Nordic Flavors on a Stockholm Food Tour

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I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the best way to experience a different culture is to eat the food! We’ve seen it in Berlin with the influence of Turkish food, in Barcelonaย with dishes I didn’t even know were Catalan, and even found cuisines that have snuck into London! Take a food tour on one of your first days because if you fall in love with a bite of something, youโ€˜ll have time to go back and enjoy an entire meal!

Food Tours Stockholm

 

For this tour, we’re in Stockholm taking the Nordic Experience food tour from Food Tours Stockholm. While there’s a handful of tours available (I’m looking at how amazing the sweets tour looks), this tour gave an amazing overview of Nordic dishes. Not only that, we had some foods that people fight for tables over! Kind of felt like a VIP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Food Tours Stockholm Fish Soup

 

We started at the Hรถtorgshallen which reminds me a bit of the Markt Hall in Rotterdamย and the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. It was fun having five of our stops in one spot! It’s good to stick tightly with the group here and I felt like I was in the way a bit, but once you start eating, it’s easier to find yourself in your own little world!

 

Stockholm Food Tour Game Meat

 

Our first bites were game meat. I’m not one to usually enjoy game meat. My family always tried to get me to eat deer and I tried it once…never again! But I try it all while on the food tour, so I tried reindeer, moose, and even bear! I never thought I would eat bear, but it was delicious. I could have eaten everyone’s samples and been happy. This is the perfect timeย to try new things because you just never know if youโ€™ll love it!

 

Stockholm Food Tour Cheese

 

From meat to cheese to a Finnish treat, we were still inside the market. The Karelian pasty (Finnish treat) was nothing like I’d ever seen before! A pastry with a rice pudding topped with an egg mousse. I didn’t know what to expect from the taste, but it was very mild with no strong egg flavor.

 

Stockholm Food Tour Finnish Treat

 

Then it all went fishy and the alcohol started to flow. Two types of herring that had completely different flavors and a piece of salmon that was delicious had my stomach ready for more. This fish stall knows how to do their thing…leaving you to wanting to buy some to take with you. We ate, drank, and sang at this stall and there were so many Instagram-worthy moments. But I do love my photo-in-a-photo with Skye Class.

 

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When we left the market, I was a little sad because I knew there was so much more to try and buy! But my disappointment left as soon as the man at Urban Deli started talking. Sean and I instantly fell for this part store-part restaurant-part bar environment. They use fresh ingredients, make most things homemade and the staff is given a lot of freedom to experiment. So you could ask for something off-the-wall and get something amazing! They even have a butcher on site…and thatโ€™s why we had some beef tartare. It was beautiful and I kind of liked it…tartare isnโ€™t my favorite thing because of the texture. But the flavor was on point and still made me want to go back (and we did!).

 

Food Tours Stockholm Tartare

 

I donโ€™t want to give away the entire tour, but I will say that we discovered one of the best places for Swedish meatballs (better than IKEA!), some drool-worthy chocolate, cookies, more meats and cheeses, and even had a grande finale in a dungeon with coffee andย tea andย treats that I wished were much bigger because they were amazingly delicious!

 

Food Tours Stockholm Swedish Meatballs

 

Here are some photos so you get a peek at the tour…but watch that drool!

 

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Stockholm Food Tour with Bread Food Tours Stockholm Dessert

This was a complimentary tour thanks to Food Tours Stockholm, Visit Stockholm and TBEX, which we thoroughly enjoyed. All opinions are my own and we are so grateful for the opportunity to experience this food tour so we can share it with you!

 

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20 Comments

  1. Mmm you know I love traveling for food! This tour looks awesome. I’ll have to check it out. Meatballs better than IKEA’s? Surprise!! LOL I actually like having those meatballs when I go to IKEA. It’s nostalgic because my family went to IKEA quite often when I was a kid.

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    • Hello Amanda,

      This is Fredrik from Food Tours Stockholm. We got several different tours that works great as a vegetarian. Next summer we are planning to launch a tour that is 100% vegetarian with a vegan option.
      On the Nordic Experience tour we sample a lot of the traditional Nordic food. Most traditional Nordic food is either meat or fish. As a vegetarian I would recommend any of our tours except the Nordic Experience tour. My number one pick would be the Culinary Sรถdermalm tour.

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  2. Wow, the food looks really good! I couldn’t agree more with you about knowing a new culture through food. Hopefully will get the chance to go on a food tour in Stockholm soon! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Those meatballs & meat n cheese board look so yummy!
    We usually do our own kinda food tour when we travel lol, maybe its time we went on a proper one. As you said, if you like something.. you can always visit them later. Locals know best!

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  4. I love this post as Sweden (and Stockholm in general) is not particularly known for its food. I did have Swedish meatballs when I was in Stockholm, and they were delicious. I love the jam + meatball combination ๐Ÿ™‚

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