Swedish Food in Toronto

swedish delivery goods
Looking for ingredients to make your scrumptious Swedish delicacies and treats? Here’s my list of where to find them! Due to the enormous protest against iKEA for switching the Swedish brands for their own name brand in the Swede Shop where they sell Swedish grocery items, we have to look elsewhere for Swedish goods. If you’re interested in hearing more about the movement to bring Swedish brands back to IKEA, check out an active Facebook page.

UPDATE! IKEA will temporarily sell some Swedish name brand foods like Marabou chocolate, Göteborgs cookies for the holiday season. Please read my post about this here.

I will update this list constantly, as I find things. I love searching for the hard-to-find! Please e-mail me if you’d like to add to this list…

LAST UPDATED December 20, 2016

What’s New?

I’ve finally had the chance to clean up this page and edit some information such as:

  • Hillside Cafe has closed down permanently.
  • Nortown Foods carries Prinskorv (beef cocktail wieners).
  • Danish Pastry House will open a location in the Union Station in Toronto!
  • Added where to find “Falukorv”, a close Swedish-style rye bread, Kesella and Brödsirap.

For info on Swedish Christmas food all across Canada, see my Setting Up a Swedish Christmas Table (Julbord) Here in Canada post! POST UPDATED DECEMBER 4, 2014


Groceries

Nortown Foods
Multiple locations in Toronto and North York

This is a primarily Jewish meat market and sells specialized cuts of meat and some European imported foods. You can find Prinskorv (cocktail wieners, unsmoked) and all kinds of sausages/wieners/meat products. The sausages here taste so much better than the ones you find at the normal grocery.


Yummy’s European Market
Multiple locations in North York and Maple (Vaughan)

This is a primarily Eastern European/Russian grocery store, but carry a lot of Scandinavian/Nordic products due to the similar climate and close proximity of the Baltic countries and Russia. It’s one of our favorite places to shop as they have a lot of delicious Russian ready-made foods, such as baked salmon, chicken kiev, stroganoff and dozens of delicious soups on the cheap (see freezer section!). They have an interesting selection of cheeses and deli meats (charkvaror). It’s not to be missed!

What You’ll Find: Frozen lingonberries (lingon), seabuckthorn berries (havtorn), rosehips (nypon), WILD European blueberries or what’s called “bilberries” (blåbär, the kind that really stain), raspberries (hallon) and WILD strawberries (smultrön), headcheese (presssylt), vanilla sugar (vanilljin socker), flavored cottage cheeses/cream cheese similar to Keso in Sweden, Danish and Norwegian cheeses, frozen Baker’s yeast (färskjäst), smoked fish, Kalles kaviar in a tube, bulk caviar (both the inexpensive and deathly expensive types), Abba and Klädesholmen herring (sill) and salted herring to make your own pickled herring. Too lazy to make your own? They also have lingonberry jam and all sorts of other jams/jellies. For an authentic Swedish Christmas table (julbord), you will also find cocktail sausages (Prinskorv) and Abba anchovies or anchovy-spiced sprats to make the famous Jansson’s Temptation (Janssons Frestelse).


Denninger’s
Multiple locations in west Toronto (Oakville, Missisauga, Burlington)

This is a German grocery store, delicatessen and cafe that serves scrumptious schnizels and all kinds of “***wursts”. They have strudels, huge loaves of rye bread (the size of 2-year old child, I kid you not!) and all kinds of meat pies that are very Canadian and probably German?

What You’ll Find: Sausages, marzipan (almond) paste, Abstwinder Hirschhornsalz (Baker’s Ammonia or Ammonium Bicarbonate in English, hjorthornssalt in Swedish), rye bread, German and European chocolates, and all kinds of deli meat not commonly found in grocery stores in Canada


Starsky’s
Multiple locations in west Toronto (Missisauga & Hamilton)

This is a primarily Polish grocery store that specializes in what they do best, deli meats (charkvaror)! Also, if you’re seeking special parts of the pig or cow, this is the place for you. Looking for pig’s blood to make blood pudding? Their meats are very affordable and they sell parts of the animal that would make Canadians puke :-). You can also go to the many specialized butchers around town, but this place is a lot easier on the pocket book, as ethnic grocery stores tend to be cheaper.

