Sweden has more varieties of bread than most other countries. Many of them are whole-grain or mixed grain, containing wheat, barley, oats, compact and rich in fiber. Some notable examples are tunnbrÃ¶d thin wrap bread, knÃ¤ckebrÃ¶d hard bread - might not be an interesting experience, but is nearly always available, and different kinds of seasoned loaves. Bread is mostly eaten as simple sandwiches, with thin slices of cheese or cold cuts. Some more exotic spreads are messmÃ¶r whey butter and leverpastej liver patÃ©.
LÃ¶sgodis" candy from boxes that you mix on your own, sold by weight, is one the most popular candy among this candyloving nation. A choice of chocolate, sours, sweet and salt liqorice are always offered.
Swedish cookies and pastries like bondkakor, hallongrottor, bullar or cakes like prinsesstÃ¥rta are widely popular. It used to be tradition to offer guest 7 different cookies when invited over for coffee. If you have a sweet tooth you should try chokladbollar, mazariner, biskvier, rulltÃ¥rta, lussebullar, the list goes on...
As in most of Europe, inexpensive pizza and kebab restaurants are ubiquitous in Swedish cities, and are also to be found in almost every small village. Note that the Swedish pizza is significantly different from Italian or American pizzas, American pizzas are usually sold as "pan pizza". Sushi and Thai food are also quite popular. The local hamburger chain Max (http://www.max.se) is recommended before McDonald's (http://www.mcdonalds.se) and Burger King (http://www.burgerking.com), for tasteful Scandinavian furnishing, clean restrooms, no trans fats and free coffee with meals. In parts of Norrland it is customary to eat hamburgers with fork and knife - available at Max. Another type of fast food establishment is the gatukÃ¶k "street kitchen", serving hamburgers, hot dogs, kebab and tunnbrÃ¶drulle se above.
Highway diners, vÃ¤gkrogar, have generous meals, but might be of poor quality, greasy and overpriced. If you have time, a downtown restaurant is preferable. Gas stations offer decent packed salads and sandwiches.
You can get a "cheap" lunch if you look for the signs with "Dagens rÃ¤tt" meal of the day. This normally costs about 50-120 SEK â¬5,50-â¬13,30 and almost everywhere includes a bottle of water; soft drink; or light beer, bread & butter, some salad and coffee afterwards. Dagens rÃ¤tt is served Monday to Friday.
The world famous furniture retailer IKEA has stores at the outskirts of 15 Swedish cities. These have cheap diners, which offer basic Swedish meals for as little as 40 SEK, and the store exit usually has a cafÃ© selling hot dogs for as little as 5 SEK. They hope that you spend some money on shopping too. Expect crowds at rainy weather.
If you're on a tight budget, self-catering is the safest way to save your money.
Vegetarian and vegan lifestyles are accepted in cities, less common in the countryside but you should be able to find a falafel in any medium-sized town.