Skiing in Romme, Dalarna & Seeing the Almighty Dalahäst

A couple weeks ago we decided to take a ski bus to Romme to ski for the day. The bus pass includes a ski pass and it’s an economical way to go skiing for the day that’s not a mole hill in Stockholm.

I spent most of the three hour bus ride staring out the window waiting for a blanket of soft snow to cover the landscape. Instead, the further north we went, the less likely for winter wonderland.

Romme, is a small town just 10k south of Borlänge and is in the southern part of Dalarna. Dalarna is one of the northern states and translates to “The Valleys.” People usually tease that the Swedish men who speak the least come from this region.

I also realized when I was on the bus that Happy Hedgehog, the cute store sponsoring the giveaway, was just 10 minutes away from the slopes! We ended up missing each other :( Still, if you haven’t entered the fabulous giveaway, what are you doing reading this article?!

Anyway…here’s to photos!

Sunrise, somewhere near Västerås
Sunrise near Västerås

Trees
The beginning of the trees

Slightly icy river
First River Crossing

Glowing trees
Plains and Trees
 

River with fish scale icing
Icy River

Golden plains. I swear we are moving northwards
The Great Plains of Central Sweden

More Trees! And a touch of snow
Trees in Sweden

I spy the Dalahäst!
Here comes the Dalahäst

Tjooohoooo!
The dalahäst!

Back to trees
Trees in Sweden

Another river. Winter is not coming.
River

Pretty little church
Little Church in the Prairie

Swedish boy on a horse – in the middle of a roundabout …
Swedish boy on a horse

Axeman – in the middle of a roundabout …
Axeman! near Romme, Dalarna, Sweden

Giant blue thing – in the middle of a roundabout … {anyone know what this is?}
Giant Blue Thing, near Romme, Dalarna, Sweden

At last – Romme! The mini ski village
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It turns out that I suck at using the button lift (knapplift – which I renamed to knappgök lift) on skis equally as much as on a snowboard. I also sucked at skiing even though my snowboarding was slightly above mediocre. Therefore, a beer was prescribed to calm my nerves.
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Now this is how babies sleep in Sweden. Probably illegal in America or some idiot will call child services and the police on you.
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At the top of the slope. This was NOT me.
The top of the slope in Romme

Green, red, or black?
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I am still questioning whether winter came…
Are you sure it's winter in Dalarna?

Winter did not come.
Winter did not come.

Signs, in case you get lost
Lots of signs!

At an elevation of 138 meters above sea level, the highest slope point of Romme rests at 275 meters
Just 2.4km high

Hmmm, I wonder if the snow on the ground was blasted out by the snow machines to make people feel better about thinking it’s wintertime.
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Sunset
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And goodnight…
Goodnight Dalahäst

Visit Stockholm: Bars with a View

There is one beauty you can never tire of in Stockholm: the view. Despite it being a relatively flat city with low height buildings, there are a few buildings that stand tall in the city and lend a beautiful view.

It does not matter if you come in the wintertime, summertime, fall-time, springtime or depressing time, the views will change but be spectacular nevertheless.

The bars and restaurants chosen lay on the water and offer earthly views, or lay in the sky and offer heavenly views.

Gondolen
Sitting on top of a random elevator shaft and walkway, Gondolen sits atop Slussen. You can see Gamla Stan, city, Djurgården, and Skeppsholmen.

The drinks and food are on the pricey side and the people who visit the restaurant are either tourists or those born before the war. Service can be good though since they do encounter tourists, but just don’t be a douche and stand around for an hour without buying a drink.

Skrapan
Skrapan is the tallest building in Stockholm city. The lower levels are student housing and the top two floors is a stylish restaurant. The restaurant has a near 360 degree review of the entire city. Skrapan is great to get drinks or dinner, though a little on the pricey side, but wonderful all year round.

Kungsholmen
The restaurant Kungsholmen is on the island of Kungsholmen. So smart. The restaurant is all windows and sits on the south side of the island and overlooks northwestern Södermalm.

The food at Kungsholmen is eclectic and international. From cajun chicken to tandoori chicken you can find delicious food and drinks. In the wintertime you can watch the floating ice crushing against each other.

