Epcot’s World Showcase is filled with full service restaurants, quick serve counter locations, snack carts and more. From nachos to sushi and brats to rib eye, you can find a bite to eat from places all over the World. But what makes this little place in Norway such a gem? Let’s explore together the 5 things you will love about Kringla Bakeri og Kafe!
Located between the Mexico and China pavilions, you don’t have to walk half way around the World to take part in this Nordic culture. The quickest way to this Norwegian bakery is to head to the left around the World Showcase when coming from Future World. But be careful you don’t pass it as there are several things vying for your attention, including the beautiful views across the lagoon. An easily missed set of restrooms is tucked back on the other side of the bakery’s outdoor seating. And since you can count on lines for “Frozen Ever After” being out the door, it is the perfect opportunity for a member of your party to grab snacks for everyone while you wait in line.
Let’s face it. Sometimes you have to dig deep into your purse or wallet for a meal in the World Showcase. You can be treated to storybook dining with Disney princesses inside the famed Akershus Royal Banquet Hall just across the way. But can you find a taste of Norway for the budget conscious guest? Absolutely! The Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is a wonderful alternative! You can sample some of the pastries for just a few dollars. Or, if you are looking for something a little more substantial, you can enjoy one of their sandwich offerings. The signature Norwegian Club, one of my favorites, includes ham, turkey, bacon, Jarlsberg and Muenster cheese with fresh tomatoes, sliced red onion and Lingonberry mayonnaise on toasted multigrain bread. The best part? Aside from the wonderful taste, this will set you back less than that burger and fries you had yesterday. It is also very filling in case you were wondering!
3. Shaded seating
Ah! A slice of paradise from the intense Florida sun! One of my favorite things about this little place is the quaint seating that awaits you upon exiting the cafe. While most people are in such a hurry to continue their journey around the World, they skip right past this gorgeous shaded patio. With serene greenery shielding sight lines from those passing by, you’ll feel like your in another world. If you happen to be in the neighborhood after dark, you’ll be drawn in to a warmly lit oasis calling your name. So relax, cool down and rest. Let your fellow diners continue their journey while refreshing yourself and escaping the cares of this world.
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2. More than a bakery
The first time I decided to step foot inside, I simply wanted to take a quick peek at the bakery items available. What I was not expecting, was more than a bakery! In addition to the mouth-watering pastries behind the counter, I was intrigued with the other offerings including sandwiches, sides and beverages. Have you ever had a salmon and egg sandwich? What about a ham and apple sandwich? It includes Muenster Cheese with a sweet apple chutney on toasted multigrain bread. Are you getting hungry yet? You can also rely on the traditional Smucker’s Uncrustable Sandwich offering for the little ones who may be picky eaters. They are also vegetarian friendly. You can pick up a vegetable torte as your entree and pair it with a side of mixed greens or a fruit cup. Even if you choose to stick close to the bakery items, you are in for a treat. Don’t miss sampling the sweet pretzel with chocolate or almonds. Have you ever tried school bread? You won’t find this in your local school cafeteria, but it’s waiting for you at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe!
1. The name itself
Looking at it on paper isn’t much of a big deal, but saying it casually out loud as you walk by is another story. What is a kringla anyway? Turns out, kringle is Swedish for pretzel. The Norwegian translation, kringla, getting it’s root from the Swedes means pastry. Sweet, candied pretzel shaped pastries are just a few of the items that await you inside, hence the crowned pretzel above the double doored entry. The next time you find yourself in this little Norwegian village, you can impress those with you by confidently explaining to them that Kringla Bakeri og Kafe literally means Pastry Bakery and Cafe.
I love sitting and relaxing under the shaded patio, eating a sandwich and sharing a kringla or two with my family knowing it didn’t break the bank. But what do you think? Are the things you love about the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe included in this list?