Central Swedish Staple
Over 100 years in business, Sturehof is the goto for local, Swedish food in the heart of the city, where you are almost always guaranteed a scene. It’s buzzing atmosphere and central location make it a popular hangout for locals + tourists alike. In the summer the outside tables + bar are swarming with people who want to be seen sipping on rosé + smoking away. For those who prefer to cook at home, step into their fresh vegetable + fruit stand, fish market, and bakery located just next to the restaurant in Sturegallerian. Their fish + produce are some of the freshest you can find in Stockholm!
Old School Swedish
This place is genuinely Swedish in every way. Originally dating back to 1664, Pelikan planted it’s roots over 110 years ago in Södermalm ages before it was the trendy place to be. They serve traditional Swedish dishes like toast skagen, meatballs with lingonberries + pickled cucumbers, and pytt i panna (a mixture of fried potatoes, beets, ham + egg) amongst dark panelled walls + a geometric tile floor. Highly recommended for the authentic Swedish culinary experience!
Swedish Ceramic Souvenir
This lovely Södermalm based ceramic shop + studio houses work by Mia Blanche + Anna Svensson, who make handcrafted ceramic home goods. For a more unique + useful souvenir we recommend the Swedish horse ceramic schnapps cups + our favourite gold rimmed neural + pastel hued ceramic cups. They also run classes for the creative visitor/local.
A Swedish Interiors Institution
Svenskt Tenn was founded in 1927 by Estrid Ericson, who worked with Josef Frank to create the iconic designs that remain celebrated + coveted to this day. It would be very rare to walk into a Swedish household + not see something from this legendary brand. For those who appreciate design + textiles especially, you must not miss this place. A treasure from Svenskt Tenn is the prefect Swedish souvenir to take home + much more original outside of Sweden!
For the Handcrafted Lovers
For Swedish Handcrafted products made by local artisans this is your destination. They have a lovely selection of homewares + gifts, along with a section for knitting + embroidery. We recommend picking up a Klippan wool blanket for a useful + unique souvenir.
Full of lots of different meats, cheeses, etc, this food hall is a destination for many locals to shop + eat. In all honesty, it can be a bit hit or miss depending on what you are after, however if there is one place to go for some traditional Swedish smoked salmon + potatoes stop by Lisa Elmqvist.
If Wes Anderson had a Candy Shop…
Inspired by the 1930’s/40’s this mom + pop caramel shop in Södermalm is like stepping back in time (or onto a Wes Anderson film set). The caramels are all made with fresh cream, real butter + pure sugar in their in-house caramel kitchen. We highly recommend the Vanilla Sea Salt + Salty Liquorice flavours. These treats are the sweetest souvenir to bring home!
Old School Candy Shop
This Old Town Swedish candy shop has the tastiest + coolest packaged candy canes around with the original recipe dating back to 1859. When strolling through Gamla Stan in need of a sweet treat be sure to stop by + see them making the candy inside. Some of our fav (for taste + packaging) flavours include Salty Liquorice, American Cola + Watermelon.
The Swedish Bakery
Kanelbullar a.k.a. cinnamon buns are an essential treat in Sweden. Finding a delicious one worth the calories is not always easy so if you are after one of the best in town (this title is ever-changing depending on who you talk to) then go no further than Valhallabageriet. There is a line out the door most mornings, but it’s worth it. Their cardamon buns + summer croissants are equally worthy too!