Stockholm Street Food
A city well known for its beauty, as well as its expense, Stockholm certainly lived up to its reputation during my time there. From boat tours of the city to walking down its endless immaculately clean streets, there is much to see and do here. Although my time was also limited in Stockholm, my goal was to find quality food at somewhat affordable prices. As with my time in Gothenburg, Stockholm street food did not disappoint. After doing some research, peering into spots, and giving what looked to be the best, here are some of my favorites.
K25 – Kungsgatan 25, 111 56 Stockholm
A haven of small restaurant spaces, similar to Copenhagen’s Paper Island concept, can be found at K25. Bringing together 11 food truck and small restaurant concepts, K25 offers grab & go food as well as common area seating for dining in. The best part is the diversity of the food offered and the overall high quality and affordability. For anyone in the central part of Stockholm, especially anyone tight on money and time, K25 allows you to try several different street food type options. For me, this was one of my favorite parts about the city.
Beijing8 – Kungsgatan 25, 111 56 Stockholm
Hosting multiple locations across Sweden, as well as a recent expansion into France, the specialty at Beijing8 are their dumplings. They describe their food service style as “slow fast food … in an urban setting with contemporary ambiance.” I dined at their location inside K25.
To start, I ordered two different types of dumplings and the green bean salad. The duck dumplings were rich and flavorful with a hint of what appeared to be almost pumpkin or nutmeg. The chicken dumplings were mixed with herbs and vegetables and were a bit milder but tasted good as well. The cabbage and ginger slaw added some citrus and a crispy crunchy texture while the plum and ginger dipping sauce added the sweet, salt and spice that really brought everything together.
The green bean salad combined crispy fresh green beans, savory bacon, spicy chili oil, salty soy sauce and a pop of freshness and acid from the green onions. This is a great dish but it was heavy on the oil and grease from the bacon. I loved it but it was quite heavy.
I enjoyed the dumplings so much I went for a second round. I was advised by the chef to try the beef with coriander and they were fantastic. The richness of the beef along with the citrus and kick of the coriander were the most impressive of everything I tried. The vegetarian dumplings were also interesting with eggplant providing much of the flavor, along with zucchini, peppers and other herbs and seasoning. As a vegetarian option I think they are great but for meat eaters, I think the other dumplings offer a superior level of flavor.
Vigårda – Kungsgatan 25, 111 56 Stockholm
A small local chain of healthier burger options in Stockholm for grab & go and dine-in is Vigårda. With one of their locations at K25, this was another place that was recommended by locals. Healthier than many traditional fast food burger options, I was interested to give it a try.
The beef patty was flavorful but didn’t taste of the freshness high quality I was hoping for. The vegetables were were fresh and added a fair amount of flavor. The fries and spicy dipping sauce were good but could have used a little extra seasoning. The cabbage slaw was crisp, creamy and had a slight hint of citrus but also could have been better seasoned with some garlic and chili powder and appeared as more of an afterthought than a focus. If that’s the case, they should just discard slaw and focus more on the burger and fries, in my opinion.
Overall, I found my meal at Vigårda to be a healthier alternative to traditional fast food burgers but for how much you pay, I would say there are better meal options at K25. I would classify it as more of a substitution for McDonald’s than an actual destination location. For the price, you’re better off holding out for your next burger in a country outside of Sweden if you can wait.
Local Breakfast Sandwiches
Another option for Stockholm street food in the morning are the sandwiches served at their many bakeries. When asking locals about their favorite breakfast option, many of them may direct you to one of these simple sandwiches. In Stockholm these are usually made with fresh bread, a slice of meat, vegetables and cheese, these typically go for around $3-$4 and are one of the best discount options you will find.
Other types of sandwiches, croissants, cold cuts, cheeses, sweets and even a few soups are usually available on nearly every corner as well. I asked for a soup one morning and was told, “That’s not a breakfast.” When I asked the woman behind the counter what a proper Swedish breakfast would be, I was handed a sandwich. I purchased the sandwich and headed on my way.
Grillska Huset – Stortorget 3 Gamla Stan, Stockholm 111 29
Hidden gems are rarely so out in the open as they are at Grillska Huset. Hosting a combination made to order and salad bar lunch concept, they are located in this picturesque square in Gamla Stan. While they are more of a budget restaurant than a Stockholm street food, I still wanted to mention them as a delicious and inexpensive option for carnivores and vegetarians alike.
Their choices include a full salad buffet, Swedish quiche, sandwiches or pancakes for under $12 each. Tea, coffee and a portion of the salad bar are all included. I went with the “toast” option which was a sandwich with cream cheese, edam cheese, smoked Swedish ham and tomato for $11. The sandwich was toasted perfectly with a great blend of creaminess from the cheese, smoky and savory flavors from the ham and a slight kick from the mustard.
Add to that the free coffee, tea and salad bar and it was a great deal, considering the city and location. If you would like to sit somewhere with some peace and quiet, you can avoid sitting on the front patio. They also have beautiful rooftop seating upstairs. It’s inside a peaceful courtyard, several stories up.
Östermalms Saluhall (Östermalms Market Hall) – Humlegårdsgatan 3, Stockholm
Opening in 1888, Stockholm’s Market Hall hosts more than 30 international specialty food vendors and restaurants. Similar to the markets in Gothenburg, many different food products and quick meals can be found here. I was not able to stop here during my stay, unfortunately, but would have gone if I had more time.
A complete listing of their stores can be found here.
I look forward to returning to Stockholm so I can spend some time in this favored local market.
Stockholm Street Food & Market Locations
Stockholm Street Food Apps
Streetkäk is a website and app that describe themselves as the “first and only app to locate food trucks in Sweden real time”. Their approach is to partner with each Stockholm street food truck and sync their address and hours of operation so that users can locate each one.
I used this as a resource but also noticed that it was not always accurate. I would recommend linking to the website and/or Facebook page provided for each truck to ensure the information is accurate before heading there. This app is, however, a very comprehensive application and shows a lot of potential.
StockholmFoodTrucks.nu is another valuable resource for people in search Stockholm street food options. With a comprehensive list of every food truck they partner with, I would definitely recommend checking out this site.
Budgeting for Sweden
Although not budget destinations by any means, it is possible to visit Stockholm without blowing your entire budget. The Stockholm street food options I’ve listed combined with cooking a few meals at home with ingredients found at local markets should help out significantly.
I would also recommend considering CouchSurfing as Sweden is an incredibly safe country and many Swedes live alone and host couchsurfers regularly. I stayed at hostels in both cities but found the $35/night price tags to be high and offered few benefits. For transportation between Gothenburg and Stockholm, try ride-sharing through a website such as BlahBlahCar. Prices are in the $30 range, as opposed to the trains which range from $40-$120.
Enjoy your time in Stockholm!
Skål! (Cheers in Swedish)
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