Panevino Italian restaurant

Don’t throw pizzas in a glasshouse

On the corner of Brännkyrkegatan and Ringvägen, there’s a little cute greenhouse hidden behind the entrance to Zinkensdamm’s subway station. It belongs to Panevino, an Italian restaurant that provides a much needed Mediterranean touch to the neighborhood.

There’s an Italian saying that goes: ”Chi mangiasulos’affoga, which translates to ”He who eats alone suffocates”. Great food is meant to be shared, so bring someone you really care about to Panevino. This area of Södermalm is usually not known for its great cuisine. It’s more the destination for people going to see Hammarby play bandy at Zinkensdamm arena or (read and) drink cheap beer at one of the many pubs in the neighborhood.

The concept of Panevino is not unique. It is as Italian as you expect an Italian restaurant to be, with creamy plates of pasta, wood-fired pizzas, and a risotto the size of a steering wheel. The thing that makes it special is the atmosphere, especially in the summer. Maybe we’ve just been lucky, but they’ve managed to get us a table even though the place’s been crowded every time. Choose between the nice bistro, the outdoor area or in the piazza—the greenhouse decorated with wooden floors and wines, palm trees and other plants. It’s open all year round and can be booked for larger parties.

Since we’re going to Sicily this summer, we couldn’t be happier to have this little piece of Italy around the corner so that we could practice our pasta-eating skills. And practice makes perfect.

A meter of pizza!

If you’re a group, or just really really hungry, you can order a meter of pizza! From personal experience, you should be three to four people, not two (just trust us on this). And ask for the creamy parmesan starter! It’s like an ice cream cone filled with nice Italian cream cheese. It’s soo good!

 

“Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare”Eat to live and not live to eat


Brännkyrkagatan 93, Stockholm
Website
Mon to Fri 11:00–14:00 & 17:00–01:00
Weekends 12:00–01:00
Sundays 12:00–17:00


Svenska: Vi älskar italiensk mat, och därför kan vi inte undgå att älska Panevino. Ta med dig din tjej, kille, man, fru, dina föräldrar, kusiner, morbror, farmor, dina närmare vänner och de du knappt känner och ta er till Zinkensdamm och ät, drick och skratta.

Top 5 burgers in Stockholm

The best burgers in Stockholm!

Hi, Fabian here.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen the burger hype grow stronger and stronger worldwide, and Stockholm is no exception. If you’re looking for a great burger while in Stockholm, there are plenty of places that won’t disappoint you. I always order a classic cheeseburger, because if you can’t make something as simple as that taste good then it doesn’t matter how many creative options you have the menu. This is my top 5 list of burgers in Stockholm.

Flippin’ Burgers

Observatoriegatan 8, Stockholm
Flippin’ is the starter of the Swedish burger hype—and the hype is real. For me, they still hold the crown of the best burger in Stockholm. Maybe it’s because they haven’t expanded like their competitions have. They have however opened up other restaurants, but with different concepts, such as Lådan and Dogfood. Flippin’ have been running the show since its birth, and the king is not dead yet—this year they declared that they’re going to work with even better ingredients from local suppliers. For vegetarian they have a crispy bean-based option.

Photo from flippinburgers.se

Franky’s famous burgers

Tegnérgatan 16, Stockholm
This little gem was first located in a small kiosk outside of Hard Rock Café but moved to Tegnérgatan in 2017. They only have a few seats, so get here early if you want to grab a spot. Unfortunately, they don’t have a meat-free option yet, but we can only hope it’s as tasty as the rest of the menu when they do. With their super tasty burgers (order Franky’s favorite, off the menu) at great prices, this is still one of the best-kept burger secrets in Stockholm.

Barrels – burger and beer

Stora Nygatan 20 – Smålandsgatan 22 – Bysistorget

Barrels first opened up in Gamla Stan (Old Town) but have now spread to the city and will open a restaurant in Södermalm any day now.

They have several different tasty craft burgers on the menu, including a veggie option that is really good. The concept is nicely composed and well executed all the way throughout the experience, including the interior. If you’re looking for a place to eat and have a few beers with your friends, then you should definitely check out Barrels. Don’t forget to check out their monthly burger.

Bastard Burger

Rehnsgatan 22
Hailing from Luleå, Bastards Burgers is the king of the north when it comes to burgers. They conquered Norrland before making their way down to Stockholm, and the success is withstanding. The reviews have been great from the start, and even though I wasn’t impressed the first time I visited their joint in Vasastan, I’m glad to call myself a Bastard now. A plus is their selection of vegetarian or vegan options.