What You’ll Find: Meat, animal parts, blood (only have this sometimes, you need to call and check). Eww…. but yum, once it’s cooked. 🙂 Great if you’re interested in cooking liver pate (leverpastej) and blood pudding (blodpudding). They also sell all kinds of sausages, deli meat, smoked fish (but VERY salty!!!), herring (sill), crispbread, cheese, jams (such as Felix lingonberry), European candy and light (colored, not diet) sugar-beet syrup (ljus brödsirap).


The Friendly Butcher
3269 Yonge St.
Phone: 416-544-1729
Mon – Fri 9AM to 7PM
Saturday 8AM to 6PM
Sunday 11AM to 6PM

What You’ll Find: Salted, un-smoked ham (called Green ham), made to order. Please call at least 7 days in advance to reserve your holiday ham (julskinka).


Florence Meat Market
2136 Speers Road
Oakville, Ontario L6L 2X8
Phone: (905) 842-2066
Fax: (905) 842-2067

They are specialized in South African groceries and meats, but will do made to order and have done many Swedish/Norwegian style hams for the Nordic folks!

What You’ll Find: Salted, un-smoked ham, made to order. Please call at least 7 days in advance to reserve your holiday ham (julskinka).


Agram Meats
10676 Trafalgar Road South
Georgetown, ON L7G 4S5
Phone: 905-877-6082
Fax: 905-877-5120

The Swedish Church orders their holiday hams from this place, and supposedly makes a delicious ham (and prince sausages too!)

What You’ll Find: Prince sausages and salted, un-smoked ham, made to order. Please call at least 7 days in advance to reserve your holiday ham (julskinka).


Healthy Butcher
Multiple locations in Toronto. See their website.

This butcher is one among many butchers that will make a ham or sausages made-to-order. They basically are at your service and can get a special cut that you ordinarily can’t find at a normal grocery store. You only need to call ahead and get friendly with the managers there. Only downside is that they are pricey and cater to the upper crust of Toronto (their store has valet service, which says a lot!). This place is one of our favorites, as they are organic, mostly grass-fed and have an extremely knowledgeable staff that know their animals from ear to hooves. 🙂

What You’ll Find: Prince sausages and salted, un-smoked ham, made to order. Please call at least 7 days in advance to reserve your holiday ham (julskinka). They also a great selection of sausages and organic produce and meat!


Viking Foods
31 Railside Road, Unit 5
Toronto, ON M3A 1B2

They are the main importers, if not the ONLY importers of Swedish and other Scandinavian products in Canada. Originally Finnish, they sell primarily Finnish goods but have now expanded to sell Swedish goods. They sell both to the public and to businesses. Among their products are Marabou, Cloetta and Fazer chocolates and candies, Abba seafood, crispbreads and mustards. If you order through them, be prepared to pick up goods from an office style building at this location.


Bakeries


Viking Bakery

2207 Danforth Ave.
647.972.1401


Opened in February 2015, a recently transplanted Icelandic opens Toronto’s first Icelandic bakery. This will be interesting, as I am not exactly sure what Icelandic baked goods are :-).


The Danish Pastry House
487 Cornwall Road, Unit E1
Oakville, On
L6J 7S8
(905) 278-4777

In Oakville, this truly authentic Danish bakeshop owned and baked by Danes has the most delightful “danishes” (wienerbröd). butter cookies, rum balls and rum rolls (similar to Punschrullar and Dammsugare, but made with rum liquor) and even Swedish almond tarts (mazariner). Even though this place is Danish, Swedes have very similar type pastries, but I believe the Danes are the masters of wienerbröd. If you’ve ever bitten into one of those flaky, crispy and buttery danishes, you’ll understand what I mean. They just expanded their store hours to the public on the weekdays, as they used to only sell to the public on the weekends and wholesale during the week. UPDATE: Owner plans to open a location in the Union Station in Toronto in January 2017/February 2017! Exciting news!!


Hansen’s Danish Pastry
1017 Pape Ave.
Toronto, ON

A very modest little bakery near the Pape and Danforth area which sell the most delicious pastries on the cheap! They have everything from Danish (wienerbröd), marzipan rolls (similar to Dammsugare or Punschrulle), mazariner (almond tarts), sugar cookies, tosca-style pastries and many other kinds of goodies for the sweet tooth in you! This bakery started a long time ago, so the current owners are probably 2nd generation Danes, but luckily they kept the 1st generation prices.

