05/20/2014 02:49 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

No Assembly Required: What To Eat At IKEA

Alessandra Bulow


Any trip to an IKEA for a Billy bookcase and Rens sheepskins isn't complete without a trip to the cafeteria for its awesome Swedish food. We think there should be a museum erected in honor of its savory Swedish meatballs--and now the honchos at IKEA seem to agree! The furniture giant recently revealed that it's planning to open an IKEA museum in Sweden at the store's first location. Here's hoping for a Hall of Meatballs and a Lingonberry Touch-and-Learn Exhibit. In the meantime, here's our editors' insider guide to the best foods at IKEA.


PASTEJ LAX Salmon Spread
"I never eat at the store but I always buy the fish spreads and put them on crackers at home. It comes in a squeezable tube that looks like toothpaste." -- Gabi Vigoreaux, Editorial Assistant


KÖTTBULLAR, Frozen Meatballs "If I lived near the IKEA in Red Hook, Brooklyn, I'd be there every Tuesday for Swedish meatballs with my daughter Sam because kids eat free--but you can buy them frozen and make them at home too ." -- Kerry Acker, Staff Editor

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SYLT LINGON Lingonberry Jam "Going home without a jar of this sweet and tangy jam isn't an option. I've slathered everything with it--from the poached salmon with hollandaise to the famous Swedish Meatballs." -- AB


KNÄCKEBRÖD FLERKORN Multigrain Crispbread "I stock up on these rye crackers, plus the frozen meatballs and lingonberry jam." -- Nilou Motamed, Editor in Chief

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SMÖRGÅSKAVIAR Fish Roe Spread "Meatballs, plus I like to smear this fish roe spread in a tube on crispbreads." --Danica Lo, Executive Editor

"I once had a salmon wrap there. Not bad." --Matt Duckor, Restaurant Editor

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