With these long days (really only about 5 hours of darkness!), we’re enjoying going out on the weekends for dinner. This time we headed to Södermalm, the southern island of Stockholm, for ramen at Blue Light Yokohama. During the week, the menu is typical for an izakaya, with small, seasonal dishes. But on Sundays and Mondays, they serve ramen! So we needed to check it out!
You can’t come to Sweden and not make time for fika! In case you’re new to my blog and have missed previous fika posts, fika is the Swedish term for a coffee break. But it’s more than just drinking coffee – you need people and sweets! It can be with friends, family, or colleagues. A fika a day is the Swedish way 🙂
If you look up the most mysig, or ‘cozy’, restaurants in Stockholm, Knut will be on the list. Koen and I have passed Knut a lot and it’s always full of patrons, warm lighting, and delicious looking food! So with Hannah and Chris visiting, we had a reason to make a reservation.
My favorite museum in Stockholm is the Moderna Museet, or the modern art museum. I love it so much that I’m a ‘friend’ and have a membership where I can visit all of the exhibitions throughout the year! The Moderna Museet is located on the small island of Skeppsholmen and feels like a mini-escape from the city – surrounded by trees and water!
So exciting having our first visitors in Stockholm! Hannah and Chris came to see us for the weekend and we started the trip by visiting Gamla Stan, or Old Town, and sampling some whisky at the Ardbeg Embassy!
My first week at my new job, I headed to the south of Sweden for my onboarding – in Malmö! Malmö is the largest city in the southern Skåne County and the third largest in Sweden. It’s so far south that it’s actually just a 30 minute train ride to Copenhagen!
I wish I could share more about the city, but as I was there for work, I didn’t have much of a chance to explore. I did make sure to head downtown to try the falafel at The Orient House of Falafel! If you want to read more about falafel and Malmö, you should read the Vice article: Falafel Is More Than Just Fast Food for Swedes in Malmö. But you can’t visit the city without eating at least one falafel! Koen and I both agree that this is the best falafel we’ve tried!
On our drive back to Belgium before arriving in our final destination Stockholm, we spent the night in Hamburg. With the opportunity to only eat one meal, we wanted to experience a typical North German meal. Luckily I have ex-colleagues in Hamburg and they recommended Speisewirtschaft Opitz. So we happily made a reservation and enjoyed the vintage atmosphere and delicious Hamburg-style food (aka lots of North Sea shrimp and fish!).
I can’t go to Copenhagen without at least one breakfast at Grød, the world’s first porridge bar on the Jægersborggade, in the Nørrebro-district of Copenhagen. I love their porridge so much, I even order it from time to time to be delivered to Belgium. Since we were about to head to Hamburg, a filling, healthy brunch at Grød was a perfect way to leave the city!
When we were at Bæst, we noticed there was a bar upstairs but we didn’t really pay much attention to it. But then we ate at Relæ and were given two tokens for vermouth at Rudo. Then all the dots connected and we realized Christian Puglisi recently opened a vermouth bar! So of course we had to go with our tokens – we love vermouth after trying so many in Barcelona!
We headed over after dinner at Manfred’s and enjoyed a relaxing evening trying everything. The drinks sounded delicious, so of course we needed to try the cocktails and then the Rudo Experience (just one so we could split them 🙂 ). Really cozy and intimate!
Our very first time in Copenhagen, we celebrated my 29th birthday with dinner at Manfreds! It was such a delicious, impressionable meal. We realized just how delicius sourdough bread can be and tried naturally fermented wines for the first time! Koen and I left very inspired and experimented a lot once back in Antwerp with our cooking. So of course we came back this trip! The food is very reasonably priced and creative (plus local and organic), so definitely worth visiting – especially if you can’t get a table at Relæ.