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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

On the trail of ABBA and Pippi Longstocking (Stockholm 3)


Sabrina Leuenberger, Direct Sales & Services Manager Scandinavia & Finland

Tjena!

Shopping can make you hungry, can’t it? So here are my favourites for a coffee break during the day along with a couple of palate-please places to go in the evening in one’s newly bought dress.

Café 60 (photo on the left-hand side) is a small, cozy café located at Sveavägen 60. The menu offers a wide variety of salads, warm dishes and sandwiches (known in Swedish as smörgåsar, which is often confused with the Danish word smörrebröd), and an abundance of sweet goodies. The hard part is choosing.

If I am on Söder, I like to go to a café called Muggen (which means “mug” in English). It enjoys a very prominent location on Götgatan that makes it great for people-watching and spotting the hip crowd of SoFo while you savour a delicious Muggen salad and a coffee.

In the 20 years since I first visited Sweden they have developed a huge restaurant culture. Nowadays there are so many good restaurants that it is hard to focus on only a few, but here are two definite classics that should not be missed.

When it comes to traditional Swedish dishes, one inevitably thinks of potatoes, meatballs and fish. The Pelikan (photo on the right-hand side) restaurant on Södermalm serves them all but in a more modern version. The meatballs (Köttbullar) come with mashed potatoes and lingonberries. This restaurant also has a great bar, which is perfect for a pre-dinner drink while waiting for friends to arrive and the table to be ready.

Stockholm is surrounded by water so there are many restaurants specialising in fish dishes. Such as B.A.R. on Östermalm, which adheres to the credo that the closer the producer, the fresher the product. The fresher the product, the better the taste. And the food they serve tastes great, the service is excellent and the restaurant’s design, inspired by water, has a clean, fresh feel.

And if you are here in December, watch out for the “Julbord”, a huge buffet with different traditional dishes. You can spend ours tasting the various yummy platters.

Sincerely and happy dining,
Sabrina

Here the Do’s and Don’ts for today:
Do – give a tip if the food and the service were good, even if the service is already calculated in the price!
Don't – go without a reservation. Queues can be quite long otherwise.

1 comment:

  1. I am enjoying your comments on Stockholm. I had a great dinner at the Pelican restaurant last year. Here's my review http://andynashnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/04/stockholm-pelican-restaurant.html
    and you are right about making a reservation (I waited about an hour) ... but you are also right about them having a nice bar!

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