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Stockholm on any Budget

From cardamom-spiced buns to infused gin and tonics, here’s how to balance your pocketbook in the city.

Fika

Vete-KattenPhoto: Lola Akinmade Åkerström (Vete-Katten)

Vete-Katten ($$$)
The coffee break is so revered in Sweden that they've gone and made a verb of it: to fika. At this grande dame of Stockholm cafés (think lace doilies and ceramic cats), splurge on a latte and a selection of buns filled with pistachios, almonds or cardamom (arguably the region's favourite spice).
Kungsgatan 55, 46-8-20-84-05

Bageriet Bulleboden ($)
Focusing on organic ingredients, this family-run bakeshop serves up freshly baked breads, sticky buns, sweet tarts and cloud-like cakes in a lively, kitchen-pantry atmosphere. Head over before noon to get your hands on the bakery's signature cinnamon and cardamom buns before they're all gone.
Parmmätargatan 7, 46-8-653-05-42


Cocktails

Corner ClubPhoto: VDKG Design (Corner Club)

Pharmarium ($$$)
Everything at this Gamla stan (Old Town) bar was inspired by its former life as Sweden's first pharmacy (opened in 1575), from the antique medicine jars to the apothecary cabinets to the medicinal herbs. For a restorative elixir, try the house gin and tonic infused with China bark, aloe vera, camomile, rosemary and St. John's wort.
Stortorget 7, 46-8-20-08-10

Corner Club ($)
All grey marble counters and classic rattan furniture, this elegant bar is part of chef and former footballer Björn Frantzén's efforts to liven up Stockholm's cobblestone-quaint Old Town. Drop by for a Rattlesnake, a drink with a little bite: rye whisky, lime, sugar, egg white and an absinthe rinse.
Lilla Nygatan 16, 46-8-20-85-83 


Dagens Rätt

Berns AsiatiskaPhoto: Berns Asiatiska

Berns Asiatiska ($$$)
Join the (very attractive) business lunch crowd for dagens rätt — a local custom involving a hearty midday-meal special —in this beautifully restored rococo ballroom. Look for Asian-inspired fusion dishes with local flavour, like Swedish meatballs seasoned with Thai spices.
Berzelii Park 9, 46-8-566-322-00

WKB ($)
Stop in here for a taste of husmanskost, or traditional Swedish cuisine. Classics like pyttipanna (potato and meat hash) and raggmunk (potato pancakes) with thick bacon can be found on the rotating daily menu, and Swedish pancakes doused with lingonberry jam are served on Tuesdays.
Multiple locations Plusieurs Adresses, wkb.se

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