About 35 minutes outside of Stockholm city, in the area Djursholm, lies a small restaurant called YOLO. The name means, as you may well have guessed, "You Only Live Once". The philosophy is that you should threat yourself with something good a little more often. A philosophy we feel that we manage to live up to quite well ourselves. This restaurant became our favorite of the entire Stockholm trip, simply because the flavors were exceptional, the presentations were interesting and fun and the staff were super friendly. Thus, we would like to share all the dishes from this place with you.
We highly recommend that you take the subway out here if you find yourself in Stockholm. If our advice is not enough, then you will be happy to learn that the Swedish king, aka "Knugen", also loves this place. If it is worthy of a king, then it is worthy of you. Besides having Jonas Lagerström as head chef, the famous Swedish chef Jonas Lundgren is also involved in the concept and development of Restaurang Yolo.
We love Oslo for the great coffee shops all over town, from Supreme Roastworks and Tim Wendelboe in Grünerløkka to Fuglen in the city, Mocca in Frogner and Java at St. Hanshaugen. However, Stockholm definitely has its share of decent brewing spots as well. These were our favorite stops for that sweet caffeine rush in the capitol of Sweden.
Drop Coffee near Mariatorget in the district of Södermalm is maybe the most well-designed coffee bar in Stockholm. Everything from the sign over the door, to the unique square boxes they use as packaging for their coffee looks beautiful. Since our last trip to Stockholm they have changed their brewing method from V60, and they now do Kalita in stead.
Johan & Nyström
Literally around the corner from Drop Coffee, about 50 meters in distance down the road you find Johan & Nyström. Johan & Nyström is sort of for Sweden what Coffee Collective is for Denmark. They have several locations, and they have expanded even to Helsinki. Each cup is still brewed with care, though.
Kafé Esaias is a small café in a relative off location near Tegnérlunden in Norrmalm. It is a perfect spot to waste a few hours, just people watching from the window, while you enjoy their espressos, lattes, chemex or other black brews. Make sure you also try the baked goods like the cardamom buns or canelés, and if you are really hungry you can get one of their mouth watering grilled sandwich loaded with melted cheese. Try the Reuben with sauerkraut or the more classic Croque Monsieur. They do not roast their own coffee, but in stead they buy it from other Swedish roasters like Da Matteo in Gothenburg. However, as for their brewing skills few places can compare. We actually had our favorite cup of coffee from the trip in this place, an excellent Chemex brew by John Dester.
John at Esaias tipped us off about Café Pascal, so we had to check it out. We took a stroll through the small park Tegnérlunden with beautiful surroundings, walked up to Observatorielunden, yet another pretty spot, and arrived at a buzzing café in the midst of the lunch rush. Everything on the menu looked tempting, but since we had already eaten a bit we simply had a V60 and a croissant. The croissants were too tempting not to try.
When we were invited to the Michelin event we decided to make a full Stockholm weekend out of it. Stockholm is an amazing food destination! There are so many great food spots to visit, and it was extremely hard to choose just a few to fit into our short foodcation. We were lucky to get to stay at our good friends Charlotte & Tom's place, and they also joined us for some of the dining experiences. Thank you, guys!
We'll share the highlights from our trip here, but check back later for another blogpost dedicated to our favorite coffee spots and one featuring the entire meal from Restaurang Yolo. Coming up!
The Flying Elk
The Flying Elk is the sister restaurant of two-Michelin-star restaurant Frantzén. It is a gastropub that serves rustic food. Check out their "frunch" on Saturdays and their special burger on Sundays.
We found this great breakfast spot, not to speak of amazing pastry spot, thanks to our friend enfoodie. Wienercaféet is a French style café with marble and gold decorations and pastries in all imaginable and unimaginable shapes and forms.
To our knowledge Råkultur serves the best sushi in Stockholm, and certainly the best sushi we ever had. Most of the menu items include ingredient combinations we haven't seen any other place. It is highly recommended to have a seat at the bar counter in front of the kitchen, so you can watch the chefs work their magic.
Charlotte & Tom took us to the monthly event "Out of Office" at the historical and majestical saloon Berns. Somewhat spontaneously we decided to drop by Berns Asiatiska for a quick nibble before our meal at Oaxen later. After all, Stockholm's playboy number one, Joachim, had recommended their dim sums as well.
Oaxen Krog & Slip is actually two restaurants and should be very happy with the new nordic Michelin Guide. The now two-Michelin star Oaxen Krog only serves a tasting menu, so we decided to keep it more casual and check out the Bib Gourmand spot Oaxen Slip in stead. We did not regret that decision! Little did we know that we would taste the best tartar we ever had, and end up eating a pig's head!
Anders had planned most visits to the last detail, but managed to miss that Adam & Albins matstudio did not serve lunch in the weekend. Alas! It will have to be for our next visit. Thus, we ended up at another very good alternative; Taverna Brillo. A place known for their great baking skills.
We get a lot of our restaurant tips from the people we follow on Instagram, and Restaurang Yolo is certainly no exception. It's doubtful we would ever have come across this place by chance, as it's located a good 30 minutes outside the city. Although it is extremely difficult to choose, Yolo is our favorite restaurant from the trip, simply because of the most rememberable flavors. We'll be making a dedicated blogpost for this place to be posted later, with all the dishes. Here's a teaser...
So, you don't think we have time for anything but food?
Well, that is wrong! We definitely find time to enjoy the time in between restaurant and café visits. One of the things we like to do is to walk in beautiful areas and look at pretty things. Like this view of the city from Södermalm.
I am Andrea, or as my friends call me, Jinx. I am a foodie living in Berlin, eating my way through life. Here are my recipes, cooking events, dining experiences and more...