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INSIDE: The Ultimate guide to visiting Ikea Almhult, home of the original Ikea store in Sweden.

If you are visiting Sweden, and planning a visit to the IKEA Hotel or the IKEA museum, don’t miss the IKEA Almhult showroom.

It’s one of the biggest IKEA stores in Sweden, in the original hometown of this iconic Swedish furniture store. 

And it has an outdoor playground for kids!

Take a look below for details. 

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Guide to Ikea Almhult Sweden

The first you’ll see upon arriving at IKEA in Almhult is the OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND!

We’ve NEVER seen an outdoor play area at IKEA before, so the boys were thrilled.

I was too.

It’s a great way to burn off some of that energy before shopping! 

Let’s go in, and look at the best things to do in IKEA Almhult shop. 

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No.1: Book the kids into IKEA Småland 

While all IKEA Smaland play areas are similar, they are all a little unique in what they have inside.

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IKEA Ball Pit

There’s ALWAYS a ball pit though! 

This one was filled with Blueberry-blue balls! 

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No.2: Play with the IKEA toys

Yes, there’s plenty of toys and games to try.

Even 12 year olds are not too old for a bit of play time when travelling. 

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No.3: Scope IKEA design ideas

One of the fun differences when checking out IKEA shops around the world is seeing the different displays.

Ned loved this gamer set up. 

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IKEA Cosy Corner

I adore checking out their arrangements that would suit a tiny house.

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No.4: Buy the Ikea Christmas Star

Simple IKEA Christmas displays capture my heart. 

I bought these three IKEA paper stars to recreate this simple Swedish Christmas set up this year.  

They are only available at Christmas time, so don’t miss out. 

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No.5: Check out the IKEA Garden pots

It’s always interesting to see what indoor plants and greenery are popular in other countries. 

Both artificial and living.

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No.6: Enjoy the Swedish IKEA aesthetic

The Swedish aesthetic is on show – natural colours and timber make for a calm space. 

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No.7: Eat at the Ikea Restaurant 

There’s a kids menu with kid-sized portions of the main dishes, plus creamed macaroni, or pancakes with jam and cream too. 

Kids meals are 29 Sek ($3.50 US, 2.55 pounds).  Vegan pasta bolognese costs 25 sek (2.20 pounds, $2.90 US) 

But really.

We’re coming for the DAIM CAKE. 

Opening hours for the Almhult IKEA Restaurang & Cafe are:

  • Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 6.30pm
  • Saturday to Sunday – 9.30am to 5.30pm 

Breakfast is served in the restaurant from 09:30 to 11:00 every day of the week.

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No.8: IKEA Christmas Dinner (Swedish Julbord Christmas Table) 

Visiting Sweden at Christmas time?

Book a spot on the Christmas Table for the IKEA Christmas buffet! 

These traditional Swedish Christmas dinners are available from around the middle of November to Christmas Eve (or nearabouts). 

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Traditional Swedish Christmas Food

The IKEA Christmas meal has tonnes of options. 

Choose delicious Swedish food from the buffet. 

IKEA Cold Cut Buffet

  • Wort bread & thin rye crispbread (knäckebröd)
  • baked liver pate
  • organic butter and cheese
  • cured salmon with dill and mustard sauce (salmon is cured in a sugar, salt and dill concoction, rather than smoked)
  • eggs with seafood cream
  • provencal herring 
  • crayfish salad
  • marinated or mustard covered herring
  • lingonberry lax
  • hot smoked salmon mousse
  • tomato salad
  • tomato salsa
  • classic beetroot salad
  • celery, walnut and apple salad
  • kale salad with beetroot 

IKEA Hot buffet 

  • meatballs
  • boiled potato
  • chicken popcorn
  • Prinskorv smoked sausages (pork) – these are the most popular sausages on a Swedish Christmas buffet
  • Jansson’s Temptation (traditional Swedish casserole made with potatoes, onions, breadcrumbs, cream, butter, and anchovy fillets)
  • tempura battered brussel sprouts
  • marinated glazed ribs
  • kale gratin (creamed kale)
  • root vegetable gratin
  • brown cabbage (brunkål) and red cabbage (rødkål)

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IKEA Christmas buffet dessert

  • Lingon glögg (non-alcoholic mulled wine)
  • Cheesecake
  • Gingerbread
  • Ris à la Malta ride pudding (the most popular Swedish Christmas rice pudding) 
  • Strawberry jam, whipped cream

IKEA Christmas buffet prices are:

  • 249 sek for adults
  • 39 sek for kids (2-13 years)

Hot tip: The IKEA Family Price is 149 sek for adults. 

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No.9: Shop for IKEA Christmas products 

Look for the gorgeous classic candle holders made from stoneware with a polished glaze. 

