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Best Toast Skagen in Stockholm

April 22, 2011

Restaurant Riche has a pricey but oh-so good Toast Skagen (half 159 SEK, whole 199 SEK)

This is by far one of the best I have ever tried, so if you are a fan of the classic toast Skagen, head to Riche on Birger Jarlsgatan 4 (almost down by the water at Nybroplan). T- östermalstorg, exit Stureplan/Birger Jarlsgatan.

Toast Skagen is a classic Swedish starter that everyone has to try (except those allergic to shellfish). It is a combination of shrimp and other ingredients on a small piece of sautéd bread. It was created by the popular Swedish restaurateur Tore Wretman, who worked at Riche. He embraced Swedish culinary traditions during the decades immediately after World War II. At a time when home cooking was starting to fade away and be replaced by foreign fast food, he also elevated classic Swedish dishes into fancy restaurant repertoire, lending them new status.


City parks in Stockholm

September 25, 2006

Stockholm has about 38 hectares of parkland and greenbelt areas with some 35,000 park trees. Here are some of the most known ones.

Hagaparken, on the outskirts of Stockholm city is a huge park with lots of biking and running trails, as well as big meadows and forest areas overlooking the water. There are also several things to see in the park. There is a butterfly house which is well worth a visit. In the Solna part of the park, near the butterfly house, there are a few small buildings that were built for the royalties in the 18th century. How to get there: take a bus to Roslagstull or Haga norra or Haga Sodra.

Humlegården was established during the reign of Gustavus Adolphus as a place to grow brewers’ hops. Later, it evolved into a kind of amusement park, with carrousels and dance pavilions. The lime trees lining the avenues probably date from the reign of Queen Kristina. In 1877, the Royal Library moved here, and today has huge underground archives. There are many statues, including figures of Carolus Linnaeus and the chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele. Tours of the Royal Library are arranged during the summer. How to get there: take the subway or bus to Stureplan/Ostermalmstorg.
This popular meeting place served as a kitchen garden for the court during the Middle Ages. It was long the sole province of royalty. The first Swedish arts and industry exhibition was held here in 1866. Kungsträdgården was also the scene of the “battle of the elms”, when its elms were slated to be felled to make room for an underground station. Ultimately, they were spared the axe and the station was built a short distance from the park. Today, the park is home to an open-air stage, a winter skating rink and several restaurants and cafés. The northern section of the park was given a facelift in 1998. Among the statues are figures of Karl XIII (with the lions) and Karl XII. How to get there: take the subway or bus to Kungsträdgården or Hamngatan.
Vitabergsparken, on the southern part of Sodermalm, was laid out at the turn of the century, and contains within its precincts Sofia church (1906) and a number of historic wooden houses. How to get there: bus to Sofia (bus 2) or Asogatan (bus 3) or walk from subway station Medborgarplatsen or Skanstull.

The Stockholm archipelago

September 7, 2006

The archipelago outside Stockholm consists of more than 25 000 islands, from Björkö-Arholma in the north to Öja-Landsort in the south. The archipelago used to be inhabited mainly by fishermen, but is now the summer retreat for ten thousands of Stockholmers. Except for Stockholm, two other major towns are Vaxholm and Norrtälje, which both have a significant year-round population. The easiest way to get to the islands is by boat from Stockholm, Stavsnäs or Vaxholm with Waxholmsbolaget or other ferry companies. You cannot bring a car to most of the islands, they can only be explored by foot. However, you are allowed to bring bikes, strollers and dogs on all the boats.

If you wish to explore the archipelago for several days, a boat hopping card is available from Waxholmsbolaget and will cost you SEK 300 for 5 days. If you already have a valid, monthly SL-pass, you can get a monthly boat pass for SEK 450. You can obtain more information where you buy tickets, on the boats or on Waxholmsbolagets homepage. If you are interested in information about different islands, please look under the Stockholm archipelago category to the right.



Shopping in Stockholm

August 17, 2006

Stockholm is great for shopping. You can find everything from the big designer names to small local stores. here is a list of some of the main shopping areas, which tube/subway stop (T) that is the closest and what type of stores the area has.

