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 is a wonderful option. It's a trendy, young neighbourhood with a selection of artistic eateries.
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, which are 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 offered by many restaurants, especially in Gamla Stan. Of course, there are plenty of fast food options in the city as well. But travellers should opt instead for the reasonably priced markets dotted around the city where fresh and organic produce can be tasted in both local and international flavours.
Sturehof is the perfect mix of elegance and relaxation, decked out with multiple bars, a streetside cafe, and stylish interior dining rooms. The contemporary, brasserie-style restaurant is famous for its seafood, serving only the freshest marine delights like Grebbestad oysters, succulent Norwegian salmon, and Swedish classics such as skagen (prawns, mayonnaise, and dill served on toast). There's also more to Sturehof than just good food. Sturehof was established on Stureplan in 1897, and played host to the first meeting that established the Volvo automotive company. Fit for foodies and history buffs alike, Sturehof is open daily for lunch and dinner. Visitors can find the restaurant on Stureplan, the entertainment and nightlife centre of Stockholm, just near the well-heeled district of Östermalm.
Address: Stureplan 2, Stockholm, Sweden.
Telephone: +46 8 440 5730
Operakallaren is the epitome of high-society and old-world grandeur. Occupying a magnificent, high-ceilinged room within the old opera house, many of the original furnishings are still in place with frescoes and elaborate gilt-panelling. A dinner jacket and evening dress are recommended at Operakallaren, which has high prices to match its excellent reputation for the food and service that earned its Michelin star. In the main dining room guests can choose from a seven-course tasting menu, a five-course chef's menu, or three courses a la carte (all with or without wine tasting). The food itself is a delightful combination of classic French cooking and seasonal Scandinavian ingredients, which means the food is meticulously prepared using only the freshest flavours. As an epicurean partner to the food, the huge wine list at Operakallaren is extensive and particularly interesting. The main dining room is open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm and offers beautiful views of Gamla Stan. Diners can also find The Opera Bar in the same complex, which mixes Art Nouveau with a refined atmosphere, as well as Bakficken, which caters to a younger crowd with countertop dining at reasonable prices.
Address: Operahuset, Karl XII’s Torg, Stockholm, Sweden.
Telephone: +46 8 676 58 00
For the two owners of Lilla Ego, a relative newcomer to Stockholm's culinary scene, fine-dining is a thing of the past. Instead this popular, no-frill bistro focuses on plying patrons with delicious, quality food that is both seasonal and carefully prepared. Think smoked veal with celeriac and chorizo, or fresh cod with cabbage and grape. Lilla Ego asks diners to forego the niceties and instead tuck into some seriously good food. Lilla Ego can be found in Vasastan, a previously-residential neighbourhood to the north of central Stockholm which is firmly establishing itself as a place where food dreams come true.
Address: Vastmannagatan 69, Stockholm, Sweden.
Telephone: +46 8 27 44 55
This well-known waterfront restaurant is an institution in Stockholm, with celebrity chef Erik Lallerstedt serving 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 Gamla Stan, Lake Malaren, and the Baltic Sea. Erik's opens for lunch on Saturdays and lunch and dinner during the week. Examples from the menu are shellfish casserole, fillet of venison, and Kahlua cheesecake.
Address: Stadsgarden 6, Stockholm, Sweden.
Telephone: +46 8 641 7090
Meatballs for the People
The Swedish meatball is a traditional dish which has gained special prominence in the country's pantheon of traditional foods. There is really only one place to grab them in Stockholm, and that place is Meatballs for the People. Here, healthy chunks of meat are cut from hand selected game and poultry, all of which are ethically sourced and full of local flavour. Meatballs for the People can be found in Sodermalm, a trendy neighbourhood with a focus on grungy-chic and student-friendly prices. They are open every day from 11am to 10pm.
Address: Nytorgsgatan 30, Stockholm, Sweden.
Telephone: +46 8 466 60 99
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