Scandinavia is often stereotyped as a pricey travel destination, especially when it comes to food. Restaurants are expensive, food markets are expensive, cafes are expensive, grocery stores are expensive, even fast food is expensive. So what are we going to do about this? Compile a list of deliciously cheap restaurants, food markets, cafes, grocery stores and fast food of course! We’re turning Scandinavia into ScandiSAVINa! Ba-dum tss! These are our suggestions for tasty vegetarian eats and treats without breaking the bank.
The Alternative Atlas number one pick for so many reasons. This Copenhagen-based porridge shop (yes, porridge shop) strives to redefine the concept of porridge and show the world that porridge can be delicious, delicate, and versatile. That last sentence was taken from their website, and is also the most times I’ve used the word “porridge” ever. Combine that with a stark minimalist interior space with raw woods and we have something magical… we only spent four days in Copenhagen and ate here twice! The first time at their original Nørrebro location and a second time we stumbled across their stall at the Torvehallerne food market and couldn’t resist. Jægersborggade 50, 2200 København N.
Food Market: TORVEHALLERNE
More than 80 shops make up this indoor/outdoor food market in Downtown Copenhagen. We found smørrebrød (traditional open-faced Danish sandwiches) at the Hallernes Smørrebrød stall and were thrilled that even this famously meat-based dish had a vegetarian option. Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København K.
The mission of this small Swedish chain of cafes is to “revolutionize the experience of bread”. I’m into that! Just take a look at these pastries… who wouldn’t be into that?
Grocery Store: GOODSTORE
This grocer sells 100% vegetarian and vegan products and has two locations in Stockholm.
There is a park across the street lined with AstroTurf where locals hang out and soak up the sun… we sat down for a picnic and took full advantage of the beautiful afternoon.
Fast Food: MAX
You order from a machine. It’s super cheap. They have delicious veggie-burgers and onion rings that put American chains to shame. What else needs to be said here? Scandinavia has it made with MAX.