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T+L's Definitive Guide to Stockholm

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Where to dine in Stockholm now.

Flying Elk: Björn Frantzén—already a culinary hero for his Michelin-two-starred Frantzén—has opened Stockholm’s first gastropub, whose offerings are not for the faint of heart: the wine bar’s “umami” sandwich (chicken confit with salted butter, chicken jus and soy sauce, fried oyster mushrooms, truffle, and Parmesan) is just one highlight. $$$$

Gastrologik: Two young chefs, Jacob Holmström and Anton Bjuhr, are the brains behind this New Nordic gem, where minimalist décor—Danish oak floors; copper pendant lamps—sets the stage for specialties such as foraged lichen and pine-scented sorbet. $$$$

Matbaren: This food bar at the Grand Hôtel packs all the gastronomic bells and whistles of Matsalen (its formal sibling next door) but with a more relaxed à la carte menu. The changing selections may include smoked-pork buns with spicy apple and pickled cucumber and seared king crab. On warm days, sit on the terrace overlooking the harbor. $$$$

Nytorget Urban Deli: On Södermalm’s prettiest square, this all-day restaurant and market is the favored hangout of the area’s chic bohemians. We love the pea-​soup-​and-pancake special, as well as the seafood platter, with smoked shrimp, cooked crab, oysters, lobster, and Kalix bleak roe. $$$

Oaxen Krog & Slip: For 17 years, chef Magnus Ek and Agneta Green ran one of Sweden’s finest restaurants, on the island of Oaxen. Last May, the pair relocated to Djurgården, where they opened Oaxen Krog, their high-end dining room, and Slip, a neighboring bistro. Dishes spotlight local ingredients (reindeer tartare with char roe). $$$$ (Krog); $$$ (Slip)

Operabaren: With its carved-wood ceiling and classic Swedish dishes (meatballs with potato purée and lingonberries), the 109-year-old Operabaren attracts politicos and stage luminaries. A covetable location behind the Royal Opera House completes the picture. $$$$

Taverna Brillo: The team from perennially hip Sturehof—the Odeon of Stockholm—recently debuted this casual Italian hot spot in Östermalm. Pizzas are crisp and laden with top-quality buffalo mozzarella (our pick: the fig-​porcini-prosciutto one); the spaghetti with Sardinian pork and chili is a revelation $$$

Volt: Radiohead on the stereo and modern furnishings add to the allure, but it’s the adventurous plates that make Volt one of Stockholm’s best restaurants. The understated menu includes dishes such as a delicate fillet of skrei (cod), served atop an emulsion of salsify alongside “burnt” bread. $$$$

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150


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