Now that there are only two weeks left of my semester in Stockholm, I think I’ve gotten to the point where I have some go-to restaurants/cafés to eat meals at when I’m too lazy to cook in the Studentboende. When I initially arrived, I was a little bit disappointed with the lack of diversity in terms of Asian restaurants, but Stockholm is a decently-sized city and with a bit of exploring, you can find some authentic places. There are also a ton of cafés here, so any one you end up going to will be good. Here are some of my favorite places I’ve been to this semester:
I’ve mentioned this place before, but Mahalo is a vegan casual restaurant/café that’s great for getting something quick if you’re in a rush. There are two locations: one in Vasastan (which is closeish to DIS), and one in Södermalm. When you’re living on your own it can be hard to remember to eat enough fruit & vegetables, so this place is great for me. I always feel like I’m living my best super healthy life when I get something here.
Tak is a little bit of a fancier restaurant (needs reservations), but they serve really good Japanese/Scandinavian fusion food. I’ve been a couple of times and always get some sort of poké bowl/rice bowl that is amazing. There’s also a nice view of Stockholm since the restaurant is on the 14th floor.
If you’re looking for a more casual place to get poké, I really like Hawaii Poké, which is a chain restaurant you can find everywhere. The fish is really fresh and you can make your own bowl if you want to get experimental. I eat a lot of poké back in California and miss it a lot, so I go here ALL the time.
The Greasy Spoon
This place is a pretty well-known brunch spot in Södermalm and and Odenplan. They serve American-style brunch all day and have gluten-free/vegan options! It tends to be busy on the weekends, so it’s better to get there really early or one or two hours before closing. The decor is super cute and is definitely a place you want to take a friend who’s visiting.
The Flying Elk
This is another fancier restaurant that I went to with a friend and her parents. If you’re celebrating the end of classes or want to go out to a nice place with your parents, I’d go here. All the food we ordered was plated so beautifully and everything was SO good. I recommend the steak tartar and the umami sandwich!
Sushi Sho is one of the most unique restaurants that I’ve ever been to so far. There are only around 10 seats and the sushi chefs make everything right in front of you. Since it’s such a small restaurant, it’s easy to make conversation with the people around you – I talked to someone who used to live near Vassar! I found this place online and wanted to go because it actually has a Michelin star, yet isn’t horrifyingly expensive. If you love sushi and want to go to splurge on an omakase-style restaurant, go to Sushi Sho..
Bun Bo Hue
A cute little Vietnamese restaurant close to the Odenplan subway stop. I got pho there with my friends, and although it was a little more expensive than I’m used to paying for pho, it was nice and satisfying to have in the cold weather. Eat Nam is another Vietnamese restaurant that is a bit trendier and also have great pho.
This is by far my favorite restaurant for Chinese food I’ve found in Stockholm. I’ve been kind of hesitant to try Chinese food here since a lot of the Chinese restaurants also serve sushi, which just seems suspicious to me. I went to Mormors Dumpling randomly with my friend last week and was so pleasantly surprised! You have to ask for the paper Chinese menu if you want the authentic Sichuan food (if you don’t speak Chinese I guess you could use google translate? haha). I’m so sad I only just discovered this place, because I love Sichuan/spicy food. The prices are pretty cheap and my friend and I left feeling super happy and full!
P.S. – if you want to cook your own Chinese/Asian food, go to Oriental Supermarket near Hörtorget. It’s basically heaven for me because they have everything you need for cooking, as well as a bunch of frozen food and instant ramen that’s actually good.
As you can probably tell, I LOVE food, whether it’s cooking it or eating it, and I’ve had a lot of fun going around and trying a bunch of restaurants here. I hope you check out some of these places I’ve mentioned and hopefully you’ll like them as much as I do!