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Have a Nobel menu at Stadshuskällaren in Stockholm

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Stadshuskällaren

Restaurant Stadshuskällaren is located in the basement of Stadshuset, the town hall of Stockholm. The restaurant first opened in 1922 and reopened in 2012 after extensive renovations. The chef of this restaurant, Andreas Hedlund, is also responsible for the Nobel banquet that each year is served on December the 10 in the Blue Hall of the Town Hall, after the award ceremony of the Nobel Prize. He also creates the Nobel menu.

Stadshuskällaren Stockholm

Besides the regular menu you can  also order one of the menus from the Nobel banquet since 1901. This is only available after reservation and for groups of minimum 10 people. It’s not cheap but it is certainly a unique experience. You pay 1695 SEK (around 170 euro) per person for the three-course menu with drinks included. This menu is served in the original Nobel porcelain. If you are in Stockholm late November or December the Julbord of Stadshuskällaren is also recommended. You will pay between 55 and 75 euros per person for the Christmas buffet. Note: December 10th, the restaurant is always closed because of the Nobel Banquet!

Nobel Menu

A Nobel menu must meet a lot of conditions. The chef needs to keep in mind that the ingredients need to show proof of sustainability. The dishes must also have a touch of Scandinavia. He must also take into account that there are invitees from around the world at the Nobel Banquet and thus eg no porc in the menu may be used.

Nobel Menu 2015

I had the absolute privilege and was very lucky to be able to join some other bloggers in Stadshuskällaren for the Nobel Menu 2015. Waitress Sofia welcomed us with a smile and knew a lot about the Nobel Banquet.

Nobel porcelain

Porselein nobel banket

The Nobel menu in the restaurant is served in the same porcelain as during the Nobel Banquet. So you may just be eating from a plate of which one of the previous winners of the Nobel Prize also has eaten! A set costs about 5000 SEK! And we’re talking about a set for 1 person. Not something you would have your daily dinner in!

The porcelain is from Rörstrand and was designed by the Swedish designer Karin Björquist. The set of glasses are from the Orrefors brand. It was designed by Gunnar Cyrén. This Swedish designer has designed this set for the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in 1991.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Stadshuskällaren Stockholm

We had the 2015 Nobel menu but you can order any menu since 1901. Are you curious about all the menus? Here you can find a nice overview. These are still the original recipes. Sometimes there is a small change. I can tell you that the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2010 has been replaced by the one from 2011. The last drop of the very last bottle of 2010 disappeared into my glass. I must say, being aware of this did something to me! (Or was it rather the fact that I’m not used to drinking so much wine?)

Stadshuskällaren Stockholm

An alternative was provided for me as I don’t eat meat and the main course contained wildlife. I got a nice piece of salmon instead. It won’t surprise you that the dishes were all nicely balanced and were a real treat for the eyes and the taste buds. It absolutely was a unique experience!

Dessert Nobel banket 2015

Punsch

To end this magnificent dinner we got a glass of Punsch. This is normally not included in the Nobel Dinner in the restaurant. At the Nobel Banquet they do serve the Punsch. Finally, we also got a signed menu card and a chocolate coin with the image of Alfred Nobel. A night to remember!

Stadshuskällaren: practical information

How to reach Stadshuskällaren?

Restaurang Stadshuskällaren Stockholm

Stadshuskällaren is located in the cellars of the City Hall on Kungsholmen. It is within walking distance of the Central Station (follow the arrows towards Kungsholmen or Stadshuset – first walk under a bridge and a little further over a bridge).

Address: Hantverkargatan 1, Kungsholmen (Stockholm)

Opening hours

Stadshuskällaren is closed on Sundays. On Monday and Tuesday you can only go there for lunch. On Saturdays there is only service during dinner. The other days they serve both lunch and dinner. It is advisable to make a reservation.

