Restaurants in Stockholm
True to its status as a rising European cultural capital, Stockholm restaurants offer world-class cuisine with a Scandinavian spin. At the best restaurants in Stockholm, you will find traditional Swedish dishes, like smorgasbord, wild game, and fresh-caught fish like cod. But there's a growing international foodie culture, reflective of the influx of international communities within the Swedish capital. You can now find fantastic restaurants in Stockholm that offer cuisines that cater to every palate imaginable, including a growing number of Asian fusion eateries whose chefs are able to advantage of the abundant fishing in Stockholm to prepare sushi and sashimi. In all, there are over 1000 restaurants in Stockholm, eight of which have Michelin stars, serving a huge variety of cuisines, from American fast food to Italian, Middle Eastern, French, Turkish, and Greek.
Of course, this wouldn't be Scandinavia if presentation and style weren't accounted for, and the watchful visitor will no doubt notice that at many Stockholm restaurants, the plate itself is a work of art. And while the city can be expensive, it isn't hard to eat on a budget: there are many locally-owned restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops where you can find traditional Swedish dishes on the cheap.
Housed on the campus of the Royal Art Academy, Fredsgatan 12 (F12) is owned by well-known restaurateurs Melker Andersson and Danyel Couet.
The Nordic House of Culinary Art is considered a center for Swedish cuisine, and it's the home of the restaurant Kantinen Hyttlblecket (as well as a cooking theater and cookbook museum). This eatery relies on local sources to create authentic regional dishes.
Restaurant Lux is off the beaten track on the island of Lilla Essingen and overlooks Marieberg Bay.
Drink a hot chocolate in this candlelit cellar with tea-stained walls and low vaulted ceilings.
Besides spectacular views of the Royal Palace, this landmark hotel serves up an authentic smorgasbord—a centuries-old Swedish tradition. Chef Andreas Askling (formerly of Aquavit in New York City) carries the torch with a lavish spread worthy of the residents across the harbor.
Restaurang GQ (for gastronomic intelligence) is located in Ostermalm. The minimalist decor includes umber walls, brown leather seats and booths, and wood floors, and it's accented with vibrant pieces of modern art.
Red-and-white checked tablecloths are a reminder of the 1929 bistro's former incarnation as a blue-collar tavern, and the vibe remains suitably casual. Order moules marinière, then make your way to the bar downstairs for a beer.
The Prinsen restaurant near the Stureplan and Birger Jarlsgatan was established in 1897 and maintains its 19th-century decor with dark wood-paneled walls, brown leather booths, checkered black and brown tiled floor, and arched stained glass windows.
Located in Norrmalm, Konstnarsbaren (meaning "Artist's Bar") is housed in an 1891 building designed as a late Gothic Venezian palace.
After 11 p.m., the black-and-white–“walled pan-Asian restaurant turns into a nightclub with techno beats, sexy lighting, and a creatively named cocktail menu. Don't leave without trying a Polish Waitress: peach liqueur, Campari, lemon, sugar, and orange juice.
Just a five-minute walk from Stureplan, this century-old restaurant is modeled after the famed Café Riche in Paris. Often packed with members of the local elite, the dim interior evokes old-fashioned glamour with long leather banquettes, gold-framed mirrors, and crystal chandeliers.
Wrap yourself in one of the restaurant's green fleece blankets as you dine among fashion plates and artist types. Try the potatoes and röding, a local fish.
Everything about Portofino is unassuming: its quiet location in Zinkensdamm, its nondescript brick exterior, and its short menu, which offers five appetizers, five primi piatti entrees, and four main courses.
Originally opened in Gamla Stan (Old Town), this farm-to-table restaurant is now housed in a former stroller factory in the small suburb of Enskededalen, five miles south of Stockholm.
Dark mood lighting, pulsing music, and friendly waiters keep this place packed. Nibble on Swedish hash browns with Balik salmon roe or veal with duck-liver sauce while you sip schnapps infused with fennel, cumin, and anise into the wee hours.