Remember getting lost is one-third the fun (go ahead, ask me about Portland). Walk out your door and just pick a direction. A TravFan must have is a good map, digital or paper to guide you around the city. I highly recommend a paper or laminated map though in case a battery dies or a single is lost.
My TravFan rule for a truly enjoyed trip is to remember that travel is fun. Tackle issues as they arise and take it all in stride. Find pleasure in learning the details of the place you are visiting. Sometimes the hiccups are the most entertaining parts of bopping about the globe.
Do you enjoy the fine taste of Santa's helpers? Oh now do I have some sausages to sell you.
Long hikes along the coast to view castles and silent, long standing graveyards?
Well then, fine reader do I have a spot for you. Sweden is both metropolitan fine lines and detailed design and beautiful green valleys and coastal towns that will rip you out of 2015 and place you delicately back hundreds of years.
Travel even in Scandinavia does not have to break the bank. Be smart and travel through experiences, walks and sights. Bring in food the way a local would. Markets, sales at the store and free samples all add up to an even better way to travel on your tummy.
Pizza and pasta by the mall MOOD across from NK has a very good selection of lunch foods. Your food comes with salad, bread, water, tea and a sweet candy. For vegans you can get a custom just marinated and grilled veggies tray; try the tangy eggplant, crisp zucchini and sweet corn and beans. This place is super busy with the working set bopping in for lunch so be prepared to nudge and scowl your way to a table.
Panoramo Cafe is a ripoff in both view and in its pure McDonald's quality level of food with sit-down prices. Avoid the whole spot and enjoy some of the city's other, much better food fair. Trust your tuckered travfan writer here and head elsewhere.
The Grand Hotel offers a fabulous vegetarian club sandwich and almost carmely hot coco. If you are looking for a good view, fun people watching and a really good veg friendly sandwich then go to the grand hotel's cafe and grab a seat early in their tea service time by the window. You can gaze out at the water, tourist buses and pedestrians and smile as you sip your coco and daydream of the adventurous sort of spy who would check into this hotel.
Max has a veggie burger and is a quick, cheaper solution for a speedy to go num. If your digs are not the highest form of entertainment you can get a burger and people watch from a bench on the water.
Esperanza is over priced with slow service but good food. This is a tiny hole in the wall but they offer really tasty and cheesy pasta dishes. Try the fresh tomatoes, sweet mozzarella and rich meat in their dishes. After dinner walk down the slight hill to the big shopping district and make fun of the other visitors who look more touristy than you do.
This is a simple grocery store you'll see all over. They have good prices and you can get a meal's worth of quality products to eat in your hotel, take on a picnic or just use as snacks. At the coop in the fabulous train station you can get the veggie wrap which is rice, sour cream, falafel and sun-dried tomatoes. This is a great vegetarian option for a filling meal as you go between places.
Buy a thing of milk and a cookie to go and sit along the windows on the train and have fun watching the countryside flash by.
No Kroner Left Behind:
Watch out for the restrooms at the NK, they cost 10 kr. The store is way over priced but is totally fun and worth wandering around to see the items. The twenty dollar pencils and all. They also have food on the top floor and food court and grocery with high prices in the basement. It is fun to buy a little treat in the food court area to tide you over between meals. I got cookies at their bakery for the next day's train ride to Norway.