Stockholm: Ostermalm Saluhall

22 Jul

I love farmers markets and food halls. When I travel, I always make it a point to visit the local version to see how locals eat, shop and live. So when I was in Stockholm, Ostermalm Saluhall – one of the oldest food halls in the world – was on the itinerary. Established in 1888, it has a medieval style architecture that till today, still looks very well preserved. It’s also a good stop to have an affordable Swedish meal in Stockholm, which is a very expensive city to eat out in!

It is an indoor food hall, so there’s no need to worry about the outdoor elements. I love the wooden structures used for the different stalls. You can find vendors selling fine wines, cheese, bread, seafood, even cooked food and also cafes where you can sit down and have a meal.

Swedish flags at every stall

A cheese stall

We bought some cooked food from this stall as takeaway, but as the cafes there (including where we dined in) were very strict about their “no outside food” policy, we ended up eating them at a bench outside.

These were the Köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) and Kåldolmar (cabbage roll filled with minced pork meat) that my local friend picked out for us. The cabbage rolls were surprisingly good! It’s actually a variation of the Mediterranean dolma, which was introduced to Sweden in the 18th century by the Ottoman Empire. Interesting, eh?

When in Scandinavia, how could we say no to trying reindeer meat? If you’re wondering, it actually tastes much like beef, and a tender version too. Served with a black pepper sauce, lingonberry jam and mashed potatoes.

I also couldn’t resist getting an herring platter to round off the meal, as I love my fishy herring. It tasted so freshly pickled!

I forgot to try some open faced sandwiches though…oh well, next time! :)

Location: Östermalmstorg, Östermalm, 114 39 Stockholm, Sweden
Price: $-$$
Website: http://www.saluhallen.com

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