April 22, 2017

Foodie Getaways from Helsinki: Stockholm

The 2nd chapter of our foodie getaways from Helsinki.

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Markus Veikkolainen

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Stockholm, Sweden

Story: The so-called Capital of Scandinavia, the home of fika and Swedish meatballs
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Open: Year round, best time to visit spring and summer for the weather
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Foodie getaway from Helsinki to Stockholm is almost as easy as going for a dinner from Espoo outskirts to Ullanlinna, Helsinki. We prefer flying over booze cruise and we had booked our flights with Norwegian for only 70€ back and forth. Departure on Friday afternoon and back home on Sunday afternoon. A lot of time to explore all the great eats in Stockholm. Nowadays there are so many flight options from Helsinki to Stockholm it is also possible to do a day trip and why not would you go to try out one of the best places with in and out style. The flight is only around 45-50 minutes and then just take Arlanda Express which takes you to city center in 20 minutes. If you are not travelling solo take advantage of the cheaper weekend group rates available at the self service counter. Don’t even consider taxi since it takes 45-60 minutes from the Airport and costs about the same or more as 2 Arlanda Express tickets.

#instafood for breakfast at Generator Stockholm

On this trip our stay was sponsored by rather newly opened Generator Stockholm which is a design hostel located within 10 minute walk from the Central Station so in the very center. We chose to stay at Generator Stockholm for 3 main reasons:

  1. Location is perfect for exploring the city with pretty much everything within walking distance
  2. Cool cafe and common areas for chilling out and working
  3. Superb breakfast

 

Small breakfast sandwiches

Small breakfast sandwiches

Semolina porridge

Semolina porridge

Chia pudding

Chia pudding

As a group of foodies we wanted to find a place to stay with a great breakfast. We had scheduled some brainstorming and working time for the weekend so we were looking for a place which would have either meeting spaces or common areas where one could work. Location of course is the key on a weekend getaway and we were more than happy with the location. Even though Generator Stockholm is considered as a hostel we think the only hostel like feature actually are the dorms there are. There are plenty of private rooms available like the one we had. The cafe and public areas were just like from any trendy bar.

Cafe

Cafe

Don’t know if you knew but the weekend rates for hotels in Stockholm city center are quite high compared to Helsinki for example and it might be difficult to find a decent place to stay for under 200€/night. You can get a night at Generator for even as reasonable price as 100€/night and then you can spend the rest of your budget to the real deal: food. The recommended neighborhoods to stay include Gamla Stan with great night life, Södermalm which is Kallio (Helsinki) like hipster area, Östermalm the posh neighborhood, Norrmalm and Vasastan which feature plenty of up and coming eateries.

The cafe was pretty much all the time crowded with hipster like international travelers but locals as well. There’s different kind of games available from beer pong to traditional flipper. The breakfast; oh man the breakfast was plated and to our delight the breakfast was pretty damn instagrammable or instafood so to stay. There were items such as chia pudding, home made granola with yogurt, BLT sandwich and semolina available to mention a few items. The price for a breakfast combo including one of the above mentioned items and coffee or juice was somewhere around 10€ if you had not booked breakfast together with your stay. Money well spent we would say. The coffee and juice were regular ones but the dishes were excellent.

Generator Stockholm

Story: Experience and design-led hostel with prime location
Location: Torsgatan 10, 111 23 Stockholm, Sweden
Open: 24/7
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Staircase at Generator

Staircase at Generator

2 must visit restaurants Woodstockholm and Jim & Jacob

We had made dinner arrangements in advance for both nights. On the first night our local friends had picked up a place for a dinner which ended up being Woodstockholm. Prior to our foodie getaway we contacted local foodies on Instagram to get to know the best places to visit and Woodstockholm was also recommended by Stockholmfood. More about the recommendations in the end of the article. We recommend to book your table well in advance to get a spot in your desired restaurant. Some of the most popular places leave few seats for drop in guests and with late notice you might find available tables for late night dining just like we did for Jim & Jacob.

Before going to Woodstockholm we dropped our bags and checked in at the Generator. Then we went for some after work drinks with our local friends starting off from Östermalm soon to be continued to Södermalm where Woodstockholm is located. One of our local friends prefers Kallio hipster like rough and affordable bars where we also ended up for some Swedish mellan öl (beer). Nothing fancy just some honest beer.

