A traditional semla, this one from Konditori Kampanilen. Credit: Konditori Kampanilen

The traditional semla at Konditori Kampanilen

We will start with the classic, the traditional semla. At this time of the year, you can find the classic semla at pretty much every café in town, but we’re happy to give a shout out to the one at Konditori Kampanilen. Not only is it really tasty, but the café itself is very stylish and well worth a visit.

Coffee and semla together at last! Credit: Da Matteo

The coffee semla at da Matteo

Local coffee chain da Matteo is known for its great coffee, and they have found a way to combine their delicious semla with their coffee expertise. The coffee semla mixes espresso coffee with the almond paste, and the powdered sugar on top is replaced by cacao.

A match made in heaven! A cinnamon bun and a semla come together to form the kremla. Credit: Lilla Sur

The kremla at Lilla sur

Could really work? A cinnamon bun and a semla, together? Oh it works, it works just fine! The kremla at artisanal bakery Lilla sur east of the Gothenburg city centre has people queuing out the door!

A treat for all senses, the wienersemla. Credit: Mr Cake

The wienersemla at Mr Cake

While the combination cinnamon bun and semla is fairly unusual, the combination danish pastry (wienerbröd in Swedish) and semla has become quite popular, and you will find one of the better-looking options at Mr Cake down by Stenpiren near the river Göta älv. A treat for all senses indeed.

The semla at Cum Pane.

The artisanally semla at Cum Pane

The organic bakery Cum Pane, which you can find in both the neighborhood of Majorna and at the neighborhood of Olskroken in Gothenburg, has earlier had its semla named Gothenburg’s best by Sweden’s Bakers & Confectioners. This semla really has everything you expect and even more, and it is prepared artisanally with carefully selected and KRAV certified ingredients. Even the flour used is stone-milled!

A vegan semla at St Agnes at their previous location. Credit: Anders Storm

Vegan semla at Crippas café and St Agnes café

Everyone should be able to enjoy a semla, and if you are looking for vegan options then Crippas Café in the neighbourhood Majorna is a good place to start.

Kafe St Agnes at the Röhsska museum also has vegan (and gluten-free) semla, and at the plant-based patisserie Nova Bakery in Jonsered, you’ll find everything from the classic semla to the more experimental version of it.


The newcomer: Semlan at Wærnet

The relatively newly opened café Wærnet, located on the corner of Waernsgatan/Stockholmsgatan in Bagaregården, quickly became a name on Gothenburgers’ lips and is perhaps best known for its lovely porridge, good sandwiches and coffee. Their semla is also something that is guaranteed to echo across town, and is a must if you are in eastern parts of Gothenburg.

Brödfabriken in Jonsered

Should you happen to pass Jonsered just outside Gothenburg, a visit to Brödfabriken is a must. A classic semla is served here, with a slightly coarser almond mass that enhances the feeling of authenticity and home-baked.

Address: Fabriksstråket 27, Jonsered