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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3 vegetarian restaurants in Copenhagen that’ll make you drool badly

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Scandinavia in general has always been progressive when it comes to vegetarian food. Since more and more citizens are becoming vegetarians, more dining places has had to adapt. Great news for vegetarians! There is a bunch of vegetarian restaurants in Copenhagen, but here’s three that’ll make you drool badly!

1. Astrid och aporna Spiseri, Jægersborggade 39
Astrid och aporna has been famous in Sweden for a long time, creating vegetarian substitutes for sales. Among them you’ll find vegetarian sausages, burgers, pizza, fish sticks and fejcon (fake bacon). In 2014 they opened their restaurant Astrid och apornas Spiseri on Jægersborggade 39, a hip street filled with cute cafés and cool shops in Nørrebro. Their motto is “Feel good fast food”, meaning they’ll serve classic vegetarian fast food dishes with a twist, as much as possible with their own products.

2. Souls, Melchiors Plads 3
Souls is a vegetarian restaurant founded by two Australians. If you eat here, you can expect local food of high quality. This vegetarian restaurant is listed in the top 10 of vegetarian restaurants in Copenhagen, and it’s no wonder; on the menu you’ll find everything from tofu steak to bbq mushrooms. Souls is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Why not combine a meal with a visit to nearby located Little Mermaid? Melchiors Plads 3 is located quite close to the inner-city of Copenhagen.

3. simpleRAW, Gråbrødretorv 9
Located as central as one can be on Gråbrødretorv 9, vegetarian restaurant simpleRAW offers vegetarian RAW-food of all kinds. Or how does hot-ramen-miso, poke bowls, zucchini noodles and rice paper with delicious stuffing sound? simpleRAW offer raw food in it’s finest; no colorings, additives, dairy products, sugar, yeast, gluten-containing products or preservatives are added to the mix and they only use their own recipes.

Up and coming: Noma has been one of the most hyped-up restaurants in Copenhagen for years. Well earned as well – in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, it was ranked as the Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine. Noma is closed for the bigger part of 2017, but is soon opening up again as a half-time vegetarian restaurant. During the warmer months, the restaurant’s going to be all-vegetarian.

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3 rooftop bars in Stockholm with an unbelievable view

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Stockholm is a city filled with natural hills and heights, but it’s also a city filled with tall buildings and on top of many of them: rooftop bars. Here’s a list of 3 rooftop bars in Stockholm with an unbelievable view.

1. Urban Deli, Sveavägen 44
If rooftops in particular are your cup of tea, you’ll love Urban Deli on Sveavägen 44, you’ll be right among them, up in the sky. Urban Deli is a Swedish chain of concept: the Urban Deli’s consists of a restaurant, a food store and market hall. The Urban Deli on Sveavägen is the newest addition, and they have gotten very popular due to the rooftop bar on the 9th floor, open during the summer months. The rooftop bar is built like a sculpture park with different seating areas, and offers a 360-degree over the rooftops in the area of Vasastan/Hötorget. Urban Deli 9th floor have simple food for sales and a standard range of beverages. Be here on time, this bar is a regular after work-hangout for the stockholmers!

2. Scandic Continental, The Capital, Vasagatan 22
With an astonishing view over the City Hall, Södermalm and Riddarfjärden, rooftop bar The Capital in hotel Scandic Continental (Vasagatan 22) quickly became a success when it opened in April 2016. Scandic is the biggest hotell chain in the Nordic countries, with over over 230 hotel spread across seven countries. Scandic Continental re-opened in 2016 after a huge renovation (well, in fact it was a complete demolition and new building raised). Continental’s rooftop bar is open for everyone and has room for approx. 100 people and have sun from morning til’ evening. If you’re here on vacation, grab a seat early on and don’t let it go!

3. Champagnebaren, Södra Teatern, Mosebacke Torg 1-3
Located on the hill of Mosebacke, Södermalm, you’ll find Södra Teatern with three (!) marvelous bars with a view. The best? Champagnebaren (the Champagne bar) is located on floor 7 and is the highest positioned bar in Södra Teatern. Champagnebaren is only open to the public during the summer, and has views over Gamla stan (the Old Town) and the north of Stockholm. This rooftop bar is quite small, if you happen to come when it’s full you can always head down to Mosebacketerrassen (Mosebacke Terrace), a huge yard where 2000 people can fit. From here, you won’t have corresponding view to Champagnebaren, but it’s absolutely qualified for looking out over Stockholm. PS. If it get’s chilly, the inside bar Södra Bar has two bars with amazing views over the city.

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The ultimate list of quirky hipster bars in Oslo

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Despite it’s modern city center, Oslo has it’s bohemian parts of the city. It can be seen in the area of Grünerløkka, or in the cool bars that can be found here and there. Here’s our ultimate list of quirky hipster bars in Oslo!

1. Blå, Brenneriveien 9 C
Close to the river Akerselva and smushed in the area where street-art covers almost all walls lies the bar/club Blå. If you prefer to listen to some live tunes whilst sipping a beer, this is the place for you. Although they focus on jazz – and has jazz every Sunday night – all types of bands have been playing here. During summer, they have one of the best outdoor seatings in Oslo.

2. Schouskjellern Mikrobryggeri, Trondheimsveien 2
Just in the beginning of Grünerløkka lies the micro brewery Schouskjellern, located in a small cellar. The brewery is situated right there in the basement, with four 500-liter tanks. Try their own brewed beer (they have created and served over 60 beers over the years) and enjoy the atmosphere under the vaulted brick ceilings and in front of the massive fireplace.

3. Himkok, Storgata 27
What now seems to be found everywhere was once the focal point for Himkok – it’s the first micro distillery in Norway. It’s also seen as one of the finest bars in the city. It’s not that very well-known in Oslo, and we can only guess that one of the reasons is the anonymous entrance to the bar. It’s hidden between a hairdresser and Asian supermarket and doesn’t have a sign. Himkok does definitely fit under ‘quirky’ – one of the reason being the fact that they have cocktails on tap. PS. Don’t miss the restaurant Munnsjenk located in the back-yard, the outdoor seating here is fab!

4. Den Gamle Skobutikken, Torggata 9B
With a name translating to “the Old Shoe Shop”, Den Gamle Skobutikken has already made it into our list of quirky hipster bars in Oslo. Walking inside won’t make you disappointed; inside you’ll find palm trees, a rooftop terrace, a glass wall facing the passageway. The concrete floor with it’s black interior doesn’t exactly hurt either.

5. Hytta Bar, Thorvald Meyers gate 70
Small but lovely, Hytta Bar is the hipster pub to go to if you like a good gin & tonic and prefer your music on vinyl. Be prepared for beards, pop-up concerts and atmospheric sparks from the fireplace.

Almost made the list: St. Pauli Biergarten, Sannergata 1 B
Located by Akerselva river lies the beer garden St. Pauli. They’re only open during the summer, but once they’re open they have garden games such as badminton. If you love sports, or should we say football, you need to go here – St. Pauli shows old but golden football matches.

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