Drottninggatan (T – T-centralen). Stockholm’s main shopping street with all the main Swedish brands like H&M andnk_fasad.jpg DinSko, British department store Debenhams and huge Swedish department store Åhléns.
NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) (T – T-centralen) The most upscale department store in Sweden and also the most known. If you have the money, NK has great shopping. It was also her that Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh was stabbed in 2003.
Hamngatan and Gallerian (T – T-centralen). Gallerian has recently been refurbished into a bright, modern galleria with several cafes and restaurants, making this a very pleasant shopping experience. Hamngatan has the biggest Zara and H&M stores in Stockholm along with several other high street shops.
Birger Jarlsgatan and Biblioteksgatan (T – Östermalmstorg) This is where the princesses goes shopping in Stockholm and this is where you find Gucci, louis Vuitton, Swedish designer Filippa K, shoes from Don & Donna and Rizzo and many other stores.
Sturegallerian and Kungsgatan (T – Östermalmstorg) More upscale shopping can be found in Sturegallerian right on Stureplan. Kungsgatan has all the high street brands including Diesel, Norwegian Bikbok and H&M.
Östermalmstorg and Nybrogatan
(T – Östermalmstorg) Smaller clothing and design shops and a very pleasant atmosphere on this pedestrian street leading down to the water. Some of the most popular cafes and bars in Stockholm are here.gamla-stan-v-langg.jpg
Gamla Stan (T- Gamla Stan) A lot of souvenir shops (some of them are tourist traps especially those along the main street Västerlånggatan), but also smaller silversmiths, bookshops and designers. If you miss the US, Gray’s American foodstore is also here.
(T- Slussen or Medborgarplatsen) This has been transformed into a pedestrian street and is packed with shoppers on weekends. You can find nice clothing stores, interior design stores and a lot of nice cafes and bars.
SoFo (South of Folkungagatan) (T – Medborgarplatsen or Skanstullen). Check out interior designing stores, second hand and small jewellry designers. Some known clothing stores worth a visit are Tjallamalla (Bondegatan 46), Sneakersnstuff (Åsögatan 124), Lollapalooza (Bondegatan 48) and Grandpa (Södermannagatan 21). To find out more about the area visit their homepage.
Kista Galleria (T – Kista) One of the biggest suburban gallerias and has a big, American-style food court. Good for a rainy day if you fell like getting out of the city but other than that it is not really worth going to.
Täby Centrum (Roslagsbanan – Täby centrum) Another suburban galleria, the biggest in Sweden if you count the number of stores and there are plans for expanding even further. The same as Kista Galleria, it is better to do your shopping in town.
IKEA Kungens kurva (T – Skärholmen or take the free IKEA bus from central Stockholm). The world’s biggest IKEA is a must for anyone that likes interior designing or furniture. The restaurants meatballs are cheap and highly recommended.

Nightlife in Stockholm (areas to go)

August 16, 2006

In Sweden, the three major nights to go out are Wednesday (aka Lilllördag or little Saturday), Friday and Saturday. Most places are open until 3 am, some are open until 5 am and some close at 1 am.

The number one area for nightlife is around Stureplan (Metro stop-Östermalmstorg) and on Kungsgatan (Metro – Hötorget). This is the number one spot for A- and B-list celebrities as well as the Swedish princess Madeleine and her friends. The trendiest bars can sometimes be hard to get in to if you arrive late. Some of the best known clubs are SpyBar, Laroy, Kharma, Köket and Sturecompagniet.

If you are not in the mood for the Stureplan-crowd, head towards Slussen and Medborgarplatsen on Södermalm. Beware that a lot of the bars at Götgatan close early, some at 11 on weekdays and 1 on weekends. The atmosphere is more laid-back and the drinks are usually cheaper than around Stureplan. Another few trendy clubs are located around Kungsträdgården, the most famous one is Café Opera, on the waterfront. However, there are always a few nice bars in every neighbourhood.


How clean is Stockholm’s Water?

August 7, 2006

stockholmwater.JPGStockholms water is extreamly clean. Here is a picture of two Swedes swiming in a canal right off of Gamla Stan (the old town).

Stockholm Pride bigger than ever

August 6, 2006

Finishing today, the Stockholm Pride festival was the biggest gay parade in Swedish history. More than 30,000 people participated in the parade and up to 350,000 watched as it passed through Stockholm. Many police officers, there to promote calm, actually joined the parade. One gay police officer, Goran, said that he has had no problems admitting he is gay in Sweden. He was joined by colleagues from England, France and Holland. This years parade was also a success because there were no violence or attack from right-wing extremists.