Swedish Bakery

Photograph: Erica Gannett
Swedish Bakery
Andersonville

Comprising a bare rectangle of linoleum flanked by utilitarian display cases, Swedish Bakery isn’t much of a looker. No matter, though; with its old-school layer cakes and sprinkle-clad butter cookies, one gets the idea that this Andersonville fixture trades on a more valuable asset: nostalgia. Among the shop’s best sellers is the Princess Torte, three layers of light-as-air yellow cake separated by strata of whipped cream and vanilla custard and wrapped in tooth-achingly sweet marzipan. Want just a taste? Many of the bakery’s cakes are available by the slice.

Venue name: Swedish Bakery
Contact:
Address: 5348 N Clark St
Chicago

Cross street: between Summerdale and Balmoral Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 6:30am–6:30pm; Sat 6:30am–5pm (closed Sun)
Transport: El stop: Red to Berwyn. Bus: 22, 36, 50.
Price: Average baked good: $2
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