We are an organized family: It is not often we wonder out to eat without a reservation or a clear thought on where we will be eating. Even if we are talking street kitchen, we check the location and timetable of the food truck in advance (streetkak.se is by the way a great place to locate your fast food on the run). However, there are a few places we might just pop into unannounced: Teatern in Skanstull and K25 on Kungsgatan in the Stockholm center.
Teatern is a somewhat new food court in a mall called Ringen in the hipster part of town, Södermalm. The fun thing about Teatern is that several celebrity chefs have started simple fast food kiosks there. For example Magnus Nilsson, who owns a two star restaurant in the north of Sweden, Fäviken Magasinet, has a hot dog stand Korvkiosken. The food court houses also a noodle stad by the owners of Adam & Albin Matstudio as well as Chaos by one-star chef Stefano Catenacci (Operakällaren). Sounds exclusive, but it isn’t. It’s really fast food for everyone at very affordable prices. A hot dog from Magnus Nilsson costs less than 3 euros (25kr). The soft ice creams from Korvkiosken are also great. The milk they use is from cows that are allowed to roam around freely. I don’t know how much that contributes to the taste, but at least the produce is super fresh, so the ice cream comes out great.
Teatern is also open in the evenings, and I have been meaning to go there for a quick dinner and drink some time. Quite many places also serve interesting wines (also nature wines) and craft beer. The ambiance is cozy (as cozy as a food court can get) and the clientele are there to relax.
My other favorite is K25 on Kungsgatan in the center of Stockholm. The food court has cuisine from around the world: Sushi, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Malaysian etc. We tried pho-style noodles from a new place called JimLim (by Tomi Björks Farang). The problem with K25 is that it gets very full during lunchtime. Many (including us) come with children and prams, so the narrow space gets quite cramped. Teatern is nice and round, so there is much more air. I would recommend going to K25 when it’s not lunch-rush.