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Anywhere good to eat in Stockholm?

Anything!! But it has to be good

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  1. I have yet to find a bad meal in Stockholm. Lots of great Thai spots. This one's a tad schticky, but the food's great:


    There's a great Turkish place just down the street from there too. The city is dotted with great cafes and coffeehouses. Even the train stations have excellent coffee stands which are great for a light breakfast.

    Also liked the little sandwich shop, Muggen, on Götgatan. It's a hip little place with great choices. There were so many places I ate, I can't rmember them all. Splurged on brunch at Berns. Excellent Asian buffet.

    Also there are a couple of food halls that are great. The one at Ostermalm is classic old-world European. Beautiful building with an enormous selection of prepared foods, take-out/eat-in stalls and purveyors of just about any foodstuff you can imagine. Great cheese counter, butcher, chocolatier, etc. Just a few steps from the Ostermalm train station.

    Lots of kebab/korv (sausage) stands as well. Weird concoction of a hot-dog-like sausage in a wrap with mashed potatoes and shrimp salad among the many options.

    Don't know where you're visiting from, but I live in the U.S. and found Stockholm to be pretty pricey. Most of the places I visited were reasonable (Berns excepted - although you got a good value for the price) but the finer dining options can be very expensive.

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    1. re: ferret

      thx ferret i'll be sure to check those places out

    2. I'll be in town for two days on a cruise - what are the Swedish food restaurants and specialities not to miss.

      Yup, this place looks like the Shanghai underground pedestrian tunnel- an antidote for Seasonal Affective Disorder??? Think I'll take a pass but good to know the food is good.

      1. http://www.mathiasdahlgren.com/ in the Grand Hotel in the Matsalen (the Main dining room) or F12

        1. I have a battle going on the California board about making the best Swedish pancakes in our area and promised I would have the real thing in Sweden when we will be there for a few days in June.

          Number one, are there "swedish pancakes" in Sweden (you laugh, try finding "German" chocolate cake in Germany only to learn it is an American technique of processing chocolate discovered by "Joe" German in Pennsylvania) and if so, where in Stockholm has the best? Are they avaliable all day long, or just mornings? Are they dessert or breakfast?


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          1. re: glbtrtr

            Yes, Sweden does have Swedish pancakes with the obligatory lingonberries (I've also had similarly prepared potato pancakes there -- very good). Don't know of any places offhand. We'll be there in June as well.

            1. re: glbtrtr

              If you find pancakes at a restaurant in Sweden chances are its a Thursday lunch and they aer served with pea soup. And if you find them Thursday or otherwise chances are 99.9% they are industrially made offsite and reheated at the restaurant. Pancakes are made at home not in restaurants. So if you want the real thing while in Sweden you need to go home to someone's house.

              1. re: mdibiaso

                Seconded. I've only once had pancakes for breakfast in a Stockholm hotel (I believe it was the Rica Talk -- the breakfast buffet was great in other ways too), so don't expect it. Swedish restaurants are very sensitive to international trends as well - you may find creperies, but pancakes are definitely home cooking.

              2. re: glbtrtr

                the origin of German Chocolate Cake is from a small local bakery in central Texas with a huge German immigrant population. The German Bakery was the name of the place. The frosting was made using Texas raw cane sugar which was pretty dark from not being bleached. Lots of local pecans were included and lots of shredded coconut which came into port on returning cattle boats from South America.

              3. Stockholm is not my home base, so you might want to double check.

                When I visited, I liked http://www.restaurangljunggren.se very much. It's Sushi / Fusion. Stylish design in Södermalm, a neighborhood with many small shops, bars and restaurants. The dishes are interesting - good maki and unusual combinations. Good selection of wine and sake, too!


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                1. re: dutchgrub

                  I have always enjoyed grabbing something from the food halls! Like, Cesanna´s Gourmetrullar - gourmet rolls - a thin bread rolled up and filled with slices of (roast?) beef,mashed potatoes, horseradish-apple salad and what not.

                  Re - pancakes - yes, make sure they are home made!

                  In Finland, we have a large "pancake" called pannukakku which we bake in the oven, and then small "pancakes" - lätyt, (plättar in Swedish), which are like crepes really, thin pancakes made on the stove. Both can be enjoyed with a variety of jams, with cream or ice cream, if preferred.

                  In my experience, the sausage stands are quite hygienic and safe, too.

                  The cafes offer lovely pastries, but I find the prices ridiculously high.

                  Maybe you´d like to try a Toast Skagen, an open shrimp sandwish, and of course, there are cold smoked salmon sandwiches everywhere.

                2. I was there right before Christmas and had a hard time finding places that weren't booked up that served traditional Swedish food. Operakallaren (the back pocket of a very fancy restaurant) was casual, delicious -- the food came from the same kitchen, and they didn't take reservations. People I was working with there also recommended Sturehot, Grodan, East, Riche (we went there and it was great), and Kollage.

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                  1. re: sfdottie

                    Bakfickan definitely does not have the same kitchen. I have worked in the house and there are 3 separate kitchens and staff for the 3 separate restaurants. There is a 4 kitchen for private events as well. But the food is traditional and good at the bakfickan. East does not serve Swedish food at all, its Asian influenced. Grodan is combo French and some traditional Swedish and long past its heyday. Riche is similar. in fact except for Bakfickan the places you mentions are best known today for young people going out to drink and meet people rather than for the food they serve.

                  2. Besides smorgasbord at the Grand Hotel, which is a once-in-a-lifetime meal (request a table by the window overlooking the harbor), our favorite meal in Stockholm was from a recommendation on this board: Nykoset Stromming, an outside vendor in the plaza outside the Slussen T-Bana stop in northern Sodermalm, right across the bridge when you cross over from Gamla Stan. It is in the same plaza as the Stadsmuseet (City Museum). I had a fantastic fried herring platter, with excellent "mashed swedes" (potatoes), homemade pickles, slaw made with creme fraiche, and I asked for lingonberry jam on the side. My husband had the wrap version (yes, and he really liked it. And he is a bit fussy.) The kiosk is a member of Slow Food. Menu is in Swedish, but has pictures, and the vendor spoke some English.

                    We had another great traditional meal at Pelikan in Sodermalm: (http://www.pelikan.se/) The fried salted bacon was WAY too salty for me, but, hey, I was forewarned. I wonder if Northern Europeans have a higher tolrerance for salty food than us Americans, because my dish was unreal? However, my husband's meal, and the rest of mine, was fantastic. It is worth going to for the atmosphere alone. Professional, reserved, but kind service.

                    The Ostermalm food hall, as mentioned previously, is a must-visit. Many vendors have a lunch counter with a few chairs at their stands, and will heat up a food item for you to eat there. Find the vendor that sells "bunnies cookies" (sausage stuffed savory doughy-balls, swimming in butter) and ask what the name refers to. ;


                    Bakfickan is highly recommended on this board, but it was our least favorite meal of our trip. The seating primarily communal around the center bar, with a few high tables on the perimeter; if you are looking for a formal setting, this is not the place. We weren't bothered by the seating, or even our surly server - we just didn't think the food was that good.

                    1. I've never had a bad meal at Rolfs Kök http://www.rolfskok.se/?lang=en
                      It's a small place so you have to reserve

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                      1. re: AgnesGooch

                        We took this article from SAVEUR to Stockholm with us and ate incredibly well: http://www.saveur.com/article/Travels...

                      2. I did a short write-up on where to find good husmanskost (home-style swedish food) in Stockholm. It's basically a list of places where I like to take visitors from abroad.

                        By no means complete but useful nonetheless, I think: