Scandi Flair and Flavours: A Vegan Guide to Stockholm

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Often dubbed the “Northern Venice” (but in our opinion just as worthy in its own right), Stockholm is a must-visit destination. A minimalist mix of breathtaking landscapes and photo-worthy architecture fused with new, modern flair creates an amazing panorama of a contemporary yet history-rich city. And if you wish to enjoy the Swedish archipelago, it it’s just a boat ride from the city centre.

Food-wise, Stockholm is quick to catch on with the latest culinary trends and offers a rich variety of international cuisines. Fine dining is pricey, but the city’s vast selection has something for all wallets – and taste buds, including vegan customers.

Plant-based living is on the rise in Sweden, and Stockholm’s trend-conscious crowds waste no time sampling the most innovative things you can do with plants. Here are a few of our favourites.

Paradiset – An Organic and Vegan-Friendly Food Market

paradisetThe city centre of Stockholm is always full of life – buzzing shopping streets like Drottninggatan, Hamngatan and Biblioteksgatan are well-visited by tourists and locals alike. In two locations in the centre of town, you´ll find the grocery store Paradiset (similar to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s) – a healthy haven with delightful vegan options and a delicious food court.

Max – Fast Food Restaurant with Plant-Based Alternatives

max-mixbildJust beside Hamngatan and luxurious department store NK is the famous park Kungsträdgården, which hosts everything from big concerts to small events. In the summer you can have a picnic in the middle of the park on artificial grass – and in the wintertime, you can ice skate on the very same spot. The park is full of cherry trees – a popular tourist attraction in the spring, when they erupt in delightful pink blossoms.

If you’re a burger fan (and who isn’t?), you’ll be glad to find the Swedish fast food restaurant Max in one of the corners of Kungsträdgården. Earlier this year Max launched a new menu with not one but FOUR vegan-friendly burgers. Total jackpot if you’re on the run!

Lao Wai – Excellent Chinese Vegan Cuisine

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One of Stockholm’s almost legendary and certainly unmissable vegan-friendly spots is a small  chinese restaurant called Lao Wai, located in the area called Vasastan. Due to its popularity it can be hard to get a table, so it’s best to be well prepared and make a reservation in advance. The restaurant has a clean and minimalistic interior that still retains an intimate feeling.

Brasserie Godot – Enjoy Vegan Fine Dining

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Another restaurant in the city centre worth visiting is Brasserie Godot, located in Östermalm, where you also can find many of Stockholm’s most famous nightclubs (if you feel like dancing the night away). As an option on their menu Brasserie Godot serves a lovely vegan three-course dinner.

This restaurant is for the fine diner and the food is a mix between a French brasserie and modern Swedish cuisine. The restaurant is also known for their well attended cocktail bar.

Geronimo’s FGT- Mexican Food with Attitude

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If you walk along the shopping street Drottninggatan or from the park Kungsträdgården in the direction towards the Swedish castle you will get to the Old Town (Gamla Stan), which carries a lot of history. Here you can visit small museums and historical places like Stortorget and Stockholm’s Cathedral.

The small streets of the Old Town are packed with bars and restaurants. One place we recommend you pay a visit to is  Geronimo´s FGT, a Mexican restaurant with a really cool atmosphere and amazing food. Almost all dishes can be made vegan and the portions are BIG – you will definitely not be leaving the table hungry.

Walking through the Old Town and along the water will lead you to Slussen, where the artistic and bohemian Södermalm area begins.

Gröna Lund – Roller Coasters and Dairy-Free Milkshakes

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Slussen is just one of the places where you can catch a ferry to the amusement park Gröna Lund (you can also get there from the city centre, by tram or bus).

Aside from endless rides and roller coasters, almost all the food stands at Gröna Lund serve at least one vegan option (we know, right?). You can even order a vegan milkshake by the Jetline attraction.

We also recommend a walk around in the area surrounding Gröna Lund called Djurgården, for wonderful nature sights.

StikkiNikki and Green Laces – Combine Ice Cream with Cruelty-Free Vegan Shopping

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From Slussen you can walk or take the metro in different directions to explore Södermalm, where the atmosphere is hip and the street culture around the metro stations Mariatorget and Hornstull can be described as somethings similar to areas like London’s Shoreditch, Milan’s Navigli or New York’s Soho, but smaller.

Walking along Götgatan towards Medborgarplatsen and Slussen you’ll pass places like Green Laces – a small cruelty-free boutique with a good range of gorgeous shoes, purses and accessories. You also pass StikkiNikki,one of Stockholm’s most famous ice cream bars serving handmade organic ice cream with vegan flavours made from coconut and oat milks.

If you follow Götgatsbacken you’ll get to Medborgarplatsen, a lively area filled with bars and restaurants – the perfect location for a coffee in the sun, or a round among the clubs and bars for a taste of the Stockholm nightlife.

The Plant – 100% Organic and Vegan Fast Food

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If you pass Medborgarplatsen and continue to Skanstull you’ll find a 100% vegan fast food restaurant called The Plant. It is located in the food court Teatern in the shopping center Ringen. The Plant is founded by one of Sweden’s most famous chefs, Maximilian Lundin, and serves 100% organic vegan food. A perfect place to recharge the batteries after a long walk and some shopping!

Hälsocafet and Falafelbaren – Raw Food Cakes and Falafel You Definitely Shouldn´t Miss

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Foto: (C) Stellan Stephenson
Foto: (C) Stellan Stephenson

If you walk down Hornsgatan from Slussen, you’ll find many nice boutiques, second hand shops and vegan-friendly food cafes. Two of the places you shouldn´t miss on Hornsgatan are Falafelbaren and Hälsocafét. Falafelbaren is one of the best in Stockholm to get a falafel, and Hälsocafét serves delicious wraps, raw cakes and smoothies. They also have a really cute and cozy courtyard where you can enjoy your food.

Goodstore – Stockholm´s Most Famous Vegan Grocery Store

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In the end of Hornsgatan, not far from the water, is Stockholm’s most famous vegan grocery store Goodstore, with everything from food and candy to toothbrushes, makeup and soaps on offer. During the holiday season they also make plant-based alternatives to traditional Swedish dishes like pickled herring and christmas ham. A perfect opportunity to try traditional Swedish food with a cruelty-free twist.

Delivore – A Food Café With Grilled Sandwiches and Mylkshakes That Are Addictive

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Goodstore have also opened a café called Delivore with irresistible grilled sandwiches and milkshakes just opposite to their store.

Does an Oreo Mylkshake sound tasty? I promise you, it is!

Hermans Restaurant and Garden Café – Dinner with A View

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Last but not least take the opportunity to enjoy lunch or dinner at Hermans Restaurant and Garden Café. You get there by walking from Slussen along Katarinavägen, or you can take the bus.

Located on top of a hill, a vegan buffet meal at Hermans comes with spectacular views of the city. And don’t forget to sample some vegan cake!

 

With its variety, scenic nature settings and willingness to experiment, Stockholm is a foodie’s paradise – and that includes those of us who choose to eat plant-based.

 

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Sara Carraro

Food Editor

Sara Carraro is a vegan lifestyle blogger from Sweden with roots in Italy, Finland and family in Germany. She loves animals, plant-based food and fashion. Her mission is to inspire people to try vegan living by sharing recipes, cruelty free fashion, beauty tips and cute animal pictures. Mostly of her cat Dino. Her motto is “Peace, love and cruelty-free livning” and you can find her on her blog Saretta.se.

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