Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden and the furthest north we’ve ever been. We went on a pre-Christmas weekend break to crunch around in the snow and absorb some Scandinavian culture; we weren’t disappointed! However, it wasn’t the easiest for a couple of vegan novices whose only knowledge of Sweden is that chef from the Muppets.
Good to Know
- Everyone speaks great English in Stockholm. The standard greeting is “Hej”, which is pronounced “Hey” — no effort required! “Thanks” is “Tack” but you can just say “Thanks” since you’re an obvious tourist buying Ritter Sport and Julmust.
- Marzipan Ritter Sport is vegan! Hooray!
- Public transport is cheap and reliable, but it’s also not cash-friendly. Use your credit card (the mobile app didn’t work for us) to get a paper ticket, then show it to the staff at the gate.
- Sounds obvious, but wear layers and decent walking boots, not shoes.
We usually get breakfast from supermarkets when travelling in Europe. They’re cheap and you can read the ingredients and is great for a quick breakfast that you can carry with you when you are travelling . Milk, eggs, and other allergens are more prominent by law in the EU, which makes it easy to decipher packaging in any language. It was a good thing we stocked up, because when we visited the Vasa Museum, there was nothing we could eat.
We ate a late lunch at Herman’s in Södermalm, which was around 15 minutes walk from Gamla Stan. It’s a vegan buffet restaurant, which meant two things:
- Vegan restaurant = dessert is mandatory
- Buffet restaurant = gluttony is mandatory
The end result was that we waddled out of Herman’s, positively pregnant with food, and then visited Fotografiska to start the digestion process with photography and coffee. Herman‘s was quite expensive, but most restaurants and cafés in Stockholm are expensive, and at least if you’re eating buffet you can get your money’s worth.
Buffets are amazing
On our second morning we started again with the classic supermarket breakfast, followed by a juice from Joe & the Juice near Stockholm Central Station. After a wander around the city in the snow, exploring the Old Town Christmas markets, we went of a lovely cruise through the harbour and canals.
In the afternoon we went to Hermitage in Gamla Stan: another vegan vegetarian buffet restaurant. We made sure to ask what food was vegan friendly, as there was a big block of cheese on the counter, but all of the buffet options (other than a white sauce) were good for us to eat. The selection wasn’t as impressive as Herman’s, but was still an amazing place to shelter from the cold with some lovely vegan food! Hermitage also had some lovely vegan pepparkakor; a great way to finish off our meal.
Vegan in Stockholm does require some pre planning; Herman’s and Hermitage are definitely places that you must try although be aware that eating out anywhere in Stockholm is quite expensive.
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