Eken
Eken is the hotel bar at the Hilton hotel in Slussen. The outdoor serving is open a few short months in the summer and is worth it. The indoor hotel bar overlooks the tracks into Gamla Stan as well as City Hall but it is nearly as exciting as sitting outside.

Pontus
Pontus by the Sea is located on the easter side of Gamla Stan. They are known for the shellfish, delicious, and outdoor seating in the summer. Of course in the wintertime, the restaurant is full with people, but it’s not the same thing.

Expect higher prices and stuffed up Östermalmers but ignore them as they takeover anywhere cool.

Mossebacke / Södra Bar & Kök
These two bars share the same terrasse overlooking Gamla Stan and Djurgården. They are funky and offbeat and cater to the Södertjejer and killar of the city.

Södra Bar is a nightclub, bar, and a theater. They have cultural performances, and off-Broadway productions.

Mossebacke is a terrasse bar. It’s wonderful in the summertime and pretty much closed in the dead of winter. But for a great view, visit the place.

Sky Bar Radisson Blu
This is the one place I do NOT recommend. The Sky Bar is nothing like what the reviews say, though mainly they are written by the hotel itself.

The bar is small, extremely overpriced (a $22 martini is cheap comparatively), and has a view of construction at T-Centralen and dingy street shops on Klarabergsvägen. The clientele was more in line for super senior citizen day than the “under 65 age group.”

Orangeriet
Located right next to Kungsholmen Restaurant, Orangeriet is rococo and vintage style. It’s a fun place with less fake bougies and more class.

Definite worth a visit if you want to have good drinks and a lot of fun.

Josefin
Josefin’s is the other bar I don’t recommend visiting. While it’s in a great location behind Nordiska Museet facing the water, the people and wait staff are anything but tolerable. A glass of wine, crappy at best quality, is 100:- and served in an old plastic glass. Everything is served in plastic.

Kaknästorget
This TV and radio tower stands 155 meters tall and is Stockholm’s tallest building. Except for broadcasting and the cafe, nothing else is in the building.

There is a 360 degree view of all of Stockholm and the charming, rudimentary cafe is worth grabbing a coffee and cake.

Definitely not a place to forget your camera!

Entry costs 30SEK but is free with the Stockholm Card.


View Bars with a View in a larger map

Do you have a favorite bar or restaurant with a view?

Be sure to check out my list of best bars and pubs in the city.

The Best Ice Cream in Stockholm

Clearly, I am in the wrong season for ice cream. It’s cold and dreary, and cold. So why have ice cream? Because you can!!!

I love ice cream in the wintertime. It is cold, delicious, and happy. Just because it is -25C outside, it does not mean you cannot partake in childhood pleasures.

Ice Cream

Lucky for me, the best ice cream shop in Stockholm is on my island, Södermalm. 18 Smaker (18 flavors) makes their own homemade, organic ice cream. It is founded by two friends, Danne and Karin and opened in 2009.

But they have delicious and unique flavors. Anise and cardamum, licorice, cosmopolitan, blueberry shortcake, ginger, pepparkakor. There are too many flavors to try!

And so I spent afternoon with Danne discussing ice cream.

Me: We all dream of owning an ice cream shop as kids. How did you do it?
Danne: Like everybody else, I loved ice cream. I worked at an ice cream shop during the summers when I was in college and it was one of the best experiences.

When I was chatting with my friend, Karin, over a fika, we both realized we were dissatisfied with our corporate jobs and wanted to do something else. Something fun. So, we decided to go for the ice cream shop with our own homemade ice cream.

Me: And it happened!
Danne: It did! But there were a couple moments where it was all going to fall apart; not having a place, not having everything financially secured. Then as luck would have it, a perfect spot dropped on us and we open in August 2009.

Me: Most of your products are ekologist (ie. organic). Why?
Danne: With so many processed foods today with chemical ingredients, we realized we wanted something real. Some ice cream produces uses artificial flavors, powdered milk, and chemicals to make ice cream tasty.

In reality, a beautiful ice cream is: milk, eggs, sugar, cream. And why not buy organic? It is better and tastier.

On top of the base mix always being organic, we try to ensure all of other ingredients are organic as well. Occasionally it happens we cannot get organic (e.g. Indian mangoes do not come organic; neither does Trykisk Peber) but then we strive for the best quality of fruits and mix-ins.

