For Dario’s 30th birthday we went to Stockholm for a short city trip. This city really surprised us with all it has to offer. Not only is it beautiful, vibrant and exciting, they also have quite a lot of vegan restaurants or options. So of course we were super excited – well I was, cause Dario had no clue what was about to happen.
I told him, we’d meet at Zurich main station at noon and spend the afternoon and evening celebrating his big birthday. I secretly packed our bags and hoped I’d think of everything he needs for the couple of days. When we met at the railway station he was super confused. Why did I have such a large suitcase with me?? So off we went to the airport – he still thought I’m pulling his leg…. And after checking in, the guessing began on where we were about to go to. The only tip I gave him, was that I found vegan food options for every meal.
Ok, so after arriving at Arlanda Airport, take the Arlanda Express into the city. It’s the fastest and cheapest way in. The train will go up to 200 km/h and will cross through the countryside of Sweden. It’s a small but very nice glimpse of Swedens landscape. And if you book your ticket in advance online (like 90 days, 60 days or 30 days) you’ll get a discount and can just print the e-ticket at home. No need for queuing at the ticket machine (there wasn’t really a queue when we arrived, but you never know, right?).
As soon as you’re in town, everything is walkable (if you like exploring) or using the tube. We recommend using the tube at least once, cause it’s something you don’t see every day. More about the Tunnelbana further below under “Must see in Stockholm”. But first we want to show you our favourite eateries.
Best vegan food in Stockholm
6. Lebanon Meza Lounge
Lebanese food is amazing! Though this place isn’t full on vegan, they have many vegan options on the menu. Mezze is always a good choice, especially all the different kinds of hummus. Let’s be honest: Who doesn’t love hummus?
5. Greasy Spoon
This place was a super tip from a friend. You need to get there on time, as you can’t make any reservations. The place get’s pretty crowded around 11 am and there is quite a long waiting line. But it’s so worth it. We really enjoyed the avo-toast and the vegan pancakes with maple syrup.
4. Waipo Stockholm
We booked at this place due to its great reviews on Tripadvisor. When we saw, that it’s located right on the main shopping street, we were a bit put off. Both of us rather prefer some laid back, chilled and unconventional restaurants. But anyway, we book a table so we went. And we were surprised how delicious everything was! The dumplings and the main tofu dish were AMAZING! If we’d have stayed another night, we would have come back here.
3. Snickarbacken 7 Cafe
Snickarbacken is hidden away in a side alley and is a café and small shop combined. There’s not too much to choose from, but what they have is great. We had a spinach smoothie bowl and again – of course – avo toast. This was a great place to get away from the touristy spots of town. And what we really loved, was the fresh ginger-peppermint tea!
YUM! But be there at noon sharp! Cause it fills up with all the locals for lunch. And it’s almost impossible to find a place to sit, if it’s not sunny and warm outside. Falafelbaren is a bustling place, the guys behind the counter are super authentic and the falafels are top of the notch. Watch out, they are only open till 7pm.
Now this place is heaven for vegans! EVERYTHING is vegan! You can just grab a wrap and keep on exploring the city, or you can sit out on their patio in the courtyard and enjoy a but of sunshine. We actually stuffed ourselfs at this place, cause there are so many delicious options. They have buddah bowls, smoothie bowls, plates like shown in the picture, wraps, the BEST sweet potato fries in all of Stockholm AND – wait for it – FREE AVOCADO TOAST! Definately our number 1 in Stockholm. But watch out, it’s also only open till 7pm.
Now, that you know where to fuel up, we’d also love to share our favourite sightseeing spots with you:
Must See in Stockholm
As you’ll see in the pictures, the weather was a bit of a risk. One day of our trip it was pouring down. So, what do you do on a city trip if it’s raining none stop and it’s freezing cold? You check out the subway art in Stockholm. The blue line has the most impressive stops, but you can spend about 2 hours going from station to station and checking out these really special subway tunnels. We’ve never seen something like this.
4. Vasa Muesum
So the Vasa Musuem is like the number one sightseeing position on everyone’s Stockholm itinerary. But we’re not big fans of Museums and probably wouldn’t have gone, if the weather wasn’t so bad (same day as Tunnelbana ;-)). The ship is pretty impressive, as they restored so much of it. But what really got our interest peaked, and why we did put it on our must see list, is the story behind this wreck. Go watch the movie first, before you walk around the museum. You’ll see with totally different eyes.
SPOILER ALERT: For those who can’t wait for the documentary, the ship sunk the day it entered to sea. It actually only managed to sail about one sea-mile.
3. View from Monteliusvagen
If you walk along the Canal on the Södermalm Island and carry on past all the cool boat-B&B, the road will wind upwards. Carry on walking along this path and you’ll end up with the best view!
Södermalm is one of the three main islands. We liked this one the most, as it is a bit more alternative. You’ve got great little shops, bars, restaurants (Falafelbaren, Hälsocafet and Greasy Spoon are all on this island). Just take half a day and get lost in all the small streets. It’s great.
1. Walk along the Canals
To finish off our tipps, just take a long walk along the canals. You can start at the Vasa Museum (where we took the first picture). Here you can see all the fancy houses you know from pictrues from Sweden. Then just walk back to Gamla Stan and across to Södermalm. It’s a great walk and you’ll get your views from so many spots.
So this was a short summary about our amazing city trip up to the North! We can’t wait to visit again 🙂 Hej!