If you’re looking to get in with the hip crowd, a stay at the super cool Hotel Rival should do it! Owned by a former Abba member, this hotel combines Scandinavian chic with music. Housing a full on theatre and music venue inside, it also has a rad bar, great dining and yes, really awesome accomodations for lucky guests like myself!
Located in the “hipster” part of Stockholm, Hotel Rival is walking distance to great shopping, dining and gorgeous views of the city. I loved my spacious and art inspired room with terrace as well as all the quirky finds all over the hotel.
Ok, this time I’m starting with a big bang. Rutabaga is one of my top 5 all time favorite restaurants in the world! This place absolutely blew my friggin’ mind!
First of all, location, location, location. Rutabaga is Michelin Star restaurant located at the base of a super luxurious hotel on the bay, flanked by 2 other high end eateries. Walking in, the gourmet vegetarian joint is modern meets stark so I knew I was in for a non-garden variety meal.
Offering a seasonal and surprising tasting menu, the vegan menu was almost 10 courses plus cocktails and each one that was brought out knocked my socks off. Despite a hefty price tag for one person, that I gladly paid, it was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience, not for the faint of heart. But holy crap was it worth every penny!
If you happen to be shopping at Ahlens, head up to the second floor and have a meal at Sally Voltiare and Systrar. This instagrammable cafe is so darn cute and photogenic you’ll want to spend all day seeing how you can make your house look the same! AND the food is good too! All veggie with lots of vegan options, the offerings are fresh and plentiful. Walk off your meal as you peruse the store and go back for dessert!
I love checking out veggie markets when I travel to pick up some sightseeing snacks and local goodies to take home. Pepstop is the perfect place with lots of vegan treats, grocery items and even take away snacks. Always good to have tasty snacks on hand!
Now for my second favorite amazing gourmet meal in Stockholm and making my top 10 favorite meals in the world is Brasserie Godot. A small and unassuming bar and restaurant, the decor is cool and “artsy lite” but their vegan tasting menu packs a serious punch. Again, I felt like I died and went to heaven and the meal solidified my love for the vegan culinary scene in Stockholm. Top notch!!
Being a california girl, I’m always down for tacos so when I spotted Zocalo, I was instantly curious. Could a swedish jackfruit taco hot the spot? It sure as heck did! Their jackfruit was so well made I honestly don’t know why I was surprised at how good it was because duh, Stockholm vegan food rules! PS – Zocalo is a chain so be on the lookout for these when you get hunger pangs.
Let’s keep the good times rolling, shall we? On the Mexican food tip, Geronimo FGT (short for Fucking Good Times!) is the best place to find awesome vegan eats in Gamla Stan (old town). While the decor is super funky mix of cowboys and indians with a sort of Elvis flare, the mexican food is on point with a ton of killer vegan options. A bar, club and basement restaurant with a super fun comic book style menu, make it a point to have a meal here when wandering around old town.
Lastly, but not leastly, another awesome vegan market that also boasts a fantastic deli is Goodstore. Stock up on your favorite vegan staples like cheese, chocolates and snacks and stay for a terrific sandwich and diner style milkshake. The staff is also extremely nice, really living up to the name of the locale!
Ok, let’s talk cocktails!
Again, I’ll reiterate, I LOVE speakeasies! And while Pharmarium doesn’t have a secret entrance, it’s location in “decapitation square” in Gamla Stan and the history behind the building makes it intriguing on its own. But WOW do the drinks take this place to a whole other level!
Stockholm has 2 of my all time fave restaurants and one of my all time fave bars as Pharmarium’s imaginative drinks and cocktail program is fabulous! The menu and theme is so cool, sticking to the theme of the building’s original use, a pharmacy, opened in 1575. Drinking levels up at Pharmarium!
Besides hunting for speakeasies, the other type of bar I like to seek out is a tiki bar. And I tend to find at least one in most cities. The Tiki Room was such a delight because it was kind of a 2 in 1, speakeasy and tiki bar!
Located in the basement under a hip Italian restaurant, you have to know its there to find it. And it’s worth the hunt. Great drinks, perfect tiki decor and awesome bartenders who know and love their stuff.
So, have I enticed you to visit Stockholm? I sure hope so, it’s out of this world and I can’t wait to go back!
*Special thanks to Visit Stockholm for the incredible experience!