What You’ll Find: They sell some Danish products on the side of the bakery such as Dansukker pärlsocker (pearl sugar bits), bread spices and gelatin, but also some Swedish stuff like Marabou chocolate, Abba herring products and Läkerol! Also available are ready-made almond paste (marzipan) sold in half and whole kilo prices, as well as a Danish-style rye bread (unsweet, which is different from Swedish rye bread).


Beaches Bake Shop
900 Kingston Road
Toronto Ontario M4E 1S5
416+686+2391

They serve some Swedish pastries, like the yummy Swedish cinnamon bun (flavored with cardemom) and some Swedish grocery items for sale. They don’t really sell much Swedish food, but the owner is Swedish. During special times of the year, she offers Semlor (Swedish cream bun) and saffron buns (Christmas time).
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Hillside Cafe (CLOSED PERMANENTLY)
594 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON M4S 2M5
(416) 544-1222


Milbree-Viking Inc. Store and Bakery
Unit 2, 350 Davis Dr.
Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 2N7
Phone 905-898-0200
Email: milbreeviking@msn.com

This company used to own a Finnish deli and store in the Leaside area of Toronto, but have since switched business models since their store burned down. This store has a deli, bakery and grocery section and is the 2nd location after the fire in Leaside. Carries all of the Viking Foods products and fresh-baked Finnish goods.


Cafes/Restaurants

Sunset Villa Association (Danish restaurant)
7150 Concession 1
Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0
Phone: (519)824-0539

This place is beautiful, but out in the middle of nowhere. This combination restaurant and retirement community is in a tiny village area near Guelph, about 1 hour out of Toronto. This is the closest thing to a Scandinavian restaurant in the Toronto area and they serve open-faced sandwiches, meatballs and potatoes and several kinds of Danish pastries. But the number one draw, I think, is the selection of Danish beer and aquavit, which is not easy to find around town. We found the food quite delicious and the restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere. It’s a nice drive in the summer time, and there’s an outdoor area if you want to take a walk, as the area looks very Swedish. Some of the Swedish groups rent out the outdoor area for mid-summer activities.


Karelia Kitchen (Scandinavian-inspired cafe)
1194 Bloor St. W
Toronto, ON

A wonderful, new cafe that opened December 2012 serving smoked fish and meats, open-faced sandwiches and housemade pastries by experienced chefs who love Nordic cooking, and it shows! Try their smoked platter, it is a layering of smoked and pickled items with crispbreads that are a nice mix of Scandinavian flavors. Though they don’t specify the country, they definitely have more of a Danish edge. They also serve Danish aquavit, ciders, and will get more Scandinavian liquor if they can get it. You can also order smoked fish and meat to go. A nice addition to the very underrepresented Scandinavian food scene in Toronto!



Fika Cafe

28 Kensington Ave.
Toronto, ON
info@fika.ca

Fika means “to take a break, usually with coffee and sweet” and is owned by a Canadian who spent some time in Sweden and was inspired to open this cafe. I have not personally tried this place, but by the looks of the menu, it seems to have quite simple fare for coffee/tea, but not technically Swedish food. Looks very cozy though!


Other Shops


Alex Farm Products

1537 Bayview Avenue
Toronto
(416) 322-0368
also, multiple locations around Toronto

Cheese is a highly regulated commodity in Canada, so Swedish cheese is both difficult to find AND highly expensive. However, some specialty cheese shops, like Alex Farm, carry very high-end organic farm cheese from Almnäs Bruk farm, such as Tegel and Anno 1225. These special cheeses were made back in the medieval ages in Sweden, meant for those very special occasions!
Almnäs Bruk Cheeses



Dark Tickle Preserves & Berry Products

Online ordering only

This New Foundland company carries Cloudberry Jam (under the name Bakeapple jam, in Swedish, Hjortronsylt), wild European blueberry jam and Lingonberry jam (under the name Partridgeberry jam, in Swedish lingonsylt). New Foundland is like a little Scandinavia where you can find many of the same type of berries and berry picking culture, as the climate and landscape are very similar to Sweden. They even have cloudberry and lingonberry drinks (saft)! I’m sure when the vikings landed in this area so long ago, they felt right at home.


