When you are in Solvang, you owe it to yourself to indulge. Danish bakeries are everywhere, so throw out all thoughts of a diet, and act like a kid. Get whatever you want. I had a chance to try most of these bakeries, and they are truly incredible. So, if you are planning a trip to Solvang, be sure to add these to your itinerary.

Danish Mill Bakery & Coffee Shop; photos by Richard Bilow; courtesy of ETG

Danish Mill Bakery

Arvid Petersen, the founder of Danish Mill Bakery Inc. finished his apprenticeship as a baker in 1931. Upon receiving his degree as a journeyman baker, he went to work for one of the finest bakeries in Copenhagen, Denmark. While working there he supplied the baked goods for King Christian X. In 1940 the Petersens started the Danish Mill Bakery in Copenhagen, Denmark.The family immigrated to the United States in 1957. On September 17th, 1960, the Danish Mill Bakery was opened in Solvang, and continues to be a popular bakery. Mill Bakery & Coffee Shop, 1682 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93464; https://www.danishmillbakerysolvang.com/

The Solvang Bakery; photo by Kathy Leonardo; courtesy of ETG

The Solvang Bakery

The Solvang Bakery is a charming family owned boutique bakery, which also sells all types of eclectic gifts, ornaments, and housewares. Well known for its wedding cakes, and gingerbread houses, the recipes developed by founder, Susan Halme, and has been a source of holiday joy for over 30 years. The creative team takes gingerbread to the next level, making everything from a quaint Christmas Cottage to a giant Gingerbread Estate complete with lights and fireplace. A favorite among the Kardashians, Rosanna Pansino, and Kelly Ripa, the Solvang Bakery has been featured on the Ellen Show and Hallmark’s Home and FamilyETG TiP try a slice of the Butter Ring, or buy the entire Ring – omg so tasty…so worth it! Solvang Bakery, 438 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463; https://www.solvangbakery.com

Butter Ring, Solvang Bakery; photo by Kathy Leonardo; courtesy of ETG

Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery

Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery is located right next to Paula’s Pancake House, Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery is owned and operated by Bent and Susy Olsen. Bent, a third generation master baker, brought his great-grandfather’s original Danish recipes with him from faraway Aerøskøbing, Denmark in 1970. Today, he still uses those original, cherished, family recipes. Olsen’s specializes in a large variety of authentic, delicious Danish pastries, breads, cookies and cakes including Danish Custard Kringle, Almond Tarts, Butter Rings and an authentic RundsTykker Danish Continental Breakfast. Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery, 1529 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463; https://www.olsensdanishvillagebakery.com/

Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery; photo by Kathy Leonardo; courtesy of ETG

Mortensen’s Bakery

Mortensen’s Bakery is located in the Petersen Village Square. This quaint cafe was originally started with partner Ove Mortensen, a Danish native and baker from Copenhagen, Denmark. The Petersen sisters continue to carry on Ove’s legacy creating authentic, buttery-rich pastries using traditional recipes and the finest ingredients. Featuring mouth-watering, flaky pastries, all-butter shortbread and real whip cream napoleons and chocolate eclairs. Mortensen’s Bakery, 1588 Mission Drive,, Solvang, CA 93463; https://mortensensbakery.com/

Birkholms Bakery & Cafe; photo by Kathy Leonardo; courtesy of ETG

Birkholms Bakery & Cafe

Birkholms Bakery & Cafe is another family-owned and operated business, Birkholms Bakery & Cafe has always made it a top priority to keep its customers happy. Birkholms Bakery & Cafe, 460 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA, http://birkholmsbakery.com

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