What tastes are waiting for you in Uppsala?


See what delicious meals are in store for you when in Uppsala with this interview with Radisson Blu Hotel, Uppsala’s head chef, Alex Holder.

Not all evenings in Uppsala are made alike, so when heading out for a meal, be sure to choose a place using fresh, local produce. The regions around Uppsala are packed full of quality ingredients and many restaurants incorporate them, including the in house restaurant at Radisson Blu, Picnic. We had a chat with their head chef to learn a bit more about what makes Swedish food so delicious.

Allow us introduce you to the Chef at Picnic.

Adding a little international flavor to the team at Radisson Blu Hotel, Uppsala is Alex Holder, a food fanatic with an eye for desserts. He is on a mission to make tastes that surprise and entice, welcoming you into Picnic to take a bite.

“I am an Englishman in Sweden and am enjoying learning about the food culture in Scandinavia. I love using ingredients in their simplest form and matching flavors that complement each other.”

Can you tell us about Uppland produce?



“Uppland has many small scale local farms. Skogsbackens farm produces great quality cheeses and Löfstagård has brilliant lamb products.”


We all love to tuck into fresh ingredients when eating out, and Sweden’s Uppland region is packed full with flavorsome delights. Alex tells us that his restaurant “always tries to source [their] produce from local suppliers and work closely with the community to take advantage of what is on offer throughout the seasons.” Right now, root vegetables, red cabbage and cavolo nero are favorites. He recommends you look out for the dish Wallenbergare when in Uppsala. It is a hearty meal of minced veal, mashed potatoes, cream, eggs, pickled berries and peas.

Can you pick us out that perfect 3-course from your menu?


© Radisson Blu Hotel Uppsala/Picnic

“I would pick the Laisdalen Swedish course. It really showcases the Swedish autumn, and uses produce that is at its prime. The Swedish venison rolled in burnt leek with pickled red cabbage has an earthy flavor but uses the Swedish picketing technique. I also really enjoy the wild mushrooms and cumin cheese pie, where both ingredients come from the northern part of the country. For dessert, I would probably have one of each due to my sweet tooth.”

Want more ways to Feelgood this Friday?

Radisson Blu Uppsala bar entrance and Feel good Friday beer in Sweden

© Radisson Blu Hotel Uppsala/Picnic

After an unforgettable meal, why not wrap up the week with a little music. Feelgood Fridays is a concept the hotel adopted to make sure its guests could unwind. Dj’s are invited to BLU Bar to spin tunes that help kick off your weekend, and you are guaranteed an atmosphere to get you going. Drinks are served from 17:00 and the general public are also welcome. Check out their Facebook page for videos and posts about their Feelgood Fridays and be sure to taste their branded beer while you are at it.

You are guaranteed an excellent evening with a meal at Picnic and a drink or two at BLU Bar. Join the crowd at Feelgood Fridays and then set off to discover the city’s nightlife. Once it is time to call it a night, end your evening in style and comfort right back where you started at the hotel.

Tell us what you think