Stockholm Restaurants

What was once a dour landscape of overpriced, uninspiring eateries is now a creative hotbed of culinary achievement to rival any major European capital. Industry investment in training, receptivity to international influence, and a flair for creativity all mean that Stockholm's best chefs have stayed way ahead of the game. Incre
What was once a dour landscape of overpriced, uninspiring eateries is now a creative hotbed of culinary achievement to rival any major European capital. Industry investment in training, receptivity to international influence, and a flair for creativity all mean that Sto
What was once a dour landscape of overpriced, uninspiring eateries is now a creative hotbed of culinary achievement to r

What was once a dour landscape of overpriced, uninspiring eateries is now a creative hotbed of culinary achievement to rival any major European capital. Industry investment in training, receptivity to international influence, and a flair for creativity all mean that Stockholm's best chefs have stayed way ahead of the game. Increasingly, this achievement is rubbing off on their mid-price colleagues and in terms of culinary experience per krona, mid-range restaurants represent the best value for money in town. Two recent trends have seen many of the city's better restaurants pick up on this and offer more set-price tasting menus and increasing numbers of wines by the glass—making even the most expensive restaurants relatively affordable. In terms of food, New Swedish remains the buzzword, with chefs looking no further than their backyards for fine, seasonal, traditional ingredients, served with a modern twist. Of course, there are also many less expensive restaurants with traditional Swedish cooking. Among Swedish dishes, the best bets are wild game and fish, particularly salmon, and the smorgasbord buffet, which usually offers a good variety at an inexpensive price. Reservations are often necessary. Some restaurants close for a month or more for summer vacation, so be sure to confirm opening hours if visiting between June and August.

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  • 1. Grill

    $$$ | Vasastan | Steakhouse

    With an interior full of heavy fabrics, vibrant decor, and offbeat period-piece furniture, Grill's love for the Moulin Rouge and French culture...Read More

  • 2. Hermans

    $$ | Södermalm | Vegetarian

    Hermans is a haven for vegetarians out to get the most bang for their kronor. The glassed-in back deck and open garden both provide breathtaking...Read More

  • 3. Mathias Dahlgren

    $$$$ | Norrmalm | Scandinavian

    From the elegant modern dining room to what's on the plate—simple, artistically rendered local food that its eponymous chef has dubbed "natural...Read More

  • 4. Pelikan

    $$ | Södermalm | Scandinavian

    Beer, beer, and more beer is the order of the day at this traditional drinking hall, a relic of the days when Södermalm was the dwelling place...Read More

  • 5. Den Gyldene Freden

    $$$ | Gamla Stan | Scandinavian

    Sweden's most famous old tavern has been open for business since 1722. The haunt of bards and barristers, artists, and advertising executives...Read More

  • 6. Eriks Bakficka

    $$$ | Östermalm | Scandinavian

    This favorite among Östermalm locals is a block from the elegant waterside, a few steps down from street level. Inside, the wooden floor, white...Read More

  • 7. Lux Dag för Dag

    $$ | Lilla Essingen | Scandinavian

    On the island of Lilla Essingen, just off the western end of Kungsholmen, this former Electrolux household appliance factory (hence the name...Read More

  • 8. Oaxen Krog & Slip

    $$$ | Djurgården | Swedish

    This restaurant started out on the island of Oaxen in the Stockholm archipelago, where it earned a reputation as one of Sweden's best restaurants...Read More

  • 9. Prinsen

    $$$ | Norrmalm | Scandinavian

    Still in the same location as when it opened in 1897, the Prince serves both traditional and modern Swedish cuisine, but it's the traditional...Read More

  • 10. Sturehof

    $$$ | Östermalm | Scandinavian

    This massive complex of a restaurant with two huge bars is a complete social, architectural, and dining experience that surrounds you with wood...Read More

  • 11. Wedholms Fisk

    $$$$ | Norrmalm | Seafood

    Noted for its fresh seafood dishes, Wedholms Fisk can be found along the bay in Stockholm's center. High ceilings, large windows, and tasteful...Read More

  • 12. Fredsgatan 12

    $$$$ | Scandinavian

    Without a doubt, this is one of the most creative restaurants in town. The showpiece is the 11-course tasting menu, with ingredients selected...Read More

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