Phil’s Burger

Phil’s Burger is the probably the gourmet burger chain that has been growing the most over the last couple of years. They now have eight restaurants spread out in Stockholm, Uppsala and Eskilstuna, and rumor has it that they are planning to add more locations to their list quite soon.
If you’re looking for a nice place to bring the family for a casual meal on a Saturday, this is the spot for you.
Photo from philsburger.se

Funky Chicken food truck

If you happen to be in the same area as Funky Chicken’s food truck, you better hurry up and get in line before they sell out. Their simple and delicious burgers with smashed patties are almost too good to be true, so if you get there in time you better get yourself a triple cheeseburger. You won’t regret it. You’re most likely to find them in Nacka Strand or at Hornstull’s Market on the weekends.

Photo from Funky Chicken

Svenska: Vilken är den bästa burgaren i Stockholm? Vi har inte provat alla, men här kommer Fabians lista med de fem bästa ställena i stan.

Scandwich

A tall sandwich is a good sandwich

Scandwich has been serving Malmö with delicious sandwiches for quite some time, but now they have finally opened up in Midsommarkransen, a cozy neighborhood in southern Stockholm. We love sandwiches, so this was right up our alley.

If you’ve followed us for a while, you may have noticed that we tend to do most of our exploring within a safe distance of our home. Yes, we live in Södermalm, and yes, we hold it very close to our hearts. But the main reason we started this blog and Instagram thing was to explore our new hometown and discover neighborhoods other than our own, so when we heard that a friend of ours was going to expand the family business to Midsommarkransen we got pretty excited about the good news.

Never again eat a sandwich, or only eat sandwiches for the rest of your life?

I (Fabian) love sandwiches, or “mackor” as they are called in Swedish. I love them because they are awesome. I have even come up with a question I quite often harass friends and new colleagues with. It goes: Would you rather never eat a sandwich again only eat sandwiches for the rest of your life?
The answer is—of course—only sandwiches for the rest of your life. A no-brainer. Just think about it—you can put whatever you want on a sandwich. And what is a sandwich, really?

Well, enough about my existential take on sandwiches. If you’re in “Kransen” looking for a bite to eat or a beer to drink, either by yourself or with friends and family, Scandwich is simply the perfect choice. Here you find great sandwiches with more toppings than what’s considered reasonable, stacked taller than a game of Jenga.

Pork-U-Pine
Scandwich is run by three brothers from Malmö, who all shared the passion for good sandwiches and good food in general. Everything is made from scratch and with love. There are always at least three main options on the menu, currently in the form of the Pork-U-Pine, (filled a lot of pork, duh), the vegetarian Call me Kål—and last but not least—the vegan and delicious Dj Tim Jan. The menu changes every now and then, depending on the season or how inspired the chef is. Get some snacks as a starter, or if you only want something to nibble on along with your beer. How about sweet bread pudding or the dish fittingly called ”the Carrot Massacre”? Don’t miss the double-dipped (how George Costanza of them) fries with the vegan bearnaise dip.

Scandquiz on Tuesdays

Every other Tuesday at 19.00 you can drop in and take part in their quiz with a focus on pop-culture. The questions are promised to be witty and not too hard.

DJ Tim Jan

“A sandwich from Scandwich is not a sandwich from Scandwich if it is not filled to the brim, ready to implode under its own weight.”Scandwich

Call Me Kål


Vattenledningsvägen 44, Hägersten

Tues to Fri 11:00–22:00
Saturdays 12:00–23:00
Sundays 12:00–17:00


Svenska: Om du gillar matiga mackor ska du ta dig till Midsommarkransen och Scandwich. Haffa en macka, lite snacks och en öl; ta med en kompis, familjen eller kom ensam – det blir bra oavsett.

Top 5 cafés for vegans in Stockholm

Stockholm is a plant-based fika heaven

Hi, Amanda here.

Today, we’re starting something new on the blog. From now on, we’re going to put together posts containing our favorites within a certain theme every now and then. And what better way to start it off than with vegan cafés in Stockholm?  Since I am a vegetarian that doesn’t drink coffee,  my list of go-to cafés is slightly different than Fabian’s. I like nutritious, healthy and vegan food, and after a few years in Stockholm, I have found the places for me. So if you’re visiting Stockholm, here are my top five vegan cafés:

Greasy Spoon

Södermalm & Vasastan
This is more of the place for brunch after a night out, but you can still drop by for a fika. The brunch is fantastic and has a variety of vegan options on the menu. I would certainly recommend the buckwheat pancakes or the avocado toast. They don’t take reservations, so expect to wait for 30–60 mins for a table. Their Södermalm location is a lot cozier and authentic, but the one in Vasastan is bigger better suited for those who want to show off on the gram.

