After cruising overnight, we arrived at the harbor in Stockholm around 10 am. We took the bus into the city centre and stopped in the indoor marketplace that happens to be right by the bus stop– Hötorgshallen.
This place was gorgeous! I wasn’t hungry but that didn’t stop me from drooling over the beautiful fish counters, fancy chocolate stand, and the table offering samples of dried fruits, nuts and other snacks. We ended up buying three little bags of dried fruit from the latter– dried strawberries, dried pomelo, and some goji berries, which are hard to find in Estonia (but so good for you!).
Moving along down the street we came across a candy shop selling a wide variety of candies in bulk, including some disc-shaped strong salt licorice that J wanted me to try. He documented my reaction, so here for your viewing pleasure is the face I make while eating unusually strong, chewy salt licorice:
We wandered through Gamla Stan (Old Town) and made the typical tourist purchase of postcards and postage stamps. I got a kick out of the fact that the stamps had food on them:
That’s the round, crispy flatbread knäckebröd with a wedge of cheese (does anyone know of a famous Swedish cheese?). If you need any more evidence of the Swedes’ reverence for knäckebröd, check out this shelf at the grocery store we visited:
For dinner before returning to the cruise boat we got kebab, our favorite inexpensive fast food meal when we’re visiting Finland or Sweden. I didn’t get a pic because the place was tiny and I felt self-conscious because everyone would have noticed me taking it, but the pita stuffed with kebab meat and salad was great after a day of walking around in the cold.
Our last food find was taken home and eaten the next day. I’d never tried Sweden’s famous Prinsesstårta and I was determined to find a piece on this trip. J and I shared it the next day, safe and sound back in Tallinn after a peaceful cruise back over the Baltic Sea.
The Princess Cake is layers or airy cake (sort of like sponge cake) with whipped cream, jam, and custard, all topped with a layer of green marzipan. Hard to go wrong with that! The marzipan was more sugary than I like it, but the creamy components of the cake surprisingly weren’t too sweet. I really liked all the creamy textures. I know J, as a Finn, isn’t the biggest fan of Swedes, but I have to say that when it comes to food, they get some things right.