Close to the statue of St.George and the Dragon on the Köpmantorget in the Gamla Stan is a beautiful restaurant called 'Fem Små Hus' (Five Small Houses). The restaurant isn't cheap, but not over-the-top expensive either, and seems worth while going to. So it is on my wishlist to try their meny some day! The restaurant contains of five separate houses which have been connected to form a restaurant. The oldest of them "Hans Hanssons Hus", dates back to 1651. Here you can dine inside a vaulted cellar.
My lunch was pasta with crayfish and salmon at Restaurant Mårten Trotzig. Mmmm, it was delicious! They don't skip on quality for the daily dish at all, and I'll go here for lunch again on a next visit to Stockholm for sure! My pasta was served with a great glass of wine, mmmmm, this was a lunch I wouldn't mind having every day! :-)
This dish was 'The Pasta of the Day' and costed me 79 SEK. But they serve many more daily dishes for lunch, like the Salad, Soup, Fish, Specialty, Meat, and the Chefs recommendation of the day. The prices vary from 79 SEK to 99 SEK. For a normal daily dish at a 'tourist' restaurant you probably pay 60 to 70 SEK, so for 10 to 20 SEK more you get some excellent food instead of the ever boring tourist menu.
The daily lunch is served from 11:30 to 14:30
This is a picture of restaurant Mårten Trotzig, it is one of the trendy restaurants in Stockholm at the moment, and not without reason: the food, the service and the ambiance are great! The restaurants is unfortunately also an expensive one. But no worries! You can enjoy eating at this restaurant for a great price! The trick is to go here during lunch instead of going for dinner.
This tip actually doesn't only apply for this restaurant, but for most Swedish restaurants. There is a huge difference in prices between lunch and dinner in Sweden. Swedes go very often to a restaurant for lunch, but dinner is more exclusive. It is custom in Sweden that restaurants serve a daily dish at lunch for very affordable prices. Most restaurants have one or two daily dishes that go around 60 to 70 Swedish Krona.To my surprise, and joy, Restaurant Mårten Trotzig has these daily dishes as well. It is a tiny bit more expensive than average, but the prices are good and the food is excellent, so absolutely worth the little extra bit of money.
There are two picturesque houses on the Stortorget (The Big Square) in the Gamla Stan (The Old Town). These two are famous in wonderful colours: one in a warm-yellow tone and one in red. I just love those two houses, but I never went in there..... until today! It's the 30th of December and snowing like mad outside.
After a wonderful stroll through the Gamla Stan we decided that a hot chocolate would be perfect to end the day. The yellow house (Stortorget 18) houses a cafe called Chokladkoppen (The chocolate cup), which sounded just perfect for our search of a great cup of hot chocolate. Unfortunately the cafe was packed with people and there was no spot left for us to sit down. Disappointed we returned to the square where we noticed the red house (Stortorget 20) which looked just as inviting... and they had Hot Chocolate on their menu list too! So with no hesitation we went inside. The top floor was filled up but downstairs in the cellar where a few seats left. It is such a cosy place! At the end of an old rustic table we found a perfect spot to sit down and relax. Candles on the table, candles hanging on the wall, candelabra everywhere. The table was made of old wooden planks, no chair in the room looked like to be the same.
We ordered our chocolates and enjoyed the atmosphere. An old rustic door and windows were decorating the wall. This place is just wonderful! The feel of days gone by is so strong and so nice. The Hot Chocolate is served in a big stone bowl, with a nice dot of whipped cream floating on top, yummie! I'll be back here for sure, and next time I probably will try out some more items on the menu. They have some delicious sounding cakes and a short but mouthwatering selection of food. The Hot Chocolate costed 28 SEK (3,50 USD).
Mond-Tue: 11:00 - 23:00
Wed-Thu: 11:00 - 00:00
Fri: 11:00 - 01:00
Sat: 16:00 - 01:00
Closed on Sundays