Stockholm: Where to eat

In Stockholm you're going to find some excellent places to eat, and I'm going to start with the best place: Ekstedt. Which, I confess, is a real treat to go there, and one that you're going to need to save up for because it's not cheap. 

You also need to make sure you're hungry when you go because Ekstedt doesn't have an a la carte menu, so you're in for a feast. A whopping 8 courses of a feast, in fact, because everyone has to have the tasting menu. Though it's actually more than that because there's substantial snacks, amuse-bouches, and petit fours also included in your taste of Ekstedt. (Olly also added on an extra cheese and port course!)

And it is all rather delicious. Ekstedt, you see, is the Michelin starred restaurant by Niklas Ekstedt, and everything is cooked by using natural heat sources. So only soot, ash, smoke and fire. That's literally is. Which does make it all taste rather scrumptious.

The other great thing about the restaurant is that you're taken through the restaurant on the journey, starting in the lounge for snacks and apéritifs (we went for champagne - it was my birthday, after all), before moving to the kitchen (just your table) to see their rather special flambadou. Now, a flambadou is a cast-iron cone in which the chefs cook wild oysters over the open flame. It's all very dramatic, and oh-so-delicious. And it's what is pictured at the top of this post. 

After that you head to your table - if you're doing wine pairing, like we did, this is where that will begin. It was all so, so yummy, but I especially have to call out the following courses: The charcoal cream, buckwheat and reindeer snack. The coal fired sea crab, carrot and sea buckthorn dish with an epic king crab doughnut. And the wood oven baked sourdough bread, butter and chicken broth. But it was all so, so yum. Truly. 

Moving away from Ekstedt, Sweet o Salti should also be on your to-eat list. This Palestinian restaurant in the Sibirien neighbourhood - which is more of a local neighbourhood - has an amazing variety of yummy Lebanese dishes, including this Musakhan below. And it reunited a love of Vimto for me as they don't serve alcohol and I spotted Vimto on the menu - something I hadn't drunk in about 22 years!  

Next up in the Gamla Stan area (the Old Town), you want to head to Stockholms Gästabud for traditional Scandinavian food. Swedish meatballs are obviously on the menu, though I went for the slow-cooked pork cheeks (below). And expect lots of things with lingonberry sauce. In Gamla Stan we also had more Scandinavian food at The Hairy Pig, which included us ordering reindeer tacos - sorry Rudolph! - and we enjoyed burgers in the Old Town at Barrels Burgers & Beer if you fancy something a bit more casual. 

After somewhere a bit more cheap and cheerful but still delicious? The head to Tabbouli, a Lebanese restaurant where we enjoyed several decent courses at a reasonable price. We also had excellent entrecôte at our hotel's restaurant, Campfire, and enjoyed drinks up on the roof at The Nest Cocktail Lounge. I'd also really recommend heading to the roof of Fotografiska once you've had a look at the exhibitions. A great view of Stockholm up there, and a great vibe. Obviously better though if you can get a table right by the window! 

Finally, after a snack? Fika is, of course, what you have to embrace when in Stockholm. We found Bröd & Salt to be a great spot - there's several dotted around the city - but most tourist places with a cafe will have a decent cinnamon bun on the menu!

Which of these would you eat at in Stockholm? x

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