We returned to Sweden’s capital, one of our favourite cities, as the second destination on our honeymoon (after Gothenburg). It ended up being a weekend of cheap eats in Stockholm because we knew we’d be spending a lot in our next destination (Reykjavik).
So here are some of the amazing things we ate (and drank) without breaking the bank. Yes, that rhymes. You’re welcome.
1. Alskade Traditioner: the best brunch ever
We’d already clocked this amazing-looking little café in Södermalm, our favourite area of Stockholm. It’s called Alskade Traditioner and had a bicycle in the window. What more could you ask for? A retro interior, milkshakes and bacon waffles. That’s what. And it had all of these things and more.
It was actually quite overwhelming. There was mini bunting on cake displays. Lacto-free milkshake and kladkakka. Bacon waffles. Plates in the shape of fish. Swedish people being lovely and stylish and impeccably behaved (as ever). Everything the perfect brunch consists of and more.
We later decided that it was the best thing we’ve ever eaten – obviously hard to compare all different types of food like brunch, bistros, simple cafés, afternoon teas, tasting menus… but in the grand scheme of things, it wins hands down.
Side note: Based on our recommendation, one of my friends went to Alskade Traditioner for brunch on her birthday trip to Stockholm. And she loved it. Yeah!
2. Nystekt Strömming: Stockholm’s famous herring van
For lunch, we HAD to head to Nystekt Strömming. We’d been on our last trip to Stockholm. It is a legendary food stall just outside Slussen metro station.
They serve a very simple menu, with the herring wrap being the most popular: mashed potato and dill sauce.
It has to be eaten to be believed. All for about 75SEK.
I wish someone would open a branch of it in Manchester because it’s just the thing you want on a cold, wet day.
3. Bistro Bestick: fulfilling the obligatory Swedish meatballs
For our evening meal, we headed to Bistro Bestick for some meatballs. Very cliché, but you can’t be in Sweden and not do meatballs. At 205SEK each, they were worth it.
The fact that ONE of us was hammered from drinking too many Swedish beers at the time did not hamper the experience…
4. Urban Deli: the hippest deli you’ll ever see
We spent the afternoon mooching round in a food coma, packing up and being tired. For our evening meal, we thought we weren’t that hungry so headed to Urban Deli at Sveavägen to get something light.
We ended up with this giant charcuterie board (255SEK) and plenty of red wine. Not very light. We ate the lot while discussing how it was the best day of eating we’ve ever had.
Urban Deli is a restaurant, bar, bakery and deli (obvs). the shop part is open late, so you can do your food shopping in one half then walk through to the bar/restaurant at the back where you’ll find a DJ playing and people drinking and eating. It’s impossibly cool in that laid-back way Sweden does best.
5. That rare beast: lactose-free ice cream
One of the best things about Sweden is the abundance of lactose-free products. You just don’t get them anywhere else in this quantity. Chris is lactose intolerant so he bloody loves it.
This was just from a normal ice cream stall – ‘laktosefrei’ flavours alongside the usual milk-based ones.
6. A drink to wash it down: Stockholm Brewing Company (via BrewDog)
After more wandering, we were keen to try some beers from Stockholm’s craft beer brewery, Stockholm Brewing Company. They serve them at BrewDog just round the corner and we had a superb cherry sour. It wasn’t cheap, but this is alcohol in Sweden and it’s also craft beer (anywhere). Even in Manchester, we pay about the same for crafty stuff.
Also, this was the best sour I have ever had and every sour since has been a disappointment in comparison. Life.
There’s more than just food and drink in Stockholm, honest…
We’ve been to Stockholm before and will definitely return. You can see how utterly beautiful the city is. I really must do a post on things to do and see, other than eating and drinking…
A weekend of cheap eats in Stockholm: useful information
How to get there (and away)
We flew to Copenhagen, got the train to Gothenburg, then got the train to Stockholm. It was part of our honeymoon, hence the odd route. But you can fly direct from Manchester, which is what we’ve done in the past. It takes about two and a half hours direct.
Where to stay
We stayed at Scandic Upplandsgaten. There’s no getting away from the fact that hotels can be very expensive in the Swedish capital, but this one was just about affordable and did a very good job of Japanese-style space maximisation!
How to get around
Stockholm has amazing public transport, but a lot of it is walkable.
When to go
It was May when we went, but we’ve been to Stockholm at different times of the year and it’s always good. Even if the weather is poor, there’s plenty to do (and eat) indoors and they’re well prepared for bad weather.
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