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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.

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

Booking


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.

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
Bookings


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

Oaxen Slip

An archipelago restaurant in Stockholm

In a fantastic complex right on the waterfront of Djurgården, with huge windows and boats hanging from the ceiling, you’ll find an amazing restaurant called Oaxen Slip. Trust us when we say that you won’t leave disappointed. Or hungry.

Like any other couple, we get caught up in the daily life. We get home from work all exhausted just to make dinner, go to bed and wake up just to do it all over the next day. It’s hard to notice the small things. So we started going on date nights. Once a month, one of us plans an activity, big or small. This month, it was Amanda’s turn.

Without telling me (Fabian) where we were going, we went for a walk down to Gamla Stan and jumped on a ferry towards Djurgården and Gröna Lund. A few minutes later, we were sitting by the large windows at Bistro Oaxen Slip. Rowing boats are hanging from the ceiling and the walls are filled with other marine detail to provide the venue with a rural archipelago style that feels genuine yet luxurious.

Oaxen Krog opened in 1994 in Stockholm’s southern archipelago but moved to the city and Djurgården in 2013. With two Michelin stars, it attracts connoisseurs from all over the world. We’re not that fancy, so their sister restaurant Oaxen Slip will do just fine. They serve their own interpretation of Swedish bistro food, with hearty and uncomplicated dishes to be shared with the people at your table. The food is cooked with care and is absolutely delicious. The service is unpretentious, and you’ll dine in a nice setting at a fair price. We fell in love with this place—and each other even more. Nawww!

Book a table!

If you’re a foodie and want to experience this, which we really think you should do, you should book a table. There is also a few seats at the bar for drop-ins.


Beckholmsbron 26, Stockholm
Website and booking

Lunch
Tue–Fri 12:00—16:00

Brunch
Sat—Sun 12:00—17:00

Dinner
Tue—Sun 17:00—23:00


Svenska: Varje månad går vi på date night, och den här gången var det Amandas tur att välja. Vi hamnade på Oaxen Slip på Djurgården. Grym mat i en härlig lokal!

A visit to Copenhagen

Food, shopping and design

Copenhagen is one of our favorite cities, and it’s easy to understand why. It has such a rich culture of food, fashion, and design, so if you love to eat and go shopping you will fall in love with the Danish capital just like we did.

During our summer vacation, we spontaneously drove down from Gothenburg to spend a night in Copenhagen. We walked around to wander around aimlessly, eating and drinking a lot of coffee. And a few weekends ago, Amanda flew down for a girls-only weekend together with her friends.

These are just some of the spots we really like:

Raw42
A modern approach to plant-based eating—no gluten, no lactose. Brunch, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, matcha lattes, golden lattes, and really nice raw desserts.
Pilestræde 32, 1112 Copenhagen

Photo: 42raw.dk/

Far´s Dreng
An amazing and modern restaurant that Amanda is totally in love with. They serve both acai and matcha lattes (her favorites!). Drop in for breakfast, dinner, drinks or coffee. Good for vegans!
Ny Adelgade 7

Nordicnesting.dk
The Danish are famous for great design, and it can definitely be found at Nordicnesting.dk. They offer a big selection of Danish and Nordic design classics, as well as new designs, arts, and craft.
Studiestræde 51

Westmarket
We love street food, so WestMarket in Vesterbro (really cool and laidback area) was like heaven for us. It’s really a mix between a marketplace and a hangout spot. With so much to choose from, it was hard to decide on only one thing. So we ate it all.
Vesterbrogade 97

Photo: westmarket.dk

BAEST
A cool industrial place with a chill vibe and tasty pizzas! They make everything from scratch with organic ingredients. The drinks weren’t so bad, either.
Guldbergsgade 29

ARKET
ARKET is the latest chain of stores from H&M, offering modern-day essential products for men, women, children and the home. Its mission is to democratise quality through widely accessible, well-made, durable products designed to be used and loved for a long time.
Købmagergade 33

Mad & Kaffe
Cool place with “tapas” inspired breakfast. We recommend you to order between three to five dishes. Just bear in mind that it’s not the best place for vegans.
Sønder Blvd. 68

Gasoline Grill
Gasoline Grill has been described by many (including Noma, one of the best restaurants in the world) as the best burger joint in Copenhagen. It’s located in an old gas station just a few blocks away from Strøget, the main shopping street. Since it’s so small, they only have a few tables outside, but it’s worth it.
Landgreven 10

Torvehallerne
Torvehallerne is main food market of Copenhagen. Over 115 000 people flock here every single week to eat or get fresh ingredients and specialties to bring home. In 2014, the British magazine “The Guardian” was put Torvehallerne in the top 10 of food halls in Europe.
Frederiksborggade 21

Photo: torvehallernekbh.dk/

Urban Deli rooftop bar

A Stockholm rooftop bar (and park)

Sweden is slowly getting back to rhythm after the summer vacation, but we aren’t ready to declare summer dead just quite yet. We know we have a couple of long, dark months ahead of us so we just have to make the most out of the bit of sunlight we have left. So last week Amanda suggested we should go to Urban Deli’s rooftop bar on Sveavägen to catch up with some friends over drinks.

Man, it’s hard to put this place in a category. When you walk through the doors on the ground floor, you’ll find a café, restaurant, lounge, and a food hall. Oh yeah, there’s a fricken’ hotel too! But do you have to put a label on it? The answer is probably no, right? Let’s just say that it’s a great meeting place for every hour of the day, every day of the week. This is a where you bring your friends, colleagues, a hot date, your parents, or even your dentist if you have that kind of relationship.

The main reason we chose this fine establishment for this evening’s social event can be found on the 9th floor. Up there, Stockholm goes New York with a bar placed in the midst of a roof park inspired by the High Line in Manhattan (just with fabulous views of Stockholm’s rooftops instead of the Empire State Building iconic contribution to the world’s most famous skyline). If you have a dinner reservation in a few hours but need something to eat you can order smaller meals like salad bowls, meat trays, or other snacks, at the bar.

The main reason we chose this fine establishment for this evening’s social event can be found on the 9th floor.

It gets crowded when the weather is nice so the waiting line to the elevator gets quite long, so it’s a good idea to get there early. Sign up on the waiting list on their website about 15 minutes before you arrive, grab a drink in the bar and wait for your turn to go up. We were lucky enough to find a couple of seats—which NEVER happens—where we could sit and catch the last rays of the late summer sun and pretend that our vacation wasn’t over.

Three different locations

Urban Deli started at trendy Nytorget in Södermalm, a hipstery all-in-one-facility with the vision to contribute to a better, easier and happier food life. They later opened another branch in Hammarby Sjöstad and finally on Sveavägen 44—their third and biggest project to date.


Sveavägen 44, Stockholm
Website
Mon–Tues 07:00–23:00
Wed–Sat 07:00–01:00
Sunday 07:00–23:00

Svenska: Om du tar dig till Sveavägen så hittar du en av Stockholms absolut bästa takbarer. På nionde våningen har Urban Deli skapat en oas inspirerad av High Line in New York.