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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Cafe Kakmonstret – Umeå – My personal favorite!

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Cafe Kakmonstret is, hands down, my favorite cafe in town. It’s not right in the middle of centrum so it’s not usually over crowded but it’s definately not out of the way. Privately owned, this bakery/cafe is one of a kind and a great spot. The staff are really nice, the treats amazing, and the cafe itself is lovely. It’s a house turned into a cafe with connecting rooms.

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Cafe Kakmonstret means Cafe Cookie Monster in english. They make some of the most interesting desserts I’ve run into and they’re always amazing.

Gingerbread cheesecake, for example.

They also make the viol biskvi that rekindled my love of biskvi.

 

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It’s a family cafe so it has a back entrance with a ramp for baby carriages and one of the rooms is set up as a play room for kids. Despite this, it somehow manages to be a much quieter cafe than others I’ve been to.

It also has great chairs and a homey, super clean, bathroom.

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Because Kakmonstret is a bakery, they make all their own treats and you can order cakes and such to go. They also serve lunch foods if you’re looking for something more substantial.

I’m pretty sure, if I were to live in a cafe, it would be this one. It also turned out to be the prefect cafe for craftfikas, great lighting, great food, great staff.

 

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Barista – Umeå – Best Cookies!

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Barista is a cafe upstairs in MVG, a galleria in Umeå. It is not the only cafe in the building but it is the only on worth going to. The staff have been, in my experience, delightful and they have both treats and sandwhiches, as well as breakfast choices. They serve coffee, tea, lattes, smoothies and even iced coffees.

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Barista does have my favorite cookies in all of Umeå. I’m not sure where they get them from but they’re giant and soft.

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The downsides of Barista are, of course, that it’s located in a mall so it can get pretty loud with foot traffic and they don’t have their own bathrooms, as far as I’m aware.

They do have these cute plug ins on the table though if you’re phone is dying and you need an elecricity fix.

It can also be full on occassion so look for a seat before you order if you’re planning to take one.

I know Phong loves the coconut pie/cake creation here and they have these adorable little cupcakes too but I have trouble resisting a good cookie.

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