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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:57 pm 
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I see the thread about Stockholm specifically, but nothing about Sweden in a more general sense. In September my partner and I are coming for two weeks, flying into Stockholm, and then traveling to Gothenburg, down the coast to Malmö, and flying out of Copenhagen.

1. We'd like to stop at maybe one more city along the west coast, between Gothenburg and Malmö. Any suggestions?
2. Any vegan restaurants/food items/etc. we just can't miss?
3. Any sites we just can't miss?
4. Do you think it'll be difficult to find cheap places to stay? We're willing to camp, but I"m starting to get nervous that we might be in trouble if we don't book everything ahead.

Thanks all!!

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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:19 am 
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Well, we've decided to visit Gotland (riding bikes and camping for two nights!) instead of stopping between Göteborg and Malmö. Bought two of our major train tickets, going to prebook some hostels and wing the rest. I think we'll be okay on food, but please don't hesitate if you have a must see/must eat place. Also if anyone is interested in meeting up, let me know! :) So excited!

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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:58 am 
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It's hard to give advice since I don't know anything about you! Visby is one of my favourite places, though. They have a great little teashop called Kränku (on S:t Hansplan) and the local beer from Gotlands Bryggeri is vegan and awesome. If they're still open there's also an ice cream place down by the guest harbour (in the large yellow buildings). The sorbets are usually vegan (just ask). What kind of things would you like to do?


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:41 pm 
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Where in Sweden do you live, fruitbat? And thanks for the tips on Visby - the whole trip is going to be great, but my level of excitement has skyrocketed since we decided to go to Gotland to ride around and camp. Now I'm even happier to hear that we can find some vegan beer and sorbet there :D

And we like to ride bikes, eat delicious foods, drink tasty beers, go to concerts (I'm going to see if I can track Little Dragon down, haha), dance (definitely want to visit a club at least once) - we're both outdoorsy and love city life. We also really appreciate history, so I'm going to look into some good museums. But for the most part this is our vacation, so there might just be a lot of reading at coffee shops :)

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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:30 pm 
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These days I live up north, but I have lived both in Stockholm and Visby in the past.

I like the Gotland museum actually, it's cute. There are also a lot of church ruins scattered around town, many are open during tourist season (May-September). Sometimes they have ghost tours in the evening. I have a friend who's a big fan of Pippi Longstocking so I took her on a tour of all the places they filmed it. It was fun. Aww, now I want to go. I haven't been there in forever! Check out the trebuchet just outside the city wall to the north (follow the path along the sea).

And of course Stockholm has lots of museums. Kulturhuset (by Sergels torg) often has free exhibibions plus it houses the comics library (Serieteket). I think I like the Old Town (Gamla Stan) and Södermalm (across the bridge from the old town) the best.

Stockholm has one vegetarian shop: Goodstore and Malmö has one: Astrid och Apornas. Both are fun to browse. If you like licorice, try some of the salty licorice while in Sweden (it's a typical Scandinavia + the Netherlands thing).


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
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OH GOD SALTED LICORICE. I haven't had this in years, it's one of my favorite treats! And thanks for the tips, this is great :)

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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
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Malmö is almost disturbingly vegan friendly, considering how small it is! here is a link to vegan Malmö - it's just a list of places and should be easy to decipher, even if you don't speak swedish, as it's just a list with links. I REALLY recommend Café Agnez for the cake and Vegegården for greasy asian food (it's one of those supreme master places, but it's SO good). Astrid och Aporna has a super wide selection of vegan stuff, but even the regular supermarket chain ICA has a bunch of vegan stuff like cake etc. (the swedes are better about brand names than I am here! But there is this thing called a "delicato boll" and it's basically a chocolate roll but it's really dense and cake-y and delicious and AWESOME. and they come in single servings, so you can bring them as travel snacks!).


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:41 pm 
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Whoa, this is awesome, thanks Smoothie! Definitely keeping this link handy - all my research into this region is making me wish our trip was longer!

Are farmer's markets a thing in Sweden? We'll only be able to afford going out maybe once a day, so we'll be buying our own groceries and cooking quite a bit - would be awesome to get fresh local produce.

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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:03 pm 
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rainbowwine wrote:
Are farmer's markets a thing in Sweden? We'll only be able to afford going out maybe once a day, so we'll be buying our own groceries and cooking quite a bit - would be awesome to get fresh local produce.

