Easily Stockholm's finest lunch, in the most beautiful setting. Take the ferry from Slussen (return ticket costs about a tenner, leaves on the hour, trip takes 25 minutes) to Fjäderholmarna Island and go to the first restaurant on the left. It will appear incredibly busy but ask for a quiet table round the back, and if you're lucky you will have a whole sun terrace to yourself. Order smoked prawns to start and herring with mash and lingonberries for your main. Thank me later.
Rökeriet på Fjäderholmarna, 100 05 Stockholm
+46 8 716 50 88
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The owner blocked completion of the luxury suites but all other amenities are there - terrace, restaurant, two bars. Great spot to relax, enjoy great food, great cocktails and then dance into the evening downstairs.
Linnegatan 18 Stockholm 11447 Sweden
A great new Indian restaurant at 90 Luntmakargatan. We had more than we could eat for about £12 each and the daily house recommendations are good value. The food was freshly prepared and delicious and the staff very friendly.
While on Djurgarden you should visit a restaurant called Bla Porten. Ideally get there for lunch and sample their excellent buffet of home-made bread and cakes and other Swedish food.
Djurgardsvagen 64, next to the Liljevalch Art Gallery Museum.
Tel : (00 46) 8663 8759.
I love Cafe String. It's a really cosy retro-cafe with huge windows made for people-watching. And all the things in there, furniture included, are for sale.
Cafe String, Nytorgsgatan 38, Stockholm.
Tel : (00 45) 8 714 8514.
Södermalm is the place to go in Stockholm for nightlife, bars and restaurants and the place to see some live music.
Columbus Hotell Tjarhovsgatan 11 is in an historic building 5 minutes walk from Medborgaplatsen T-bana has reasonably priced economic single, double and triple rooms in a 3rd floor annexe which used to be part of a youth hostel in the building as well as more expensive rooms on 1st and 2nd floors for a special treat. Traditional Swedish breakfast is included. Friendly staff, informal atmosphere (www.columbus.se/eng/info.htm)
Pelikan is a traditional Swedish ale-house and restaurant serving home-cooked Swedish specialities. A lot of atmosphere in this historic bar - made even nicer since the smoking ban which came into force last year.(www.pelikan.se/)
Check out Sodrafot cabaret (www.sodrafot.se/). They have a special series of cabaret events coming up on Thursdays in September and October (Teaterhuset Skarpnäcksgårdsväg Hus 10) featuring a band called Lill-Britt-Siv (www.lillbrittsiv.com) and other local cabaret artists. Check out their other events.
This is the best hotdog stall in Sweden! 15 different types of korv (sausage) from across Europe and a variety of sauces, served in a hunk of fresh bread. At 45kr they aren't cheap, but every one of my friends thanks me for taking them there.
Nybrogatan 55 - next to the post office. Deepest Östermalm!
The Rival Hotel is a wonderful hotel part owned by Benny from Abba, located in the heart of Stockholm in Södermalm. The rooms are airy, affordable and complete with all the latest gadgets... a teddy bear even awaits you on the bed. The bistro downstairs is always bubbling and the bakery sells fantastic bread.
www.rival.se; Mariatorget 3
The Swedish dish of fermented herring isn't to everyone's taste, mainly due to the horrendous smell of it, but it's worth a try. You eat it on flatbread with chopped onions and cold boiled potato (almond potatoes) and sometimes a kind of fermented milk, a bit like creme fraiche. An acquired taste but worth risking.
Usually served in summer at outdoor cafes.
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