27 Oct 2014

Stockholm by abbieredmon


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I have accidentally become a regular at this vegetarian buffet a block from where I'm staying in Södermalm. And I'm not even sorry about it.

For 80 krona ($11 U.S.), you can eat as much as you want -- and have coffee afterward. The options are nice -- falafel, chickpeas, lentils, veggie lasagna, some sort of potato-stew thing, lots of different hummuses and tzaziki, bean salad, and other morsels like beets and green beans and dried dates. There's also free bread -- as much as you'd like.

It's a good deal, especially if you're very hungry.

The place isn't huge, and it fills up quite quickly. People are good about sharing space and treating the tables cafeteria-style, though, and you might find yourself elbow-to-elbow with a stranger or two over the course of your meal.

After a few weeks of having lots of meals by myself, I think I have been gravitating toward this place because it's full of other singles, too. Instead of sitting at a table at a restaurant by yourself, eavesdropping (or trying not to) on the conversations of the coupled-up diners around you while you wait awkwardly for your meal to come, it's nice to be in a place where everyone else is sort of minding their own business quietly, too. Like you. Reading, flipping through an iPhone, or just generally staring around, like I tend to do. AND, there's no waiting for food, because it's a buffet.

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This is a happy little "coffice" (as @Dorothy would say!) in Stockholm to spend a few hours working. I've come here on a few different days for a change of scenery.

They take their coffee quite seriously, so if you are a connoisseur, you should be happy here. As a tea drinker, I've been pleased with the house-made ginger tea and the rooibos I sampled.

There are several different small rooms to sit in, which is nice because it keeps noise levels down. They play their music relatively softly, and it's instrumental and unobtrusive. There are some plugs around (though I make a point to not have to plug in while out and about), and the WiFi is solid.

The staff is quite chill and really helpful -- their English is great, too :)

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I went climbing with some friends tonight, and afterward, we got beer and Thai food at this cool bar/restaurant in Södermalm. The name means "elephant boy." The food was quite good, and it's a nice place to hang out, drink, and linger.

I've now been to two climbing gyms in Stockholm -- I can't remember the name of either, but both are just south of Södermalm, across the bridge. One on the red line, and one on the green line. The one we went to last night, on the green line, is bouldering only, but the one on the red line has a lot of rope climbing, too. Both gyms were really nice, and it was fun to climb with some climbing friends of friends.

Sorry I don't have any pictures :(