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The top vegan-friendly places in Stockholm

The traditional Swedish diet is quite heavy on meat and dairy, but if you follow a vegan diet, don't worry – there are plenty of plant-based options in Stockholm for a meal out or stocking up on snacks. Many of them will even tempt carnivores...

The top vegan-friendly places in Stockholm
Vegan restaurants are relatively common in Stockholm, but these are some of the best. Photo: Miriam Preis/imagebank.sweden.se

Stores

Many vegan products are widely available, with brands like Oatly stocked in most major supermarkets, and many popular brands offering meat-free alternatives such as vegobullar to replace köttbullar (meatballs). And if you're looking for a bigger range or a specific ingredient, there are plenty of vegan friendly stores around Stockholm which offer items ranging from groceries to home products, cosmetics and clothes.

One of the biggest organic grocery stores is Goodstore, boasting a wide range of vegan products. Another option is Paradiset; all products are organic and the majority of their items are vegan-friendly. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

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Other choices include Saltå Kvarn, a store which only sells their own custom brand of organic food and treats, and Gryningen near Medborgarplatsen, with all-organic and plenty of vegan supplements and fresh produce.

Looking beyond food, there are a range of spots around the city that have vegan clothing and shoes for sale too. Clothing brand Ve & Fasa prides itself on sustainable fashion, with durable and animal-friendly materials, while Green Laces is another option selling high quality vegan footwear and accessories. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

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Bakeries

You can't miss out on Swedish desserts and pastries while in Stockholm, and there's no reason why you should, even if you stick to a vegan diet. 

In the heart of the capital's Old Town, Sattva Naturbageri is one of the best known for vegan and vegetarian desserts, and their famous cinnamon buns.

On Södermalm, Bagar'n Hornstull offers vegan options including Sweden's popular princess cake, which is rarely seen free of animal-based products. And not far away you'll find cosy Sthlm Raw which refers to itself as an “unbakery” due to their focus on all things uncooked. These treats are stocked in many cafes and spots around Sweden, and you can find the location nearest to you here.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

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Restaurants 

Despite the fact that traditional Swedish cuisine has a heavy focus on meat, these days it's common for restaurants to offer vegan options, and there's a fast growing number of places that offer only vegan food. There are too many to name, but here's a selection of some of the best.

Trendy FLFL is mostly vegan, and offers falafel and other Mediterranean specialties perfect for a fun night out.  a place where you can sink your teeth into some fancy falafel. This hipster style vegan restaurant has a high-tone atmosphere and great food, perfect for a fun night out. 

Kokyo is a restaurant focusing on Chinese and Japanese restaurant with an entirely separate vegan menu, and homemade tofu. Another Chinese restaurant worth mentioning is Lao Wai. This is a cozy, entirely vegetarian (and most vegan) place that prides itself on authentic Chinese cooking. Minh Mat also offers a  vegan menu and is a popular choice if you're looking for Vietnamese cuisine. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

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Matapoteket is a great place to find raw meals at lunch or for a plant-based smoothie and fika, with meals ranging from poke bowls to raw pizza. 

And a longtime favourite is all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet Hermans, the perfect place for stuffing your face with tasty and organic food. On top of that the restaurant has a beautiful view and offers a generous student discount.

A final recent addition to the vegan food scene, Dirty Vegan is a zero-waste vegan fast food establishment, where you can find all of your comfort food desires like (mock) mozzarella sticks, seitan burgers and mac'n'cheese. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

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Five sweet treats you should be able to identify if you live in Sweden

Do you know your biskvi from your bakelse? Your chokladboll from your kanelbulle? Here's a guide guaranteed to get your mouth watering.

Five sweet treats you should be able to identify if you live in Sweden

Kanelbulle

The most famous of all Swedish cakes outside Sweden, the classic kanelbulle (cinnamon bun) is the symbol of Sweden abroad, no doubt helped by the fact that Swedish furniture giants IKEA stock frozen buns in their food stores for customers to bake off at home.

