Speaking of tasty fika addresses in Stockholm, Tössebageriet certainly can not be missed. This authentic bakery in Östermalm is a real m’as-tu vu place along Karlavägen. It is one of Stockholm’s oldest and most authentic patisseries.
If you’ve ever heard of semmelwrappen, the wrap variant of the tasty semla pastries, you may already know Tössebageriet. It was this bakery that began with the hyped alternative version of semlor (in 2015). Tössebageriet can best be described as a classic Swedish bakery with tea-room that likes to remake a modern version of classics. The semmelwrap knew a huge success: at last there was a semla that you could eat without fuss.
Tössebageriet is one of Stockholm’s oldest bakeries. They have been at the same address since 1920. Helga Södermark began the bakery. She named the bakery after the village in Dalsland where they grew up.
You can go to Tössebageriet for breakfast, lunch and tasty treats for the fika hour. The sandwiches are fresh and with a lot of ingredients. The choice of fig bread is gigantic! I already tried their world-famous semla, their cardemum roll and the popular princess pie.
It’s a fairly small establishment so you need some luck to find a free spot. As soon as the sun is out, you can also sit on their terrace. The bakery is open every day of the week. If you are in Stockholm during the summer months, check out their opening hours because, like many other Swedish companies, they will close about one month during the summer holiday (often just after midsummer).
I keep a list of places I still want to visit in Stockholm and Grodan was already on top for a while. This restaurant, near Stureplan, with a French-Swedish cuisine gets good reviews everywhere. So it was a restaurant I wanted to keep for a special occasion. When I went to Stockholm with my mum, for Mother’s Day, this seemed the perfect time to book a table at Grodan.
It is highly recommended to make a reservation instead of just showing up and hope for a free spot. Although the restaurant has several rooms, all the tables were taken. We got a table in the bakfickan, a cozy little room near the kitchen. The restaurant was formerly known as Le Grenouille, but apparently it was not easy to pronounce or remember for the Swedish clientele. So the owners decided to go for “the frog” in Swedish. The restaurant also has also a wine bar and during the summer months you can also sit on the terrace.
On the menu of Grodan
The menu includes both meat and fish dishes. Vegetarians can also choose from a variety of dishes. The seafood dishes proved very popular. I went for a pasta salad with prawns, cream, lime and chili. My mom choosed the Fish Casserole which was actually a delicious fish soup based on lobster soup and with large pieces of different kinds of fish and mussels. This was served with extra croutons and aioli. I was excited about my surprising pasta but I think I would go for the fish soup the next time. The waitress pointed out we could ask for seconds and that this was included in the price. Also included is tap water, as is generally the case in Sweden.
As dessert we both chose for a Pavlova. The Pavlova was served with fresh raspberries, passion fruit and some whipped cream. We felt like we were in dessert heaven!
When you walk along Strandvägen in Östermalm (Stockholm) you definitely have to visit Svenskt Tenn. This interior store is a real phenomenon. The flagship store is the walhalla for lovers of design and beautiful interior decorations. In addition to the typical colorful designs of Josef Frank you will find many other younger designers. On the first floor there is a tea room where you can go for a quick, healthy lunch or have a cozy fika. On the ground floor there is also an exhibition space which offers a variety of exhibitions that are freely accessible.
I had walked past it a few times already but had no idea what was hidden behind the windows. It was only when a Swedish friend would like to meet up there I entered for the first time. I was surprised by the wide range of Svenskt Tenn and have been in there a few times since. Sometimes just to look at the designer stuff, sometimes for fika or lunch.
Estrid Ericsson & Josef Frank
The Swedish styliste and businesswoman Estrid Ericsson started Svenskt Tenn. She combined forces with the Swedish-Austrian Joseph Frank and together they built this successful Swedish brand.
Estrid Ericsson founded the Svenskt Tenn AB in 1924 with a small sum of money she had inherited from her father. She did this together with tin artist Nils Fougstedt. They focused mainly on tin items but almost 3 years later, Estrid’s interest in interior design took over and other objects began to find their way to Svenskt Tenn. In 1927, they moved to the current location on Strandvägen in Stockholm, where Estrid also had her apartment.
The designer and architect Josef Frank joined in 1934. He was one of the pioneers of functionalism. His father was a textile wholesaler and his mother was an artist. He designed the furniture and the designs for the fabrics.By the time of his death, he had made about 2000 sketches for furniture and about 160 designs for textile.
Made in Sweden
Svenskt Tenn guarantees that almost everything they sell is made in Sweden. Many items are still real hand crafts. Last year, they held an exhibition on the ground floor that showed how the objects came into being and handicraft had a prominent place.
Today the interior store still gets visitors from all over the world. If the design pieces are not immediately suitable for your wallet, you should at least have a tea in the tea room!