Me: How do you choose flavors?
Danne: Hehe, I never thought about it as they just come to us! Most of the flavors are suggestions from customers and of course the basics like vanilla, dark chocolate and lakrits.

In addition, some customers will share their summer yield of fruits with us. We were able to make a rhubarb ice cream thanks to a customer of ours. Other times family members will give us their extra plums and lingonberries. Fresh, natural, and from Sweden!

Me: I’ll put my two cents and would love to see pumpkin pie!

So Many Choices

Me: You just mentioned lakris, licorice, as a popular flavor. Really?
Danne: Yes! Licorice is one of the most popular flavors we have. It’s Sweden equivalent of vanilla.

When tourists stop by the shop, they ask about licorice. We give them a tasting and usually get such funny faces! Some tourists love it and some still remain skeptical.

And we use Tyrkisk Peber, this very strong flavored licorice that is a popular Swedish godis. It is strong, sour, spicy, peppery, and anise-y (is that a word?).

Me: Have you had a train wreck ice cream?
Danne: Yes, the worst was an espresso sorbet. It was so bad it would not even solidify and we had to let it go.

Me: What’s going to popular for the fall?
Danne: With the wintertime, we like to have some of the favorite Christmas sweets. There will be saffron, pepparkakor, and then wintertime flavors like cognac and plum.

A big thank you to Danne who chilled with me to chat about ice cream.

Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday: 12 – 18
Sunday 12 – 17

Location
Timmermansgatan 15, Södermalm, Stockholm
Tbana: Mariatorget, take the Mariatorget exit
OR, walk 8 minutes from Slussen

Website
18smaker.se
The ultimate list of ice cream flavors

Food served
Ice creams
Coffees, cappuchinos
Milkshakes
Hot chocolate (varm choklad)
Tea

Gimme ice cream!

Enjoy!

Visit Sweden: Transportation & Getting Around

Sweden is an easy accessible country despite it being one of the northernmost nations in the world.

Getting in and then getting around the country is also easy as the country is well functioning.
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Here’s our guide to transportation and visiting Sweden. There will be a transportation guide to Stockholm next time.

Airports
Stockholm Arlanda – ARN – Country’s largest airport. Has operations with SAS to major destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. Other major airlines include Norwegian, Lufthansa, AirFrance/KLM.

Gothenburg Landvetter – GOT – Sweden’s second largest airport. Operates to all major destinations in Europe and few to North America.

Stockholm Skavsta – NYO – Ryan Air’s and other cheaper airlines use the airport. Takes 1hr 20min by bus (and it is the only way to travel) between Stockholm city and the airport. Prepare for traffic disruptions during bad weather.

Malmö-Sturup Airport – MMX – Domestic airport though some flights to Europe.

Stockholm-Bromma Airport – BMA – Regional airport servicing domestic flights.

Stockholm-Västerås Airport – VST – Regional airport servicing domestic flights but also some Ryan Air flights.

Umeå Airport – UME – Domestic airport.

Railways
SJ – Sveriges Järnvägen – Sweden’s national rail line. You can search for tickets on their website but buying is tricker. American credit cards are not usually accepted. Sometimes Swedish card are not accepted either. If you cannot buy online, go to the station (in any city) and buy tickets.

Eurorail passes are accepted; keep the card on you when you travel and buy the ticket. If you are student, please have appropriate ID when buying AND traveling, conductors on SJ are not forgiving.

There are three types of trains you can take:
X2000 – The fastest and newest trains, an X2000 train will take 2hr50min-3hr50min (depending on the number of stops) between Stockholm and Gothenburg. These tickets are also the most expensive; buy in advance if possible.

Intercity – These trains stop more often than the X2000 and take longer to travel by. They are cheaper however. The trains are also older, dirtier, and don’t have wifi like the X2000 trains. Overnight trains are intercity models.

Veolia or Other European companies – Veolia is a privately run train company and operates inter-European trains.

Arlanda Express – Express train service, 20 minutes, between Stockholm centralstation and Arlanda airport. Worth it if you are in a rush or under 26 years old, otherwise the tickets are expensive (240kr per person) if there are several of you traveling.

SL – StorStockholms Lokaltrafik – The railway company operating the bus, metro and regional trains (pendaltåg) in the Stockholm area.

