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Three delicious restaurants beyond the tourist traps in Stockholm’s Gamla stan

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Gamla stan (the Old Town) in Stockholm has locally gotten a pretty bad reputation as a tourist trap. Sure, it’s the oldest part of the city and therefore has a lot of famous sights, but it has more than that. It’s just a matter of knowing there you need to go. Here are three delicious restaurants beyond the tourist trap in Stockholm’s Gamla stan!

1. Pastis, Baggensgatan 12
This restaurants makes our heart beats faster, just by thinking of it. Located a bit hidden by the square Kornhamnstorg, not many locals knows this exists, neither tourists. It’s so small, making it super easy to miss. Pastis is a tiny tiny restaurant, focusing on French cuisine (and staff). The menu consists of a small range of dishes. During winter, you’ll get rapt by the romantic setting in the restaurant, with high candles and cosy illumination. In summer, you can sit outside on the cobblestones and pretend you’re in an French alley. See the menu and book a table at their website.

2. 19 glas, Stora Nygatan 19
19 glas is perhaps most known for being a wine bar – and a pretty darn good one! They have wine from Sweden’s Sörmland to Otago New Zeeland, all of them in highest class. What many not know is that 19 glas offer food too. Besides from their lunches, they offer 4-courses or 7-courses pre set menus. The items on the menu won’t disappoint you, you’ll find everything from fine parts of meat to exciting vegetables. Since you’ll be eating at a wine bar, expect to be blown with their knowledge on what wine fits with what dish. Booking’s can be made here.

3. Österlånggatan 17, same adress as the name
Österlånggatan 17 is a restaurant under the group of restaurants called Bockholmsgruppen, all of them are built and developed as neighborhood restaurants, with an easy feel to it. Among the siblings you’ll find Nybrogatan 38 and Nytorget 6. On the evening menu you’ll find both smaller dishes, starters, main entrances and egg dishes (who said you couldn’t have an omelette for dinner?!). See the entire menu on Österlånggatan 17’s website.

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Five most bohemian areas in Copenhagen

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Do you prefer hipster people over fancy stores? Cute, quirky cafés over touristy stuff? Check out this list of the five most bohemian areas in Copenhagen!

Vesterbro – Istedgade
Istedgade is a street in the city district of Vesterbro, which in many ways presents a different Copenhagen. Here you’ll find student and hipsters over business people, families with children over fashion. It used to be a street filled with drugs and prostitutes, but is now filled with shops, cafés, restaurants and fun bars (even though it’s hard to learn an old dog to sit, don’t be surprised if you see something strange). Istedgade stretches from the central station in Copenhagen to Enghave Plads. Examples on fun stuff to do hear? Have a glass of wine at Malbeck Vinbar, a cocktail at Neighbourhood, have a coffee and botanise vintage at Sort Kaffe & Vinyl.

City district Christianshavn
Christianshavn is perhaps a bit big of an area to call bohemian, but the feeling to it really is. It’s the island separated from the rest of the city, connected via the bridge Inderhavnsbroen. With it’s canals flowing through the city, it resembles to Amsterdam. If you like art, check out North Atlantic House, thirsty music-lovers should head to bar Sofiekælderen located just by the canals and if you’re hungry for some food, head to Wildersgade and the surrounding streets, here there are plenty of amazing restaurants. If you really want to go deep into the bohemian way of life, visit the free-town Christiania.

Nørrebro – Jaegersborgsgade
Whilst Christianshavn is huge, the street Jægersborggade is not very long, it will only take you a few minutes to walk up and down. Despite it’s smallness, it’s filled with cool bars, cafés, many vintage shops and galleries. Two of our favourites are the awarded restaurant Relæ and wine bar Terroiristen. If you’re in the mood for some delicious vegetarian food, restaurant Astrid och Apornas Spiseri is located here. This quirky street even has it’s own website, you can check it out here.

Latin Quarter – Studiestræde
In the Latin Quarters, which on it’s own is a bohemian area on it’s own, you’ll find the street Studiestræde. Even though Studiestræde is just a few minutes from the touristy shopping street Strøget, it’s relaxed in a very pleasant way. It’s the perfect place to relax with a coffee on one of the many cafés, after you’ve gone bargain hunting in one of the many vintage shops located here, for example Wasteland. Enjoy a dinner at restaurant Krebsegaarden or take a cocktail at the bar named after the street, Studiestraede Bar & Spirits.

Vesterbro – Meatpacking District (Kødbyen)
Once upon a time it was the home to the meat industry business of Copenhagen (as you might have guessed), nowadays it is a food mecka. It still has three areas; White, Grey and Brown, referring to the colour of the buildings. Here, it’s hard to keep track on what restaurants are open since it’s so blooming. The feeling that something open’s up here once a week doesn’t feel that far off from the truth. Halmtorvet is a public square in Kødbyen that’s lined with cafés and restaurants, you just have to pick what you’re in the mood for. Try breakfast at Dyrehaven, look at the current exhibition at the venue Øksnehallen and have a drink on the outdoor seating of Karriere.

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Famous people who had a huge impact on Oslo

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Brave, gifted, talented and responsible for making Oslo somewhat what it is today. Meet three people that made Oslo and Norway famous.

1. Edvard Munch
With painting ‘Skriet’ (The Scream), Munch would create a painting that would keep him famous more than 60 years after his passing. Edvard Munch was a painter and one of Modernism’s most important artist. Over sixty years he was active – all the way from when ha made his debut in the 1880s up until his death in 1944. His experimentation skills as an artist gave him a unique position in both international as well as Norwegian art history. The Scream has been described as “an icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa for our time”.

2. Henrik Ibsen
He has been described as “the father of realism”, and is one of the founders of Modernism in theatre. Henrik Ibsen (1828 – 1906) was a Norwegian playwright, theatre director and poet. He is considered t be one of the most important playwrights since Shakespeare, in particular for his later dramas who at the time were considered scandalous. Ibsen has influenced novelists and playwrights such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and George Bernard Shaw. Three times he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature – 1902, 1903, and 1904.

3. Henrik Wergeland
Wergeland is one of the “birth fathers” to the celebration of 17th of May (syttende mai), but he’s mostly famous for being a Norwegian writer, playwright, historian and poet. He is often considered to be a leading pioneer in the development of Norwegian literary heritage and modern Norwegian culture. He became a famous here when he, together with the locals, fought at the battle of the Square in Christiania on 17th of May, 1829. Even though Henrik Wergeland died at the young age of 37, he has had a huge effect on literature, history, contemporary politics, social issues and much more.

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