Sweden: Gluten Free Breakfasts

One thing I truly loved about our trip to Sweden was the gluten free breakfasts in our hotels.

I’d emailed the hotels in advance to see if they could offer gluten free breakfasts. Yes, came the reply, just ask your waitress.

So I did.

On the first day I got this:

On the second day I got this:

On the third day I got this:

Much as I love an omelette when I stay in hotels (why do they taste so good when someone else makes them?!), it was great to eat these gluten free treats. I absolutely loved the cinnamon buns and the cinnamon swirly things. The waitress told me the flat round bread was a type of Swedish tea cake. They were so tasty with jam, a cross between a muffin and sweet roll. Each day I took the extra items I couldn’t eat back to the room for later. Well, you wouldn’t want to waste such gluten free gorgeousness, would you?

On the 4th day we had travelled by train to the southern Swedish town of Lund in preparation to fly back from Copenhagen. I got these gluten free rolls:

Slightly less exciting than the gluten free spread I enjoyed in Stockholm but nonetheless impressive the hotel was able to offer them at all.

This just goes to prove the old adage: If you don’t ask, you don’t get (at least in Sweden)!


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  1. Monika
    January 11, 2012 / 12:30 pm

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your gluten-free dining in Sweden.
    Looking at the photos I think you had the following.
    Breakfast day 1: Kanelbulle – cinnamon bun from Fria and Grova – fibre rich dark sliced loaf enriched with linseed and a hint of caraway from Fria
    Breakfast day 2 and 3: Kanelbulle and Grova from Fria, Kanelgiffel – cinnamon roll also from Fria, Tekaka – Swedish style flatbread tea cake also from Fria.
    The cripsbread is from Wasa.
    I don’t recognize the rolls you had on the train to Lund. But I am very impressed that you got such an amazing choice of gluten-free breads in Sweden!!

    • January 12, 2012 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks, Monika! I suspected the fantastic breakfast selection included several Fria items. We went to the basement food store in the Ahlens City department store and we saw LOTS of Fria products in the freezer section in there which we matched back to my breakfast items.

  2. Monika
    January 12, 2012 / 10:30 pm

    I admire your thorough research! I’m off to Sweden on Sunday and plan to A LOT of Kanelbullar (= Cinnamon buns) while over there!

  3. Betty van Steeden
    January 14, 2012 / 3:09 pm

    I really wished for a moment a lived in Sweden. It looked great and made me hungrey

    • January 28, 2012 / 3:08 pm

      Thanks for commenting! I get hungry every time I look at these posts….mmmm cinnamon buns!

  4. Sarah Howells
    February 12, 2012 / 9:55 pm

    Amazing – are there any hotels you would reccommend? Actually seriosuly considering a trip to Sweden now! x

    • February 27, 2012 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks very much Monika for the recommendations in Stockholm.

      Sarah – We stayed here http://www.radissonblu.com/waterfronthotel-stockholm

      I’d normally stay in a smaller hotel, such as the one recommended by Monika, but we went over New Year and they were offering a really good rate.

      Definitely take a trip to Sweden, I thoroughly enjoyed our trip!

  5. Monika
    February 12, 2012 / 10:23 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    You’ll find that 99% of all hotels in Sweden will cater really well for gluten-free. My personal favourite hotel in Stockholm is Hotell Tegnerlunden. If you tell them when you book that you’d like a gluten-free breakfast they’ll serve you your very own little breakfast basket!! But as I said: pretty much ALL hotels in Sweden are good for gluten-free! http://www.hoteltegnerlunden.com/home.aspx

  6. Mici
    August 27, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    I can also recommend Mayfair Hotel Tunneln in Malmö (south of Sweden), when you ask for gluten free bread they provide a tasty roll which they toast separately if you’d like. And so much of their breakfast is gluten free!
    And one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had here in Sweden was at Varbergs Stadshotell. A whole little table for us gluten free people! With just different breads and stuff!

    • August 27, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      Great, thanks so much for the tips! I’ve loved visiting Sweden (was in Stockholm over Easter this year), hope to visit again soon!