Västtrafik – Operates Göteborg’s local and regional train and bus system.

Buses
There are several buses that operate nationally.

Swebus – The largest bus line in Sweden as it operates between all major cities. Prices are good if you book ahead.

Bus4You – Free internet, comfortable seats and usually the cheapest option. My favorite choice if I have to travel by bus.

Flygbussarna – The airport coaches. Operates in Arlanda, Västerås, Skavsta, Bromma, Landvetter, Göteborg City Airport, Malmö and the neighboring city centers. Prices range from 89-120:- for a single ticket.

Rental Cars
The major rental car companies are present in Sweden. Hertz, Avis, and EuropeCar can be found at the airports and within the cities.

Taxis
There are many taxi companies in the big cities but beware of off-fare or private vehicles operating as taxis. This is especially a problem in Gothenburg and a growing problem in the Stockholm suburbs.

Some of the popular companies and phone numbers (03 numbers are for Gothenburg residents, 08 numbers are for Stockholm residents).
Lerums taxi, 0302-146 00
Taxi Göteborg, 031-650 000
Taxi Kurir, 031-27 27 27, 08-30 00 00
Taxigruppen, 031-441 441
Taxi 020, 020-93 93 00, 08-20 20 20
VIP taxi , 031-27 16 11
Flygtaxi, 031-710 30 00
Taxi Stockholm, 08-15 00 00

Official websites
http://swedavia.se/en/Goteborg/Traveller-information/ – Gothenburg Airport travel information.
http://taxipriser.se/hem.html – Taxi website that lists all taxi companies in Sweden. Pretty accurate but be sure to ask for pricing from the taxi company itself.
http://www.arlanda.se/en/ – Arlanda Airport travel information.
http://www.swedavia.se/en/Malmo-Airport/Traveller-Information/ – Malmö Airport travel information.
http://www.brommaairport.se/sv/Bromma/ – Bromma airport information.
http://www.flygbussarna.se – Flygbussarna buses from airports to the cities.
http://sl.se/ – They are too lazy to create an English website so tell you to use Google Translate.
http://www.sj.se/start/startpage/index.form?l=en – National Rail line

Fall Events in Stockholm

Fall is here. Obviously, the nights are chilly and the daytime temperature is on a rollercoaster. Today is a sunny and beautiful day, almost summertime but with jeans and light sweaters.

Since fall and winter in Sweden mean depressing, cold, dark times, there are a lot of things to do in the city. If you are visiting Stockholm, there is lots for you! Here’s the guide to events in October in Stockholm.

Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival and Taste Experience – Beer and whiskey lovers, this is for you! It is pricey to get in though, at 199:- per person, and includes a glass and nothing else. Remember tasting is not free, so expect to shell out 30-80:- per tasting (15cl).
Opening hours –
First Weekend: 29/9: 15-23 30/9: 15-24 1/10: 12-24
Second Weekend: 6/10: 15-23 7/10: 15-24 8/10: 12-24

Lost in Stockholm meetup! – Found in Stockholm – Come meet other readers of the blog and enjoy a tasty beer at one of the local pubs in Stockholm. Location TBA as we are planning something special for those who attend.
Date – October 13th, 7PM onwards
RSVP on Facebook or in a comment below.

Nordiska Museet Choklad Festival – Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! This festival is like crack for chocolate addicts. Most stalls have free bits to taste from exotic origin to dark to white to chili-tequila chocolate. Open for kids and adults alike. Prices are reasonable at 120:- per adult, and 60:- per child.

Opening hours –
October 14th – 10am – 8pm
October 15th and 16th – 10am – 6pm

Moderna Museet – Museum of Modern Art – MOMA is worth visting not because of the funky, modern art they have, but the view from the museum cafe. It is one my mom’s and mine’s favorite spots in the city. A special treat are three famous master showcased from October 8th to January 15th: Turner, Monet, and Twombly.
Location –
Skeepsholmen
www.modernamuseet.se

Tekniska Museet – Technology Museum – NASA A Human Experience is in its last month of exhibiting at the museum. Ends November 6th so if you love space, be sure to visit before it ends.
Location –
Museivägen 7, Gärdet i Stockholm
www.ahumanadventure.com

Stieg Larssons Millennium Tour Walk – Random but fun if you loved The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and the series (and the movie to come at xmas). The walk is run by Stockholm City Museum and while the museum itself has free entrance, the guided tour (in English and other languages) is just 120:-. Get a little exercise and find out where all the famous streets and buildings are!
October-December: Saturdays at 11.30 in English
Meeting point: Bellmansgatan 1, Södermalm, Stockholm. Metro: Slussen or Mariatorget.
Price: 120 SEK Buy tickets at the Stockholm City Museum or at the Stockholm Tourist Centre.