Some other things found in common grocery stores in the Toronto area, such as Loblaws:

  • Herrgård cheese by Arla, both aged and regular
  • Havarti cheese, made in Canada by Dofino which is owned by Arla, tastes a lot like Hushållsost!
  • Vanilla sugar (vanilljin socker) by Dr. Oetker
  • Marzipan (almond) paste in the baking section or ground almonds are common to make your own
  • Mackmyra Whiskey at LCBO
  • Wild EUROPEAN blueberry jam by Bonne Maman
  • Ammonium bicarbonate (Hjortthornsalt) by Aurora

Looking for

Falukorv-like sausage?
Falukorv can be substituted with Lyoner sausage (Freybe) or Lioner sausage (Piller’s) right here in Canada. It tastes VERY similar and the texture/consistency is spot on. You can find this sausage at Real Canadian, Loblaws, Sobeys and near the deli counter at other chain stores. I also found a brand of Lyoner sausage in the U.S. that you can try to locate or order online! Here is the link to Bavaria Lyoner Sausage.

Swedish-style rye bread like Kavring or Rågbröd?
I found a near equivalent of Swedish rye bread (tastes similar to kavring and råglimpa) at the Russian store. It is called Belarusian bread from Belarus, a country formerly in the U.S.S.R. I checked out the ingredients and it’s made with rye, sugar and sourdough starter, so it has a slightly sweet and sour flavor with NO CARAWAY/CUMIN flavor, which is important, because most rye bread around Canada uses that spice and my husband doesn’t like it.
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Kesella cheese?
I use Ricotta cheese (as a substitute for Kesella in Sweden) and a bit more sugar in my saffron buns, and they totally rock! Again, the mild cheese flavor of ricotta cheese and consistency match that of Kesella (which many Swedes use to make their saffron buns chewy and moist). Kesella is actually Quark cheese, which SOMETIMES can be found at the grocery, but you can find it at the Russian grocery as “cottage cheese” near the cheese section. However, ricotta is easily found at any grocery store in the city, so it’s better and just as good to get that.

Brödsirap?
Swedish “Bread Syrup” (Ljus or Brödsirap) is a sweet syrup derived from sugar found in beets. There’s no flavor difference, but the consistency and sweetness level can throw the recipe off if using some other substitute. We have found a suitable syrup which gives the same result and flavor. Use Lyle’s Golden Syrup (or treacle) instead of light bread syrup and molasses (or dark/black treacle) to make the dark bread syrup. Lyle’s Golden Syrup is a pale treacle derived from cane sugar or beets and can be a direct substitution with ljus sirap. Lyle’s Golden Syrup can be found at most grocery stores, Bulk Barn and ordered online. The ratio for making dark bread syrup (mörk sirap) can range from 1:3 to 1:1, using parts of Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Molasses or Black Treacle. For example, 2 dl of mörk sirap can be 1 dl Golden Syrup and 1 dl Molasses or 1.5 dl Golden Syrup and .5 dl Molasses for a less dark syrup and less strong bitter after note. Molasses is very strong tasting with a woody taste, often used to “color” bread darker, so you will have to do some of your own experiments to find out what ratio you like best!

Moose meat?
You need to be a licensed hunter to get moose, since moose is not allowed to be sold commercially. But if you can settle for elk (Wapitihjort), horse or venison-deer meat (råddjur), then you can find it in several meat specialty shops like White House Meats, Cumbraes and others.

saffron
Saffron?
Saffron is an expensive herb/part of a flower used to color and flavor the typical yellow saffron buns (Swedish Lussekatter) and desserts served during Christmas, especially on St. Lucia day. You can find this herb at Whole Foods (by the spices) or at big stores that sell ethnic groceries. Iranian/Persian, Moroccan and Spanish people use saffron a lot in their cooking and it usually comes in threads or powder form. Note, you may have to get someone to help you find it as it is usually in a small capsule in paper packaging.

Pig’s Blood?
Craving blood pudding? You can find pig’s blood (grisblod) at Asian grocery stores, where both Chinese and Filipinos use pig’s blood in some of their dishes. Usually, it is found in the frozen foods section. There are many Asian grocery stores in Toronto, thanks to the vast Chinese population. Try Ocean’s or T & T, as they are 2 of the biggest Asian groceries around. Also, I just heard that you can find pig’s blood at some specialty butchers, like Cumbrae’s as some British dishes use it to make blood sausages.

