In Sweden it is a custom during Easter to fill colourful paper Easter eggs with chocolate and give to your children and loved ones. Since we were travelling in Stockholm around Easter the shops were filled with those eggs and you could even choose your own filling with a selection of chocolate and other yummy things!
Then you can use the Easter egg next year or return it to the giver, hoping he or she will give you some more chocolate stuff for next Easter!
The Swedish people love icecream and consume on average 17 kilos per person per year. That is a lot! And they eat icecream, summer and winter. Café Jarntorget is supposed to offer very good icecream, but we were not able to go there. Instead we tried another place inside the small "mall" close to Sergelstorg (can not remember the name of neither the "mall" nor the icecrem vendor. But it was exstremly good!)
If you are not a fan for fish, this might put you off but I would suggest giving this a go anyhow. Stromming is a kind of local fish (don't ask me to which family type tho) - and is usually grilled and served on a bed of mash potatoes and lemon sauce - and perhaps dill.
Absolutely yummy - and can be found at most cafe's.
Otherwise, head towards Kungstradgarden - there is a large square and there is a mobile vendor there that serves stromming for a price somewhat cheaper than the cafe's - great stuff.
Everywhere in Stockholm you can find kiosks where you can buy warmkorv (hotdogs). I´m sure this is the most popular snack in Sweden of course it´s cheap and fast!
It´s up to you if you like it or not of course!
In the traditional restaurant you will not ind this dish but if you are buying food in the shop stop your hand while taking fish in the metal bins. it could be their national fish - it stinks over 50 meters when you open the bin. However if you heve already bought it - open it in the atter. I heard that it prevents from the smel
In Stockholm as in every swedich town or city, there are tons of places to go for a fika at.
Don't know what a fika is?
"Fika" is borh a verb and a noun. The noun means roughly "coffee, or any other non-alcoholic beverage plus possibly sonething to eat, like cake or a sandwitch (nothing hot though usually).
To fika (as a verb) means to go for a coffee, but not only for a coffee, the fika includes all of the above mentioned food/drink items, and you sit down for a shorter or longer time.
Fika is something the swedes do all the time, so next time you meet one, ask if they want to go for a Fika, they'll be impressed by your knowledge of our customs...
Places to go for fika in Stockholm are endless. For a more Italian-biased selection try f.ex. Waynes Coffe. For a classic fika try the NK Department store on the fourth floor. Otherwise, any coffehouse or bakery will do nicely.
To get a real classic fika, ask for Swedish coffee and a bulle (bun).
Or if you come in spring, ask for the typical springbun called Semla (not if you have allergies towards almonds etc)!!
Swedish working people eat big lunches at restaurants.
Most restaurants have 'Dagens rätt', the daily lunch menu between 11 and 14. For 50 kronor (5 dollars) you get food (2 or more choises a day), sallad, bread and butter, soft drink, coffee or tea. For budget travellers this meal may be enough to keep you going.
The Swedes generally eat fairly early. Restaurants start serving lunch at about 11am and some small hotels, particularly in country areas, serve the evening meal at around 6pm. Similarly, restaurants in country areas often stop serving quite early, but at motels and in the cities you can eat much later.