Vegan pancakes at Greasy Spoon

Mahalo Hälsocafét

Södermalm & Vasastan
A 100% vegan café with everything from wraps, pancakes and raw food desserts. My absolute favorite is the acai bowl loco or the pancakes. And the raw food desserts… and the sweet potato fries… the list can actually be quite long.  This is perfect for both breakfast and lunch but beware of the long line of people trying to get through the door. Read our post about it here.

Gast

Vasastan
A really cozy and vegan-friendly cafe with amazing porridge and almond butter! Beautiful interiors and a nice selection of books and magazines to read while enjoying a nice breakfast. You want something to drink? Try the turmeric latte. Read our post about it here.

Porridge at Gast

Pom & Flora

Södermalm & Vasastan
Not everything is a 100% vegan at the hip and always crowded Pom & Flora, but they still offer plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on their menu. Just remember that their Södermalm location is not open during the weekends.

Sthlm Raw

Hornstull in Södermalm
This vegan raw food café in hipstery  Hornstull offers a wide variety of tasty, nutritious cakes and desserts. You could also indulge in some cold-pressed juices, smoothies, chia pudding and other vegan snacks.

Bonus tip: oat milk!

It is also worth mentioning that Johan & Nyström has some of the best matcha lattes in town. So if you’re in the mood for a hot beverage I would definitely recommend this place. And if you haven’t tried oat milk (instead of soy or almond milk) give it a try! You can get it at most places and it makes the even the vegan lattes extra creamy. Yum!


Svenska: Här kommer Amandas fem favoritcaféer i Stockholm. Det de har gemensamt är att alla har veganska alternativ och maten eller fikan smakar otroligt bra! Det spelar ingen roll om du är vegetarian/vegan eller äter allt – dessa caféer har något för alla!

Steam Hotel

Industrial romance in Västerås

What happens when you take an old 18 floors tall steam power plant in Västerås, throw in some really nice interior and a bunch of fireplaces? You get a really nice hotel, that’s what happens.

Just like most people, we too get caught up in the daily life, but we’re working hard to maintain a healthy work and life balance. If you’ve read the post about our visit to Oaxen you already know about our monthly date nights, and this time it was Fabian’s turn to make the plans. However, he took it one step further and turned it into a date weekend. Since we got engaged on New Year’s Eve, this was like a mini honeymoon. After packing an overnight bag, we jumped on the train heading to Västerås and the Steam Hotel.

The hotel is right by the water of lake Mälaren in an old steam power plant, so if you’re into industrial design, this is definitely the place for you. This building that once was one of the largest energy producers is now a wonderful design hotel with exposed brick walls and untouched boilers and pipes everywhere, accompanied with luxurious items such as big chandeliers. They did certainly not hold back when it came to paying attention to details.

The restaurant on the top floor offered a spectacular view of Västerås and the lake. This was the opening week of their new concept, which gives them a get out of jail free card for not having had the time to perfect their routines, but the food was still great. Interesting ingredients and flavors, all done with an Asian twist. Before we went home we had lunch on the ground floor, and it was by far one of the best vegetarian meals we’ve had in a long time.

The only thing that was a bit disappointing was the breakfast buffé. Eating a hotel breakfast is supposed to be one of the highlights of the stay, so it’s too bad that they fell on the finish line with this one. It should be an easy thing to fix, so we can only hope they have improved it until next time because we’re definitely coming back.

Head to the spa

The spa was nice and modern—almost too modern. If you’re looking for a nice relaxing time, we strongly recommend you to avoid the busy hours. During our visit, the outdoor pool was unfortunately closed due to falling icicles. This meant the indoor pool was just a bit too crowded and didn’t really give you the calming tranquility that comes with a spa. They do however have a quiet area, where you lay on big cozy beds in front of a big fireplace. It can’t really get much better than that.


Steam Hotel – Ångkraftsvägen 14, Västerås

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Svenska: Om du vill åka på en liten getaway över helgen kan vi verkligen rekommendera Steam Hotel i Västerås.Grym industriell design och ett härligt spa. Mysigare ställe får du leta efter!

Dogfood hot dog bar

Hot dogs for days

Hot dogs are hot, and this is the proof. The people from Flippin’ Burgers took over the burger scene, and now they are claiming the hot dog scene too.

Since we live in Södermalm, this is where we spend most of our time. We don’t visit Kungsholmen that often, but when we do, we usually have our eyes set on something special. This time we went to Dogfood, a hot dog bar with 40 seats, a nice selection of craft beer and just a great vibe. The people behind Hotdog are the same that brought you Flippin’ Burgers which started the Swedish burger hype a couple years back. That’s how you know it’s good.

