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A Cozy Dinner at Slingerbulten in Old Town

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Looking to taste some Swedish classics in Old Town at a reasonable price? Then look no further. Slingerbulten offers just that, and all in a very central location. Slingerbulten serves traditional Swedish classics that are both well priced and delicious. The restaurant has a very cozy and relaxed feel to it. Everyone is welcome to dine here. As with most restaurants in Old Town, the crowd ranges from out-of-town Swedes to internationals from all over the world – all looking to try some delicious Swedish foods. Food During my recent visit to Slingerbulten, my boyfriend and I indulged in a…

Lady Hamilton Hotel in Stockholm’s Old Town

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Located in the heart of Old Town, the Lady Hamilton Hotel is a romantic and charming accommodation with a lot of character. It’s situated right next to the Royal Palace, making it a great base for your touring in Stockholm. As a member of the Collector’s Hotels, the Lady Hamilton is decorated with an incredible collection of antiques. This collection includes various Maritime objects, statues, plates, paintings, pictures, dolls, and more. I was surprised to learn that the Collector’s Hotel group currently has the fifth largest private collection of maritime objects in the world! The traditional folk-style décor certainly enhances the feminine…

Swedish Culinary Traditions at Tennstopet

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Recently, my boyfriend and I had the pleasure of dining at a restaurant called Tennstopet. Located in the heart of Vasastan, it’s just steps away from Odenplan subway station. Tennstopet prides itself in serving timeless Swedish delicacies and culinary traditions. It’s a bit pricier than your average restaurant in Stockholm but the quality of the food is amazing. The meats are caught by Tennstopet’s very own hunting team. Produce is locally sourced and served only when in season. Not to mention, the restaurant’s décor and atmosphere makes you feel like you’ve entered Stockholm in the 1950s. Talk about an authentic Swedish…

The Vasa Museum: Stockholm’s Top Tourist Attraction 

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Recently I visited the #1 tourist attraction in Stockholm for the very first time, which is the Vasa museum. Vasa was a great Swedish warship from the 1600s, designed to protect Sweden from their enemies and to portray a sense of wealth and power in Sweden. Coming from a fairly young country like Canada, it always amazes me to learn about Swedish history that dates well back before Canada even existed. I’m not typically a museum person but the Vasa museum is much more than that. Not only do you learn about the culture of Sweden at the time, but you also get…

Dinner for Two at Vassa Eggen Steakhouse

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This past week, I had the pleasure of dining at an amazing steakhouse, called Vassa Eggen. I’d heard nothing but good things about this restaurant so I was very excited to see what it’s all about. Vassa Eggen is definitely a popular spot amoungst the locals for both dining and afterwork drinks. It is on the pricier side, like most restaurants by Stureplan. But once you dine here, I think you’d agree with me in saying it’s worth every crown. Ambiance Dim lighting, upbeat music and a lively atmosphere are what make up the ambiance at Vassa Eggen. The restaurant has…

Wintry Weekend in Jönköping

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Recently, my boyfriend and I visited his family in Jönköping for the weekend. Jönköping is a beautiful mid-sized city in Sweden, located in the region of Småland. It’s about a 2.5 hour train ride from Stockholm, or a 3.5 hour drive along the E4 highway. The city is situated by the picturesque lake Vättern, which is Sweden’s second-largest lake. There’s also an international university, called Jönköping University, located right in the city centre. Almost everyone in the city has strong English skills, making it easy for tourists to get around. Not only is Jönköping where my boyfriend grew up, but it’s also…

Top 10 Must-Try Swedish Christmas Foods

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‘Tis the season for stuffing your face with delicious Christmas foods! If you’re in Sweden around the holidays, I highly recommend trying a traditional Swedish julbord. A julbord, translated to “Christmas table”, is a popular smörgåsbord of Swedish Christmas foods served only around the holidays. It’s the perfect opportunity to taste some traditional Swedish delicacies in a buffet-style fashion. A julbord typically includes a spread of cold dishes, like pickled herring, pâtés and cold cuts, followed by a spread of hot dishes, like meatballs and ham, along with some breads and cheeses, and finally, a spread of delicious desserts. Although…

Christmas Baking with Swedish Pepparkakor

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One of the things I love most about living abroad is learning new Swedish recipes and traditions. I love baking and I especially enjoy making delicious Swedish desserts, cakes and cookies. It will come as no surprise that one of the first things I bought when I moved here was a recipe book called “Swedish Cakes and Cookies” or “Sju Sorters Kakor” in Swedish. As we approach the holiday season, I’ve been especially excited to bake some traditional pepparkakor. For those of you who are unfamiliar with pepparkakor, they are essentially Swedish gingersnaps. They can be found in most supermarkets year-round, but…

Testing Your Limits at Exit Games

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Last week, I had the pleasure of completing my first “escape room” at Exit Games. If you haven’t heard of this type of activity before, it’s essentially where you and a few friends are locked inside a themed room, designed with various riddles and clues to help you escape said room. Exit Games has five different escape rooms located in Gamla Stan and Södermalm. Their themes are: The Collector, Mission Undercover, Valhalla, Crazy Grandma and The Cell. Our group of five decided to attempt the Gamla Stan “Valhalla” room, which was Viking-themed. We figured, what better setting than the medieval part…

A Taste of the Mediterranean at Olja&Oliv

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As someone who is half Italian (and who loves wine) I was very excited to come across Olja&Oliv, a delicatessen, kitchen, and wine bar. Located in Södermalm, this unique shop brings delicious Mediterranean flavours to Stockholm, focusing on the Italian regions. From pastas, fresh meats, and cheeses to quality oils and balsamic vinegars, snacks, drinks, and even a pizza making kit, the range of delicacies offered at Olja&Oliv is impressive. If you’re looking to purchase authentic Italian foods in Stockholm, this is the place to be. What’s even better is that this unique store also doubles as a cozy spot for…

Hästens: Swedish Craftsmanship and Values

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Sweden has become synonymous with designer brands recognized worldwide for their high quality and prestige. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, step into Nordiska Kompaniet, a luxury department store located on Hamngatan in Stockholm. Showcasing the best of Scandinavian design, it is here where you will find the most trendy and luxurious products in Sweden. And it is no surprise that you will find the world-renowned bedding brand, Hästens, within the walls of this high-end department store. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the brand, Hästens is known for providing generations of some of the best…

Hello there!

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Hello there and welcome to my blog! My name’s Melissa and I’m very excited to be joining the View Stockholm team. If you’re looking for travel tips, restaurant recommendations, and insight to the culture and lifestyle in Sweden, you’ve come to the right place. Here I will give you all of that, and more – from a Canadian’s perspective. But first, a little more about me… Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, I grew up in a beautiful mid-sized city, called Burlington. I studied Marketing at the University of Guelph, and have enjoyed working for some really interesting companies in Toronto, Ontario after…