A NEW Swedish daytime cafe will be opening its doors later this year, offering the people of Salisbury "traditional, family favourites".

The Swedish Den will be bringing cinnamon buns, meatballs, unlimited filter coffee and more to the city just in time for spring, as well as an indoor playground and games for children.

The aim of the cafe is to make guests feel like they are stepping into Sweden, not only through serving the country's classic treats, but also through the interior and decorations, including a carved and painted horse statue (known traditionally as Dala).

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Rebecca McKay, aged 38, who will be owner of the cafe, said that her and her husband, Gerry, came up with the idea as she is always cooking up Swedish dishes, adding: "My husband came home one day and was like, 'When are you going to start something by doing this?'

"There will be lots to try and explore, we agreed the space a couple of weeks ago and now it's go, go, go.

"Everyone can have a cup of tea or a cake, relax, while the kids have time to run around and play."

The cafe will be replacing The Kandi Lounge in Catherine Street, and Rebecca, who grew up in Sweden, hopes it will be an "uplifting and exciting" addition to the city centre.

She added: "I guess I've always thought it would be nice to do something like this, but I never thought I would go ahead and do it. So far it's had a really good response, and people are excited.

"It feels mad but I just can't wait and I'm looking forward to the things that make it real like getting the keys and decorating."

As the cafe opening gets closer and closer, Rebecca said she is "amazed" how helpful surrounding businesses and the community has been, adding: "Salisbury already had that extra dimension as it's a great place to live and I have made instant friends here.

"It is the right place to have a family so I knew this was the place to open my cafe."

For more information and updates on The Swedish Den, visit The Swedish Den's website or Facebook page.