At our summer paradise island Gotland at Sweden’s east coast, there is a stone oven bakery & cafe that is very popular and well worth a visit when on the island: Rute Stenugnsbageri.

Gotland is not a big island, so even if staying in the main town of Visby, it’s not a big thing to make a roadtrip to Rute Stenugnsbageri around 30 miles north of Visby. The whole island is about the same size as Long Island.

Rute Stenugnsbageri, Gotland, Sweden

Stenugnsbageriet bakery and cafe are located in an old limestone barn in an wonderfully rustic environment. Kind of in the middle of nowhere actually. The different cafe tables are scattered all around the gravel yard and there is only an outdoor ladies room around the corner.

Despite this, it has become one of the most visited places of Gotland. Maybe because of the owner Erik Olofson who has baked before at some of Stockholm’s best cafes and is known to keep up a certain level of quality on his products.

Rute Stenugnsbageri bread, Gotland, Sweden

They prepare the dough the day before and the bread is made in a stone oven, which gives it a special character and flavor. Only ecological primary products are used and local products as much as possible.

Much of the work are done by hand with oldfashioned methods and another thing that we liked very much were the fact that you actually can see the bakers in action, it’s open into the bakery.

Rute stenugnsbageri bakers, Gotland, Sweden

The cafe opened in 2006 after a heavy renovation of the place and is quite charming with old tables and chairs, creating a very relaxed atmosphere to make you feel right at home.

It was the Finnish architect and ovenbuilder Heikki Hyytiäinen that created the modern wooden fired stone oven, with assistance from other experts.

The ovens isolation is so effective that you don’t need more than around 50 kg birchwood to every fire and that produces enough heat for baking up to 300 bread!

They even got some prizes for their bakery products:

  • Swedish Mastership Gold, Food craft 2007, Fruit-and nutbread
  • Gastronomic Academy’s silver medallion 2008
  • Swedish Mastership Bronze, Food craft 2009, Rute rye bread
  • Interfoods stipendium 2009

If you go to Gotland: be sure to try out Rute Stenugnsbageri sourdough rye bread or maybe their typical Swedish cardamom buns.

Also see Lifecruiser Rute Stenugnsbageri photos at Flickr.

How to get there: Take the road 148 from Visby towards Fårösund, take off at Lergrav / Valleviken. Continue to Gerungs.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the surroundings a bit – as we will do in the next blog post…

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5 Comments on “Rustic Rute Stone Oven Bakery”

    TorAa said:

    It’s amazing
    I mean Gotland is amazing
    And I think it’s a pity it’s not more often on the map of tourist destinations in Europe in the travel medias.

    I very well understand that people from Stockholm loves this island and history, charm and secret, hidden attractions like the one you here present….

    Gattina said:

    That’s a shop for me !

    claudie said:

    I become hungry just looking all those breads!!!! I could even smile them!!! :smile:

    Ola said:

    This bakery looks fantasting and, as you wrote, the breads are of a good quality-heaven:)

    russell said:

    very good and the most authentic breads in the world

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