Saturday, June 29, 2013

Kid's Stockholm: Where to eat with kids

Restaurants and Cafes
It makes my day when I hear from you with real questions about Stockholm. Yes, here's a list of my favorite  --- tried and true --- places to eat with kids in Stockholm. Thank you for asking. We hope that you too enjoy our Stockholm.

This list of over 20 choices is built from my favorites, discussions with friends, places we meet friends, places we take visitors, places that have made an impression, places that feel like that perfect old pair of jeans and some where I like to take us when we're in the mood for more (manners required). We're a family of foodies and have included the kids in dining out from their first days.  Once the kids hit the age where dining is a pleasure, isn't it fun to include them in some of you favorites?

To generalize: Lunch in Sweden is a great way to sample local fare and most restaurants have "lunch of the day menus;" lunch is also the perfect way to stretch your budget. These hot meals meals include salad, bread and coffee. If you need a broad selection, most cafes will have their house pastries and will also have a soup, salad and quiche lunch on their menus.

And if you just have to have them, all main food chains are global, just inquire at your front desk. If you'd like to try a Swedish variation, go to "Max" which is a Swedish hamburger chain. The other Swedish street food is a hotdog or grilled herring on hard bread. You'll find this classic, Swedish street food everywhere -- absolutely everywhere.

But here is a list of true favorites -- favorite places to eat with kids in Stockholm:
RESTAURANTS: Vapiano (Gamla Stan) and (Östermalm): Italian. Super family friendly.
MOOD Gallerian: Popular and new shopping and restaurants: 
 - Boqueria (Spanish Tapas)
-  Egoist 
-  E.A.T. (Asian, French, English)
Marion’s Gastro Diner: Classic American menu with bowling ...

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TGIF (Normalm)
Texas Longhorn Steak house (Södermalm). Food just like the title suggests. Open on Sundays, too.
Ciao Ciao Pizza: A favorite: Classic popular pizza and Italian classics in many locations:
- Ciao Ciao on Hantverkargatan,  Ciao Ciao Östermalm, Ciao Ciao Due, Ciao Ciao Grande
Urban Deli (Södermalm and Sickla)
BAR -- Kid friendly with great fish and seafood in a Swedish modern atmosphere. Here, you can pick out your own lobster and the staff is very nice -- it is loud and kids are welcome! They have a great Sunday Night Dinner.
Hötorgshallen Classic Market with small open restaurants for lunch
Östermalmshallen A favorite: Classic, beautiful, market with small open restaurants for lunch. Lisa's Fisk and Lisa på Torget, on the square in the summer, for Fish Stew are 2 favorites with our visiting guests.
Taverna Brillo (Östermalm): Italian for everyone. 
Bistro Ruby (Gamla Stan) Super easy and laid back, even has brunch.
2 Top Museum Restauarants: Modern Museum and Fotografiska MuseumA favorite:
Both have stunning views. The Modern looks back over Strandvägen and Djurgården with even a view of the Wasa's Mast and Fotographiska has a view back to Gamla Stan and the city.

Chinese, Sushi, Asian blend:
Sushi Yama
 under PK Huset
Sushi: Itamae Sushi Odengatan (Vasastan)
Sushi: Akki Sushi (Södermalm)
Restaurang Ho’s A favorite: (Södermalm) Family run, best Chinese in town.

Atmosphere and nicer dining
Grand Hotel. A favorite: My favorites are: Afternoon Tea, Ceasar Salad and kid sized hamburgers
Gondolen  A favorite: Slussen)  Amazing view with classics and also a kid's menu.
Grodan (Östermalm): A Swedish Classic.
Elverket (Östermalm): 
Gondolen. They have a kid's menu and make it nice for both “stora och små” -- big and little.
Pontus! Top kitchen with food from Swedish Fish dishes to Cheeseburgers.
Berns Asiatiska A favorite but not a place for a budget. Beautiful historic location.
Sushi Restaurant East (and Asian). A Stockholm Classic lunch (and grown up night location.) Not overly formal but a day time location with kids.

 As I mentioned earlier, Swedish cafes usually something for everyone and almost all of these on the list are places I love to both stop in for a coffee and treat or have a nice but simple lunch. 
Saturnus: (Östermalm) A Favorite: French Cafe with both French and Swedish favorites. Their "bulle" (cinnamon buns) are delicious and the biggest I've ever seen -- in both cinnamon and cardamon.
Petite France  (Kungsholmen) Our other favorite French Cafe with both French and Swedish favorites. Their Macarons are one of my favorite bakery items but, lunches are great, too.
Vete Kattan: Old fashioned Swedish Classic
Hot Chocolate at Chocolatfabriken
NK Main Cafe: I love their Shrimp Salad and the kids get the biggest, cutest hot chocolates here
Albert and Jack’s Cafe: From the owners of Vassa Eggen: crepes with a variety of fillings which kids enjoy. Also a great assortment of salads, sandwiches, warm soups & stews. It is kid friendly but, there are not high chairs.
Rosendalsträgård: A favorite: Greenhouse Cafe on Djurgården 

Excursion Destinations:
J” at Nacka Strand and Lidingo
- Pizza at Stazione at Saltsjo Duvnas Train Station
Fjarholmen Restaurant: Take a short ferry to this island which is the first island when leaving Stockholm.

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