Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Vegan Food & Shopping in Stockholm

Gamla Stan Stockholm
Last week, I hopped on the train to Stockholm to visit my friend Alice over a couple of days. We became friends during my first year in Glasgow, as we were both doing the same course and also lived in the same building. Sadly, she decided to not come back for the second year, and instead moved to Stockholm to study at the Stockholm School of Economics. We hadn't seen each other since June, so it was lovely to get the chance to catch up and spend some time together again. It was also the perfect excuse to visit Stockholm, which has a special place in my heart. So let's have a look at what we got up to during those couple of days!


Sally Voltaire och Systrar

Vegansallad Sally Voltaire och Systrar
Alice met me at the train station just before lunch time, so we started off with having lunch at Sally Voltaire & Systrar, which is a really lovely restaurant/café located inside Åhléns City (a shopping galleria of sorts) on Drottninggatan, one of the busiest pedestrian streets in Stockholm. Sally Voltaire is a vegetarian restaurant that focuses on fresh, nutritious and flavoursome food. We both opted for the beautiful vegan salad, which was so tasty. It had roasted veggies, a couple of different types of hummus, nuts, goji berries, green leaves, and other goodies. The restaurant itself was spacious, bright and clean, and the amount of plants made it feel almost like a winter garden. 

Stockholm

& Other Stories Stockholm

& Other Stories Stockholm

Monki
During the rest of the afternoon, we wandered around in Central Stockholm and Östermalm and popped into a few stores. I had forgotten how brilliant the shopping is in Stockholm, and since all the new Spring bits and pieces were in store I treated myself to a few things. A lot of the stores are the same as in Glasgow, but there are some that we don't have here, like Monki, & Other Stories and Weekday. I have a soft spot for the simple and basic but stylish Scandinavian fashion, so I really had to keep myself from buying absolutely everything. Perhaps it's a good thing they're not in Glasgow! In & Other Stories, it was the skincare and beauty section that I loved the most, especially because of the packaging. 

After a few hours of exploring we went grocery shopping and then headed home to Alice, where we made a delicious sweet potato curry for dinner and then ate vegan ice cream while watching TV - a lovely ending to a lovely day.

Grandpa Södermalm

Stockholm Interior shop

Pom & Flora

Pom & Flora
Flowers Stockholm

The next day, after a tasty breakfast consisting of smoothie bowls and coffee, we headed out again. The weather was unfortunately quite bad the whole day, but we persisted. It almost felt like being back in Glasgow, with all the rain and the wind! We wandered around Södermalm (Southern Stockholm) for a while, popping in and out of quirky indie shops. For lunch, we visited the lovely little café Pom & Flora, that I'd heard so many good things about. We both had avocado on rye bread, and along with that I had a gorgeous banana, mango, date and cinnamon smoothie, while Alice had overnight oats with peanut butter and coconut flakes. Pom & Flora definitely lived up to my expectations! After lunch we wandered around for a bit longer, admiring flowers that brightened up the grey day and perusing second hand shops, as well as making another sneaky visit to Monki. 

Vegan sushi rolls

When we were too tired and cold to stay out any longer, we decided we would make sushi for dinner and went grocery shopping again before heading back. Making sushi took some time, but it was worth it. We filled them with tofu, avocado, red pepper and sweet potato and they were most definitely a success! We spent the rest of the evening chatting and eating chocolate, and then watched Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which was probably one of the most bizarre films I've ever seen. I still don't quite know what to think of it.

Gamla Stan Stockholm

Vapiano Stockholm

On the final day we had a slow morning, but eventually headed into Gamla Stan (the Old Town) for a wander. Some parts of Gamla Stan are ridiculously touristy, but I still love exploring its nooks and crannies. It really is a beautiful part of town. Before I took the train home, we went to Vapiano for some pizza, which was beautifully thin and crisp, topped with some a whole bunch of roasted veggies. Yum!

Despite the weather not being the best, I really had a lovely couple of days. It was great to get to catch up with Alice again, and being with someone who is as excited about vegan food as I am was wonderful! There are still quite a few vegan/vegan-friendly places in Stockholm that I'm itching to go to, but I suppose you'll have to save something for next time!

What do you like to get up to when visiting another city?

Love, Mimmi