Stockholm is a city scattered on fourteen main islands connected by bridges – thanks to numerous waterways the city earned the name of “the Venice of the North”.
The city is very organized, stylish and funky, and the restaurants in Stockholm are absolutely superb.
With a great variety of restaurants, bars and cafes, you will never be short of places to eat, and trying Swedish cuisine in Stockholm is one of the things that you really shouldn’t miss.
Even though modern Swedish cuisine is highly internationalized, there are still some typically Swedish dishes that everyone should try.
Swedish cuisine doesn’t use any fancy spices or herbs, but instead prefers salt, white and black pepper – the dishes mainly consist of some sort of meat, fish, potatoes, salad and cream sauce.
Some Popular Must-Try Swedish Dishes:
Pickled Herrings – Pickled herring is one of the most famous traditional Swedish dishes, and can be prepared in a variety of styles. Some love it, most hate it – but try it for the experience!
Janssons frestelse (Jansson’s temptation) – this is a traditional Swedish dish that has a special place at every Christmas table. It is made of potatoes, onions, herring, pickled sprats and cream.
Pyttipanna (Leftovers in a pan) – if you have potatoes, onions and ham in your fridge then you have all necessary ingredients for Pyttipanna. All the above mentioned ingredients are chopped and then pan fried and seasoned with salt and black pepper. It is usually served with some beets, fried eggs, capers and pickled gherkin on the side.
Ärtsoppa (Pea soup) – it consists of yellow peas, pieces of onion and pork and is very often served with a little mustard. Traditionally served on Thursdays along with pancake and whipped cream (for some unknown reason).
Makaroner och Falukorv (Macaroni and Sausage) – macaroni are simply cooked with milk and have a nice creamy taste. It is served with a special type of fried sausages and ketchup and is one of the kids’ favorite dishes.
Swedish Fast Food – Pizza, hot dog, kebab and falafel are the main fast food dishes in Stockholm. There are a lot of hot dog stands all over the city and you should also try a famous Swedish specialty “tunnbrödrulle” – a hot dog in a tortilla with mashed potatoes and shrimp salad.
Sweets – there are tons of pastry shops and bakeries scattered around Stockholm – drop by one of them to try homemade ice cream, princess cake or cinnamon buns.
If you are a fan of coffee, Stockholm is one of the best places to enjoy this aromatic drink. Swedish consumption of coffee is known to be among the highest in the world.
For Swedish people it is more like a social ritual when you can enjoy the cup of coffee and discuss the latest gossips and news.
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