Not really, but there are some. Usually only on Saturdays, September should be the season them. Stockholm (Katarina bangata/Södermalm and Tessinparken/Östermalm), Göteborg (Haga), and Malmö (Drottningtorget) all have them. If you want Sweden specific shopping info just ask (either here or PM me).


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:22 pm 
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Woo! Perfect, thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
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There's some variation between branches, but the supermarkets can be quite good. The ICA down the road from me has a salad bar and prepared stir fries and stuff that, while I have never enquired or bought any of it, looks as though it could be vegan. They also have a bunch of flavours of Taifun tofu, sausages and tofu burgers (not sure why it's in the meat section), Sheese in the cheese section and oat and soy ice creams, including individual toffee ice cream cones, as well as a bunch of different soy and oat yoghurts, whipped topping and plant milks. I used to have to travel a bit to get some of those things, but the selection has really improved in the past couple of months.


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:34 pm 
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I'm glad to hear this, thank you! I was worried about being vegan while traveling (I haven't been outside of the country in 5 years, but I've only been vegan for 4), but it sounds like this wont be too bad :)

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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:36 am 
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Selection in supermarkets varies a lot, but they'll have the basics at least. I like Carlshamn soygurts the best since I think the Alpro ones taste a bit too beany. Another tip is GoGreen bean salsa (tetra packs on the bean shelf). Excellent with oven roasted potatoes or tucked into tacos when you don't feel like cooking.


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:09 pm 
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Actually the whole site Veganistan is pretty awesome! http://veganistan.se/ Maybe you'd have to run some pages through google translate though to get the comments. Nearly all major cities are covered now (look for the smaller cities under the headline of "Spenaten" - i.e. literally "The Spinach"!


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:41 pm 
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Perhaps a dumb question, but how common is it that people speak English in Sweden?

I am planning a trip from north to south through Sweden and Norway, but I only speak English, so I'm wondering if that would lead to some trouble outside the bigger cities?


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:45 pm 
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Most people under the age of 80 I guess speak English rather fluently since they've grown up with it from early childhood since not much is ever dubbed either in the TV or in the cinemas (apart from films for under-5-year-olds I guess). Older people sometimes still are better at German than English but even there they at least know some English. Should not be a problem neither in Norway nor in Sweden!

Edit: and many many younger folks (under the age of 40 - guesstimate) have near perfect English due to studying abroad or extensive travelling abroad.


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:52 pm 
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Ha! Helgonblomma beat me to it. I was about to post almost the exact same thing. People understand English (except for some older folks, who might know German), willingness and ability to speak vary but shouldn't pose any real problem. And yes, tv and films are subtitled not dubbed so we're accustomed to hearing the language. Same applies for Norway and Denmark (pretty much).


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:31 am 
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FYI: Goodstore now has a second - and bigger! - store at Hornsgatan 176 which is much easier to access being right near the tunnelbana - stop Hornstull - and several buses (4, 40, 77).


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:30 am 
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helgonblomma wrote:
FYI: Goodstore now has a second - and bigger! - store at Hornsgatan 176 which is much easier to access being right near the tunnelbana - stop Hornstull - and several buses (4, 40, 77).

I heard about that. Lots of fun stuff seem to have been happening in Stockholm since I lived there (moved away in mid-2007). I miss the easy shopping (and a bunch of other things), but not the flat-hunting, rents, and endless underground rides. If I could afford to live in some strategic inner-city location I might love the city, now I have more of a love-hate relationship with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Sweden
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omg I had such happy eatings at Vegegården in Malmo. There's also a Vegetarian Buffet I've been to a couple times in Göteborg, although of course I'm blanking on what it's called right now...maybe someone else knows? It is pretty close to the shore. Maybe it will come to me...Finding lots of Vegan options to cook at ICA has always been easy too. Maybe they have this wear you are, and just not in Israel, but I'm obsessed with the build your own granola at some branches of ICA...

I've been in Sweden three times. On the second trip, we decided we would do a bunch of random camping as we drove across the country (we traveled from Stockholm to Göteborg by car) It worked at this one great national park/forest, totally did NOT work in another place we stopped...we ended up pitching tents, but it was basically in the middle of this suburban town, and it was weird, and my friends thought it was hilarious, but I felt totally awkward about it, and didn't sleep a wink. When I went back I stuck to staying with friends/hotels/hostels :)

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