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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

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.

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

Gast café

Great brunch at the beautiful and peaceful Gast café in Stockholm

The rumor about a new café spread fast on the streets of inner Stockholm. We knew we had to find out what the fuzz was all about, so one Sunday morning we went for a walk towards Vasastan to check it out. And we’re glad we did.

Gast is the sister café to the popular establishments Kaffeverket, Snickarbacken 7 and Kvarteret, so we had a hunch that we were in for a good time for our Sunday brunch. The first thing we noticed when we walked through the door was the beautiful interior. A warm color scheme with soft pink walls and natural wooden elements together with green plants all lit up by the natural light from the large windows. With candles on every table and books about design, food and culture spread out all over the room, it was clear that this was a place where they encourage you to take your time and relax.

We were starving after walking all the way from Södermalm (not really that far, but still), so the next thing that caught our attention was obviously the menu. Even though the breakfast section only had about seven main options, it felt impossible to choose. Everything was right up our alley (kudos for their vegan dishes!), so we took the easy way out and got one of each. This turned out to be a really, really good idea since everything was yummy af! We’re definitely going back to try the lunch menu as well. From what we’ve heard, it’s supposed to be just as good as their breakfast. Maybe even better.

Get the porridge. Trust us.

Amanda had the oat and spelt porridge served with homemade fruit compote, tasty toppings and a very generous amount of almond butter, and it just blew her away. Order it, you won’t be disappointed.


Rådmansgatan 57, Stockholm
Mon to Fri 07:30–18:00
Saturday 09:00–17:00
Saturday 10:00–17:00


Svenska: Gast är ett systerkafé till Kaffeverket, Snickarbacken 7 och Kvarteret. Ett riktigt mysigt kafé som är perfekt för frukost, brunch och lunch. Passar även för dig som är vegan!

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/

Mahalo vegan café

A world-class vegan café in Södermalm

This café in Södermalm has become a super popular hotspot for people looking for a more conscious choice of fika. Get there early or expect to queue up outside along with all the bloggers and celebs trying to get their hands on some of Mahalo’s vegan treats.

At Mahalo, they make all their food with love for the environment, the animals, and of course–their guests. By working with organic ingredients from local suppliers, they prove that you don’t need meat or dairy to eat good food. Amanda’s biggest passion is food that’s healthy for both body and soul, so it’s not strange that Mahalo is her favorite café in Stockholm. Matter of fact, she loves it so much that she even worked here when she was studying food science at uni.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve gone full vegan, or even vegetarian for that matter—this instagram-friendly café serves great food that just happens to be plant-based. The sweet potato fries are straight up fire, the acai bowl with homemade peanut butter is unmatchable, and the matcha latte will make other cafés green with envy (pun intended). Oh, and the desserts are gooooood.

If you snooze, you lose

If you’re going here on the weekend, you should definitely wake up early—especially if you want to get a table in their super cozy backyard. And dogs are of course allowed!

Photo by Mahalo

Hornsgatan 61, Stockholm
Check out their awesome Instagram!
Mon to Fri 09:00–19:00
Weekends 10:00–18:00


Svenska: Mahalo är Stockholms, och enligt Amanda världens, bästa veganska café! Skulle du inte vara vegan kommer du ändå inte gå hem missnöjd. De har supergoda sallader, wraps, sötpotatispommes, acai bowls och de grönaste av matchalattes på Södermalm.