I had to work a bit to find this bakery, though it's just a stone's throw from the Lund Cathedral, the city's most well known landmark.
It was my first time in Sweden during Easter time, so I was eager to try some seasonal baked goods, but I knew I had to practice patience. When bakery hunting abroad, the trick to finding the local favorite baked good source is to refrain from tasting at the first few bakeries that you see. Keep looking in the storefront windows, and step inside if you need to survey the scene more closely. But never, I repeat never, hand over your Swedish kroner until you're sure you've found the right one. While Scandinavian bakeries tend to be impressively consistent, you can only try so many rich, traditional Swedish baked goods in one day, and you should try the best versions you can find. So look for the clues relied upon by every good bakery hunter: try to spot a bakery with a steady line of people. Lots of traffic is usually a key sign that you're on the right track to get the finest kanelbuller kroner can buy. And when in doubt, look for full bellies and satisfied expressions.
Like many other businesses in town, St. Jakob's fills its windows with the traditional Easter birch branches decorated with colorful feathers.
Mazarin and croissants, with lovely loaves of bread in the background
While I feared for the clumsy customer who might knock these over, I embraced their lack of counter space as a sign that they keep the fresh baked goods coming!
Mini semlor, a seasonal treat with cream and almond paste
Thanks to the people of St. Jakob's, who offer not only great tasting baked goods, but a cozy, inviting space where it feels automatically possible to be a local in Sweden, if only for a day.