Sotckholm, Sweden

Aeter & Essence Factory

Forrest Mallard

A fascinating blend of delicious aromas excites the sense of smell when you step into this unusual shop. A paradise of herbs and spices.

Location

Wallingatan 14, 11124
Stockholm-Norrmalm
Sweden

Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 10am-3pm

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Aeter & Essence Factory

Essencefabriken

The factory, which apart from essences of every kind, also sells hundreds of spices and a wealth of spice blends, and is the old shop of its kind in Sweden. It was founded in 1887 by Adolf Fredrik Lilieblad, who extracted essences and concentrates from fruit, berries, and herbs and sold them to industrial factories as well as bakeries. To this day most items are prepared according to the original recipes — naturally, without preservatives.

Unchanged since 1889

In 1889 Lilieblad opened the shop which to this day has remained unchanged, extending the range of products by adding spices and herbs. At the end of the 19th-century offerings in the sector were fairly limited to Sweden, and soon enough Stockholm’s housewives spread the news amongst themselves about this shop in Wallingatan selling high-quality spices at low prices.

Today, managed in the fourth generation of the same family, it looks exactly the way it did 100 years ago. Goods are still weighed using vintage mechanical scales and even the cash register is still the original.

Alongside the ingredients for baking and cooking, the factory also offers some interesting blends for home-made spirits, including spice mixtures for brandy from the 19th-century recipes. These bear interesting names, such as “Black Widdow,” particularly suitable for fans of licorice.

Much has changed in Stockholm since then, but the environment and interior of the Aeter & Essence Factory shop have been fully preserved, though the range of spices has evolved all the time. The store now has about 300 different spices, of which 60 are exclusive recipes.

Essencefabriken is Sweden’s oldest company in the industry and has remained a family-run company, currently run by the fourth generation.

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