Vegan Food on a trip to Stockholm and Copenhagen

It’s been a great year so far, in terms of trips, and it’s been an interesting challenge to find sustainable vegan food while exploring too!

After going home to Italy in February, I went back to Sweden with my Canadian pals. Last year we went to Gothenburg, this time we went to Stockholm and Copenhagen for a few days at the beginning of May.

I liked Stockholm a lot! I love that it’s a cluster of 14 different islands interlinked by a myriad of beautiful bridges and that it is so bike-friendly. The air was always fresh, it never seemed to be very polluted and I didn’t really see any traffic jams.

We didn’t need to use public transport, we simply hired the Stockholm City Bikes which were surprisingly affordable at 165 SEK or under £15 for 3 days.
We got a card from one of the many 7-11 shops and we were able to cycle up to 3 hours at a time, anytime between 6am til 10pm.

There are bike banks dotted all around the city, we cycled everywhere we wanted to during our stay there and walked the rest of the time. It was lovely to easily rely on bikes to get around.

 

Cycling in Stockholm

Cycling in Stockholm

 

Cycling also made us realise how surprisingly easy it is to go from the bustling centre to the quiet edge of the city in minutes.

Ideal if you want to have a little break and find some beautiful natural spots.

 

Cloudy sky a few minutes away from the centre

Cloudy sky a few minutes away from the centre

 

We got to a path where we could not hear anything but the wind, the water and buoy bells. Incredible 🙂

 

Listening to the wind

Listening to the wind

 

When we first got to Stockholm we got some really nice salads and fresh bread from a little supermarket near our hostel. Mine had falafels and spicy houmous – falafel really is the international vegan staple meal! 😀

Everyone speaks excellent English so there was no problem at all finding out if something was vegan when I couldn’t figure out what some of the ingredients were. The people I asked were extremely nice and happy to help 🙂

I also never had so many coffees in a single week in my life! I may have been unconsciously thinking of all the coffee-drinking in the Millenium series / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy…

Most, if not all cafés had soy milk available so it was easy-peasy to choose a vegan option.

 

Frothy Soy Latte

Frothy Soy Latte

 

We didn’t have a fixed itinerary, we just cycled and found interesting places in the city.

We did visit one museum, Fotografiska, which had several completely diverse exhibitions which got us talking a lot.
The building really stands out and the view from their café is stunning, so I really recommend it if you have the opportunity to go.

 

The beautiful Fotografiska

The beautiful Fotografiska

 

Fika.

Amazing view of Stockholm's City Centre

Amazing view of Stockholm’s City Centre

 

On 30th April, Walpurgis Eve, a night to celebrate the arrival of Spring, we went out looking for the bonfire near where our hostel was in Gamla Stan, but by the time we got there it was less of a bonfire and more like a camping fire…There was a really good atmosphere however, and the fire warmed us up as we felt the light rain and the chilly air of Stockholm on our faces.

 

Walpurgis Eve Fire

Walpurgis Eve Fire

 

During our cycling adventures we also biked past some swamps on our way back from Djurgården, the Royal Park. No landscape was the same, this city has enough to be appealing to any sort of visitor.

 

Swamp on our cycling adventure

Swamp on our cycling adventure

 

Most of the time the weather was good and we enjoyed beautiful views of the city…

 

View from Södermalm

View from Södermalm

 

… and blue skies.

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan

 

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And now, to the food! 🙂

We weren’t exactly looking to taste super traditional Swedish food, but rather spontaneously finding places where we fancied eating, so we had amazing pizza for lunch one day…

 

Vegan Pizza

Vegan Pizza

 

…Mexican food one night…

 

Vegan bean burrito with guacamole, salsa and tortillas

Vegan bean burrito with guacamole, salsa and tortillas

 

…and sometimes we just bought something from the local coop and had a picnic in the Arctic air fresh breeze outside 🙂

 

Vegan lunch from the shop

Vegan lunch from the shop

 

Prior to our trip I asked our Swedish colleague for some tips on what to do in Stockholm and he recommended several places to eat too, so we went to Flippin’ Burgers in Observatoriegatan.

I had their vegan burger, but I had to have it without the bun as it had milk in it. It was nice and the restaurant has a really cool U.S. diner vibe and they serve milkshakes, floats and lots of different types of beer too.
It’s very, very popular so be prepared to queue up for a little while.

Vegan option at Flippin' Burgers in Stockholm

Vegan option at Flippin’ Burgers in Stockholm

 

The only place where it was trickier to find vegan food was the airport, the few options included fruit, nuts and these kind of smoothies.