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Nobel menu at Stadshuskällaren in Stockholm
7 December 2016
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In the footsteps of Alfred Nobel

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Alfred Nobel – from dynamite to a peace prize

Few Swedes are known worldwide and can be described as both revolutionary and controversial. Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) was during his lifetime best known for his experiments with nitroglycerin. Nitroglycerin is an explosive and unstable liquid. He sought for a way to make nitroglycerin more stable so that it was safer to work with. On September 3, 1864, however, an terrible accident happened. One of his experiments blew his lab. There were 5 or 6 deaths, including his younger brother Emil.

Even after the explosion in which his brother died, Alfred continued the research and experimentations. In 1866 it eventually led to the discovery or invention of dynamite. His other inventions of explosives were successful as well. Soon he became a multimillionaire, he had 355 patents, and factories and laboratories in almost 100 locations across 20 countries.

When Alfred in 1888 in a French newspaper read that he had died (the fault of the newspaper, not Alfred, but his elder brother Ludvig died), he was very affected by the negative articles about him. He was criticized for his inventions that have made many human victims. This was the reason for Alfred Nobel to put up a will saying that most of his inheritance had to go to a fund. Alfred Nobel left nearly 32 million Swedish kronor. The Nobel Fund manages its legacy and from the interest of the Nobel fund the annual Nobel Prizes are financed. By awarding prizes for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace, he wanted to clear his name.

Alfred Nobel died after a stroke, in the Italian town of San Remo on December 10, 1896. To this day the flowers for the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm are coming from San Remo.

The Stockholm of Alfred Nobel

Nobel Museum

Nobelmuseet Stockholm

Of course the Nobel Museum may not be missing in this list. The museum is located  in the former stock exchange, since 2001. You’ll learn more about the life and inventions of Alfred Nobel, and of course all winners of the Nobel Prize also get a spot in the spotlight.

Nobelmuseet (3)

I recommend you to take the time for fika at Bistro Nobel. You can taste the original Nobel ice cream. Don’t forget to turn your chair upside down. All seats are have a signature of one of the Nobel laureates.

Nobelmuseet (1)

Konserthuset

Konserthuset (1)

This blue building at Hötorget is the place where every year the Nobel Prizes are awarded on December 10, by the Swedish King Carl Gustav XVI.

Stadshuset

 Stadshuset

After the ceremony in Konserthuset the VIP’s go to Stadshuset. The Blue Hall in the Stockholm City Hall is the set for the famous Nobel Banquet. This feast is followed by a dance party in the Golden Hall or Gyllene Salen.

Grand Hotel

Laureates of the Nobel Prize sleep at Grand Hotel. If you thought about staying at the Grand Hotel the night of December 10, you might have to reconsider as it will be almost impossible to find a vacant room.

Norra Begravningsplatsen

Alfred Nobel is buried in this cemetery in Solna (near Hagaparken). The grave or rather a memorial of Ingrid Bergman can be found here as well. Alfred Nobel’s tomb can be found in “kvarter 04A, grave number 170 ‘, not far from the information point.

Heleneborg

The villa Heleneborg, near Lorensbergsgatan, was were Nobel’s laboratory (his father) was situated. It is here where his younger brother Emil was killed in an explosion during the research for the later dynamite. It is one of the last buildings (in yellow bricks) at Söder Mälarstrand before you get to Långholmen.

Vinterviken

This former factory now houses a park, a coffee bar and event venue but it is here that Alfred Nobel in 1866 invented the dynamite. Vinterviken is located in Gröndal, just below Stora Essingen.

Nobel locations outside Stockholm

Alfred Nobel traveled a lot and often. Outside of Stockholm you can also find a lot of places with a link to Nobel.

  • The summer house in Karslkoga (Varmland) has been converted into smaller Nobel Museum where you can find include a reconstruction of his laboratory.
  • Villa My Nest in San Remo can be visited since 2002. The house is partially furnished with original furniture. There are regularly new exhibitions.

    The awarding of the Nobel Prizes every year can also be followed on December 10 by the Swedish radio and television.

4 December 2016
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