Before arriving in Stockholm we were warned that meals out would be expensive. Still, we weren’t expecting to pay forty to fifty dollars per person for dinner! We love eating the best food anywhere we travel but also are always out hunting for deals. For this reason, we made it our mission to get the best of both worlds! This Stockholm food tour will have you sampling many traditional Swedish specialties, all without breaking the bank. Follow along as we start with a morning Fika, and continue on to some of the best cheap eats in Stockholm Sweden!
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Best Cheap Eats in Stockholm Stockholm
We made this article in a food lovers day style as many travelers will only have a day or two in the capital. This was our Stockholm food tour from breakfast to dinner with some fun treats mixed in between. Use this is a loose guide but also make sure to seek out your own food in Stockholm as you wander around the city!
One Day Stockholm Food Tour
Where: Café Schweizer
Order: Coffee & Kanelbullar (Fika)
Cost: $6-8 USD
Location: Västerlånggatan 9, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden
Fika is a well-celebrated morning tradition in Stockholm, and easy to experience as a local or tourist. Simply walk into any Stockholm bakery or cafe and order a coffee with Kanelbullar. Sweden is known as one of the heaviest coffee drinking countries in the world, so you don’t have to worry about getting a good cup of joe here!
However, looking for what to eat in Stockholm for breakfast is a different story. The Kanelbullar is essentially a braided cinnamon sticky bun and the most delicious one we’ve ever had as well! The way it’s baked allows for the maximum amount of flavor to be cooked in, and the Fika coffee combo is out of this world.
Herring Burger for Lunch
Where: Nystekt Stromming
Order: Herring Burger or Herring Plate
Cost: $7-9 USD
Location: Kornhamnstorg 1, 111 27 Stockholm, Sweden
It wouldn’t be a Stockholm food tour without getting some fish, and we have the perfect lunch stop! Nystekt Stromming is more of a food cart than a restaurant, but it’s nice that all of the best food in Stockholm isn’t only at fancy establishments. The specialty is fried herring here, and you can order it as a plate with crackers or as a burger.
Honestly, this place is so good we went here EVERY DAY on our visit to Stockholm! The freshness of the herring blends perfectly with the veggie fixings and creates an explosion of flavors with each bite. As far as cheap eats in Stockholm go, it’ll be hard to find something better than Nystekt Stromming!
Stockholm Food Tip: You’ll have your choice of sauces to go with your herring at this lunch spot. We highly recommend going with the dill mayo, especially if you’re getting the burger!
Cheap Eats in Stockholm Snack
Where: Hotdog Stand
Order: Swedish Hotdog
Cost: $2.50 USD
Location: Mynttorget 4, 111 28 Stockholm, Sweden
Outside of a bakery or morning Fika you won’t find a better street snack than a hot dog. In some areas of the city, they overwhelm you on every corner so it’s highly likely you’ll eat one at some point just strolling around.
I know what some of you may be thinking… A hot dog?? All we can say is don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Hot dogs are easily some of the best cheap eats in Stockholm! Plus they come with way more fixings than your standard American one. We had the pleasure of trying the classic Stockholmer dog on our visit. Typically this is a long hot dog with fried onions on top, plus any other sauces you want to add.
Want something a little more daring on your Stockholm food tour? Head over to Günters for the real deal! Here you’ll find the explosive taste of the tunnbrödsrulle, which combines the pork sausage with mashed potatoes, fried onions, and shrimp salad. While they may not be as good as the reindeer sausage we had in Bergen Norway, a hot dog is still the ultimate cheap eats in Stockholm snack.
→ Looking for what to do in between meals? Here’s 15 Fun Things to Do in Stockholm Sweden on Your First Visit
Sweden Meatball Dinner
Where: Meatballs for the People
Order: Classic Plate
Cost: $12.50 USD
Location: Nytorgsgatan 30, 116 40 Stockholm, Sweden
When looking for what to eat in Stockholm there’s no way you can skip the meatballs! This Swedish specialty is a must on your visit to the city, and there’s no better place to get it than Meatballs for the People.
The classic meatball plate comes with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables, making for the perfect dinner combo. They also have a free sidebar of pickled onions, radishes, and cauliflower to really bring your meal together!
Stockholm Food Tip: If you head here for lunch instead of dinner on your Stockholm food tour go right when they open at 11:00am. At the time of writing this, there is a 30 Krona ($3 USD) discount for patrons arriving from 11:00-11:30am!
Dessert at a Waffle Cake Stand
Where: Västerlånggatan Street
Order: Waffle or Cake of Choice
Cost: $5 USD
So what’s gonna tie all these cheap eats in Stockholm together to end your food lovers day? Well, with one walk down Västerlånggatan Street it won’t even be a question! This is the waffle cake epicenter, and it will bring even the most hardcore dessert connoisseurs to their knees!
While they may be thinner than Belgian waffles, the Swedish version is also covered in strawberries, chocolate syrup, and whatever else you’d like on top. For a different variation, grab a waffle cone with ice cream or other yummy treats at a nearby Stockholm bakery.
→ Would you rather have a one day guided tour of the food in Stockholm? Book the 4 hour Nordic Food Walk
Have any must-try cheap eats in Stockholm that we didn’t mention or your own morning Fika experience to share? Let us know in the comments below!
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Where To Stay In Stockholm Sweden
Ultra Luxury – Grand Hotel Stockholm – Set on the waterfront across from the Royal Palace, this upscale hotel offers a luxury spa and top notch amenities. The large rooms and Swedish decor will make you feel like you’re actually staying in a palace!
Fun Vacation – Berns Hotel – Gorgeous boutique hotel with roots back to the year 1863. Spacious rooms with unique designs and views of the city. The Berns Hotel also features a rooftop terrace if you’re in the mood for late night drinks.
Budget Travel – Castle House Inn – Located in the heart of old town, each room is individually decorated with retro Hollywood flare. This is the perfect place for couples, and near some great restaurants when you’re searching for what to eat in Stockholm! Just make sure to book in advance to secure a budget room.
Hostel Life – Dockside Hostel Old Town – Small rooms with a great location just on the edge of Stockholm old town. Nice common area with kitchen and bag storage for late check out.
For more places to stay after you’re done eating all the best food in Stockholm you can explore the latest prices here!
Sweden Travel Planning
Flights: We always find our cheap flight deals using Skyscanner. That’s how we flew from Norway to Poland for under $20 USD, and Thailand to Vietnam for less than $50!
Rental Car: We use Discover Cars for renting vehicles. A quick travel tip is to ask for a discounted weekly rate rather than booking 2-3 days.
Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for thousands of activities around the world. From food tours to skip the line entry passes!
Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without being covered. We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.
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