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.
Located near the stadium and the Royal Swedish Opera, Proviant is fashioned after a French brasserie, with black and white walls, glossy black seats, and white tablecloths topped with red-checked fabric.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Named after one of Sweden's top chefs, the Mathias Dahlgren restaurant is located inside the 19th-century Grand Hôtel, which overlooks Riddarfjärden bay. The restaurant is divided into two distinct venues: the Michelin one-starred Matbaren and the two-starred Matsalen.
Overlooking the Rosendalsvagen on the Djurgarden Island, the Wardshuset Ulla Windbladh restaurant is housed in an 1897 inn done in the Gustavian-style with white walls, an ornate doorway, and a peaked shingled roof.
After major renovations in spring of 2011, local legend Pontus Frithiof reopened the multi-level Pontus!, located on Stureplan Square. An Asian-themed cocktail bar with carrara marble and copper details serves sushi, dim sum, and Swedish/Asian fusion cocktails.
Housed in the 1895 building behind the Opera House, Operakallaren contains four restaurants, a cocktail bar, and event rooms. The main dining room reflects the history of the building in the carved oak paneling, ornate chandeliers, paintings by Oscar Bjorck, and large arched windows.
Restaurant Lux is off the beaten track on the island of Lilla Essingen and overlooks Marieberg Bay.
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.
Located in Norrmalm, Konstnarsbaren (meaning "Artist's Bar") is housed in an 1891 building designed as a late Gothic Venezian palace.
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.
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.
The property is part café, park bakery, and part nursery, thanks to the on-site greenhouse where fruits and vegetables are grown. What the restaurant can't source itself, it purchases form local producers. Leftovers, naturally, are composted.