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My favorite museum lunch spots

Publish date: 18 November 2020

A good museum lunch should be relatively affordable, and easy to eat. It’s not something I gorge on, but eat to fill up on energy. It gives me a chance to rest my feet and mind, and reflect on whatever exhibition I’ve just seen; to let it sink in and think about if there is anything in the exhibition I want to see again.

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus Covid-19, many museums have limited opening hours only admitting a reduced number of visitors at any given time. Some are temporarily closed. We reserve ourselves for any errors in this guide and refer directly to the museums for further questions.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swedish government has restricted the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants, until May 17. All restaurants and bars must close at 8.30 pm (20.30). This might lead to some restaurants and bars not opening at all.

I think it’s important that museum restaurants have a varied menu, as well and not just the same three dishes every time. Unless you’re visiting with children, of course. Convincing my granddaughter’s 4-year old son to eat an Osso Bucco might prove difficult, after all.

Some of my favorite museum restaurants are Moderna Museet’s with its lovely view of Strandvägen, and the restaurant at the Museum of Ethnography which always serves dishes inspired by the countries represented in the current exhibitions. My favorite has to be Blom Café at ArkDes, though. I love sitting out in the garden café in early spring, with winter’s last snow still covering the ground, eating a hot bowl of soup and some fresh bread.

About the author

Born in northern Sweden, Ingegerd Wallén has lived in Skåne, Stockholm, Bahrain, and Vienna, before moving back to Stockholm in 1993. She has 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. She lives on the Stockholm-island of Lidingö, together with her husband of 60 years (and counting). Forever the student (she recently took a course in opera science), she has worked as a lawyer and been the chairman of the United Nations Women’s Guild. Always hungry for new knowledge, Ingegerd loves reading and visiting Stockholm’s many museums. Her favorite spot in Stockholm is Waldemarsudde; with the surrounding oak forest and the 200-year-old linseed grinder. And although not being very fond of boats, she loves sitting outside of Fotografiska during the blue hour, watching the boats and ferries return from the archipelago.

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