Years ago, the renowned Swedish Chef Magnus Ek and his wife Agneta Green left the remote island of Oaxen for Stockholm. Today, a visit to Oaxen Krog & Slip in Stockholm, combined with an overnight stay on board De Prince Van Orangiën, is a must for lovers of Scandinavian cuisine.
Situated on the water front at the former shipyard on the island of Djurgården, Oaxen Krog is the jewel of the Oaxen trilogy. Stripped of superfluous detail or finery, the restaurant is all about food, diners and creativity. Oaxen Slip, next to an old slipway, is a perfect example of a Nordic bistro. Large windows let in plenty of light, model boats hang from the ceiling, and there is plenty of fresh fish on the menu.
The hotel-ship Prince Van Orangiën, built in the Netherlands in 1935, was once its owner’s home and office.
Both restaurants Oaxen Krog & Slip used to be part of the shipyard. To reach Oaxen Krog, you proceed through Oaxen Slip and pass by Chef Magnus Ek’s open kitchen. The two restaurants have received many awards, not only for their cuisine but also for their design.
Oaxen Krog is the gourmet restaurant offering Nordic cuisine at its best. Magnus Ek creates ingenious dishes with plenty of drama, naturally prepared with home grown herbs and prime Scandinavian produce. The restaurant’s interior is tranquil and sophisticated; the wooden tables handcrafted by shipwrights, designer chairs from the 1950s, wood and leather, and views of the kitchen mirroring the same atmosphere. The wine list excels in wines from small organic producers.
In Oaxen Slip you can’t help but marvel at the many old boats in vibrant colours which, suspended from the ceiling, seem to float through the air. The vintage interior offers Danish barstools from the 1920s, industrial lamps from the 1950s, old Swedish school desks and sturdy theatre chairs. The motto here is sharing the dishes. Together with your fellow guest(s) you decide on your dishes, which subsequently can be shared with the whole table. Innovative, hearty fare with of course a great variety of seafood dishes.
In summer and on sunny days, Oaxen Slip’s terrace is one of the most popular in Stockholm. Sit down overlooking the water and enjoy a good glass of wine and the acclaimed Scandinavian cuisine.
The city of Stockholm covers 14 islands, its archipelago more than 30,000 islands. Step out of Oaxen Krog and find some of the city’s most popular attractions nearby. One of them is Folk Park and zoo “Skansen”, erected in the 19th century to represent life in Sweden in bygone years. You certainly can’t overlook the enormous ABBA effigy at the ABBA Museum. In the old town (Gamla Stan) you will find the Royal Palace and many splendid Gothic churches as well as a variety of designer boutiques. In Stockholm you have to get out on the water. A sightseeing tour by boat to discover the many islands of the Stockholm Archipelago is an absolute must.