Lime and strawberry smoothie

Lime and strawberry smoothie

 

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We then flew from Stockholm to Copenhagen – flying was about a quarter of the price compared to taking the train! – and had a great time visiting it, we wished we could have stayed longer…

Everyone seems to be very happy and relaxed in Copenhagen, as opposed to everyone looking so busy and stressed in London…but maybe the fact that we were there at the weekend contributed to that too 🙂

 

First walk around Copenhagen

First walk around Copenhagen

 

It was really exciting to walk around the city where some of my favourite series, The Killing and Borgen, are set. I even spotted Pilou Asbæk, who plays Kasper in Borgen, strolling with his family on the bridge opposite Christiansborg Palace, the seat of Danish Parliament ! 😀

 

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace

 

Copenhagen too is full of full of bridges linking one area to the other, every street also has wide bike lanes and although different sources cite different numbers, I have read that up to 50% of Copenhageners cycle to work.
I actually have never seen as many bicycles as in Copenhagen, not even in Beijing.

 

Bikes in Christiania

Bikes in Christiania

 

Cycling isn’t the only alternative way to see Copenhagen, you can even see it from the river itself…

Kayaking in Copenhagen

Kayaking in Copenhagen

 

…or just by being by it.

 

Friday night at the riverside

Friday night at the riverside

 

The Parental leave system in Denmark is very flexible so it was nice and refreshing to see so many men walking around with their children.

Walk where the river meets the sea

Walk where the river meets the sea

 

We visited the Botanisk Have – Botanical Garden – and it reminded me of Kew Gardens. It’s a beautiful green area in the middle of the city and it was a beautiful day when we went there.

Botanisk Have

Botanisk Have

 

We also strolled around the picturesque Nyhavn for a few hours…

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

 

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Before going on our trip I had a look on Happy Cow to check a few vegan-friendly places as my friends are super lovely and were more than happy to give them a try.

We went to L’ Appetit in Frederiksborggade, which was so nice, we went there twice! They had vegan-friendly food in big portions for about £7, with choices of veggie burgers, samosas, falafels and 4-5 different salads. The lady working there was really nice and pointed out all the vegan nosh.

 

Food at L'Appetit in Copenhagen

Vegan Food at L’Appetit in Copenhagen

 

Vegan Samosa, Houmous and Salads at L'Appetit

Vegan Samosa, Houmous and Salads at L’Appetit

 

I also tried different types of bread from a chain called Holm’s Bager. These were so nice and tasty, I think they were made with different flours, including rye,  topped with seeds and oats and filled with raisins and other good stuff.
The lady working there checked which ones were dairy free for me.

Holm's Bager Raisin and Seed Rolls

Holm’s Bager Raisin and Seed Rolls

 

And of course, it was very easy to get hold of another usual great vegan snack: nuts! This pot had  the ingredients written in English too, could it be any easier to find vegan food in Copenhagen?

 

Snack from the station

Snack from the station

 

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We may have spent less than a week away, but this was certainly one of the best trips of my life!

I do love travelling. I personally think it involves different elements that can make you grow as not much else can.

Organising, researching, meeting and talking to new people, seeing and experiencing something new… it can really help open your mind and make you think there are different kinds of life around you… And even if you do happen to have a bad experience, you can learn from it.

After this trip I felt inspired, I loved experimenting with pictures and it makes me feel reassured that it is possible to have more sustainable cities, it can take as little as more safe cycling routes, for example.

 

Here are some links if you would like to know more about sustainability in Sweden and Denmark:

 

 

I am very happy to have been able to see a little more of Sweden and to walk around Copenhagen, I really cannot wait to go back!

 

Have you been to a city that is known for its eco credentials?

What do you think are the elements that make a city or country more sustainable? Does it apply to everywhere?

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6 thoughts on “Vegan Food on a trip to Stockholm and Copenhagen

  1. Wow. Beautiful place! I feel like I’ve just been on a little holiday myself after reading that 🙂 really love the cycle rental idea. I think that would work almost anywhere in the world? Wish we had a system like that here.

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    • Yes they’re great places! 😀
      I also wish there were better cycling paths in more cities, it’s really encouraged in London for example but also very dangerous because of the way streets and junctions are… It’s very safe to cycle in Stockholm and Copenhagen!

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  2. Well I lived in Vancouver, British Columbia for 8 yrs. and it does tend to be more green –over 3,000 community gardens, higher cycling mode share, high density housing, transit, etc.

    Am in oil and gas province of Canada in the prairies now. Quite different culturally.

    We enjoyed Copenhagen for 5 days. Took 1 day trip to Malmo, Sweden.

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