You don’t really go here for a nice dinner, even if you’re super into hot dogs. This is more like the first stop before a night out. Despite the wordplay on the sign out front, the hot dogs aren’t really the main attractions. Don’t get us wrong, they are good but a bit pricey. That’s okay because you come here for the atmosphere. Bring your friends. Drink beer. Eat hot dogs. Have a good time. Move on.

You might ask yourself: Do they have any vegetarian options? They certainly do. If you want to avoid meat you’ll find the Updog to be a very nice substitute. It’s made out of fried sweet potatoes and sesame seeds, served with chili mayo, coriander, pickled carrots, and daikon.

Dessert, anyone?

If you’re looking to follow up with something sweet you should definitely try the Sweet Doggy Dogg—a fried hot dog bun filled with soft ice cream, topped with caramel sauce and cookie crumbs. The bun has a donut-ish texture, and to be honest, who doesn’t like donuts?


Industrigatan 2, Stockholm

Tues to Thurs 17:00–22:00
Fridays 11:00–14:00 & 17:00–23:00
Saturdays 12:00–23:00


Svenska: Gillar man korv och bröd tillsammans med öl och gött häng så ska man bege sig till Dogfood på Kungsholmen. Skaparna bakom Flippin’ Burgers vet vad de gör.

Eatnam – Vietnamese street food

Vasastan goes Saigon

What happens when you put Vietnamese street food in a bistro setting in Stockholm? The answer spells Eatnam—a really chill little corner restaurant where the food is nice and spicy, the staff friendly and helpful, and the vibes are just on point.

Both of us are like really into Asian food, but we don’t eat it nearly as often as we like or should. We often end up freestyling some tofu wok in our own kitchen, or steaming a few frozen bao buns from our local Asian supermarket and filling them with all the good stuff we can think of. However, every now and then, we treat ourselves by going to someone who actually knows how it’s supposed to taste. After some Christmas shopping in central Stockholm, we ended up taking the green line up to Odenplan to indulge in crispy spring rolls and homemade lemonade while going to town on a big bowl of noodles with pork and tofu.

At Eatnam, they share with their own favorite dishes their grandmother cooked in the southern parts of Saigon. Fresh herbs, fish sauce, noodles, and broths are recurring ingredients in everything on their menu, which is filled with dishes such as Pho (noodle soup), Goi coun (fresh spring rolls) and bun ba xao (noodle salad). From what we’ve heard, seasoning your food, especially your Pho, is a common thing in Vietnam. Therefore, sriracha sauce, soy sauce, limes and fish sauce are always close to hand.

This is not really the place to go to if you’re going out for dinner, but it’s a great spot if you’re looking for a nice lunch or a casual and tasty meal after work on a Thursday.

Vegetarian friendly

You don’t have to be a carnivore to enjoy a meal at Eatnam. And if you’re not sure on what to order, just ask the staff for recommendations and they’ll help you out.


Odengatan 85, Stockholm

Mon to Fri 11:00–22:00
Saturdays 12:00–22:00
Sundays 12:00–21:00


Svenska: Eatnam är en liten bit av Saigon i Vasastan. Krispiga vårrullar, goda nudelsoppor och skönt häng i bistromiljö gör den här vietnamesiska pärlan väl värd ett besök.

A weekend in Lisbon pt. 2

Lisbon, we meet again!

It’s time for the second chapter of our Lisbon guide. This time we’ll cover a food market, the search for the best burger in Lisbon, a quiet café, and an old factory turned into a creative hub.

Hello, Kristof
The owner of Hello, Kristof was working in the magazine industry when he fell in love with coffee and decided then to combine his two interests. If you have some time to kill you should definitely head to Rua do Poço dos Negro 103, order yourself a coffee and an avocado toast, sit down and flick through one of the many lifestyle and fashion magazines that cover the wall.

Rua do Poço dos Negros 103, Lisbon

Photo: hellokristoflisbon.tumblr.com


Ground burger

The word on the little street called the internet is that this is the place to get the best burger in Lisbon. Without having tried any other burger joints, the word seems true. The buns are house-made, very fresh, and perfectly toasted. The milkshakes didn’t really live up to the same standards, but their slogan “Oldschool American Burgers and Craft Beers” definitely wasn’t a joke. Worth a visit? Absolutely.

Av. António Augusto de Aguiar 148, Lisbon

LX Factory
This is by far one of the coolest hangout spots in Lisbon. Some creative folks have turned an old strip of factory buildings into trendy restaurants, cafés, and shops. The area is filled with workspace for freelancers, design agencies and photography studios, so no wonder this place is just filled with creativity. Visit LX Factory on any Sunday and you’ll run into the outdoor flea market.