ABBA City Walk – Now you can be the dancing and walking queen or king. Take a walking tour of where ABBA lived, worked, and played in Stockholm during the 1970s.
October-December: Saturdays at 4 pm.
Price: 120 SEK Buy tickets at the Stockholm City Museum or at the Stockholm Tourist Centre.

If you want to do the walk on your own, you can buy the map for 40:- for either the ABBA or the Millennium walks.

Hem & Villa Stockholm – This fair is the largest DIY style in the Nordic region. For lovers of interior design and home decor.
13th -16th October
Location – Stockholmsmässa, Älvsjö station
Price – 140:- for adult, 90:- for adult on Thursday only

The Delicatessen Show – Another food lover’s trade show open to the public.
Dates – 29th and 30th October
Location – Münchenbryggeriet

INCA: Gold Treasures – Exhibition dedicated to the history and conquests of the Incan Empire. More than 300 artifacts will be on display and are on loan from several museums in Peru.
Location – Skeppsholmen Caverns
Dates – 10 September – 12 February
Price – 150:- per adult.

For more events, there are lots more, check out visit Stockholm here.
Will have a winter events in Stockholm post next month.

51 Reasons to Love Stockholm

DN readers struck back after an article about 51 reasons to hate Stockholm, they came up with 51 reasons to love Stockholm.

I don’t think the DN writer picked the best reasons to love stockholm. Several comments repeated themselves (green, beautiful) and some made no sense (stockholm has its own smell). I picked the best and most pompous reasons to love the capital of Scandinavia.

02 “Södermalm is in Stockholm.”
Why, thank you for the geography lesson.

11 “All the weirdos are collected here. Fantastic! Then it is not strange. ”
Just like San Francisco!

14 “The good fish restaurants.”
I hear the fish restaurants in Göteborg are way better AND cheaper.

19 “After seeing a lot of capitals in the world, I think Stockholm is one of the world’s most beautiful cities with plenty of greenery, of islands and water. With functioning subway and other communications in and out of the county, with friendly people as long as they do not sit in the car or by bike. ”

20 “Cheapest dancing in Sweden – all season at Gröna Lund will cost 189:- and then you get five dances a week with free courses in salsa and tango.”
That is cool!

33 “That it is full of people. You can go out on a Sunday to a restaurant or pub and you will have to queue.”
And this is a good thing…?
[Swedish lesson of the day – uteställe – nightclub, pub, restaurant; inneställe – popular uteställe. My fail on the original translation.]

39 “The unique blend of rock city, greenery and sparkling waters.”
Summertime in Stockholm is beautiful. It is probably my most favorite place to be on Earth.

45 “Stockholm has its own smell.”
Mmmmmmm…like old cheese.

46 “The best thing about Stockholm is that it is very far from the northern homophobic, racist Skåne and Gothenburg truculent.”

49 “As real locals have patience with anyone who feels at a disadvantage and thus whines.”

50 “Whoever does not love Stockholm is stupid in the head. Here’s everything you need – and then some. ”
No, no, who said I was arrogant? I was just merely pointing out that if you don’t love Stockholm, you’re a fucking moron.

So what’s your reason to love Stockholm?

Swedish Husmanskost

Husmanskost is “everyday food.” It is the home cooked, traditional food that mom makes every evening and the kids eagerly await.

Though we most famously associate meatballs with lingonberry and potatoes with home style Swedish cuisine, there are many other dishes Swedes traditionally eat. And perhaps not eat anymore, eh-hum surströmming.

