Who are the most dedicated, passionate, and influential food bloggers that write about restaurants in Scandinavia? I’ve asked this question to a select group of foodies, chefs, and restaurateurs in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. It turns out there are very few names that come up – and even less that are top-of-mind. As soon as you add some minimum criteria, it becomes increasingly difficult to even make a top 10 list. I’ve previously listed 15 foodies you have to follow on Instagram, but those were a mix of nationalities from all over the world.
Thus, I gave up the idea of listing the top restaurant bloggers from Scandinavia – there simply aren’t that many with that specific focus. Instead, I’ve decided to make a list of the best food bloggers that I personally enjoy following. Perhaps, some are primarily recipe-bloggers, while others are more Instagrammers than bloggers, but there is no doubt that they are all true foodies in their hearts. One of the most obvious criteria for making it to this list is that the blogger has to live in Scandinavia and post at least occasionally from Scandinavian restaurants. I believe I have managed to put together a good selection of some of the most prominent food writers, photographers, and videographers out there. While not everyone writes in English on their blogs, many still have international Instagram accounts – and you can definitely follow them for delectable-looking food! The list is unrated, by the way, all placements below are random.
PS: I’m not on the list myself, but you are following my different channels, right? If not, make sure to add me here:
… and if you enjoy my posts, you’re gonna love the photos from my girlfriend and travel partner as well.
1. Rasmus Palsgård from Copenhagen, Denmark
I like to think of Rasmus as my Danish clone, or brother from another mother. There are many similarities in our style of blogging, and certainly our taste in restaurants, but I’ll admit it right away: Rasmus is a better writer than me. If you understand Danish, his articles are pure joy to read. Head over to Feinschmeckeren‘s world to find out yourself. Make sure to follow him on Instagram for the best eats in Copenhagen and occasionally around the world. Also, don’t miss out on his video project Passion Plated, where he takes you on the inside of some wonderful restaurants and talk with the chefs and owners.
2. Tove Henckel from Stockholm, Sweden
Tove Henckel is the Editor in Chief at the Swedish food magazine Gourmet. She also writes about food both on her blog On My Table and Instagram. In addition, she hosts one of my favorite Scandinavian food-related podcasts, Eat Drink Think Travel, together with her friend Daniella Illerbrand. Usually, one or several top chefs in Stockholm are guests in each episode, and they touch on highly relevant topics. My favorite episodes are the ones with Stefan Ekengren from restaurant Hantverket and Tom Sjöstedt from Lilla Ego, as well as some older episodes with Joakim Almqvist from Punk Royale. I admire Tove, in particular, because she comes from the old world of printed media, but has embraced the more modern social media and even digital broadcasting to the fullest.
3. Helle Valebrokk from Oslo, Norway
There are many food bloggers in Norway, but Helle is in a category of her own. She’s the tattooed, globe-trotting, rock ‘n’ roller in a world dominated by traditional grandmother-style home cooks and pink cupcake lovers. Welcome inside Hell(e)’s Kitchen – where you’ll get a cocktail recommendation to go with that flame-grilled duck. While Mrs. Valebrokk publishes more far more recipes than restaurant reviews, it’s always an interesting read when she writes the latter. If you are headed either to Helle’s neighborhood area, Frogner in Oslo, or her favorite international travel destination, Barcelona, you have to stop by Helles Kitchen for some recommendations first.
4. Gastromand from Jutland, Denmark
There is not only one Gastro-man(d), nor two or three, but rather four Gastromend! As far as I have understood, they more or less all live somewhere on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark – and they each have one superpower (being a well-traveled foodie is good enough to count as a superpower). Together, they run Danmark’s largest food community – for and by men. I see through their chest-beating, gorilla-like, display of masculinity, though. They love flowers on their food as much as the next guy. But seriously, go follow them for mouthwatering recipes, exciting travels, and top restaurant visits.
5. Rebecca Brage from Stockholm, Sweden
Rebecca has the largest Swedish foodie account on Instagram, to my knowledge – Stockholm Food. Her updates are a glorious mix of healthy salads, smoothies and avocado toats, hearty brunches and lunches, and unhealthy desserts and fast food. I like to follow her on Instagram, where she is most active, to see what’s happening in the Stockholm dining scene.
6. Lars Fredriksen from Skien, Norway
Lars Fredriksen, aka Lars Spiser (Lars eats), is a bearded man with a big heart. He is a father and a foodie, a runner and an eater, a home chef and a food writer, photographer, holy man, and a damn fine singer. I shit you not, he was Norway’s big hope in the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest! I love to follow Lars on Instagram, to see his stunning photos of food as well as the occasional majestic scenery.
7. Johan Hedberg from Uppsala, Sweden
Johan Hedberg, better known as Matgeek (food geek), is Sweden’s undoubtedly most watched food blogger with a YouTube channel that just hit 200.000 subscribers. All-in-all, his videos have been seen more than 52 million times! I envy Johan for his constantly high energy level, his natural way of talking to the camera, and his winning charm. His food channel features a good mix of Johan cooking up his favorite recipes, recommendations of various gear and products, visits to selected producers and factories, travel guides, and restaurant recommendations.
8. Linn Johnsen from Oslo, Norway
Linn is probably going to laugh when she sees herself on this list because she hardly considers herself a blogger, nonetheless a food blogger – but she is. Although wine is definitely her expertise, Linn often reports from some of the best restaurants around the world. Check out her wine blog Vinstudinen (the wine student) for great guides to the best wine bars in both Paris and London, where you can eat some truly amazing food as well.
9. Maj-Britt Aagaard from Oslo, Norway
I never quite understood if I, as a reader, am part of Spiselandslaget (the national eating team) and Maj-Britt is the head coach. In either case, I definitely feel like I’m part of it! Her blog is mainly focused on recipes, but together with her husband Mathias, which is a highly skilled film-maker, she also runs the online magazine Armand & Aagaard. Here, you can watch their beautiful, dreamy, artsy travel and restaurant features. I find some inspiration for my own video production every time (update: their online magazine has since been discontinued).
10. Niki Jennische from Stockholm, Sweden
Niki Jennische is the man behind Stockholm Food Stories – one of the very few restaurant bloggers that I have come across in Sweden. He covers some of the best restaurants in the Swedish capital, capturing the highlights on his Instagram, and writing longer recommendations on his blog. Stockholm Food Stories is actually part of the blog network Finest Food Stories, run by a Swedish expat in Berlin, Per Meurling, whose main blog is called Berlin Food Stories.
I’m not gonna pretend that I know all Scandinavian food bloggers, so if you have any other good recommendations, please leave a comment below!