Cafe ~ Börje Olsson ~ Luleå

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My favorite thing to do is to go to a cafe. I love them. LOVE them. And Sweden has a seemingly endless number of adorable cafes. This one we found in Luleå!

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It’s adorable and they have their own porcelain set! I want to buy the cup! Next time we’re there I’m going to ask if they sell them. I’m pretty sure they don’t, but that’s how much I want one.

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The cafe itself was incredibly cute and welcoming and the staff really nice with a great sellection of treats. I had a vanilla latte and a lemon biskvi and Phong had a semla and hot soy milk (he doesn’t like coffee). They even foamed his milk!

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If you find yourself in Luleå, or anywhere near Luleå, find Börje Olssons! It’s worth it!

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Cafes in London

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That’s a strawberry marange cookie! It was amazing and I don’t even like marange. Oh, and my name isn’t Sharol.

While in London, Linn and I visited a handful of chain cafes for quick sugar boosts and breakfast. England had two of it’s own, Costa and Nero, and then of course Starbucks. Starbucks, we’d expected to be the same here as it is in the States and Sweden. As far as drinks and those fun surprise misspellings of names, it was! A few different treats, of course. But the actual cafes weren’t as cozy. The interior design was a little more like a Subway than a Starbucks as we’ve come to know them.

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Costa was the first one we tried for breakfast.

Tourist note: In Sweden hotels have AMAZING breakfast buffets that are included in your stay. If you’re used to this, you may be incredibly disappointed with London hotels. Ours offered breakfast but it was in a crowded, windowless dungeon and pretty much just a toaster machine with white bread and butter, some cereals and coffee. We’re spoiled, so we went to a cafe instead.

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I mean, look at that! Who would stay in a gloomy room fighting over toast when you could get this?

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Breakfast! We tried Costa twice (two different locations). The food was good but in both cases the staffs were incredibly unhappy and stressed and the coffee wasn’t very good.

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Which is a shame, because my latte was so big it had two handles.

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Nero ended up being our favorite. The staff was great, the coffee good, and they had scones with clotted cream just in time for Linn’s clotted cream love.

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We also tried Nero a couple times in different locations.

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And we really liked their cozy decor. We’re suckers for comfy chairs and wallpaper.

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In the end, for us, it was:

Nero – Yes.

Costa – No.

Starbucks – Drift through for frappuccinos. No, I do not live a healthy life when I travel.

 

All pictures of me were taken by the amazing Linn!

Upcoming posts: The POD and Travel in London.

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Nya Konditoriet – Umeå- Best Cocoa!

NKdownstairsNya Konditoriet was the first cafe Phong took me to when I came to visit Umeå in 2008. They have since remodeled the bottom floor but the cakes have always been this pretty. The bottom floor is a bakery, now with some seating areas too, but the cafe is upstairs. There is no elevator.

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The cake below was a marshmallow and raspberry mousse creation and the one on the right was chocolate.

nk2Upstairs is another case of pastries and sandwhiches. It’s one of my favorite cafes and right in the middle of town but it is often crowded and when I say crowded, I mean it. All the times I’ve been there when it’s full, I get this feeling like I need to hurry. Whereas I tend to sit long at other cafes and chat.

As mentioned, NK has my favorite hot cocoa in town.

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Mat och Prat – Umeå

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Mat och Prat is a cafe in the galleria Up2. They are not a bakery but they do serve hot lunch dishes and some very sugary coffees. It’s a nice cafe with great windows overlooking the main street in centrum.

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As you can see, I don’t seem to go to cafes for lunch. MatOPrat

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They have iced coffees as well as hot ones and usually come up with the more interesting ones. I heard that they had a gingerbread latte over christmas but we never managed to get there while I was in town.

As with other cafes inside of malls, they don’t have their own bathrooms and, in case you’re not from Sweden, the bathrooms will cost money to use. A good reason to keep some change on you at all times.

 

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Kafe Station – Umeå – Best Carrot Cake

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Kafe Station is a cafe down by the movie theatre. It is surprisingly large. It kind of just keeps going, so if you’re looking for a table, keep walking and you might find one.

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They have my favorite carrot cake in town. Be warned, the pieces are huge!

They also have a very clever set up in summer where you can take your coffee and treats in a basket with a blanket outside to sit in the park across the street.

This is a very popular family cafe in town and can get pretty loud.

Oh! And they have an icecream bar too. I’ve never tried it but I’ve been tempted on occassion. Unfortunately, icecream never wins over cookies and cake as far as I’m concerned.

You might have noticed by now that I also have a thing for lattes. They always have flavoring or sugar. I drink coffee as a dessert. I also love cocoa and will say that Kafe Station has a pretty good one.

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