Elsa Andersons Konditori in Norberg is a slightly different café. Visiting this café is like traveling back in time. With an interior that contains older furniture and other curiosities from times gone by, you get a nice visit to what it could have been like at a local café and patisserie in the past.
The café is originally from 1916 and according to information, the building was previously used as a tavern. Taverns was a necessity further back in time when the journeys were difficult and the vehicles not as fast as today. Getting from one place to another could certainly take most of a day and then we are talking about distances of 50-100 kilometers. Then you understand that there was a need for plenty of places where it was possible to spend the night and get a piece of food. There were many smaller towns in Sweden that used to have both one and several taverns where travelers could eat and spend the night. There was even a law that there would be opportunities for food and housing in the past. Some smaller towns also had hotels, although most hotels were in the slightly larger cities of Sweden.
Elsa Andersons Konditori by the square
The café is located by the square in Norberg and is in other words quite central. Norberg may today seem to be a small and insignificant town, but the fact is that in Norberg a number of roads intersect that connect nearby cities such as Sala, Hedemora, Avesta, Västerås and Fagersta. There were also a number of mines around Norberg and it was at that time Norra Bergslagen’s central town. Of course there was a basis for a café.
The downturn and the disaster
In the middle to the end of the 20th century, however, things went downhill with the mining industry and jobs disappeared to be basically completely over around 1980 when the iron handling in Spännarhyttan ended. As if by chance, people then aroused interest in old genuine environments and you can really say that Elsa Andersons is just that. As I wrote earlier, it’s almost like riding a time machine when visiting the café. Here is a nice atmosphere and it feels very genuine.
The great catastrophe occurred on the night of August 21, 2015. In a fire, the entire building was completely destroyed and even today no one has been arrested for the act. The motive for the fire is completely incomprehensible and unknown. However, the owners of the café did not give up and with the help of insurance companies and fundraisers, a replica of the original building was able to reopen on May 7, 2017.
I have actually managed to visit Elsa on two occasions and it is a perfect and very popular destination. Elsa Anderson’s Shrimp Sandwich seems to be the most popular dish. It is big, fresh and very good. Hand-peeled shrimp on top of a teacake and with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, eggs and a dollop of mayonnaise.
If you come past Norberg, stop by Elsa Andersons Konditori and have a really Swedish nice fika. Of course, there is much more than a shrimp sandwich to choose from.