We had table booked at prime time at Woodstockholm and we were a group of 5 people. The place was small and intimate and for us Finns extremely loud. It was music for your ears to hear people chatting in an extremely lively way something you are very unlikely to experience in Helsinki. Woodstockholm offers sustainable and local food in a well thought setting. Woodstockholm also has a furniture store as you could probably notice from the name already. Decor is really unique and you can only admire the use of wood in the decor.

Chief at Woodstockholm

Chief at Woodstockholm

We had no other choice but to go with the tasting menu of the season. The theme menu available was focused on preserved items. The long Fall and Winter means that fresh local produce was not in the season during our visit late March. We had couple of wine guys with us who took care of the food and drink pairing. One of the first starters char, herbs and horseradish was one of the best dishes of the menu. An extremely interesting yet delicious dish was also egg, kimchi and tea. Overall the Woodstockholm was a great experience and good start for our foodie getaway.

Char, herbs and horseradish

Char, herbs and horseradish

After enjoying Woodstockholm treats to the fullest we headed by foot to Gamla Stan. Our friends took us to some popular dungeon bars located well below the ground level. This is for sure something you would not find while spending a night in Stockholm on your booze cruise. On our way back to Generator we encountered some what iconic looking hot dog stand which serves the hungry ones during night time.

Harakiri korven helldog

Harakiri korven helldog

On the second night we had a late night booking at Jim & Jacob which is located in Vasastan. Vasastan seems to be hosting plenty of delicious looking eateries like Lilla Ego. Jim & Jacob was also a tiny place with 20 something seats. We arrived there at 22:00 and the place was full. Atmosphere was maybe a slightly more relaxed compared to Woodstockholm. We had a great guy serving us throughout the night and must say the service at both of the dinner restaurants was excellent.

The food at Jim & Jacob was totally different from Woodstockholm. Jim & Jacob serves tapaslike dishes which are served as they are prepared. We enjoyed the food flowing to our table as we had yet again ordered the tasting menu. In total we got like 5-6 dishes including mini burgers, veggie rolls, beef sandwich and what not. Great option for dining out with friends sharing food. This time we went for desserts as well and the dessert with berry filling was to die for.

Jim & Jacob

Jim & Jacob

Jim & Jacob tapaslike dishes

Jim & Jacob tapaslike dishes

Dessert

Dessert

Mutual and interesting thing for both places was the fact that dessert was not included in the set menu price. Not sure if it’s a trend in Stockholm but just something worth mentioning. Great service and experiences overall. On our way back home we stopped by for some lunch on Drottningsgatan at Waipo Stockholm for some ramen soup. We found Waipo from Tripadvisor and it turned out to be a nice place for some food while shopping for example.

Ramen soup

Ramen soup

Tusen tackar Stockholm and Generator for sponsoring our foodie getaway. Highly recommend foodie getaway to Stockholm and remember to book a table well in advance.

Recommendations made by locals

Prior to our trip we asked our fellow foodies in Stockholm for some recommendations on what’s up and coming at the moment in Stockholm. We contacted our colleagues on Instagram and happily everyone we contacted replied as well. Here are all the tips we got in no particular order.

Jim & Jacob we visited for dinner was recommended by both @Stockholmfoodstories and @Stockholmfood Instagrammers. @Stockholmfood recommended Woodstockholm as well.

@stockholmfoodstoriesAdam & Albin, Lilla EgoSpeceriet great casual dinner place, Jim & Jacob for brunch, Oaxen Slip (brunch/lunch/dinner) and Tranan with the best meatballs in town, ask these off the menu

@stockholmfood800 Grader pizzaTegelbackenPortal, Jim & Jacob, Pom & FloraCafe PascalSnickarbackenStory: Breakfast or fikaShanti UltimatNook, WoodstockholmCafe NizzaBabetteMOAS – Meat on a Stick, Bistro Bananas and Urban Deli at Nytorget

@tastesthlm: Mexican inspired taco place Maya and Älskade Traditioner an unique retro cafe for brunch and waffles

@krogklubbensthlm: STHLM Brunch Club or Greasy Spoon for brunch, Smörgåstårteriet, Publico and Matbaren for dinner and Sushi Sho and Sushi Oi

@restaurangstockholm: STHLM Brunch ClubMister French for brunch, Bobergs Matsal for lunch, Rutabaga Mathias Dahlgren’s new restaurant, Adam & AlbinFotografiskaKasai and MOAS – Meat on a Stick the best kebab in Sweden

@njoy_stockholmPom & Flora for breakfast on weekdays and ESA Sushi



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