Restaurants in Stockholm
Stockholm is a delight for foodies, with superb traditional Swedish fare as well as trendy international restaurants. Stockholm's Old Town, Gamla Stan, is a great place to start when eating your way around the city, but it is a good idea to explore the little side streets for gastro pubs frequented by locals, as these are both more authentic and less expensive than the touristy eateries on the main drag. Most of Stockholm's main islands have a restaurant scene to investigate. For restaurants with character, the Södermalm district - a trendy, young neighbourhood with a selection of artistic eateries - is a wonderful option.
Unsurprisingly for a city comprised of islands, Stockholm is known for its exceptional seafood. Classic Swedish cuisine commonly includes seafood like herring, salmon and shellfish, but for lovers of red meat the Swedish meatballs and venison are also renowned. Desserts often incorporate blueberries and cloudberries, great favourites with the locals.
Although eating out in Stockholm is notoriously expensive, those on a budget can save money by filling up on the generous lunch specials (dagens lunch) offered by most restaurants. Of course, there are plenty of fast food options in the city as well, with all the big international food chains represented.
This multi-purpose, relaxed establishment has earned the sobriquet: 'Stockholm's living room'. In the heart of the Stureplan entertainment hub, with its four bars, sidewalk cafe and dining room, it has become a popular meeting place from early morning until late at night. The classic restaurant, styled as a modern brasserie, is renowned for its fish and shellfish, but also serves up some delicious Swedish home cooking, all extravagantly prepared and presented. The menu features a vast array, from light snacks to tempting main courses such as lobster, fish and oysters, as well as meat and vegetarian dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: Stureplan 2
Telephone: (0)8 440 5730
A jacket is most definitely required at this grand special occasion restaurant, which has high prices to match its high reputation for outstanding food and service. Besides the stunningly presented international dishes and huge wine list the Operakallaren has also been rated as Sweden's most beautiful dining room, set in the Gamla Stan with a fantastic view of the Royal Palace. The main dining room is open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm.
Address: Karl den XII’s Torg
Telephone: (0)8 676 5800
A warm and friendly atmosphere, reasonable prices and hearty local traditional specialities make Kaffegillet, one of the oldest restaurants in Stockholm, a perennial favourite with locals and visitors alike. In the centre of the Gamla Stan, this restaurant hides in a 14th-century cellar, the décor matching the setting with brick walls, suits of armour and assorted medieval weaponry lit by candles burning in wine jugs.
Address: Trångsund 4, Gamla Stan
Telephone: (0)8 213 995
This well-known waterfront restaurant is an institution in Stockholm, where celebrity chef Erik Lallerstedt serves up neo-Swedish cuisine and French specialities in a dining room that hangs beneath a 100-foot (30m) high walkway, much like the gondola of an airship. The unusual setting allows for dining with a spectacular view over the old town, Lake Mälaren and the Baltic. Erik's opens for lunch on Saturdays and lunch and dinner during the week. Examples from the menu are shellfish soup, fillet of venison and Kaluha cheesecake.
Address: Stadsgården 6
Telephone: (0)8 641 7090
This trendy Stockholm restaurant is located in the Royal Academy of Arts, with sophisticated minimalist décor to match its modern cuisine. Frequented by government officials and rock stars alike, F12 is as fashionable as they come. The service is excellent, and the portions are generous. Bookings are absolutely essential.
Address: Fredsgatan 12
Telephone: +46 (0)8 505 244 00
There is no restaurant in Stockholm more traditional than this inn in the city's favourite fun zone, the island of Djurgården. The restored building dates back to the 1800s and offers outdoor dining in summer. Speciality of the house is Swedish meatballs, and of course Baltic herring also holds pride of place on the menu. Open daily from 11.30am (12pm on weekends).
Address: Rosendalsvägen 8
Telephone: (0)8 5348 9701
One of Stockholm's most popular Italian restaurants, Linguini is known for its excellent service and even better pasta. The small and intimate venue can be a little noisy during the busiest times, but is a great place for a romantic dinner in Stockholm. Linguini is open for dinner Monday to Saturday.
Address: Frejgatan 48
Telephone: 08-31 49 15
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