Chantarelles? (Kantareller)
These lovely mushrooms are prized in Sweden and are not easy to find in Toronto. You can go to Queen’s land and pick them yourself, but you got to know where they are. Your best bet is to find them at the various farmer’s markets around Toronto during the mushroom season. St. Lawrence Market might be a good place to start, as gourmet chefs shop there and probably request those more than your average Joe, since they are a bit on the expensive side! I have also seen Chantarelles at Whole Foods Market on a seasonal basis.

Loose, flavored black tea?
I’m afraid you’ll have to go to the many specialty tea shops around town, like David’s Tea. It’s not commonly found in grocery stores, as I have explained in this post. At the tea shops, it’s very expensive (like double the price!), so you may want to stock up if you go to Sweden.

Swedish coffee?
I found Gevalia coffee in Tassimo coffee packets and you can either pick it up at Canadian Tire or order online directly from Tassimo Canada’s website. Of course, you have to have the Tassimo coffee brewer until I find where you can get just the coffee packages in Toronto!

Ground Gevalia coffee packages have recently been available in the U.S. If you’re so inclined, you can cross the border in Seattle or Buffalo and buy it there!

Filmjölk?
It is sometimes available at Summerhill Market. Made by an Icelandic company called Siggy’s, it is a bit pricey at 6.99 a bottle. It is actually better to make your own Filmjölk if you can get a friend in the U.S. to mail order it and then ship it to you as a gift, as you can make an unlimited supply of homemade Filmjölk for way cheaper. Otherwise, you can actually substitute Filmjölk with Buttermilk in all baking-cooking recipes.

Leverpastej?
I love a good liver spread, and we found an excellent comparable one here in Toronto by Brandt Meats. It is a spreadable one in plastic casing that is found in most grocery stores. The best one we found was the Liver Sausage – Course, which is very similar to flavor and texture of Arboga leverpastej. Try it and comment if you agree that it’s delish!

Salt Gurka?

They sell it in buckets of salt water at Yummy Market in North York. They are crunchy with a salty finish, and are comparable to the ones in Sweden!

Löjrom (Golden Whitefish Caviar)? Stenbitsrom (Lumpfish Caviar)?
I was happy to find Löjrom here in Toronto. Some gourmet grocery stores like Summerhill carry it, but also there is a specialty Caviar shop called Caviar Centre in Toronto that carries fish roe from the affordable to the suffocatingly expensive. The Caviar Centre carries Whitefish caviar, as well as the famous Beluga one if you are celebrating a special occasion. This is fantastic on Swedish canapes and fish dishes! Also, lumpfish caviar (stenbitsrom) and a few others are available at many common grocery stores in Toronto like Sobey’s, Longo’s and Metro near the seafood section!
Caviar Centre
220 Duncan Mill Road, Suite A1
Toronto, Ontario
Canada , M3B3J5
E-mail: Info@caviarcentre.com
Tel: +1 (416) 441 9788
Fax: +1 (416) 441 0388
Toll Free: +1 (877) BELUGA4

Another specialty seafood store that carries a variety of caviar and might be a more affordable option:
Seafood Depot
81 Aviva Park Drive
Vaughan, ON
Canada L4L 9C1
Phone: 905-856-2770
Toll Free: 1-888-485-FISH
Fax: 905-856-9445

Creme Fraiche?
Creme fraiche is used a lot in Swedish cooking and with various Spring courses. Here in Canada, creme fraiche is a luxury, gourmet item and costs appropriately so. It is much cheaper and tastier to make your own. Also, creme fraiche doesn’t curdle or break when cooking. Follow this recipe and video to make your own creme fraiche and you’ll never get store-bought again!
Make Your Own Recipe (text version)

Gurka or Boston Gurka?
Bread and Butter pickles are a good substitute and are sweet and sour, unlike the traditional North American-style pickles served in hamburgers. On sandwiches, especially on liver pate or roast beef sandwiches, many Swedes eat the Bread and Butter pickle type with this type of sandwich, as the sweetness really complements the heavy meaty taste. I know it is much nicer to make your own pickles, but “when in a pickle” try these pickles!!! 🙂 They are found in almost all grocery stores in Canada, and the best ones are “all natural”. Bick’s pickles also carry a Bread and Butter Pickle variety.

