The first day we arrived around six o’ clock in Stockholm, and asked the reception for a recommendation for a restaurant close by our hotel in the area Sodermalm.
Our first restaurant was immediately the best one of our 4-day trip. The Italian Restaurant Pane Vino (Brannkyrgatan 93) has a small but tasteful menu. We ate there twice and ordered pizza’s and tried the tuna with black rice. The pizzas were very good, it is a combination of ingredients that you don’t find everywhere, but really tasteful. The crust was not too soft and not too thick. Both visits we had to wait for a couple of minutes, but while we were waiting at the bar, with a good glass of wine, the friendly staff came after a couple of minutes to refer us to our seats. The place is very well maintained and I loved the styling. There is a pretty big outside area to dine and they also have an “outside garden” in the form of a glass house that can be used during the colder periods.
There are a lot of great places in Stockholm for eating, drinking, chilling and going out. As soon as the temperature rises, everyone wants to sit outside. Although sometimes it is chilly outside, people use the blankets who are everywhere or sitting below the heaters.
Last year Stockholm City decided to test turning the street Swedenborgsgatan into a pedestrian street during the summer months. This was done to bring life in sleepy streets. Well, as far as Bistro Sud (Swedenborgsgatan number 8A) is concerned, I found they have succeeded. On a Monday evening the place was packed with locals and tourists. We had a lovely table next to the open windows, which gave us a nice view over the street. The kitchen is a mix of French cuisine with some local dishes. I tried the herring which was recommended by the waiter. Although the staff wasn’t very friendly, we had a great time with a lovely view in this cosy restaurant and the meals were professional served and tasteful.
If you would like to try the real Swedish plain food dishes, you have to go to Blekingegatan 40 for Restaurant Pelikan. This restaurant is famous because of its meatballs and boiled knuckle of pork with mashed swedes and three kinds of mustard. Although I didn’t like the cheesecake from Smaland, I can really recommend this place. The staff is professional and friendly, the place is beautiful and makes you feel like you stepped back forty years in time. And the meatballs were perfect! So just try another dessert, but definitely visit this place in Sodermalm.
In summertime the place Debaser Slussen is a good spot for sitting on a big terrace and watching people. The place has a Mexican restaurant (Calexico’s), a Bar Brooklyn where you can eat sandwiches and burgers and the bar Debaser, which is more famous for organizing theme events. You can find it at Hornstulls Strand 4 and 9 and is located next to the river Liljeholmsviken. And if you would like to swim, just walk a little bit further to the park Tantolunden. During summertime people are swimming, playing football and chilling in the grass.
In the heart of the Old City we had lunch in Bistro Pastis, a charming neighbourhood French bistro. We had a great place outside. There are not a lot of options on the menu, but it is adapted to the season. We ordered the Chevre Chaud (goat cheese salade with beetroot and smoked bacon) and the Steak Tartar. Both dishes were good and together with the glass of wine was it a perfect summer vacation lunch. You can find Bistro Paris at the corner of Kopmansgatan and Baggensgatan.
Norrmalm is “The City”, the newest city centre after the facelift in 1960. We didn’t spend a lot of time here. You can find the longest street for shopping, including all the famous brands like H&M and Zara. We passed through this, had a break in the small Berzelli Park and ordered a drink at Berns, which is adjacent to the park and has an outside terrace.
In Ostermalm we went to the Saluhall, an indoor market in an old fire station where they sell high-quality food. But when we got there, they were renovating the place and transferred everything to a temporary venue next to it. Since they moved it and the dishes were expensive, we moved to another place for lunch. But if you are familiar with the concept from Barcelona and Madrid and would like to experience this in Stockholm, then this place is a must do.