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- Posted:Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Stockholm may not be the first city you'd think of when it comes to good food, but typical Swedish cuisine is surprisingly healthy and delicious. It's not all meatballs! Lunch menus can be surprisingly cheap, even in mid-range restaurants, and there are plenty of food stalls and trucks dotted around the city centre. One thing that may surprise visitors is the custom of picking up your own cutlery, water and bread when you’re shown to your seat in a restaurant.
Café Söderberg, Kungsträdgården
This little place might not look like much from the outside, as it shares a building with the public conveniences in a pretty garden in the centre of the capital. In fact, it could look positively bland next to the bright and bold St Jakob's church. But if you venture inside, you'll be surprised both by the cheap and delicious smörgås (open sandwiches) and yummy pastries, and by the classic gingham-table-clothed pine-wood decor offset by glorious stained-glass windows. Oh, and there's a tree growing through the roof. No big deal.
Da Svarta Faren, Stortorget 16
This restaurant lives up to its name: the black sheep. In a 13th-century building in the very picturesque Gamla Stan (old town), you might expect either expensive cuisine or a tacky tourist joint. Instead, this homely place provides a refined but simple lunch menu with all dishes at 85 SEK including a salad buffet, bread and a coffee. The dishes include classic Swedish cuisine (different dishes every day) and a selection of pizzas.
Akki Sushi, Folkungagatan 45, Medborgarplatsen (Södermalm)
Okay, so sushi may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Swedish cuisine. But the Swedes love their fish, so if they rave about a sushi place, you KNOW the food is going to be fantastic. Akki Sushi is a tiny hole-in-the-wall takeaway place where they make the sushi in front of you while you wait. It only has a handful of seats, but there are a couple of parks just around the corner to have your lunch in – besides, it's not going to get cold! It’s unusually placed just beside the exit of the Medborgarplatsen Tunnelbana station, but it's definitely worth a visit.
Nystekt Strömming, Södermalmstorg
This little food cart can be found just outside the northern exit of the Slussen Tunnelbana station, at the foot of the Katarina lift. Another of Stockholm's hidden gems, it’s well-known for its typical Swedish street food, which is now hard to find elsewhere. Only open at lunchtime (until 3pm in winter and 6pm in the summer), it's a great place to catch a true taste of Sweden.
Food stalls on Medborgarplatsen, Södermalm
You can find many food stalls around the centre of Stockholm, but for plenty of choice, Medborgarplatsen (‘citizen's square’) is the place to be. Here, you can find everything from Greek to Polish, kebabs, falafel, hotdogs, fried calamari... it’s perfect for a snack on your way to the trendy SoFo area!
Photos courtesy of Peter Lindberg and Lohlih. All images used under the Creative Commons license.