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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Mekka – Umeå

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Umeå has some pretty amazing cafes and bakeries and I realized that I have quite a few pictures from them, so I’m going to do a few posts to show them off! I’ve been visiting most of these cafes off and on for the past five years.

Mekka is a great bakery and spacious cafe with an amazing selection of treats. It’s a little more pricey than the other cafes in centrum but it’s also open when the others aren’t, which I really appreciate sometimes.

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If you’re not familiar with Swedish bakeries, these are some of the usual suspects in pastries.

IMG_20141231_110739Oh! One of the reasons I have a soft spot for Mekka is their biskvi (The round ones to the bottom left). Usually, a biskvi has some sort of chocolate buttercream inside. I’ve described this to friends as an entire cake condensed down into one, seemingly average, cookie. Another cafe, Kakmonstret, made a viol biskvi that I fell in love with and have since been on the hunt for more oddly flavored biskvi. Mekka, to my delight, makes a strawberry and a lemon and they are amazing!

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They have food as well as desserts.

The lattes are not always consistant in size. Sometimes it’s tall, sometimes it’s short. I don’t know what’s up with that because I always order a large.

Swedish brownies are unamazing. Just get a kläddkaka, it’s their brownie and it’ll blow your mind if you’re a chocolate lover. (That’s really just something to know about all Swedish cafes.)

It’s on the first floor and has plenty of room if you’re pushing a baby carriage.

The staff is delightful.

The bathroom is not.

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Christmas Round TWO!

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Yes, I can make caramel corn. Sometimes it turns out better than other times and for the most part I don’t burn myself anymore.

julblog4Phong and I went down to Umeå for Christmas and New Years and we had a great time. The tree and everything was already decorated when we got there and had a nearly obscene pile of presents under it considering we’re a group of adults.

A lot of Swedish things have really grown on me over the years, including glögg- a sort of wine that’s served hot and in tiny cups, and julmust- a christmas soda of which I only seem to like one brand but I do like it enough to make up for any dislike of the others.

But Swedes have a tradition of watching a set of cartoon clips that are replayed at the same time on Christmas Eve every year. The same clips. Every year. With a couple of new ones on the end. I’m not really a fan of this because, well, most of them aren’t even christmasy!

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I tried a new cake recipe and it turned out pretty good. It was a snickerdoodle cake! It really smelt like snickerdoodles when it was baking too.

We had a really great time. Ate quite a bit of sweets and watched some good movies and shows with family. We also started playing a charades game with a tablet that turned out to be really funny. I hope everyone else had as great of a holiday break as we did!

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Phong Time Travels – aka – Västerbotten Open Air Museum!

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If you’re ever visiting Sweden and find yourself in Umeå, check out the Västerbotten Open Air Museum. It’s a great collection of buildings (Swedish as well as Sami) and it’s free. You get to wander around and take a look at the amazing exhibits.

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On this occasion, I got to take my mom and my aunt and there was even a crafters market going on on the paths between the buildings.

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I convinced Phong to knock on this tiny door and we both kind of freaked ourselves out thinking about if something were to knock back. I should explain that we watch a nearly grotesque amount of horror flicks. Nothing knocked back. But how great would it be if something had?

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The little red house to the right was an outhouse and according to the plaque, it was called the “house of secrets”.

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Oh, and Phong tried out stilts!

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