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Ethnic restaurants in Stockholm: a sampler

Looking for some exotic tastes during your trip to the Swedish capital? Contributor Emy Gelb serves up a selection of ethnic restaurants in Stockholm that will be sure to tickle your taste buds.

Ethnic restaurants in Stockholm: a sampler

Every now and then herring and potatoes gets old. While often delicious, the simplicity of Swedish foods sometimes gets you craving a bit of spice.

Luckily, waves of immigrants and curious travelers have brought a variety of exotic tastes back to Stockholm.

If you are in the mood for a tasty treat, check some of these delightful ethnic restaurants.

Shanti is a bohemian gem located in the heart of Söder, and is one of Stockholm’s best Indian restaurants. Warm service, elaborate décor, and homemade ingredients make Shanti an excellent place for an Indian meal.

There are a wide variety of delicious choices, ranging from extra mild to hot and spicy. Plus, there is a large selection of vegetarian options, packed with fresh vegetables and authentic spices.

For a closer look, check out the Shanti website.

Several Stockholm locals have told me that Akki Sushi is the only place where they will eat sushi. This tiny take away restaurant, located just steps away from Medborgarplatsen, is a favorite.

Fresh fish, reasonable prices, and fast service are what make this restaurant stand out from the classic, overly trendy sushi spots around town. This restaurant is a must for sushi lovers.

For more information, visit: Akki Sushi.

Long time Stockholm establishment Bern’s recently opened a Singaporean inspired street food restaurant on their terrace. Dishes range from pike wrapped in banana leaves to BBQ baby back ribs covered in plum sauce.

Paper lanterns, refreshing cocktails, and world class DJs add to the posh atmosphere. The terrace will stay open for the summer, but once the weather cools down, Bern’s Asian is another delightful alternative.

For more information, check out the Bern’s website.

Sa’hara Söder is solid Lebanese restaurant with super friendly service. The meze platters are huge but each plate that arrives at the table is unique, fresh, and tasty.

The desserts are especially delightful; the pistachio baklavas are the best I have tried. An extra plus, on Mondays and Tuesdays there are two for one deals.

For more information check out the Sa’hara Söder website.

Sabai-Soong is a kitschy, colourful Thai restaurant in the heart of Östermalm. Palm trees, twinkle lights, and authentic décor make stepping into this restaurant feel like arriving on a beach in Thailand.

The food is pretty straightforward, but good. It is the atmosphere that makes this place feel like a true vacation.

For more information, go to the Sabai-Soong website.

This is of course just a small selection of what Stockholm’s multicultural restaurant scene has to offer, so feel free to list your own favourite eating establishments below.

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SPORT

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

The ATP Stockholm Open hits the Swedish capital on Saturday with international players vying for a piece of the €530,000 ($718,000) pie. Will it be a local Swede who takes out this year's title? The Local chats to the tournament organizer to find out more.

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

“All the sponsors, players and organizers are getting ready, I’m really excited,” tournament spokesman Christian Ahlqvist told The Local over the phone, with the sound of tennis balls thwacking around in the background.

Held inside Stockholm’s Royal Tennis Hall, the tournament has been played every year since 1969, attracting some of the biggest tennis names in Sweden and the world.

“All the big Swedish players have played in the Stockholm Open, Björn Borg, Mats Wilander. Former world number one Roger Federer won the title in 2010. We’ve had some really great players, its always been one of the tournaments to play in,” explained Ahlqvist.

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Headlining this year’s contingent is Spanish world number four David Ferrer who is tipped to take home the trophy.

“Ferrer is coming from Shanghai, he’s a great player and he’s always performed very well here,” said Ahlqvist.

But if you thought it was a one horse race, think again. Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Polish giant Jerzy Janowicz (who is over two metres tall), both 22, are two young players looking to challenge Ferrer and show the tennis world that they belong at the top.

However the odds are against Sweden netting the championship. World number 444 Markus Eriksson is the only confirmed Swedish player so far, although more may find their way through in Friday’s final qualifications. But statistically, the odds aren’t historically in the Swedes’ favour, with the last winner, Thomas Johansson, in 2004.

A strong Swedish presence in the singles may be lacking, but the Swedish men are expected to do better in the doubles.

“Jonas Björkman is making a comeback in the doubles with one of the best doubles players in the world, Robert Lindstedt. So that will be interesting to see,” said Ahlqvist.

As for a tip for the winner, Ahlqvist likes world number 41 Jarkko Nieminen from Finland.

“Jarko is someone who’s been a bit on and off the court with injuries. He’s played here so many times before, he’s almost a Swede. Everyone would love to see him win one.”

Saturday marks the opening ceremony for the Open, which will be held on centre court and is free for everyone. The tournament begins on the same day, with the final scheduled for Sunday the 19th.

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