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Grillska Huset: lunch & fika in Gamla Stan (Stockholm)

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Grillska Huset Gamla Stan

Most tourists visiting Gamla Stan, Stockholm old town, stop for fika at Chokladkoppen I actually prefer to go to the other side of Stortorget. Stortorget is Stockholm’s Main Market Square. The sunny terrace and the cute houses of Chokladkoppen is what attracts people. What little people know is that Grillska Huset also has a sunny terrace!

The building dates back to the Middle Ages. Several major renovations have been done through the centuries. The Stockholm City Mission (Stadsmissionen) has been in the building since 1913. There is also a social component in the form of an employment project and social integration.

Contrary of what you might think the name has nothing to do with a grill. The name comes from the Grill family. They bought this property at the end of the 17th century from merchant Hans Bremer. The most famous Grill was Claes, a banker and director of the East India Company. Together with his wife Anna Johanna, he organized parties in his house. Rumor goes that even queen Lovisa Ulrika was jealous of those events.

Nice to know: at Kungsträdgården there is a side house of Grillska Huset: Café Eugenia.

On the terrace of Grillska Huset

I ended up on the terrace by coincidence. Grillska Huset’s sun terrace is one of Gamla Stan’s best secrets. It is not very clear how you get there. I didn’t really expect a sunny spot between all the buildings, so the surprise was big when I discovered a sunny spot, out of the wind and away from all the crowds. Perfect for some relaxing while citytripping!

Grillska Huset Gamla Stan

Lunch buffet

At Grillska Huset you have a large choice of sandwiches and other lunch dishes. On weekdays you can choose from different daily menus (dagens rätt) and a salad bar. Of course they also serve a lot of pastries. Here you get a real local feeling with typical Swedish dishes (husmanskost). Their coffee also gets positive comments.

Practical information

How do you reach Grilska Huset?

Grillska Huset sits opposite the well-known red-and-yellow houses on Stortorget, in the heart of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. Nearest metro stop is ‘Gamla Stan’. From here it is about a 600 meter walk.

Address: Stortorget 3, Stockholm (Gamla Stan)

Opening hours

The café is open on Mondays from 10am to 7pm, Tuesday to Thursday from 10am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sundays from 11am to 7pm. The bakery is open on weekdays from 07:30 to 18:00.

Check their website (in Swedish but with a Google Translate button) for changes.

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Grillska Huset Gamla Stan Stockholm
12 July 2021
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Storkyrka, the cathedral of Stockholm

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Storkyrkan Stockholm

Although I am definitely not a churchgoer, I usually go to the local church during a city trip. In Brussels, London and Stockholm, such a visit to the cathedral has an extra dimension. You can often recognize the interior from the photos or TV images of royal weddings. In 2009, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel married in Stockholm’s Cathedral, Storkyrkan. Her parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, also chose Storkyrkan for the ceremony. Storkyrkan is located near the royal palace on Gamla Stan (Stockholm’s old town).

Stockholm Cathedral

In the center of Gamla Stan (the old town) you will find the Stockholm Cathedral. Storkyrkan (literally: the big church) is not the largest church in Stockholm. That honor goes to the nearby Riddarkyrkan. Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral) is the oldest church. According to tradition, Birger Jarl who founded Stockholm ordered a church to be built on the highest point of Stadsholmen (Gamla Stan). The church has probably been there since the 13th century, but has been expanded, renovated or adapted several times over the years.

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Visit Stockholm Cathedral

For a small entrance fee you can visit the cathedral (not during the masses, of course). At the entrance you will find leaflets explaining the sights in the cathedral. You can also regularly attend special celebrations and concerts in Storkyrkan. There are always special concerts around Sankta Lucia.

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9 July 2021
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Under Kastanjen, a cosy restaurant in Gamla Stan (Stockholm)

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Under Kastanjen in Stockholm

In Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm, you will find a cosy restaurant named Under Kastanjen. I have many favorites in Stockholm and this is definitely one of them. On a small and cozy square, under a large chestnut tree you will find Under Kastanjen. This restaurant has its own bakery. I was there for the first time in a cold December month and found it super cozy. By the way, the food is also very tasty and I have already returned a few times since.

About Under Kastanjen and Brända Tomten

In 1728 the house that used to stand on this square burned down. The owner did not rebuild the house. Since then, there has been a small square here. At that time, a small square was useful for the (horse) carriages to turn around. Meanwhile, a chestnut tree (in Swedish: Kastanjen) is growing here.

Brända tomten in Stockholm (winter)

On the menu at Under Kastanjen

Under Kastanjen immerses you in a cozy, typically Swedish atmosphere. You could call it homey. In the morning you can enjoy a nice breakfast. From coffee to yogurt with their own (also gluten-free) granola and smoothies.

In the afternoon they serve Dagens Lunch between 11am and 4pm. You can choose between different types of soup, salads and toast. With bread and coffee included, you pay about 12 euros for this daily lunch. They also have classics (husmanskost) such as salmon and Swedish meatballs on the menu. This place is also ideal for fika. Their cakes are homemade and a popular choice for weddings. They also make their own chocolates.

In the evening they transform the restaurant into a romantic place for a delicious dinner, with an impressive wine list (don’t forget: in Sweden you quickly pay 10 euros for a glass of wine!). They dim the lighting and the atmosphere changes completely. You hardly recognize the place. Reservations are recommended.

Good to know: Under Kastanjen also has a lot of gluten-free alternatives on their menu. You can also order a ‘bjudkaffe’ or ‘bjudsoppa’. You order an extra cup of coffee or a bowl of soup at a reduced price. The restaurant then serves the coffee or soup to the less fortunate. A small gesture with a big effect. They also regularly support other charities.

De toonbank van Under Kastanjen in Stockholm

Practical information

Opening hours

The bakery and restaurant are open on weekdays from 8am to 11pm. On Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm and on Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm. Different opening times apply around Christmas and New Years. Check their website for opening times.

How do you reach Under Kastanjen?

Under Kastanjen is located in the heart of Gamla Stan. It is a 20 minute walk from the central station. If you are at the main square (Stortorget), you walk via the Köpmangatan in 2 minutes to Brända Tomten, the square where you will find the chestnut tree where Under Kastanjen is located.

Address: Kindstugatan 1, Stockholm

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4 July 2021
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