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Jun 14, 2013 03:20 PM

Swedish Bakeries - Ikea doesn't count

Anyone know of a good Swedish Bakery in the LA - Orange County Area?

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    1. re: Servorg

      I know Berolina in Glendale. Very good everything. Excellent Princess Cake. Don't know Olson's.

      1. re: Servorg

        I DO know Olson's. Thought they had closed.

        1. re: Servorg

          Assuming Danish is also relevant, don't forget Copenhagen Pastry in Culver City.

          11113 Washington Blvd
          Culver City, CA 90232
          Neighborhood: Culver City

          1. re: MarkC

            Good idea and that means we might as well throw in Hygge downtown as well.

            1. re: MarkC

              I like their pastries, but the bulk of them taste very similar to each other. Also, a couple of Scandinavian friends feel they're too Danish-lite, needing more umph, variety, textures and flavors.

            2. Gustafsdotter, your name here reminds me of the old Gustaf Anders restaurant in La Jolla and Costa Mesa. It was one of my all-time favorite restaurants. We would drive from the San Fernando Valley all the way to La Jolla just to eat there!

              To anyone who remembers it, are there any restaurants like it in L.A. or Orange County?

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              1. re: brandygirl

                Don't know of another. Yes, it was wonderful. Anyone remember Skandia? I was a CHILD when I was there. But, I remember.

                1. re: Gustafsdotter

                  I remember Scandia on the Sunset Strip. I had only been there once, but I loved it.

              2. It's tragic how few Scandinavian/French bakeries are around. Berolina's definitely has a lot to be said for it.

                However, I do have one beef with them: They SKIMP on fillings. A great viennoiserie needs easily 2-3 times as much jam as they put on it and they're VERY STINGY with their marzipan as well. Their pain au chocolat is depressing; you'll be lucky to find four chocolate chips inside! And they don't do anything with a cream filling, so forget profiteroles or eclairs.

                They certainly charge enough for their products to justify being a lot more generous with the goodies. It's sad because they could be truly great, and they're merely the only thing locally available if you don't want Armenian or a donut shop.