I’ve got some exciting news!! And, I need your help.
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Next week, Jorge and I are leaving for a twelve day (mostly) Scandinavian adventure, including stops in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Also, for the first few days of the trip, we are visiting friends in Ulricehamn, Sweden where we’ll be celebrating Midsommar! I’ve been told that the festivities will go a little something like this. Should be a fun experience :)!
My parents treated me to several trips to Europe while in High School and College, and I’m still so thankful for their generosity!! Sadly though, I haven’t been back since. I remember loving my visits in Amsterdam (2003 and 2004) and Sweden (2004), and I’m really excited to go back again as a foodie. Quick stops at McDonalds and other fast food establishments were common during my days of novice adventuring, but I won’t make the same mistakes this time around. This is where I need your help! Continue reading below for details.
As of right now, Jorge and I have all of our lodging and transportation planned, but, aside from the Midsommar celebration, we have zero food plans. If you are familiar with Stockholm, Gothenburg, Copenhagen and/or Amsterdam, please share your foodie recommendations below. We are looking for both casual and fancy spots (and everything in between). Where should we fika? Who’s got the best local fish dish? What’s the tastiest food truck? And so on. Any help would be much, much appreciated!!
Also, if you’d like to follow along on our travels, visit me on Instagram. Stop by and say hello :)!
Image credits: Midsommar Celebration | Swedish Cinnamon Buns1
As a Stockholm dude, I have my secret spots for all things food.
For coffee and an amazing salad/proper sandwhich in Stockholm, try Café Pascal, or go to Kaffeverket. Coffee etc in gothenburg, check out Kale’i Kaffebar or go to Da Matteo.
For lunch in Stockholm, try Urban Deli, The Flying Elk, Restaurang Hjerta, 800 Grader (amazing pizza), Oaxen Slip. Also check out Fotografiska museum for a nice view of Stockholm (or Sthlm as we write it :-). For dinner check out Rolfs Kök, Råkultur, Restaurang Niklas, Ekstedt and Gro.
Unfortunately I’m not that good at dinner spots in GBG but I’d use Yelp for that 🙂
A warm summer evening, go to Stikkinikki on Mariatorget and try their awesome ice cream. Then walk up and enjoy the view on Bastugatan.
Have a nice stay!!
April G says
When in Amsterdam, you would do yourself a disservice if you didn’t eat pannenkoeken. Sweet and savory are equally yummy!
La Torontoise says
Wow, Brandon! What a journey! Wish you a great time!
In Copenhagen, Bror is a good place (a bit on the more expensive end, but Scandinavia is known as the most expensive corner in Europe overall).
Two energetic cooks serve a 4 course fixed menu every night.
In Amsterdam, if you are into fresh fish and seafood, I would recommend the Seafood bar:
It’s casual dining and relaxing atmosphere. Huge variety of fresh stuff (very environment-concious management and staff, everything is certified for compliance to sustainable fishing) .
My fav place to go for fish and seafood. Ingredients carefully selected.
I am an American married to a Dane so we go to Copenhagen about every other year. Here are a few recommendations for you based on my personal preferences. Excuse the spelling because we don’t have some of the Danish alphabet on our computers. For restaurants, the BEST mussels are at Victor. Victor is in the center of Copenhagen (amazing!) and is also a wonderful place for lunch. Very busy tho (always a good sign) 🙂 Another good lunch spot is Europa. I haven’t been to Fiat next door to d’angleterre in Kongens Nytorv but have heard it’s also very good. Now don’t leave Copenhagen without trying these things. All are easy to find (7 Eleven of all places!) but any good bakery will have them. 1) A romkugler (translates to a rum ball) out of this world! 2) Anything with marzipan in it. Seriously, I never knew what I was missing. OMG. 3) I’m going to give you the phonetic spelling of this one because I don’t know how to spell it in Danish, tea bierkus. It’s an oblong Danish morning bread with black seeds on it that splits in half and needs nothing on it but Danish butter makes it pretty god too! Make sure you get the Copenhagen tea bierkus b/c it has something baked into the bottom that is so yummy, kind of like crack, you will want more. When you see the bakeries (on every corner in every city) you will see why the Danes are known for their pastry. Not food related but since you will be in the center of Copenhagen, take a walk down Stroget, the famous walking street and see the street performers, markets, fun shops, and good people watching. Also, a 10 min walk from there is Chistiania a 40 year old hippie commune that still exists to this day where you can walk through a funky hippie village where people live. Kind of cool. Enjoy your trip!
Also, forgot to add that the best falafel in Sthlm is at Falafelbaren. You must go there! Super fresh and jummy 🙂
I did Norway and Denmark a couple years ago this time of year. I rec Amas in Copenhagen. Of course there’s Noma. But you knew that already. GREG
We didn’t do much fine dining as our 7 year old was with us, but we found some very fine cinnamon chocolate Danish (of course!) that we still wish we could get our mitts on. They’re available at Lagkagehuset, luckily they are also at the airport for one last snarf. https://faimouioui.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/lagkagehuset-copenhagen-denmark/
Hi Brandon, I hope I’m not too late on Amsterdam recommendations! My favorite restaurant in Amsterdam is La Oliva in the Jordaan neighborhood. It’s a Spanish pintxo bar, but they also have AMAZING seafood entrees. Right down the street is a delicious ice cream shop that is always full of locals, Monte Pelmo. My other favorite is a small little bakery, Van Stapele Koekmakerij , they only serve one kind of cookie, a Chocolate Cookie Stuffed with White Chocolate and it is delightful… All Valrhona chocolate! Another favorite for sweets is Pompadour, they have delicious pastries and chocolates. Our favorites are the fruit tart and the mille-feuille. Last sweet place, the apple tart at Winkel 43 right next to Noordermarkt. It’s their speciality. If you’re in Amsterdam on a Saturday, definitely check out the Noordermarkt. There is a vendor who sells freshly shucked oysters and Prosecco. So fresh and so delicious! We always go to Thai when we’re in Amsterdam, either Rakang or Kinaree, both places are always delicious! There’s also a great local spot called Cafe de Klos that serves two kinds of ribs. It’s quite an experience! There’s usually a wait, but they own the bar right across the street so you can hang out there a drink a few beers before feasting on ribs. If you’re looking for more of a traditional Dutch-fare, De Kas was a very cool spot. It’s a greenhouse turned restaurant, the setting is beautiful, the food is wonderfully prepared, and they do a really nice wine pairing… The only issue is the portions are on the small(er) side, at least for us, so we were slightly hungry afterwards. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Wilde Zwijnen for Dutch fare, but I haven’t had a chance to visit yet… If you discover some hidden gems, please share! Happy travels!!