Snus?
A fellow follower found a place to find General snus, both in loose and portioned packs in both regular and flavored varieties. However, it is located in Oshawa, a suburb east of Toronto.
Victory Cigars Fine Tobacco & Gifts
215 King Street East
Oshawa, ON
Phone 905-443-0193

You can also order Swedish snus and American snuff online. It seems a lot cheaper here:
The Northerner
http://www.northerner.com/

Crayfish/Crawfish?
You can find these at specialty seafood shops. As always, you should call ahead to check stock. These babies are not only enjoyed by Swedes, but also Southern Americans homesick for the good ol’ crawfish boil!! Swedes like these on the mild side, boiled with dill. Generally eaten in August, it is a fun time where Swedes finally get to eat with their hands! Here’s a good place to find them:
Seafood Depot
81 Aviva Park Drive
Vaughan, ON
Canada L4L 9C1
Phone: 905-856-2770
Toll Free: 1-888-485-FISH
Fax: 905-856-9445


Swedish-style, whole-grain sweet mustard like Graveleijs Senap?
I just found a really good one at Sobey’s that is German called Hengstenberg Senf. It is really great on sandwiches and adds a sweet undertone to meat and cheese.

Rose Hips to Make Nyponsoppa?
Craving Rose Hip soup? You can buy dried rose hips at this local bulk herb store in Toronto:
Herbie’s Herbs
http://secure.herbies-herbs.com
556 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
416-504-5755

Västerbotten-like cheese?
I got a tip from someone saying Beemster Dutch cheese is a good cheese to replace Västerbotten cheese. Beemster is a Dutch cheese available at most specialty cheese shops and larger retail chains in Canada. Västerbotten is used a lot in Swedish quiche, so you can use this on your Julbord as a nice cheese or as Paj on your
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Swedish Chocolate
If you must have Swedish chocolate, Marabou is now available in many places in Toronto, like Hansen Danish Pastry thanks to Viking Imports. You can even buy directly from Viking in Toronto, since they have started importing it to Canada since last year.

If you want Marabou in your part of Canada, just talk to your local specialty grocery store and tell them to contact Viking Imports, as they sell wholesale to other businesses. Right now, they only have the regular chocolate bars. For a limited time only, IKEA is selling Marabou and other name brand Swedish food items for the holiday season. Read my other post about this here.

Swedish Toffee Cake (Daimkaka)?

This toffee cake is actually MADE IN SWEDEN!!! Since it’s a President’s Choice label, it can be found at Loblaw’s, Real Canadian and ValuMart grocery stores. Please call your store first, since it may not be in stock in your particular store.
daimcake

Bulk Nordic candies or lösgodis?
Swedes, both children and adults alike, take their candy seriously. Thanks to Len from the Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce here in Toronto, he decided to bring Swedish-Nordic bulk candy made with all-natural, non-GMO ingredients all the way to the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). They even have dreamy Marabou, Daim and Fazer (think Geisha) chocolates for sale! Soon, he’ll be online selling it across Canada. But until then, you’ll have to make the trek all the way to Whitby in a cute little house/retail shop that will be stuffed with these sweet treats. He named it appropriately, Cändybar. Check out their Facebook page for more information!
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UPDATE: In 2015, IKEA has decided to try selling Swedish bulk candy in their stores.

24 Comments on “Swedish Food in Toronto”

  1. Reese
    August 12, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Thanks so much for posting this. I recently came back from Sweden and I miss it already. It’s great to know where I can find some of these products in T.O.r

  2. james
    September 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    great post! keep it up. Just got back from Stockholm… an missing it

    • Emma
      October 2, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Thanks for this lovely post, do you happen to know if any of the stores carry ‘Swedish Glace’ products made by Ingman or who would be able to import it? I can’t eat dairy and it was definitely one of the best thing about visiting Sweden this summer! Besides my Grandmas cooking of course :p Thanks!

      • November 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

        Emma, unfortunately, dairy or “dairy-like” products are nearly impossible to import to Canada! You will have to find a replacement, sorry!

