The Beaches Bake Shop & Café focuses on Swedish baked goods and lunch dishes. The cafe has a very Swedish interior with wooden chairs and Dala horses. The way she displays her goods reminds me about how they display baked goods in Sweden.
Anna is building her cafe on Swedish traditions but also incorporates North American influences in her food. She thinks it is important to adapt her recipes but still remembers her roots. Anna’s cafe is a hub in her community for both kids and adults, but also is a touch stone in Toronto to Scandinavian culture and friendship. She says it is fun to see the amount of people stopping by to take pictures of the front of the store who connect with the Swedish flag.
Be sure to visit Anna in the Beach for some Swedish culture Canada style. But to make sure you get the cinnamon buns or semla buns (Swedish sweet buns) it might be a good idea to call in advance to place an order. If you don’t live in Toronto – no worry, I have collected some of my favorite spring time recipes for you, including the Swedish sweet buns and you can make them at home.
Beaches Bake Shop & Café 900 Kingston Road, Toronto phone 416.686.2391
Guest post by Kari Svenneby Visit Kari at ActiveKidsClub.com.
Photos: Jessica Fish