Last weekend I went to Ireland with my friends and I was extremely excited to have Guinness beer and Jameson whiskey in their home country. I was sure the drinks were going to be the highlight of the trip, but little did I know delicious the food was!!
Tasting different dishes turned out to be the favourited activity and one of the most delicious foodie trips I’ve ever had!
Every dish kept getting better – all with rich flavours and high-quality ingredients. And it wasn’t just authentic dishes that the Irish perfected, even international foods like burgers and toasts were also top notch.
Here are all the delicious places I tasted this weekend:
1. SoMa – Brunch and Burgers
This cute restaurant is full of delicious dishes perfect for brunch. Complete with burgers, avocado toast, club sandwiches, juices, milkshakes and fresh coffee.
One of their locations is right in front of the Spire monument, at the centre of the city, a great place to watch the street life.
I had the delicious avocado toast with poached egg and grilled potatoes.
This Irish restaurant chain has been serving fresh fish and chips since 1913. It has become a favourite by locals and highly recommended to anyone who’s craving a classic fish and chips.
The reason for their popularity is that fresh fish are cooked on coal-fired pans that give that special taste. The fries are perfectly done and the cod is also equally perfect cooked inside and crispy on the outside.
In all seriousness, this is the BEST BURGER I’VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. And trust me I’ve had a loot of burgers in search for the best burger and no ground beef has ever come close to this flavourful and crispy burger.
Their success is expected from a joint that has dedicated to only specialising in burgers and fries. Visitors get to choose exactly what they want in their burger from a business card-sized menu and three different types of crunchy fries (including sweet potato fries!!).
If you have to pick between one of these restaurants to visit, this is definitely the one.
This historical bar/restaurant/lounge/pub is over 300-years-old and is the perfect place to spend a typical Irish afternoon where you can have a delicious homemade dinner and have drinks all in one huge place!
Every nook and cranny (Irish slang for part of a place) is beautifully decorated creating a cosy atmosphere local beers and whiskey. When hunger strikes, head over to the restaurant where all the traditional food is cooked there. If you are in the mood for something lighter after all the beers, there is also a fresh salad bar right next to the restaurant.
5. Third Space
This authentic Irish breakfast chain cafe is located in several locations of the city where you can taste the traditional all Irish breakfast in two different sizes – the large (hungover and hangry) and normal size.
The interior of this place makes you feel at home with big windows to let the sunshine in and books and tables everywhere.
The brewed coffee was also delicious and if you don’t have time to stay, you can also take it to go!
This fresh seafood restaurant has won the 2018 and 2019 Irish restaurant award for its rich and fresh dishes and quality of ingredients.
The place is quite small, which could make it hard to find a spot (so make sure to book your spot as soon as you read this), but it also creates a cosy atmosphere and it gives you the perfect angles to watch the magic in the open kitchen happen.
I had the local oysters as appetizer then the fish taco and the clam chowder as main dishes. All incredibly delicious!
Overall, this foodie trip to Dublin was one of the best and most successful food trips I’ve ever had. Not a single bad or meh dish. Even the sandwiches I bought at the Guinness museum and at the airport were delicious!
Note: Although every dish was delightful, the prices were not as much. Judging from the cheap flight and hotel prices, I assumed the food prices wouldn’t be too far off. Although, everything was completely worth it for the quality and quantity of every food.
Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities in the world to brunch. As an entertainment city, the Dutch capital is full of delicious restaurants, cafes and bakeries where you can try authentic sweets like stroopwafles (caramel syrup crunchy waffle) and other international desserts, covered in Nutella.
Note: Majority of the brunch cafés in Amsterdam are “first come first serve”, which means visitors can’t make reservations, so make sure to show up before you get hangry. Luckily the waiting doesn’t usually take long.
Get ready to drool over these brunch heaven spots that will sway you to go visit Amsterdam just for the food.
Address: Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54
First come first serve – Opening hours: 8:30AM to 4PM
Starting off with my ultimate favourite cafe in the city, this Kiwi and Brazilian infused place offers everything you could ever wish for a hungover brunch. Rather you are looking for a detox juice cure, healthy dishes or a plate full of carbohydrates to suck up everything from the previous night.
My go-to dishes are always one of the egg benedicts accompanied by a plate of pancakes to share and a fresh cup of Brazilian brew.
Address: Nieuwe Kerkstraat 84 First come first serve
Opening times: Tuesday – Friday 9AM to 5PM
Saturday – Sunday 10AM to 4PM
If you are opting for a less crowded place to brunch, Water and Brood is the destination. Located in the business area of the city, this minimalistic cafe is a great place to have a relaxing meal out. Everything about this place – the jazzy music, friendly staff and cosy decor create the perfect atmosphere.
