The husband and I just got back from a whirlwind trip up California - we stopped in Solvang, San Francisco, and Sonoma. We ate tons of good food, and had a couple of disappointments, food-wise, as well. Mostly, it was all good. One of our favorite bites was also our first: a cream cheese Danish at Mortensen’s Danish Bakery.
If you haven’t been to Solvang, you should definitely try to go at least once. It’s a Danish town, complete with cobblestone paths and bakeries galore. You could definitely eat your weight’s worth of baked goodies. It’s also a very romantic town, with a fairy tale appeal. Due to the influences of Hans Christian Andersen, there are a lot of Disney references. In fact, the whole place feels like Fantasyland in Disneyland.
As my husband and I strolled through town (the whole thing can be done on foot), we passed Mortensen’s Danish Bakery. Before we even saw the building, we smelled the most lucious of all smells. We headed right inside and took a peak. It’s both a bakery and a cafe, serving all kinds of Danish goodies from Danish itself to Kringle to cupcakes. However, since it was the first bakery we came across, we decided to keep walking and see if anything else smelled nearly as good.
After about 30 minutes of wandering, and checking out countless bakeries, we were certain that Mortensen’s would be the best. No other bakery had that great smell pumping out into the street. So, on our way back to the hotel, we made sure to stop in and get a treat.
The glass counter was filled with an endless supply of goodies, but we decided on the Cream Cheese Danish - hey, when in Rome, right? We also got a glass of their whole milk, which was an excellent choice.
We sat down at one of their tables, and dug in to one of the best pastries we have ever had. It was tender and flakey. The cream cheese was sweet and tangy. The milk was cold and refreshing. For something so simple, it really was a spectacular treat.
If you ever get a chance to pass through Solvang, or even stay overnight, definitely make sure to get a pastry of some sort at Mortensen’s. It’s worth every calorie.
Mortensen’s is located at 1588 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
Phone: (805) 688-8373