Forget American tear-apart cinnamon rolls baked in a pan and slathered with cream cheese frosting: a classic Swedish cinnamon bun is baked individually using a yeasted dough spread with cinnamon sugar and butter. The dough is then rolled up, sliced into strips which are then stretched out and knotted into buns, baked, glazed with sugar syrup and sprinkled with pearl sugar.

Home-made varieties skip the stretching and knotting step, rolling the cinnamon-sprinkled dough into a spiral instead which, although less traditional, tastes just as good.

Kanelbullar in Sweden often include a small amount of Sweden’s favourite spice: cardamom. If you’re a fan of cardamom, try ordering the kanelbulle‘s even more Swedish cousin, the kardemummabulle or cardamom bun, which skips the cinnamon entirely and goes all-out on cardamom instead.

Sweden celebrates cinnamon bun day (kanelbullens dag) on October 4th.

Photo: Lieselotte van der Meijs/imagebank.sweden.se

Chokladboll

A great option if you want a smaller cake for your fika, the chokladboll or ‘chocolate ball’ is a perfect accompaniment to coffee – some recipes even call for mixing cold coffee into the batter.

They aren’t baked and are relatively easy to make, meaning they are a popular choice for parents (or grandparents) wanting to involve children in the cake-making process.

Chokladbollar are a simple mix of sugar, oats, melted butter and cocoa powder, with the optional addition of vanilla or coffee, or occasionally rum extract. They are rolled into balls which are then rolled in desiccated coconut (or occasionally pearl sugar), and placed in the fridge to become more solid.

Some bakeries or cafés also offer dadelbollar or rawbollar/råbollar (date or raw balls), a vegan alternative made from dried dates and nuts blended together with cocoa powder.

Chocolate ball day (chokladbollens dag) falls on May 11th.

Photo: Magnus Carlsson/imagebank.sweden.se

Prinsesstårta

The lime-green prinsesstårta or ‘princess cake’ may look like a modern invention with it’s brightly-coloured marzipan covering, but it has been around since the beginning of the 1900s, and is named after three Swedish princesses, Margareta, Märta and Astrid, who were supposedly especially fond of the cake.

The cake consists of a sponge bottom spread with jam, crème pâtissière and a dome of whipped cream, covered in green marzipan and some sort of decoration, often a marzipan rose.

Prinsesstårtor can also be served in individual portions, small slices of a log which are then referred to as a prinsessbakelse.

Although the cakes are popular all year round, in the Swedish region of Småland, prinsesstårta is eaten on the first Thursday in March, due to this being the unofficial national day of the Småland region (as the phrase första torsdagen i mars is pronounced fössta tossdan i mass in the Småland dialect).

Since 2004, the Association of Swedish Bakers and Confectioners has designated the last week of September as prinsesstårtans vecka (Princess cake day).

Photo: Sinikka Halme, Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0.

Budapestbakelse

Belonging to the more traditional cakes, a Budapestbakelse or “Budapest slice” is a type of rulltårta or “roll cake” similar to a Swiss roll, consisting of a light and crispy cake made from whipped egg whites, sugar and hazelnut, filled with whipped cream and fruit, often chopped conserved peaches, nectarines or mandarines, and rolled into a log.

The log is then sliced into individual portions and drizzled with chocolate, then often topped with whipped cream and a slice of fruit. 

Despite its name, the Budapest slice has nothing to do with the city of Budapest – it was supposedly invented by baker Ingvar Strid in 1926 and received the name due to Strid’s love for the Hungarian capital.

Of course, the Budapestbakelse also has its own day – May 1st.

Kanelbullar (left), chokladbollar (centre) and biskvier (right). Photo: Tuukka Ervasti/imagebank.sweden.se

Biskvi

Another smaller cake, a biskvi (pronounced like the French biscuit), consists of an almond biscuit base, covered in buttercream (usually chocolate flavoured), and dark chocolate.

Different variants of biskvier exist, such as a Sarah Bernhardt, named after the French actress of the same name, which has chocolate truffle instead of buttercream.

You might also spot biskvier with white chocolate, often with a hallon (raspberry) or citron (lemon) filling, or even saffransbiskvier around Christmastime.

Chokladbiskviens dag is celebrated on November 11th.

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