Solvang is great because it’s right smack dab in the middle of some of California’s finest wine growing AVAs. As a town, it’s a bit kitschy with all the Danish stuff. That being said, if you want a good “Danish” pastry, it’s a good place to go. There are at least a half dozen great Danish bakeries in Solvang, and since we were only there for 24 hours, we hit one on Friday morning and one on Saturday morning.
Friday morning was the Danish Mill – a really great bakery with a huge selection. I had a cream cheese and blueberry Danish. The dough was light and flaky, the cream and fruit delicious.
On Saturday it was the world famous Olsen’s Bakery – right on the main drag through town. Here I had the same thing, except I went cream cheese and cherry. Again, light, flaky and delicious.
Overall, I’d have to give the filling edge to Danish Mill, and the pastry edge to Olsen’s. Maybe I’ll just have to go back and try again! Some of you may be fans of Mortensen’s or Birkholm’s or the Solvang Bakery – yes they’re all good…no bad choices. So, if you’re there for the wine and the weird Danish tourist stuff isn’t your bag, at least make sure to carbo-load on a great Danish pastry with coffee before you hit the tasting rooms.