  3. November 2, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    Really good post, also looking for groups/communities that have Swedish classes at a low price or free.

    • November 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      I will message the Swedish network and see if anyone is interested or knows of anything!

  4. November 2, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    Great article! I am looking forward to checking out more of these places! If there are any small groups/communities that teach adults Swedish at a cheap price would be great to know!

  5. Anna Ayoub
    November 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Does anybody know if / where I can find frozen makrill filet (mackerel filet) in Peel or Halton? I know Findus carries them in Sweden. I love mackerel but I am lousy at fileting them myself.

    • November 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      Try Yummy Market, but it is in the Vaughan area! I saw Makrill, fresh not frozen, and you can ask the fish counter to fillet it for you. Also, many Chinese stores will fillet fish for you for free, not sure if they would carry makrill, though.

  6. Noak
    November 11, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    The Costco version of Kefir is also very similar to Filmjölk after you stir if up a little.

  7. ann marie
    March 4, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Hi. Please update your info re Viking/Milbree. They are one and the same. The location on Laird is closed permanently due to a fire and their new location is on Davis Dr. in Newmarket

    • March 4, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      Yes, there is also a closer location to Toronto which sells just the products in an office-style building. I have now clarified that.

  8. ann marie
    March 4, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    the Beaches Bakeshop was only closed for renovations. They re-opened for business March 4, 2014; and they will be selling Semlor daily until Easter. How do I know this? I dropped by on March 3rd and the owner told me.

    • March 4, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Thanks, I have updated this.

  9. elena smith
    March 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Thank you so much for this information. I just discovered you. Will keep as a “favourite”.

  10. Kent
    December 5, 2014 at 12:21 am #

    Hi, do you know where I can find Kex chocolate and Cloetta Juleskum marshmallows in Toronto?? Thanks!!

  11. pluckernil
    December 5, 2014 at 12:23 am #

    Hello, do you know of a place in Toronto that sells Kex chocolate and Cloetta Juleskum marshmallows? Thanks!

    • December 5, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

      Beaches Bakeshop on 900 Kingston Rd. may have some Kex Chocolate, but not sure about Juleskum… could that be Ahlgrens Bilar? If so, you can find it there too. But I would call, since she may or may not have stock. One other place you can try is Hansen’s Danish Bakery. If you go to my Swedish Food page, you can fine the addresses, contact info and links. Good luck!

  12. Susan
    February 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    I have always wanted to visit Sweden, so I’m delighted to find I can experience its cuisine here. I did go to the Swedish Christmas Festival at Harbourfront in 2013 and I’m going to try the Danish Pastry House later this week. Hoping they’ll have some semla!

  13. len grass
    March 10, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    I have a question. I’m a Swede by birth and only been here 15 years. I’m am not on Toronto. I Iive in Saskatchewan. And I dearlu would love to get my hands on snus, kalles kaviar and cheese cake. (Ostkaka). Those are probably the things I miss the most besides blodpudding and lingonsylt. Crispbread (knäckebröd) i can get at superstore. But nothing of the other stuff. Please advice a Swede here. 🙂
    Len

    • April 2, 2015 at 10:16 am #

      Len, thanks for asking, so sorry for the late reply! As for snus, you can order that from http://www.northerner.com/ and for Kalles Kaviar, I believe you can order that from Viking (see my list above for web address). Regarding Ostkaka and bloodpudding, you will have to make that yourself from a recipe. Grisblod or pig’s blood can be found at either specialty butcher stores or Asian grocery stores. You may have to special request it from a butcher, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find. Not sure about Saskatchewan though 🙂

  14. Larry
    September 9, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    Does anyone know where I can buy Kavli Pickles Smorgas – a great sandwich sauce?

  15. Sue
    January 12, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

    Hi – Has anyone heard of or found a place in the GTA to buy Graddost cheese? I have a wonderful memory of it from my childhood and would love to find it here.

  16. Robert Bernstein
    August 11, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    Thanks for compiling this wonderful directory! Here’s an update regarding availability of Gevalia ground coffee. Amazon.ca now sells both k-cups AND bags of bulk Gevalia coffee.
    https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_3?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=gevalia+coffee&sprefix=Gev%2Caps%2C165&crid=SDVFUL5DAIJD

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