Strömkajen, the quay in front of the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm, underwent an extensive renovation during the winter and spring, and one new addition is the hotel’s newly opened café. Passersby can enjoy a cup of coffee or take away a summery salad, with the beautiful view of the Royal Palace as an added bonus.
The entire quay outside the Grand Hôtel’s main entrance, Strömkajen, has been given a major facelift. Improvements include new buildings and a new pavement in granite, laid and extended two meters closer to the water. Another new addition is the Grand Café Strömkajen, offering freshly brewed coffee, delicious sandwiches and salads, as well as desserts and pastries, all from the Grand Hôtel’s own kitchen and patisserie.
“Our new café is the perfect choice for people who are looking for a bite to eat on the run. Or why not buy a take away picnic and enjoy it on Skeppsholmen – the neighbouring island to the left just over the bridge. Naturally, the food is of the same high quality that the Grand Hôtel is renowned for,” said Maria Maruska, Director of Food and Beverage at the Grand Hôtel.
The menu includes:
* Croissants with condiments
* Pita pocket shrimp sandwiches
* Rye raisin rolls with turkey
* Smoked salmon salads with wheat berries
* A selection of bakery items such as cardamom buns, Danish pastries and brownies.
* Hot and cold drinks such as the Grand Hôtel’s very own tea blend, drip coffee, espresso and ecological juices.
Grand Café Strömkajen accommodates 44 sitting guests and is open every day of the week between 8am and 6pm during the summer season. The interior décor, like the packaging, is done in a lovely palette of pastels such as mint green, pale pink and sky blue. The architecture and interior was designed by Marge Arkitekter, which, in collaboration with The Ports of Stockholm, is responsible for the Strömkajen development process.
“Strömkajen was built at the end of the 1800s and was badly in need of renovation, in particular due to changes in the elevation of the land, which has risen approximately half a metre since then. Our focus has been on improving services for the commercial boat traffic to the archipelago and the 1.5 million ferry passengers who use the services every year. Strömkajen now offers greater added value for visitors in the form of the new café, kiosk, more seating and new ferry terminals,” said Irene Lindbäck, project manager at The Ports of Stockholm.
Rich in history and tradition, Grand Hôtel Stockholm dates back more than 140 years and occupies a prime position on the city’s waterfront next to the National Museum and opposite the Royal Palace and Old Town. The Parliament buildings and Royal Opera House are within view, the best shopping district is less than minutes away and the departure point for boats to the archipelago is situated just 25-metres from the hotel.