Our weekend in Stockholm was fantastic. I had forgotten what a beautiful place it is! The weather was perfect too. It was quite chilly but with blue skies and sunshine. What makes Stockholm so special is that the city is set on several islands, it is very green (or rather red, yellow and orange this time of the year) and the architecture is amazing. We did a lot of walking around soaking up the atmosphere and just enjoying being there. And when we got tired of walking we just popped in to one of the million cafés this city seem to have. Sweden is known for its ‘fika’, meaning enjoying a cuppa with something sweet. Obviously we also went for ‘fika’. A tiny, cozy place perfect for ‘fika’ on Djurgården is café Flickorna Helin Voltaire. We tried the lemon meringue pie and the toffee and nuts cake and both were delicious. Another good place is Café Blåbär (means blueberry ) in Wasastan. Not only do they serve amazing cakes (I had the blueberry crumble), they also have a fantastic salad buffet including the typical Swedish prawn salad and less typical but just as popular roasted beetroot and feta salad, among others. Our favourite place above all though is the café located on the top floor in Fotografiska, a museum displaying photo exhibitions. The views over Stockholm are amazing and it’s a super place for linger away an afternoon watching the boats passing by. We did so while sampling tasty ‘kanelbullar’ (cinnamon rolls) and unlimited coffee and tea.

But Stockholm is not all about ‘fika’. You can get a beer there too! A good old friend took us to Bara bistro bar for a few drinks. It’s cosy, darkish, place on Söder with a rather woody interior. Their beer menu included local as well as international kinds, even serving my favourite Duvel! Another fun place for a drink is Och himlen därtill. Set on the 26th floor in a skyscraper, this sky bar has the most fantastic views over Stockholm.

There are plenty of options to eat out too. We got stuck at this old fashioned Swedish restaurant, Pelikan. The traditional Swedish food served here was truly delicious. Eric, being a carnivore, tried cold cuts for starter and the good old Swedish meatballs for main. Myself had Gubbröra for starter, see recipe below, and artichoke stuffed with chanterelle, cheese and cream for main.

Gubbröra

4-6 portions
4 hardboiled eggs
70 gram anchovies fillets
1/2 red onion
2 tbsp chives
2 tbsp dill (extra for decoration)
1 tbsp créme fraiche
black pepper

rye bread or knäckebröd

Peel the eggs. Chop the eggs and add to a bowl. Finely chop the anchovies, red onion and herbs and add to the eggs. Add the créme fraiche and mix well. Season with black pepper. Serve with the bread.
It taste better if kept cool a couple of hours (or even a day) before serving.

The most popular snack in Sweden must be ‘korv’. Hotdog that is. Everywhere you see these small or large stalls serving them. To be eaten at any time of the day, with bread or mash potatoes, boiled or grilled and always with ketchup and mustard. I haven’t had any for years as I don’t eat meat but to my surprise they now serve vegetarian versions! It wasn’t too bad!