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4.23.2011

Gluten-Free in Stockholm, Sweden

I was lucky enough to spend a week in Stockholm recently. In Sweden, celiac disease and eating gluten free is well accepted and the blank stares of confusion are rare at restaurants! I did my research before going on the trip about where to eat and shop for food. I highly recommend visiting the cafe at Junibacken museum. They have many gluten free options including a Swedish meatball, mashed potato and lingonberry dish that was fantastic!
Swedish Meatballs
                                                      an enormous chocolate dipped macaroon

For fast-food, visit McDonald's for a cheeseburger and fries. The french fries are cooked in clean oil so there is no risk for cross contamination with breaded items. I have to say- I never really like McDonald's, but I had to try it out in Sweden! The fries were good, the burger still sucks. But if you are like many people, and really love and really miss McDonald's, take a vacation to Stockholm.

Other fast food options include the Taco Bar. I'm from New Mexico, so my opinion of eating Mexican food in Stockholm is quite biased. But to give the restaurant credit, almost everything on the menu is gluten free, including the tacos and enchiladas. Dinner for 2 was about 120sek. Not too bad! The salsa was mild but extra jalapenos perked up my chicken tacos.

Stockholm is not cheap. For a decadent and tasty meal try out the Vassa Eggen Steakhouse. This hip bar and steakhouse was extremely accommodating. I was able to have warm gluten free bread, Swedish boiled potatoes and a beautifully charcoal grilled steak topped with roasted garlic and red wine sauce. Yum. Plan on spending about 350sek for 2 people.

One of the best meals we had was at Lao Wei. This ever popular Chinese vegetarian restaurant fills up very quickly, but it's well worth the attempt of getting a table! The whole menu is gluten free and vegetarian. The flavors are fantastic and the ingredients are fresh! Highly recommended. 
So good, we forgot to take a photo before eating!

Another great restaurant is the  Resturang Cypern. The menu is clearly marked of what items are gluten free. Plus it was really tasty Mediterranean food. We enjoyed the food and relaxed atmosphere so much, that we had dinner here two times. 
                                                           Chicken Kebabs with Greek Salad


Ikea cafe- when in Stockholm, don't forget to visit the Ikea mothership. Almondy tortes are sold in the cafes and in the freezer section of the store. I enjoyed a slice of almond torte and a cappuccino at the cafe. It was well worth the 20 min free bus ride from downtown.

One of the best places to have a lunch or an afternoon snack is the Vete-Katten bakery. They serve "Friends of Adam" gluten free muffins and bread. You can have a wonderful sandwich on gluten free bread, a sweet muffin and a hot cup of tea. This place is awesome. It's comforting and beautiful all at the same time. I was able to read and people watch one rainy afternoon. Absolute bliss.
                                                     Cardamom Muffin by Friends of Adam

                                                     Feta and Cottage Cheese Sandwich


Many hotel chains offer a gluten free breakfast. We stayed at the Elite Stockholm Arcadia Hotel- the continental breakfast included boiled eggs, cheese, variety of meats, fresh fruit, and gluten free bread- just ask the breakfast staff!

Grocery stores are always a life saver. I found a great selection of GF bread, cookies, crackers, cereals and other snacks at Hemkop. I bought bread and sandwich fixings to take my lunch on the go. This saves money and ensures you always have a safe meal to eat when out and about.
                                                     Ham and swiss cheese on Shar Bread

Eating gluten-free in Stockholm is about as easy as eating in Boulder, Co. It's a gluten-free playground and I would be more than happy to visit again!

10 comments:

  1. When visiting Stockholm, it's best to find a hotel which caters for gluten free food. Gluten Free Hotels Guide provides a list of hotels in Stockholm which are able to serve gluten free food.
    http://www.glutenfreehotelsguide.com/city.php?id=28

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  2. Tack för Dina välbehövda tips:)

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  3. Thanks so much for posting such a comprehensive guide to gluten free Stockholm. I've book marked your post because I'm visiting there soon.

    I'm really interested to visit Lao Wei because I really miss eating Chinese food. Did they confirm that they are using gluten free soy sauce?

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  4. I would double check with them about the soy-sauce. From what I recall, the entire menu was almost all gluten-free, but I didn't order any items with can contained soy-sauce. The waitstaff understands English and they were very accommodating to my needs. They even help out if you have a dairy/lactose intolerance. Have fun in Sweden! It's a great place!

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  5. Thanks a lot for these tips! We are visitng Stockholm soon as a couple and my girlfriend can't wait to try Mcdonalds. The chinese restaurant too!

    Any hotel recommendations? Its looking pretty expensive for four nights, which might be the only downside :(

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    1. Yes, it is expensive, but a wonderful city to visit! We stayed at the Elite Hotel Arcadia. They provided me with gluten-free bread every morning. I was able to have hot tea, boiled eggs, fresh fruit and gf bread, which was really nice. Just have to tell them in advance about your gluten-intolerance!

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    2. Also- make a reservation for the chinese restaurant. I wanted to eat there again, but they were booked days in advance. Have fun!

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  6. Thank you so much for this! I'll be in Stockholm this June and these suggestions are going to come in handy.

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  7. Very disappointed with Vete-Katten. They told me the only thing they had that was gluten free was the soup, and I felt sick pretty soon afterwards.

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    1. I am sorry you felt sick. When I visited in 2011 there were many options at Vete-Katten. They had products from Friends of Adam Bakery and could make sandwiches along with muffins and other sweets.

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