Most popular husmanskost:

  • Köttbullar med lingon – Meatballs with lingonberry jam. Forget the ready made meatballs from Scan at the grocery store, it’s articificially preserved and salty. Make your own at home, your tummy will thank you.
  • Pytt i panna – Leftover fridge day. You know when you have a potato, ham, eggs, onions hanging in the fridge and there’s not enough to make a “real” dish? Well, make pytt i panne; the perfect one pot dish of sautéed cubes of all the ingredients served with a sunny side up egg on top.
  • Sjömansbiff – Seaman’s beef. A beef casserole cooked with beer. Now that is manly.
  • Kåldomar – Stuffed cabbage rolls with meat. Originally from Turkey but brought to Sweden in the 18th century and hence the similarity to dolmars found in the Middle East.
  • Blodpudding – Blood-pudding. High in iron and perfect to sauté and serve with a cream sauce.
  • Janssons Frestelse – Janssons Temptation. Popular at Christmastime, this dish is made from potatoes, cream, onions, and herring. Delicious if you love salted fish.
  • Ärtsoppa med pannkakorPea soup with pancakes. Traditionally eaten on Thursdays to prepare for Friday fasting, today pea soup is ubiquitous with school food. Delicious to make at home but possibly Exorcist-terrifying to eat in a canteen.
  • Nyponsoppa – Rosehip soup. Sweet and tasty and little gelatinous because of the pectin.

The problem with husmanskost is the dishes are rather bland and rely on cream and fat goodness to perk them up. While you will find exotic spices like cinnamon, cardamon, and saffron in Christmas breads and cookies, you won’t find those spices in these Swedish dishes.

Still, you don’t want to not try them. Excellent köttbullar is to die for as is pytt i panne because of its simplicity. Even a simple grilled lax with citron is satisfying and tasty.

If you are in Stockholm there are few good restaurants to get husmanskost dishes and even more modern takes on them. I’ve had meatballs at all three so base my review on that and what friends had at the table.

Köttbullar at Pelikan
swedish meatballs
PelikanSödermalm – Typical Swedish bar house (krog) from the early 1900s. The huge wooden tables and high ceilings with mirrors bring you back to a different era. The food is spectacular and by far serves the best meatballs in all of Stockholm. The fish is fresh and not overcooked and modern takes on classic dishes are common. The waitstaff can be impatient and snobby but still attentive, because they know they’re good.

KvarnenSödermalm – Swedish barhouse from 1909. The underground floor is a bar/club and on Fridays and Saturdays has the young, standoffish, hipster crowd roaming the place. Not advisable to eat on those night unless you want to see drunk people slosh at the next table over. Service is poor and can take time to find a waiter who wants to talk to you. Can’t blame them with the mix of older crowd having dinner meshing with the young and obnoxious.

Cafe TrananOdenplan – Small, upscale style restaurant on the ground floor. My number two choice for meatballs, Tränan is a great place to have an intimate birthday or dinner with friends. A bar exists underground but is worth it if you get there early in the evening, otherwise you’ll be packed like sardines.

For cookbooks and getting started with meat and potatoes, check out these cookbooks:

  • Leif Mannerströms bästa – Från husmanskost till sushi – 108:- at bokus.se.
  • LCHF-husmanskost : den goda vägen till hälsa och viktminskning – Low Carb High Fat Husmanskost – 159:- at bokus.se.
  • Scandinavian Cookbook – in English – 120:- at bokus.se.

Once you have the salty, savory dishes down, it’s time to start eating the sweet stuff! And Swedes love godis.

Restaurants Closed During the Summer in Stockholm

The Stockholm Tourist put together a fabulous short guide to restaurants closed in the summertime in Stockholm. He included all the Michelin star restaurants along with the top spots in the city.

I added in another dozen restaurants that are also closed. There are many more restaurants closed for the summer so be aware before getting excited to go on a gastronomy tour of Stockholm!

Dates are inclusive of closing dates. Use Bookatable.com to find the next available booking.

