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More than Meatballs…

One of the main stereotypes that emerges of Swedish culture, is the nation’s (alleged) predisposition to Swedish meatballs. And while I can attest they do make appearances from time to time, the culinary landscape here in Stockholm is diverse and not dissimilar to other world capitals– save for it being drastically more expensive [a good example of the price disparity would be The Economist’s Big Mac Index]…

However, with the right digging– and an open mind, there are tons of hidden gems that Stockholm has to offer… Here are a few of my favourites:

Though I’m biased towards Korean food in general, one restaurant in Stockholm stands out from the rest in terms of price, service and “Korean-ness”, and that is GoChoo in Vasastan. An affordable lunch menu, authentic bibimbap and a great owner are some of the reasons this is one my favourite restaurants in the city. More information on GoChoo can be found here.



One wouldn’t expect to find a cafe devoted to Israeli hummus in Scandinavia, but Reggev in Sodermalm  has hummus that approximates any found in Israel, Jordan and surrounds… Again, with a cheap lunch menu and pretty reasonable prices throughout the day, this is another Stockholm gem.
 
And lastly, a Stockholm institution– Birkastans Pizza… Always full, and with pizzas the size of the table itself (don’t be put off by the stock images on their webpage, the pizzas look nothing like that) I can’t think of a better introduction to the typical, paper-thin, Stockholm pizza (dissimilar to its’ North American cousin, the ‘thick-crust’).

While on the topic, another decent pizza spot and a bit more ‘hipster’ is Pizza Hatt in Vasastan, close to downtown…



As you can see, the options for international students here in Stockholm won’t leave anybody wanting or feeling homesick no matter where they are from. I’d be remiss not to mention some decent spots to get local/Swedish food, so more on that next week…



In the meantime, if anybody reading this already in Stockholm has more suggestions as to some “hidden gems” or decent restaurants serving international fare in the city, feel free to post them!

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