Scandinavia is often depicted as an expensive part of Europe… and I agree with that, especially if you are used to travel in South East Asia for example. But when you compare to other central European countries… Like the UK, France or Belgium, as long as you don’t drink alcohol, it’s pretty much the same prices if you avoid tourist traps. However, like I said, drinking a beer or a glass of wine is just extortion of money ! 10 euros for a beer or a glass of wine.. no thanks ! As for meal, it’s better to try to enjoy the lunch deal as much as possible, as it could be half of the pice of the evening menu.
We spent some time in Stockholm last xmas, and stayed in a boat hotel without a kitchen avalaible for the guests. We ate outside a lot, and had time to explore what Stockholm had to offer for budget travellers like us. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés specialized in traditional Swedish cuisine (often expensive), and a huge assortment of international food. So many options !
Going for a fika
Going for a fika is a very Swedish thing. Basically, it means having a coffee with a pastry or something sweet, like a piece of cake, at any time of the day even if it’s often compared to the English afternoon tea. There are so many options in Stockholm, the town is packed with cafés with cosy atmosphere.
We visited two different places, the Espresso House, the Sweden’s largest branded coffee shop chain, and Wayne’s Coffee, another Swedish coffee shop chain. In my opinion, the Espresso House was better. The coffee tasted better and was a bit cheaper. The atmosphere was also very nice, very cosy. The coffee in Wayne’s coffee was not that bad, but the food was ! It was more expensive, the muffins were not fresh and we had a odd chemical taste in mouth…
Eating cheap often means eating international… and there is no exception to this rule in Stockholm. The town is full of Corean/thaï/Asian fusion buffets and the lunch offers during the week (dagens rätt) are very interesting ! We tried two Corean barbecue places, one of them was not so good, but the Restaurang Mbq was very good for the price ! All you can eat for 99 kr + drink + coffee (+/- 10 euros). Nice atmosphere, lots of choice !
We also stumbled upon a wonderful Indian restaurant located in the heart of Gamlan stan, Hurry Curry. The decor is amazing, the service is fast and the food is cheap and good. If you go downstairs, you can even see a preserved wall from the 14th century and it is said to be part of the old city wall. The site is one of the oldest parts of Stockholm and remains of buildings from the 13th century have been found there. It’s is really worth going downstairs :-)
Eating like a local
It is a bit sad to go to a place and not enjoy what the locals are enjoying… so we tried two different cafés, during lunch time of course, to be able to save up some money. We tried two places in Gamla Stan, Café Dox and The Liffey.
Café Dox is located in a vaulted cellar in the old town and has a very cosy atmosphere. It was packed with locals and the food was really good. Portions were quite small though. I had smoked salmon with a warm potato salad with creamy dill sauce. It was delicous !
The other café we tried is in fact an Irish pub. It was recommended to us by the guide of our free tour walk ! We had a very expensive cider and beer, and delicious fish and chips ! It was more expensive, but the amount of food you get was crazy !
We’ve tried other places, but I have to admit that I forgot to take some pictures ;-)
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