Entrance to market on the street Katarina Bangata.
One good way to get a feel for a city and people is to visit a local market. Here you can experience the local sights, sounds, tastes and maybe even get a unique souvenir to take home with you. Today, during my lunch break, I took a walk with a friend and visited the popular Farmers' Market ("Bondens Egen Marknad"). You probably already know the concept of a farmers' market, but just in case... these are markets where local farmers bring their produce to town to sell directly to the public. The produce is often ecologically friendly and grown in the surrounding area.
Some of the produce sold...
Besides things like fresh vegetables, fruits and berries (hard to take home with you as a tourist), you will also find jams, jellies, honey, sausages, flowers and fresh bread. There are several vendors also selling lunch... I saw one lady making salmon crepes. A couple of popular food trucks are parked nearby as well. But even if you are not hungry or looking to purchase items, it is nice to just stroll and soak up the atmosphere.
The mushroom table!
This particular farmers' market is located in the nearby Sofo neighborhood, just a 15 minute walk from the Rival Hotel. The autumn market is open between 10am and 3pm, every Saturday in August, & September and the first three Saturdays in October. Looking for food markets on other days? Don't miss one of Stockholm's great indoor food markets!