The ‘Helldog hot dog’ stand
You have to be over 18 years old and sign a medical disclaimer to be allowed to eat what’s claimed to be the world’s hottest hot dog. ‘Harakiri’ can be bought at the Helldog hot dog stand outside Engelen in Gamla Stan (Old Town). One of my chefs did it with ease, while another was nearly hospitalised!
A must for foodies travelling to Stockholm, this two Michelin-starred waterfront restaurant at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm is super stylish, with views across to the Royal Palace. It’s not cheap but is money well spent, focusing on ‘natural cuisine’ like Scandinavian sashimi of salmon, cod, scallops and oysters, and oyster-beef tartar. mathiasdahlgren.com
Number 23 in the World’s Best Restaurant list, this small restaurant in the medieval old town serves up authentic Scandinavian dishes with an Asian twist. Many of the ingredients come straight from the restaurant’s garden, to form dishes such as confit of pig’s head on pork skin and galangal root macaron with bird’s liver. restaurantfrantzen.com
An example of the contemporary new Nordic style, Gastrologik received its first Michelin star in 2013. Signature plates include broccoli, from stem to flower, with oyster mayonnaise, and cured wild salmon with onion flowers and spruce shoots in aquavit. There are no set menus — three courses or six, sir? gastrologik.se
The Flying Elk
This gastro pub in the city’s old town is inspired by a mixture of Swedish culinary traditions and British pub culture. Great food, with a good selection of beers on draught and reasonably priced. Think fish and chips, braised pork cheeks and mussel chowder. theflyingelk.se
Published in the September 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)