People often struggle to make the step to going vegan. Here is some advice which I can give based on my personal experiences. 1. Encourage the people around you to join you on your journey. For example, if you convince your parents to join you using all the facts presented on my 'Why Go Vegan?' page, it will be easier to make dinner and do groceries. You can all help and encourage each other. If not your parents, then convince your friends! It will make going out for lunch or dinner easier if there are other vegans with you. 2. Take it one step at a time. You can start off by first going vegetarian, and then slowly ease out of eating dairy and eggs. Or you can take a different approach by first cutting out certain meats such as fish or chicken, which feel the most pain. Find out which approach works best for you. 3. Don't give up if you make a mistake. It's okay to mess up every once in a while, don't be too harsh on yourself. You are already helping the environment a lot more than the people around you. Just make sure to keep going and stay determined! 4. When going out to eat, check the menu of the restaurant before you go so that you can see if there are any vegan options. You can always call the restaurant to see if they have any options that you can customise to be vegan. 5. When ordering coffee, almost all places nowadays will have soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk to go in your coffee, making it a lot easier. Otherwise, you can always order black coffee, which normally doesn't contain any calories. You will get better at it along the way. It's a journey to improve the world and improve your health. Don't be embarrassed of being vegan, be proud of it! Good luck :)
Nowadays, all supermarkets sell non-dairy milk such as oat milk, soy milk, or almond milk. Therefore, it makes it very easy to go dairy free. The same goes for yoghurt and cheese, however vegan cheese can be harder to find in Sweden. Some supermarkets sell it, but if you can't find it, Goodstore (mentioned in the Store section of my Find Restaurants page) on Södermalm always sells a large assortment of it. Vegan meat alternatives can always be found in the freezer sections of supermarkets such as Coop or Ica. Many brands such as Ben & Jerry's have recently developed vegan options as well, and McDonalds now offers a McVegan on the menu, which tastes amazing. Being vegan is not difficult at all in a big city such as Stockholm, with a large variety of alternatives.
The island Södermalm, just on the other side of the bridge from Gamla Stan, is filled with vegan restaurants. This area has many vegans due to the 'hipster' vibe. In SoFo, on the east of the island, there is a huge cluster of vegan restaurants. One of my personal favorites is Chutney, which is a completely vegan restaurant with a very vibrant atmosphere and many gluten free options as well. It is just across the street from Bistro Banana's which I have reviewed on the 'Find Restaurants' page. In this same area you will also find Greasy Spoon and Pom & Flora, which are excellent brunch places with vegan options. When walking around SoFo you will run into many mediterranean restaurants that have amazing vegan falafel and hummus options on the menu, and many Thai places that serve vegan options as well. SoFo is the best place to be as a vegan in Stockholm, because you will stumble upon many other vegans, and many vegan restaurants.