These are 49 sek each. ($5.70 US, 4.30 pounds)

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IKEA Christmas decorations

Pick up Ikea Christmas decorations including:

  • Christmas trees
  • Christmas wreaths
  • Ikea gnomes

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MORE Ikea Christmas ornaments

  • Ikea red robins
  • Ikea gnomes
  • Ikea baubles 

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Best Swedish Christmas Aesthetic

There’s also adorable Vinterfest Christmas houses, pine cones and stars to hang. 

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Vinterfest IKEA Candle 

And Vinterfest Christmas candles with an accompanying red star plate to catch the drips!

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No.10: Read ALL the Swedish words! 

The interesting thing when visiting IKEA in Sweden is the lack of English signs.

It’s somewhat refreshing! 

As Australians, we had a giggle at this – the coathanger is called a Bumerang.

(And these IKEA coat hangers are kind of boomerang shaped!) 

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No.11: Ikea Bistro

Did you know that the boiled hot dog first arrived at IKEA when there was only enough room for a kiosk to serve a quick snack? 

This budget friendly food is still one of the best sellers in the IKEA bistro at 5 sek each.

You can also purchase: 

  • Pizza – 10 sek
  • Grilled hot dog in bread – 10 sek
  • Egg and bacon in bread – 15 sek
  • Egg and bacon in hot dog bread – 20 sek 

Or order one of these special deals: 

  • Menu 1: Hot dog in bread with medium drink – 10 sek
  • Menu 2: Pizza and medium drink – 15 sek 
  • Menu 3: Veggie hotdog in break with pickles and mustard, and medium drink – 15 sek

Fika is the Swedish term for “Making time for friends”

It’s often a coming together to share a cup of tea, or a coffee, with a snack. 

At Ikea, the cinnamon bun, for 5 sek, is the most popular option.

There’s also other desserts:  

  • Soft serve icecream in a waffle cone – 5 sek
  • Soft ice cream and strawberry in waffle – 10 sek 

Ikea drinks

Coffee and tea is available for 5 sek

Or you can order espresso, cuppuccino or cafe latte for 10 sek 

A cold drink in a mug is 5 sek

Choose from:  

  • lemonade
  • cola
  • lingonberry juice
  • elderberry or raspberry cordial 

Almhult IKEA Bistro opening hours

  • Monday – Friday 10.00 – 19.00
  • Saturday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00

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No.1: IKEA Museum

The IKEA museum is the number one thing to do in Almhult for IKEA fans.

And there’s lots to see and do.

Read our guide:  The Top 9 Things to Do at the IKEA MUSEUM SWEDEN 

Hot tip: Check out the IKEA Museum Shop before  you leave. It’s the only place in the world to buy some of their exclusive IKEA souvenirs and gifts. 

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No.2: IKEA Hotel 

Fancy a stay in the only IKEA hotel in the world?

Book in now.

Yes, there’s IKEA furniture, but NO, you don’t have to build it yourself.

Thank goodness! 

Read our guide to the Ikea Hotel here

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No.3: IKEA Hotel Restaurant for Lunch and Dinner

It’s NOT your average IKEA restaurant menu.

This menu is way more upmarket, inspired by local Scandinavian flavours and featuring local organic produce.

Take a sneak peek inside in our Foodie’s guide to the IKEA hotel restaurant . 

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Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated

IKEA Almhult address: IKEA Älmhult Handelsvägen 4 343 33 Älmhult

Website: Click here

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Ikea Almhult Opening Hours

This IKEA Department Store is open:

  • Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 19:00
  • Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00


  • Midsummer Eve & Midsummer Day
  • Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

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How to get to IKEA Almhult 

How to get from Copenhagen to Almhult

Älmhult in Sweden is easily reached by train or car from Copenhagen and Copenhagen Airport. 

The journey is approximately two hours

By Train: 

Catch the Øresundtåg train. All trains stop at Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup), Malmö and Lund. (The train continues to Växjö and/or Kalmar.)

Tickets can be purchased at Copenhagen train station from the ticket counter, vending machines or online here or via Swedish railways. Tickets cost approximately SEK250 /€50 one-way.

(Our trip was included in our Eurail tickets.)

From the train station, you can walk in around 10-15 minutes. It’s flat, and easy. 

Or catch the free bus. (Details below)  

By Bus: 

  • Catch the free bus – Line 30, a collaboration between Länstrafiken Kronoberg, Älmhult municipality and IKEA.
  • Line 30 runs from the bus terminal, south of the station building.

Ikea Almhult Map

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Looking for MORE Things to do in Småland with kids?

Smaland is NOT JUST the name of the IKEA playground for kids.

It’s actually a region in the south of Sweden, an area that lies between Stockholm in the North, and Malmo in the South. 

The play area is named for it. 

Småland is a gorgeous part of Sweden and very family friendly. 

Here’s a list of the best things to do in Smaland for kids & families!


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