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Scan Magazine | Culinary Feature | Gyldene Freden
Gyldene Freden – Swedish cooking tradition since 1722 For people looking to dive into Swedish cuisine at its finest, it doesn’t get any better than Gyldene Freden. Situated in the middle of Gamla Stan in Stockholm, this historyrich culinary institution will not let you down with their skilled staff and eye for delicious detail. Mouth-watering Swedish tradition like nowhere else. Go on, have a try. We promise you won’t be sorry. By Astrid Eriksson | Photos: Gyldene Freden
In a rustic cellar, right in the heart of Stockholm’s oldest districts, lies Gyldene Freden – a restaurant of ancient lineage dating all the way back to 1722. Since it’s opening almost 300 years ago it has been a popular hotspot for Sweden’s cultural elite with regulars such as Carl Michael Bellman, Evert Taube and Cornelis Vreeswijk, just to mention a few. “The history of Gyldene Freden is lodged in the walls of the restaurant,” says Linus Moström, restaurant manager. “This cellar has never been anything but what it is today,
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and that tradition brings a certain atmosphere to the place.” A restaurant out of the ordinary However the 300 years have not been without complications. In the early 1900s the beloved restaurant faced the threat of withdrawn licenses as well as demolition plans for the building. The owner at the time was about to sell ‘Freden’, as the restaurant is called among the locals, and regulars started to say their heartfelt goodbyes to their favourite venue. However, the famous painter Andres Zorn, who was one among
the restaurant’s many high profile patrons decided to buy and take over the entire property. Over three years, Gyldene Freden underwent massive renovations and was re-opened in 1922. Sadly, Zorn died before the re-opening, but according to his wishes and visions the renovations kept faithful to the 1700s tradition. “Freden is a restaurant a bit out of the ordinary,” Moström says. “We offer a fine dining experience without being pretentious and bombastic. The food we serve is based on the Nordic culinary tradition, made from Swedish ingredients. We never rush our food. In order to do the produce justice we let the food take its time on the stove, oven or however it’s cooked.” Scandinavian home cooking tradition Gyldene Freden sports a menu based on the Swedish home cooking tradition, something they have stayed true to from the very
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