With a shifting menu, this place serves different styles of egg dishes, truffled fries, waffles and chicken and many other heavenly dishes.
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 48
Opening times: Every day from 8AM to 8PM
Pancakes are one of the most popular breakfast and brunch dishes anywhere in the world, but it is also a beloved traditional Dutch dish.
There are numerous pancakes places but this particular cafe has both the classic and thin Dutch pancakes, plus the thick and fluffy American style with lots of side combinations.
Another reason to visit this place is for the interior decoration, with big Dutch windows where you can watch the canal in front and the blue and white Delftware design.
Note: This pancake house is located in several areas of the city but I usually eat at the same one in the city centre.
Address: Weesperstraat 105, 1018 VN
Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 8AM to 2PM
Not only does this place have delicious fresh pastries and healthy lunch buffet every day of the week, but they also have four delicious weekend brunch dishes for the weekend. If you are in the mood to go all out, there is also the all-you-can-eat breakfast spread which includes unlimited coffee and juice.
The restaurant is located inside the Zoku hotel’s rooftop where you can enjoy the charming city view at one of their multiple terraces decorated with comfy sofas and an incredible glass-garden.
Address: Vijzelstraat 26, 1017 HK
Opening hours: 12pm to 10:30PM
What better way to beat the weekend hangover than with an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet?
Their chain restaurants are always beautifully decorated with Japanese interior and sakura (cherry blossom) trees. Their menu includes a large variety of fresh warm and raw dishes.
This Japanese cuisine restaurant is another chain that I always go to when in Amsterdam. I actually crave for the days until I can eat all the amounts of sushi possible.
Amsterdam is a city with a large variety of cuisines and restaurants for every kind of mood. Here is a list of delicious and unique restaurants you must try when you are in the Dutch capital.
1. FOR THE MEAT LOVERS – CANNIBALE ROYALE
I tried this place for the first time last week and I instantly fell in love with it. The burgers are big, rich in ingredients and accompanied by equally delicious fries. This rustic restaurant is located in one of the small streets of the city centre- in an area not commonly visited by tourists but very popular amongst the locals.
Their pint cocktails to share are also excellent, especially the long island ice tea.
Address: Handboogstraat 17 A 1012
Opening: Sunday – Thursday 12.00 – 3.00
Friday – Saturday 12.00 – 4.00
2. SUSHI – Sumo
Sumo is one of my favourite places to have sushi outside of Japan.
Imagine a beautiful restaurant by a canal where you can have all the sushi and warm dishes you can possibly want. It’s truly heaven. As you wait for the food in between rounds, its impossible not to admire the decoration of red and sakura trees.
Above all, this is one of the few Japanese restaurants that I’ve been to with real Japanese green tea and just because of that, I absolutely love it.
Address: Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 17
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 12.00 – 22.30 Sunday 12.00 – 22.00 Reservations & prices
3. PICTURE PERFECT – MaMa Kelly
MaMa Kelly is every girly girl’s dream. The restaurant is entirely decorated in pink and gold which matches perfectly with their specialities of chicken and lobster.
This fabulous restaurant is a bit far from the city centre, but it is also close to the museum quarter, making it the perfect lunch or dinner spot after a day of museum hopping.
Address: Olympic Stadium 35, 1076
Opening times: Every day from 11.30 to 00.00
CLASSIC DUTCH – In De Waag
If you are looking for the full Dutch experience on a romantic trip, this 1488 restaurant is a great place for a date night.
Located at one of the main squares of the city in Nieuwmarkt, this beautiful and eye-catching castle is solely lit by 300 candles creating an intimate atmosphere amongst the guests. While they experience Dutch cuisine accompanied by a great selection of wines and Heineken beer.
Location: Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012
Opening times: Every day 9.00 – 22.30
5. ARGENTINIAN STEAKHOUSE – CAFÉ DE KLOS
For some interesting reason, Amsterdam is full of Argentinian restaurants but these steakhouses are not your usual ones. Many of them are specialised in ribs, so much so that you can get unlimited amounts of it! These juicy dishes are served with steamed vegetables, potatoes and the classic Dutch sauce, mayonnaise. The first set of ribs come naturally to your table and as you digest it, waiters walk around with mountains of even more ribs.
Address: Kerkstraat 41-43, 1017
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 16.00 to 23.30
BONUS: FEBO FOOD STAND
A trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a snack stop by a FEBO stand. Where you can grab your own burger or frikandel at any time of the day or night by simply adding a couple of coins to a slot on the wall, and grabbing your food. These stands are all over the city, so if you find yourself needing a late-night snack after a long night of clubbing, this is your place.
