The reputation of Scandinavian countries will often be bordering on notorious, only thanks to the semi-darkness prevailing for the better part of the year. We are sure that real foodies would not be stopped by such a minor issue. So, let's brave the elements and explore the Scandinavian palette of palate-delighting delicacies!The first stop of our culinary journey is Copenhagen
, the capital of Denmark. Copenhagen is not only the hometown of some of the happiest people of the world, but also home to Noma, the world's number one restaurant. The two-star Michelin restaurant finds inspiration in the old Nordic cuisine. The award-winning menu represents a modern take on traditional recipes made of locally grown ingredients. In Noma you can try pickled and smoked quail eggs, sea urchins with dill, or oysters with gooseberry and buttermilk. Such dishes will be served to you in great, imaginative style. Seafood, for instance, can come on rocks and appetizers may be disguised in the table decoration.A visit to Denmark would be incomplete without trying out Danish baked goods. Satisfy your sweet tooth with famous Danish pastries. Here is a short overview of the most famous ice-cream parlours and pâtisserie in Copenhagen.
The ten-mile Øresund Bridge, the longest rail and road structure in Europe, will lead us from Copenhagen straight to Malmö
in Sweden. Malmö's multiculturalism is best seen in its rich food scene. Although well known for the abundance of fresh eel, goose and dairy products, Malmö's cultural diversity gave rise to Möllan, a fashionable downtown version of Soho. This area is centred around the main square, and offers a wide variety of grocers, restaurants and shops selling food from all corners of the world. Grab a cheap but delicious eat at one of the many kiosks on street corners. Here's a tip - korvkiosks sell a unique Swedish version of the hot-dog. It can be a sausage with mashed potatoes inside a flat bread, a sausage with shrimp mayonnaise, a sausage in a big bun topped with crispy onion... Sausage styles in Swedish street food culture are next to endless.Once you have tried all of them, we suggest you head further to Gothenburg
. The city lies on the stunning coastline quite near the other towns of the West Coast Archipelago. Beautiful granite rocks pair well with the idyllic houses and fishing villages. You can already guess - Gothenburg, as the largest port in Scandinavia, is a culinary empire of seafood. Gourmand quality is not reserved exclusively for expensive restaurants distinguished for their top chefs. Street food sold at fish markets or food halls is also known to be quite diverse and delicious!
Our last stop on this culinary journey is Stockholm
. Here is where things get really tough. Stockholm's food scene is simply amazing, so good time and budget management will be very important. Choose some of the top-notch restaurants lined up by the waterfront for a pleasurable al fresco dining experience, for example. Or give a chance to one of the approximately twenty food trucks circling the city. Street food in Stockholm is all but dull. If you don't believe us, why don't you try some moose salami or smoked reindeer on offer? And, finally, top off the Scandinavian culinary experience with Husmanskost or traditional Swedish food, which can be sampled in so many locations throughout the city. Of course, the country's most well-known food is köttbullar, and it is only fair not to leave Stockholm without having tried it at least once.We hope you will get inspired by this article. Enjoy your trip to northern Europe and bring back the tastiest memories of mouth-watering Scandinavian food.