Sweden markets and restaurants
I am taking a trip to Sweden this summer and was wondering if anyone could tell me where to find the following:
I want to try the most fresh food they have to offer. I'll be staying with a friend and thought it would be fun to prepare a few meals at home. Also, any suggestions for restaurants would be appreciated as well! Thank you
There are three markets in the city -- Östermalm and Hötorget, as mentioned, but also Södermalmshallarna by Medborgarplatsen on Södermalm. It's nowhere near as nice as the first two, but could be handy if you are based on Söder.
I'd head to Hötorget for the fish or Östermalms Saluhall for meat, afterwards popping into Androuet cheese shop on Nybrogatan. Yes, it's French rather than Swedish, but it's outstanding. Pick up bread from Riddarbagariet and you're all set.
Stockholm has two Saluhalls. Östermalm and Hötorget. Östermalm is better but the prices are extremely high and the produce can be rather everyday, but there can also be some good stuff if you know how to look and smell. If you friend has access to a car I think you can find better stuff in the country side by going direct farms that sell to the public. Have your friend search the internet to see whats open and when.
mdibiaso said, when it comes to markets, Stockholm is quite limited - even thou I dont think the market at Östermalm is really that "every day". The quality when compared with 2004, has increased a lot in my opinion, so its definately worth going there.
Regarding restaurants: It pretty much boils down the the price. Some excellent restaurants in the upper-price-classe are: Bistro Jarl at Birger Jarlsgatan, Riche at Birger Jarlsgatan, Tranan at Odenplan (its not as good as its used to be), Pause at St. Eriksplan, Grodan at Grev Turegatan, Primo's at Odenplan (best pizza in Stockholm, hands down), Jimmy's at Kölnagatan (very good steaks and lovely location).
Besides Primo's and Jimmy's, these are all up-scale restaurants but still pretty casual.
Visited Stockholm last September and went to F12 for lunch which was a pleasant experience. food was pretty innovative and had nice clean flavours. dinner might be expensive though. Also went to Grill (a restaurant in a sort of mock furniture showroom) which was a novelty i guess but wouldnt rush back. We were a group of 3 20 year olds on a budget for 4 days so im sure there are better places to eat! although i'd recommend f12.
A rather splendid lunch -- for tiny amounts of money -- can be had at Nystekt Strömming, an outdoor fish stand on Södermalmstorg, a square close to the McDonald's and the restaurant Gondolen where you cross from Gamla Stan to Södermalm.
It's a rather shabby looking kiosk, but there's a long line every lunchtime for paper plates of herring with potato and lingon berry and mashed potato. Rather unexpectedly it's a member of the Slow Food movement, and it's just smashing. If the day is sunny, it's perfect.