Stockholm cafés and restaurants are guaranteed high class meals but they are also high class prices. It is quite difficult to go to a fancy restaurant without burning a hole in your wallet. So make sure you are mentally ready to spend a lot and have a fabulous time.
Greta’s – Norrmalm | Hötorget 13-15 Haymarket Hotel
Located at the heart of the city, Greta’s is an adorable café inside the Haymarket hotel by Scandic. The hotel is a fabulous interpretation of the 1920s and the café embraces the afternoon tea glamour. It’s a great place for late brunch where you can get delicious toasts, pancakes, sweets and others. Including a splendid selection of coffees, juices, wines and champagnes. The vibe of the place is really relaxing with great music.
Loved for: Ladies afternoon tea
Site: Haymarket Greta’s Cafe
Opening hours: Monday 08:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday toThursday 08:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday 08:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
STHLM Bruch Club | Vasastan | Dalagatan 24
This adorable café does not disappoint its name. It serves every brunch lover’s dream; pancakes, waffles, toasts, burgers, bagels and açai dishes. They also offer breakfast plates like English breakfast with sausages, beans, eggs and toast. To top it off, the club also serves delicious drinks like milkshakes, fresh juices, teas and Sweden’s finest coffee brew, Johan and Nyström.
Since most things in life don’t come easily, be prepared to wait in line for about 20-30 mins. Since this café is quite small. But trust me, it is definitely worth the wait. This place is one of my favorite brunch places in the city and I usually don’t mind the line when I know I’ll get a delicious meal. Plus it’ll give you time to catch up with your friends without the distraction of the delicious food.
Known for: Crown donut milkshakes
Site: STHLM Brunch Club Cafe
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7.30 AM – 3.30 PM
Saturday & Sunday 8.30 AM – 4.00 PM
Mr. Cake – Östermalm | Rådmansgatan 12a
This modern café was created by Swedish chefs Roy Faris and Mattias Ljungberg. The sweet menu consists of velvet croissants, yogurt bowls, pancakes, huge Swedish cinnamon buns and endless types of cakes. For the salty menu, the cafe has delicious sandwiches, bagels, burgers. Each dish is more beautiful than the other. Picking one is extremely difficult so make sure to go there very hungry and with friends so you can order several dishes and many!
Known for: Velvet desserts, black burgers, and pancakes
Site: Mr. Cake Cafe
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7.30 AM – 6.00 PM
Saturday & Sunday 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Greasy Spoon | Södermalm & Vasastan | Tjärhovsgatan 19 & Hagagatan 4
A cozy café so loved that there are two of them in the city. It has a large variety of classic brunch dishes like pancakes, toasts and many types of eggs such as oven baked spicy BLTE eggs and eggs Benedict. As for a drink, Greasy Spoon has a large variety of drinks like freshly squeezed juices, coffees, teas, cocktails and other choices.
The staff is always very friendly and give great advice on what to order.
This place is also great for a fika during the week in the afternoon when its emptier, to share a pancake with your friends and a cup of coffee.
Known for: Eggs Benedict and Pancakes
Site: Greasy Spoon
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.00 AM – 4.00 PM
Saturday to Sunday 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Red Days 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Espresso House – Every neighbourhood in city
Last but definitely not least, Espresso House. The Starbucks of Sweden, and may I dare say, much MUCH better. You can find this café literally everywhere in the city and it is great for any time; breakfast, lunch, dinner, studying, coffee date, catching up with friends and even small meetings. Every café is decorated with book walls, plants and coffee posters. It has extremely comfortable chairs and sofas with reachable chargers and Wi-Fi. Every chain café that you go, no matter the size, will make you feel at home with guaranteed delicious food. The dishes are very casual like sandwiches, wraps, bagels, salads, small pastas and many others. For dessert and afternoon snack, you can get the traditional sweets like cupcakes and brownies but I would recommend trying the Swedish classics like cinnamon buns, mud cake, thin pancakes, chocolate ball and scones.
The café also has a collection of vegetarian deliciousness like muesli yogurts,
It has delicious coffee brews that vary every month.
Espresso house also has local affordable prices which makes a great place to be your to go café when in Sweden.
All of these places in this list are my favorites in town but Espresso house holds a special place in my foodie heart. Make sure to try my favorites:
The month’s special brew
Mocha Frappuccino with a shot of espresso
Organic Croissant with cheese and turkey
Toscan muffin with toffee truffle and banana
Known for: International brews, frappucinos and their traditional Swedish dishes.
