Let's face it. Stockholm is expensive, especially when it comes to dining out. But there are a few ways to save on meals.
- Pay attention when you see "Dagen" or "Lunch" on a menu. Many restaurants feature an ever-changing roster of midday dishes for from 65 Krona to upwards, most falling anywhere between 80 and 120. These are only available on weekdays (and, rarely, on Saturdays). As a general rule, bohemian Sodermalm is cheaper than fancy Ostermalm.
- Food markets are a great way to save while mingling with the locals. Sodermalm's Medborgarplatsen has one of those, but you'll have the most satisfying experience at Östermalms Saluhall food market. Butchers, cheesemongers and bakers share the tightly packed space with cafes and sandwich shops.
- Sunday is the least budget-friendly day, as there is no Dagen, and Ostermalm's food market is closed. Luckily, department store PUB's popular top floor cafe offers every dish at 100 Krona, a total bargain.
- I try never to resort to fast food chains, but exceptions can be made. GOOH! is one of the very few places where you can have a warm Swedish meal for under 70 Krona.
- When all fails, feel comforted that those sausage stands around the city are just as popular among locals. The offerings can vary between a simple wiener to an extravagant wurst topped with shrimp salad.