magical butter at Fäviken Magasinet. Don't let the photo fool you. Swedes skim their butter from the top. Those wooden butter knives were not made to dig, scoop or chop, but rather gliddde and spread.
Making you pay for the toilet. Even as a paying customers in some cafes, you've gotta fork it over to pee. Lessons learned the hard way, folks. We felt stealthy when we discovered a free one, marking it one our maps. Carry coins with you if you ever go to Sweden. 5 - 10 krona (75¢ to $1.50) is the going rate to use the restroom and since most have a door that you insert a coin into, it's vital to have exact change. Apparently, Stockholm pay toilets have been transitioning to Pay-By-Text functionality, but we didn't run into any of those ourselves.
Too Many Toppings. This applies the most to pizza. Outside of the cities, pizzeria and kebab restaurants are your local places to eat. The pizza menus in Sweden are massive and include a list of combinations that seem bizarrely overwrought. Pizza with kebab on it was a no-brainer, of course. But then...shrimp, skagen (roe and mayo salad), ham, pickles, pineapple, bernaise sauce. On one pie. Hot dogs get served with all sorts of pålägg (toppings): shrimp salad, Kalles (the iconic tubed caviar spread), bacon, cheese, coleslaw or mashed potatoes stuffed into the bun. Lest we forget smörgåstårta. The land of buffets has bred some very overzealous taste mixers.