The Swedes know how to do a buffet. Smörgåsbord literally means sandwich table. But what I had at the Veranda in the Grand Hotel on a sunny, but cold, Stockholm day was way beyond this. I was traveling with a friend on this trip, and we definitely wanted to have a proper Swedish meal here. Sidenote: We couldn’t afford to stay in the hotel but figured we could treat ourselves to one superb meal while on Easter holiday break from our PhD studies. Splurging a bit on a nice meal while traveling is an excellent way to indulge without spending a fortune. As I learned, the best way to savor a Swedish Smörgåsbord is to show up early and follow the rules.
Now, join me as I experience a traditional smörgåsbord at the Veranda! Let’s set the scene, shall we?
I spotted the Grand Hotel in the distance, the flags on its roof drawing our attention to its stately exterior.
Upon arriving, I realized that I was in for a truly unique and enjoyable meal.
From the elegant front doors…
to the luxurious entrance of the hotel….
this was indeed a tranquil and refined atmosphere, perfect for whiling away the time with an unforgettable meal.