All posts tagged: scandinavia

Stockholm Photo Tour

This city has some serious cuteness going on.  During our six days in Stockholm we split our time between two different apartments and explored the city (with the exception of one magical Archipelago day trip, which you can read about here) with the help of some locals. The slender cobblestone streets lined with minimalist design spaces in Gamla Stan (Old Town) and trendy bars and restaurants in nearby Södermalm work so well together.  Seriously how can a city be this cute?  I thought Sweden was known for death metal and corpse paint… isn’t Watain and Ghost and Meshuggah from here? We visited the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum Moderna Museet on a Friday evening, when admission is free. ^^^Doris Salcedo at Moderna Museet. ^^^We rode the tunnelbana (Stockholm’s metro rail system) everyday and were so impressed by its cleanliness, timeliness, and ease of use. ^^^Each of the stations is themed like an art exhibition. ^^^We stopped by one of the last metal record stores in Stockholm: Sound Pollution.  Check out the zombie hanging down from the ceiling!  And …

Stockholm at Night: Trädgården

Sweden has something very special going on here.  Upon crossing the threshold of the massive outdoor music venue/gallery/club/bar complex Trädgården, you know you are in for a good time.  Situated underneath the massive Skanstull Bridge (Skanstullsbron), this is the number one nightlife destination in Stockholm for live music and DJ performances. We first visited on a Friday night to catch a set from the much-hyped Swedish psychedelic rock band Dungen.  I should actually say “attempted to visit” because by the time we arrived (7 p.m.) the venue was filled to capacity and about 200 people stood in line with hopes of getting in.  Also worth noting is that the venue holds 1750 people, so needless to say there is a lot of demand.  We decided to wander elsewhere for the evening while listening to the last of the band’s set reverberating of the arches of the bridge overhead. Luckily we learned from our mistakes and showed up earlier the following evening.  Another bonus of arriving early is free entry; as the night goes on the entry …

Scandinavian Eats and Treats

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. Restaurant: GRØD 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 …