  • Lux Stockholm – International, Michelin * – Primusgatan 116 – July 17th through August 15th.
  • Fredsgatan 12 (F12) Michelin * – July 10th through August 7th.
  • The Grill – Meat/Bistro – Drottninggatan 89 – July 10th through August 1st.
  • Brasserie Le Rouge – French – Brunnsgränd 2-4 – July 3rd through August 10th. The bar, Le Bar, is open all summer.
  • Smak på Restaurangen – International (not Vegetarian as some booking sites list it) – Oxtorgsgatan 14 – June 24th through August 4th.
  • Operakällaren – July 11th through August 15th.
  • Teatergrillen – Swedish – Nybrogatan 3 – July 3rd through August 3rd.
  • Esperanto – French, Michelin * – Kungstensgatan 2 – June 23rd through August 11th.
  • Frantzén/Lindeberg – Swedish, Michelin ** – Lilla Nygatan 21 – July 10th through August 11th.
  • Sjögräs – International – Timmermansgatan 24 – July 17th through August 8th.
  • Pontus! – Brunnsgatan 1 – July 4th through August 8th.
  • Pontus by the Sea – East side waterfront, Gamla Stan – Remains open.
  • Djuret – Meat, meat and more meat – Lilla Nygatan 5 – June 24th through August 29th. Svinet, located in the restaurant garden, is open.
  • Brasserie Bobonne – French – Storgatan 12 – July 7th to August 16th.
  • Mattias Dahlgren Matbaren & Matsalen – Swedish/International Fine Dining, Michelin **/* – Grand Hôtel – July 15th to August 7th.
  • Gotland Restaurang och Bar – Swedish/Bistro – Brunnsgatan 6 – July to August 16th.
  • Rue du Pont Nouveau – Swedish/Fine Dining – Nybrogatan 38 – July 17th to August 16th.
  • Restaurang Stockholm – Swedish – Centralplan 1 – July to August 7th.
  • Restaurang Bellevue – Swedish – Vanadisplan 2 – Reopens August 15th.
  • Långholmens Wärdshus – Swedish/Traditional – Alstaviksvägen 17 – July to August 7th.
  • Clas På Hörnet – Swedish – Surbrunnsgatan 20 – July 10th to August 15th.
  • No 12 Kungstensgatan – Swedish/International – Kungstensgatan 12 – from June 23rd. It does not say when it will reopen.
  • Pelikan – Swedish – – Stora Hallen is open but Kristallen and Matsalen are closed for the summer. Dates are not listed on the closing dates.
  • AG Restaurang och Bar – Swedish – July 3rd to August 7th.
  • Eyubi Kök & Bar – Lebanese – Döbelnsgatan 45 – July to August 8th.
  • Nalen Restaurang – Swedish – Regeringsgatan 74- July to August 1st.

I will post a list of the best restaurants actually open in the summertime.

Swedish Cuisine & Food from A to Ö

Here are a few fun facts from A to Ö when it comes to Swedish food and cuisine. There’s also the famous Swedish brands and companies and Swedish names.

Smaklust - Cheese platter

I’ve included popular pastries and desserts, dishes (like Janson’s temption), food items, drinks, and typical dishes served at Swedish holiday (Christmas, Easter)

I am missing foods for some of the letters below, please let me know and I will add them.

A – arraksboll, Ahlgrens bilar
B – blåbärssoppa, blodkorv, budapestbakelse
C – chokladboll, Champis
D – dill (have it have it on färsk potatis!)
E – enbärslax
F – fiskbullar, färsk potatis (at midsummer), Flygande Jacob, falukorv, filmjölk, fil
G – gravad lax, gröt, glögg
H – hjortron (cloudberry), herregård
I – isterband, ischoklad
J – Janssons frestelse, Julskinka, julsenap
K – köttbullar, kanelbullar, kåldolmar, knäckebröd, kladdkaka, knäck, kräftskiva, kallas kaviar
L – lax, lingon sylt (lingonberry jam), lutfisk
M – marmelad
N – nypponsoppa
O – ostkaka
P – princesstårta, pytt i panna, pannkakor, palt, prinskorv, punschrulle, pepparkakor, plättar, prästost
Q – quark (kesella)
R – raggmunk, renkorv, rabarbarpaj
S – sill, semlor, saffronbullar, surströmming, smörgåstårta, spettekaka, smultron, skum
T – Trocadero
U – ukama (a variety of Swedish potatoes found in the winter time)
V – våfflor
W –
X –
Y –
Z –
Å – Åkerö (a type of Swedish apple)
Ä – ärtsoppa
Ö – öl… just kidding!

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I’m bored and have nothing to write about. Instead, take the quizzes below and I’ll compile them into a post.

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