Friday, 25 April 2014


Only in the Södermalm area of the stylish Swedish capital will you find a supermarket that you won’t want to leave. The Swedes know how to make you salivate even before you’re tempted to try the variety of tasters that ease into view. Organic grocery shopping at it’s finest and hippest: enter The Urban Deli. The relaxed vibe of the carefree crowd that spill onto the streets is only a teasing dip into the feel-good atmosphere of the concrete and steel hangout, where a bar, café and food hall become one.

The wait for a table wont seem long enough to allow your eyes to feast across the fresh sourdough bread that sit in the windows, luring in the latest flock of SoFo coolness. After a copious amount of people watching, the laid- back Scandi blonde calls your name off the rolled list, seating you under the hanging exposed bulbs. That is unless you haven’t already grabbed a seat at the bar and started up a conversation over a selection of deli plates.
There’s art on every wall and seemingly, every man: its as if tattoo is an entry requirement. And with rolled up trousers exposing pastel socks under every table, this spot is a true hipster haven. Order some chicken wings and homemade chutney, with a parmesan salad and help yourself to the salt-crusted hand cut chips. A fresh ginger and carrot juice on the side is recommended, just so you really fit the scene. 
Once you’ve exhausted your appetite and crowd watching capabilities (not that it’s possible), the Nytorget square seeps you further into the Södermalm culture, carelessly enjoying the afternoon sun.

Grandpa is a no brainer if you do nothing else with your day. Selling quirky drinking jars to Rock&Roll ‘Suicide’ face scrub, nothing in this store is ordinary. The now familiar relaxed vibe of the area inspires the homely interior, providing the background for the various stocked Swedish labels that provide you with everything from homeware to gadgets for the easy, local lifestyle. Well and truly within the arty kids playground you might be lucky enough to stumble into a pop-up gallery across the street, showcasing the latest doodles of the creative culture. And it would be rude to not indulge in the caramel sensations of Parlans Konfektyr, where you can watch the various bubbling pots create the artisanal sweets, boasting the traditional craftsmanship of a Swedish delicacy.

Everything about this place seems effortless: you’ll leave with a smile on your face, but it won’t be long before the ache to return sets in and you’ll find yourself slipping back into the skulk of the Södermalm crowd.

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