Julbord: A great Christmas buffet

In Sweden, there are many great Christmas traditions and one of them is the Julbord (which would translate to Christmas table). It is a buffet which consists of many many dishes, and restaurants usually offer it from late November/early December to the 23rd or 24th of December.

I had been meaning to try it, so during a trip to Umea, I went to Brännlands Wärdshus to have their delicious julbord, which was mainly made with local ingredients.

Tent with Julbord

So, what is in a Julbord?

So many things! There are variations but from some menus I have read, I think it usually contains the following:

Jansson’s temptation: An amazing creamy dish made of potatoes and anchovies

Julkinka: Christmas ham

Cold meats: Such as salami, reindeer, or elk meat.

Strömming: Herring, which can be cooked in different ways

Lax: Salmon, whether boiled or smoked

Prinskorv: Sausages

Risgrynsgröt: Rice pudding for dessert

Glogg: Mulled wine usually drank with raisins and almonds.

At the julbord I went to, they had the following categories for their food:

Herring, fish and egg

Cold cuts and cured meats


Hot dishes

Bread, butter and cheese



Cheese, biscuits and fruit

Some of the food!

And after all the good food that I ate, I can say that I really liked this tradition and I would love to have a julbord again. Prices usually differ according to days and times (for instance, Saturday evening is usually the most expensive shift), so a weekday lunch would probably be a smart choice for a student budget.

Or you could also try to make it at home!

Hope you get to try a julbord, I would recommend it!

Alessandra - Biomedicine (MSc)

Alessandra - Biomedicine (MSc)

Hi everybody! My name is Alessandra, but I usually go by my nickname, Kyomi. My role in the digital ambassador team is being the new Biomedicine (MSc) blogger. I was born and raised in Peru, but I moved to the United States for my undergraduate studies. After graduation, I worked for 2 years in a neuroscience lab. Now, I have moved to Sweden to be a student at Karolinska Institutet!


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