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Spritmuseum is a liquor museum and restaurant located in the beautiful area of Djurgården in Stockholm. In true New Nordic style, you find mostly local and seasonal ingredients on the menu. Head chef Petter Nilsson has a background from the French restaurant scene, but the expression at Spritmuseum is definitely a modern Swedish cuisine. My guide to Stockholm has this place among the highlighted recommendations.
We arrived by the ferry from Gamla Stan and were welcomed by marching musicians, juggling clowns, and screaming people. To our relief, it was the entrance of the amusement park Gröna Lund and not our final destination. On the way to Spritmuseum, we passed by cherry trees in full blossom and realized that Sakura exists in Stockholm too. Charlotte and Tom awaited us at the pier, where Spritmuseum lies charmingly alongside the waterfront. We were offered a seat outside in Ölbryggan, but we decided to get a break from the sun.
Obviously, when you dine at a liquor museum you are offered spirits as an aperitif. I happily accepted one of the house cocktails, while my friends were more reasonable and ordered juice to go with a Sunday lunch. Both the cocktail and juice were refreshing options; neither too sweet nor sour. The menu at Spritmuseum was packed with classic Swedish ingredients: Pike perch, herring, and codfish. On the green side, the potato was heavily represented, of course, along with beetroot, leeks, and asparagus.
The lunch at Spritmuseum is a hearty meal, beautifully presented on ceramic plates in a delicately decorated dining room. On this particular day, both the sommelier and restaurant manager Erika Lindström, and head chef Petter Nilsson were away. However, we were taken exceptionally well care of by our waiter at the front of house and the sous chef in the kitchen. Next time I want to experience the dinner menu at Spritmuseum, which is an extended tasting menu with smaller dishes and even more delicious Swedish flavors.
To get to Spritmuseum you can either take the ferry we took or the tram, depending on your starting point. You can also just walk along Strandvägen if the weather is good. On your way, you’ll pass the Nordic museum and Vasamuseet – Scandinavia’s most visited museum. With Gröna Lund at the other end, the museum jokes that it’s located right in between a shipwreck and a rollercoaster.
Spritmuseum used to be a traditional and boring museum with hardly any visitors. Now, it’s become a museum which celebrates Swedish people and their relationship with alcohol. The museum hosts three different exhibitions, whereof two are permanent and one is exchangeable. The main exhibition Spritlandet Sverige invites you to smell the ingredients, taste the flavors, watch the production process and listen to the drinking songs for a complete history of spirits in Sweden. Don’t miss the famous Absolut Art Collection with interpretations of the iconic Absolut Vodka bottle by many renowned artists from all around the world.
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