a very nice café.
The problem is that the café is also pretty popular, so it gets crowded sometimes. We got lucky but we were surprised how many people were standing outside in a queue to get in. So if you pick this place, make sure to come early!
On our recent trip to the North of Sweden, we visited the Luleå archipelago. If you’d like to read more about the trip, visit my post called Winter trip to Luleå. Every winter in Luleå, the sea around the archipelago freezes and the city creates an ice track on the frozen sea. The ice track is sometimes up to 10 km long! You can choose to ice skate or try kick-sledding (completely free).
About halfway through the ice track, you can make a stop on one of the islands to get hot chocolate and waffles. The waffles cost about SEK 50 and although they are quite small, it’s a really nice treat on a cold winter day.
Those are all my waffle experiences in Sweden so far. Share in the comments any recommendations of your favourite waffle places or photos of some delicious waffles you’ve tried! We can all inspire one another on this special National Waffle Day!