August 5, 2018

Restaurant Fjäderholmarnas Krog

Entrance to the restaurant
Fjäderholmarnas Krog is one of my favorite summer restaurants (and at Christmas too, but more on that later). Located on an island at the entrance to Stockholm harbor, the restaurant has an idyllic waterfront setting where you can enjoy late, summer evenings, or sunny days, and watch all of the boats pass by on their way in and out of Stockholm. The island itself is worth a visit as well with café, brewery, handicraft shops and picnic opportunities. Many Stockholmers go to the island to sunbathe and swim on warm summer days. Visiting the island is a good way of getting a feel of the Stockholm Archipelago without having to travel too far!
Arriving to the island
As it is on an island, you have to take a boat to get there. In my opinion, this is half the fun of eating at the restaurant. The boat trip only takes 25 minutes and the boats depart regularly. You have the choice of taking boats from the downtown area with the Strömma company or from Gamla Stan with Fjäderholmslinjen (the second option is better for Hotel Rival guests- just a 15 minute walk away). The boats take you through Stockholm harbor and past Djurgården and Nacka Strand... very picturesque.
This is a great way to eat at an archipelago restaurant without having to travel hours to get there. The restaurant serves Swedish cuisine with lots of fish and shellfish, though they do have vegetarian and meat dishes as well. When I was there last week, we had caviar (Swedish löjrom, salmon roe and arenkha caviar) and oysters for appetizers, then the seafood stew with aioli and the deep fried goat cheese salad for ther main course. It was all really delicious. We sat outside and it was a balmy evening.
Dinner and a show, you never know what type of boat will pass by
Whenever I visit this restaurant, I always try and time the boats so that we can spend some extra time on the island either before or after dinner. It is nice just to walk around the island and enjoy the views. Perhaps a Swedish craft beer at the brewery? Maybe a visit at the glass blowers or pick up some homemade chocolates? Or just a leisurely walk in the forest? The island isn't big so you can easily walk around the whole island in about 20 minutes. Keep in mind that some of the shops are only open during daytime hours.
During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, many restaurants in Sweden serve a traditional holiday smorgasbord called "julbord". Fjäderholmarnas Krog does have one of Stockholm's best julbords and is very popular... so if you are visiting the city then, try their julbord! It is especially nice if there is some snow which makes the boat trip extra special. The restaurant is only open during the summer months and these weeks before Christmas.
The restaurant during the Christmas season
As I mentioned, there is a great brewery & pub on the island which makes its own craft beer (served at the restaurant) and you can book beer tastings. Speaking of which, you do have the opportunity of tasting Swedish whiskey (Mackmyra) at the restaurant. You can book brewery or whiskey tasting packages through the restaurant. Fjäderholmarnas Krog is a popular restaurant so you should try and book your table in advance... either on their website or, if you are staying at the Hotel Rival, you can contact me directly for help. For the boats departing from Gamla Stan, you buy your round trip tickets on the boat. The boats departing from the downtown area can be prebooked. You can click here to see a collection of other restaurants I have visited and written articles about.
Boarding the boat in Gamla Stan
Leaving Stockholm
Passing Djurgården and...
...and Nacka Strand. 









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