Michy veggies [Photo: Stefan van der Kwast Gissberg/Frantzén/Lindeberg]
Well, how long do you have? Even picking just a few highlights from Stockholm’s burgeoning F&B scene is an onerous task, the city simply radiates good health with sparklingly fresh seafood and vegetables, slow food, seasonally sourced delicacies, single cow cheese (yes, that’s right Gerta) and artisanally produced edibles – from garden fork to table fork in a single breath.
Of all the award winning eateliers, if you have to choose only one, without a doubt pick Frantzén/Lindeberg, it’s our absolute fave of the city’s fine diners, and this year even received the special ‘One to Watch’ award from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants to add to its 2 Michelin stars. Using organic veg from their own gardens, and with passion and attention to detail in spades (your sour dough bread proves on the table in front of you before being taken off to bake and returned for your main course) this tiny mod gastrocenti eatery is a veritable (or even vegetable!) lab of seasonal perfection at the very forefront of Swedish cuisine. The fact that it’s nestled discreetly in the cobbled streets of Stockholm’s fabulously picturesque medieval city Gamla Stan only adds to its allure. Book way ahead for one of the few precious tables.
At first glance PA&Co is an unassuming, homely woody nook that you’d walk past and hardly notice. But look again, and you’ll see this unobtrusive, low-key little miss is the ‘in’ spot for Stockholm’s slebs and local foodies alike. With no pretension and no standing on ceremony, the family atmos, divine home-cooked dishes and rustic shab-chic vibe mean tables are very hard to come by indeed. Get kissy with your concierge to score a perch or rock up and expect to queue. We had trouble deciphering the menu in Swedish, but the friendly wait staff were soon on hand for personal recs and tasty specials. Yum!
Ta en fika / Coffee n’ Cake
Ta en fika is a term you’ll hear over and over again in Stockholm – the call of the coffee and cake break verges on a cult, and isn’t limited to sweets and pastries, no siree, you can graze on all manner of savouries while you klatsch, and people watch, and eat, and drink coffee, and klatsch some more, and drink more coffee and eat and … get the picture? There’s no such thing as a 10 minute coffee break in this town and nowhere better to do it than at our faves Mellqvist Café and newbie Kura Café where the food is fab, the cinnamon buns the size of JLo’s, and the social butterflies hover for that nectar of nectar, gossip. If you have the time, zap up to Cocovaja too, this tiny little coff box is so worth the schlep for artisanal estate coffees, lovely staff and the signature mouth magical Our Friend Lennart sandwich. Hell, yeah.
Frantzén/Lindeberg. Lilla Nygatan 21, Gamla Stan. T: +46 8 20 85 80.
PA&Co. Riddagartan 3, Östermalm. T: +46 8 611 08 45. W: paco.se
Mellqvist Café. Rörstrandsgatan 4, Vasastan. T: +46 8 30 23 80.
Kura Café. Torsgatan 31, Vasastan. T: +46 8 32 88 23. W: kura.se
Cocovaja. St Eriksgatan 109, Vasastan. T: +46 8 31 61 40. W: cocovaja.se
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