13 September 2015

Where to eat and drink in Stockholm

Stockholm has a saucy reputation for being srsly expensive but there are ways to chomp your way through the city without a telling off from your bank manager.

First up have a rifle through Air B&B, because staying in your own apartment means you can make some meals at home instead of eating out every single night. Then spend your dinner money on lots of other lovely eating opportunities!

Here are my faves...

Bröd & Salt, Gamla Stan
Nestled in a square on the city's oldest island, this bakery is ideal for a little fika after a ramble around the old town. What's fika, you say? Only the best invention ever. You know that after-breakfast lull, when lunch seems like ages away? The Swedes fill it with coffee and pastries, the clever sausages.

Let the very helpful staff at organic bakery Bröd & Salt  recommend their best bake of the day (almond buns when we visited), team it with a piping hot coffee and watch the world go by. There are lots of these treasures around the city, keep your eyes peeled for the orange and blue print.

Caffè Nero, Vasastan
My husband spotted this place in our Lonely Planet guide and we decided to head north of the city on foot to check it out, mildly panicking in case we'd spent 30 minutes walking towards a British coffee chain. This Caffé Nero turned out to be nothing of the sort...

The Italian cafe is very cool, all exposed concrete, bare lightbulbs and beardy clientele. Grab a grilled panini for melted mozzarella and cured meat lunch perfection.

3. Beijing8
After a couple of suppers in our cosy apartment, we ventured out for dinner one night. We were staying just across the water from the island of Södermalm, which is much-hyped as the trendy part of town. Södermalm's centre felt a little tired to me - like the Swedish version of Shoreditch. However Hornstull, to the west of the island, is AWESOME. Cafes, restaurants, bars and buzz. Go go go! (There's a metro link so it's super easy to get to.)

We found Beijing 8 on Hornsbruksgaten and ordered all the dumplings. Fresh, tasty and for goodness' sake get the steamed broccoli as a side.

If you can't get to Hornstull, keep an eye out for the food truck peddling 'dumplings and tea'. Beijing8 have just opened in Paris and now that I'm back at home, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for one to arrive in the UK soon.

Aperitifs in Hornstull
Head down to the water and grab a drink on the floating restaurant and bar Loopen. Views out over the archipelago are beaut and as boats sail past, you can pretend its the waves making you feel giddy, rather than all the booze. Another hidden beauty of a bar is Cantina Real, a Latin American eye-popper squirrelled away in an apartment block where you can enjoy beer, tapas and fashion inspo from the cool kids. Like this guy...

Supermarket sweep
As for eating in, the supermarkets I found were really well stocked and not nearly as expensive as I'd thought. Stock up in Hemköp which has loads of fresh produce on offer. Oh, and if you're keen on creamed caviar in a tube, you're in for a treat.


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