Each E.H. has it’s own times and the common hours are:
Monday to Friday 9:30 AM – 11.00 PM
Saturday 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM
Sunday 11.00 AM – 6.00 PM
The concept of first come, first serve has been religiously kept by these lovely cafés so in some places it might require a longer waiting time than others. Make sure to go for a brunch with a free schedule so you don’t have to stress yourself and enjoy your meal. These places also serve brunch menu all day so I would recommend late lunches or afternoon tea.
When in Stockholm, I recommend ordering as much salmon as you can especially for brunch and lunch. The Swedish salmon is wild with an apricot-colour flesh that is much healthier than common salmon.
Kasai | Japanese Cuisine | Östermalm
Kasai is an incredible restaurant that serves traditional and modern Japanese dishes. They have the classic dishes like sushi, sashimi and makis but also warm dishes like tempura, wagyu and fillets in Japanese style.
It’s a great place for a delicious dinner and drinks at any day of the week, even if you have early work the next day, you can enjoy one of their many delicious mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails).
The staff and atmosphere is so lovely it will make you feel at home both at the restaurant and at their own night club, Ochaya. Which has an incredible eye-catching Harajuku style decoration with great rap and pop music.
During spring and summer, the courtyard is open for guests to dine amongst their beautiful red leaves garden and lovely flowers.
It is probably the most expensive suggestion in this list, but it is also the best Japanese restaurant in town.
Known for: Sushi and mocktails
Site: Kasai Restaurant
Opening hours: Tuesday – toThursday 11.30 – 3.00
17.00 – 12.00
Friday 11:30 – 3.00
17.00 – 2.00
Saturday 1.00 – 4.00
17.00 – 2.00
Lebanon Meza Lounge | Lebanese Cuisine | Östermalm
Lebanese food is already delicious, imagine a buffet with all the traditional meals is food heaven. This chic restaurant is decorated with Lebanese beauty, perfect to dine out with the family and friends. At night the restaurant becomes a la carte making it the perfect place for a date.
Known for: Hummus and Lamb dishes
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 11.00 – 00.00
Friday to Saturday 11.00 – 01.00
Brunch Saturday 12.00 – 16.00
Sunday 12.00 – 22.00
Supper | South American | Vasastan| Tegnérgatan 37
A beautiful restaurant with a great Latino vibe. The entrance corridor recreates the summery streets of South America. Inside the two dining rooms have their own style, one themed as a 1920s velvet diner and the other an inside-outside patio full of flowers and warm colours.
The food is also delicious and very difficult to choose due to their big variety of dishes. Luckily, the menu mainly consists of tapas so you can order several ones and share with loved ones. Here you can get meats, seafood and vegetarian dishes.
Known for: Tuna Tartar and Ceviche
Site: Supper Restaurant
Opening hours: Every day at 17.00 to late
Berns Asiatiska | Asian Cuisine |Östermalm
An insanely beautiful restaurant inside the extravagant Berns hotel. This restaurant was the first (and most beautiful) Chinese restaurant in Sweden that opened in the 1940’s. The restaurant is located in a legendary ball room with burgundy velvet armchairs and chandeliers. Giving real 40s vibes.
Today the quality of the dishes remains the same but it has expanded to flavours from all over Asia.
The restaurant also offers an incredible Easter buffet for lunch and dinner.
Make sure to also try their divine cocktails and worldwide wine selection.
Known for: Sushi and Dumplings
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6.30 AM – 1.00 AM
Saturday to Sunday 7.30 AM – 1.00 AM
Yuc Mexican | Mexican Cuisine | Vasastan
A delicious modern Mexican restaurant that turns into a trendy bar at night. The restaurant has all the delicious Mexican classics like tacos, taquitos, bocaditos and a variety of ceviche.
Make sure to save some space for their incredible desserts like chocolate fondue, dulce de leche ice cream cake and passion fruit suspiro. All delicious Mexican recipes.
This restaurant is also a great place to go for drinks. They offer classic and frozen margaritas but also their own cocktails like Michelada, a homemade salsa and tomato lime cocktail topped with a bottle of Corona beer! A must try drink. There’s also a delicious selection of mocktails for those who are alcohol free.
Known for: Sweet potato fries, ceviche and the Michelada cocktail
Sunday to Tuesday 5.00 PM – 11.00 PM
Wednesday to Thursday 5.00 AM – 12.00 AM
Friday to Saturday 5.00 AM – 1.00 AM
These amazing restaurants are always in high demand so make sure to book them at least one week before. If you are a large group of more than 4 people, I would also recommend making a reservation because Swedish restaurants aren’t usually prepared for a big group and have a special menu for the occasion.