R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, Lisbon

Time Out Market Lisbon
Time Out Market is basically a huge food market that offers a huge variety of cuisines. Let’s assume you like to eat good food, but often have a hard time to decide on what to eat. Then don’t go to Time Out Market. With 24 restaurants, 8 bars, a dozen shops and a high-end music venue, you’ll just want to have a bit of everything. But maybe that’s not saying that’s a bad thing after all?
FYI, it’s often crowded, especially during lunch and weekends.

Av. 24 de Julho 49, Lisbon

A weekend in Lisbon pt. 1

Bom dia, Portugal!

Lisbon has been on our radar for quite some time now. Well, it’s kinda on everyone’s radar since it’s one of the most talked about cities in Europe for the moment. After Fabian went there a few weekends ago to visit a friend living there, it’s clear why. It’s simply a great town.

It’s hard to put a label on Lisbon. Is it the new Barcelona? The next Berlin? Not at all, but at the same time maybe a bit of both, hence why it’s so hard to pin it down. What we do know is that it’s a vibrant city with a lot of creative and exciting things going on. A non-pretentious community, an exploding and really interesting food scene, and a come-as-you-are kind of nightlife—simply a good time in every direction. So for a couple of days, Fabian got to walk around the seven hills of Lisbon, just taking it all in for the first time. But definitely not the last.

Some Lisbon nuggets:

Pistola & Corazon
If you like Mexican food, then this taqueria is the place for you. Not only do they serve the best tacos in Lisbon, they do it together with a vibrant and easy-going atmosphere. Expect to wait a while to be seated, but that’s okay since you can have a drink in the street while you pass the time.

Rua de Boavista 16, Lisbon

Ciné Society outdoor cinema
Enjoy a cult classic together with friends and some ice cold drinks in one of Lisbon’s most iconic spots. This outdoor cinema is just one of kind and the demand for tickets is high, so book your spot to make sure you don’t miss out.

Terraços do Carmo, Lisbon
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Fábrica Coffee Roasters
This hipster-chic cafe was created with the mission to bring genuine specialty coffee to Portugal. With a farm-to-cup philosophy, they’ll provide you with pure and unaltered coffee from their producers’ farms in Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Guatemala. This is a must stop if you love coffee and need to rest your legs after walking around in the hills of Lisbon. Also a good spot for breakfast or a quick lunch.

Rua das Flores 63, Lisbon

Park bar
Enjoy a sunny afternoon or bring a date to look at the stars together at this rooftop bar located on top of a … parking garage? Okay, why not? With its 180º views of Lisbon, this is a nice but not so well-kept secret. If you’re totally sick of other tourists you better stay away. If not, take the elevator to the top floor (there are no signs). Park serves a lunch and dinner menu that leans toward healthy cuisine, but we all know you come here to cool down with a cold beverage.

Calçada do Combro 58, Lisbon

Brandstationen vintage interior, watches and jewelry

A dreamy vintage shopping boutique in Stockholm

If you’re looking for vintage shopping in Stockholm, then this is the right place. This chic—and pricey—boutique will make you feel like a kid in a candy store (if you replace the candy with vintage interior, jewelry, and watches).

Every time we walk pass Brandstationen, we can’t stop ourselves from going in even though it’s just to look around and dream for a moment. Part of the Herr Judit brand, Brandstationen’s focus is vintage interior while its sister shops have a more fashion-centered approach. The name translates into “the fire station”. Why the name, you might ask? Stupid question, some might say (someone else, not us). It’s obviously because they opened up in a really old fire station before they moved around the corner and can now be found on Hornsgatan.

When you walk through the doors, you just want to stay there. I could live in this real-life version of an interior magazine, you’ll probably think. You don’t have to be a dreamer to fall in love with everything Brandstationen has to offer—only a big wallet. There are so many pretty things to fall in love with—from desk globes, jewelry, and watches for all the genders, to lamps and furniture with stories for days if they could speak.

Carefully selected

Each and every item has been carefully selected to meet the standards of this boutique, and it really shows that they put a lot of love into finding them.


Hornsgatan 64, Stockholm
Website
Mon to Fri 11:00–18:00
Saturdays 11:00–17:00
Sundays 12:00–16:00

 


Svenska: Om du är letar efter bästa second hand-shoppingen i Stockholm ska du besöka Brandstationen på Södermalm. De har med stor omsorg och noggrannhet fyllt butiken med vintagemöbler, klockor, smycken och annat fint.