Before we moved to Stockholm I tried to find out what grocery shopping would look like in Stockholm. That might seem strange but as I've said before I don't like change so the closer it is to what I'm used to the better I would feel about moving. I found a blog that did a post about grocery shopping and it was very helpful to read that grocery stores in Stockholm weren't that different from the United States.
|Mjölk (milk), yoghurt (yogurt), fil (soured milk), grädde (cream), keso (cottage cheese)|
I try to do my big grocery shopping trip on Sunday so Jake can help me carry it all home. We either go to ICA Maxi or if we are out on Sunday we stop by one of the bigger grocery stores that they typically have at the metro stops.
One of the nice things about living in a big city and using the public transportation is that they put things you need where most people visit aka metro stops, which makes sense. I haven't been to every metro stop but I'm going to guess that there is a grocery store at all of them. The bigger the stop, the more grocery stores and the bigger the grocery stores are at that stop. I usually buy my groceries on the way home after working out because that metro stop is big so it has a couple of stores to choose from. Of course I have found my favorite store so I usually always go to that one but sometimes some stores carry different things so I have to go to a couple on my way home.
When you walk in the grocery store one of the things you will notice first is your choice of carts and baskets. Most of the grocery stores just have small baskets that you carry or medium sized ones that roll. Only the big grocery stores have actual rolling carts like what most people typically use in the states. It took me a minute to realize why most stores don't have bigger carts. Any guesses? You have to carry home what you buy so typically if you can't carry it around in a basket on your arm you aren't going to make it home. I usually use one of the medium sized baskets with wheels to give my arms a break while I'm shopping since and I also like to put my backpack in it to give my back a rest as well.
Some of the bigger grocery stores have moving platforms to connect the floors because they have two levels and you can't take the stairs with a rolling basket or cart.
Once you are inside the grocery store it doesn't look much different than what you are used to in the States. It is clean, well organized and the food comes in boxes or packages and it isn't lying on the floor like what we saw in Beijing. Of course there are different brands and the words on the boxes are in Swedish so it takes you a little while to figure out what you need but it isn't impossible. At the beginning I thought grocery shopping would be a piece of cake because you can either see the product itself or a picture of the product so even if you don't know Swedish it shouldn't be a problem. That is kind of true. Most of the time we can figure out what we are buying by looking at the picture but we have purchased a couple of things only to realize later that it wasn't what we thought it was. One time when we went to buy milk they were out of the kind we usually get so we bought what we thought was another kind but it turns out it was sour milk. And then there was our first day in Stockholm when I almost started crying because we couldn't figure out what was butter versus margarine. Butter is smör in Swedish and there are still lots of choices after you figure that part out.
|Our favorite butter to use on toast is butter with sea salt, smör med havssalt. It is so good!|