Café Culture

One of our favorite things (if not, the favorite thing) about traveling, is tasting new foods. And when in Scandinavia and Europe, there is no better place to start than the local cafés.

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From the moment we get on the plane to head overseas, my mouth begins watering as I start to think of all the wonderful pastries we will get our hands on. It’s not that we don’t have bakeries back in the States, we do. I think what makes European cafés special is that their products, whether they are drinks, pastries or salads, are created as a work of art.

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We usually go for the sweeter pastries when we visit a café, however we will occasionally get lunch. They are equally as mouth-watering, however, the translation sometimes makes the dish sound off-putting. For instance, “pie” back in the States means a dessert made out of some kind of fruit, but today for lunch we had a slice of broccoli and blue cheese pie, and salmon and spinach pie. To most Americans that sounds disagreeable because it conjures up an image of a sweet sugary crust filled with vegetables and fish. But, it was anything but disagreeable! In fact, it was so good that we didn’t utter a word to one another throughout the entire meal because we were too busy scraping the crumbs off of our plates!

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To make things even better, not only are the foods excellent, but there are hundreds of cafés lining the streets. Hundreds. After walking around Stockholm for 24 hours, I can confidently say that this city is mainly made up of H&M clothing stores, 7-11’s (strangely enough), old historical buildings and cafés. Which is fine by us, because after wandering the streets and exploring the museums who wouldn’t want to stop in and have a delicious bite to eat?

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