4 Best Restaurants in Side Trips from Stockholm, Sweden



It may have one of the best locations in town—right in Stora Torget next to medieval ruins of St. Karin—but this restaurant is decorated in what could be called Fisherman's Shack Rustic, with wood benches, shellfish and seafood displays, details from fishing boats, small metal buckets resting on shelves, and menus scribbled on chalkboards. Expect a tight squeeze—there isn't much space to maneuver inside.



The idea for this old wooden harborside restaurant came from similar cafés in Brittany, France. Simple local dishes, mostly of fish, are served up in an informal wooden-table dining area. Originally just catering to local divers, Dykarbaren is now open to the general public. In the late evenings, the bustling bar is a popular gathering spot for locals and visitors.

Strandpromenaden, Sandhamn, 130 39, Sweden
Known For
  • delicious comfort food
  • creative cocktails
  • lively atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Apr., Credit cards accepted

Fjäderholmarnas Krog & Magasin


A crackling fire on the hearth in the bar area welcomes the sailors who frequent this laid-back restaurant. In case you don't travel with your own sailboat, you can time your dinner to end before the last ferry returns to the mainland. The food here is self-consciously Swedish: fresh, light, and beautifully presented. The service is professional; it's a great choice for a special night out.

Stora Fjäderholmen, Fjäderholmarna, 111 15, Sweden
Known For
  • idyllic island setting
  • well-presented Scandinavian dishes
  • cozy decor
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Apr., Credit cards accepted

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Il Forno Italiano


From the outside, this place couldn't be more Swedish, housed as it is in a beautiful, centuries-old house opposite Uppsala's grand university building. Inside, though, a little bit of Italy takes over, with scrubbed-wood furniture, red-check tablecloths, and exposed brick and whitewashed walls. The food wins no awards for surprises—it's mostly trusted Italian staples—but the service and the quality of what's on the plate are extremely good. There's no wine list; your knowledgeable waiter will talk you through the best options once you have ordered your food.

S:t Olofsg. 8, Uppsala, 753 12, Sweden
Known For
  • the best dining experience in Uppsala
  • personalized wine selection
  • authentic Italian cuisine
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, No lunch weekdays