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 in the 19th-century Stockholm Opera House, the regal Art Nouveau dining room has leather chesterfield armchairs and a stained-glass ceiling.
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.
A cross between In-N-Out Burger and McDonald's, Max is a family-run Swedish fast-food chain that dates back to 1968. Now it has brought its brand of trans-fat-free, made-to-order Swedish burgers and crispy fries to the capital's airport (Terminal 4).
Frantzen-Lindeberg is located in a nondescript, chocolate-brown former dairy in Gamla Stan. Named after the chef-owners, who are rising stars in the culinary world, the restaurant seats 16 and is completed with an open kitchen, cream colored walls and lines, and dark wood wainscoting and seats.
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.
The five-table, peanut-size Riddarbageriat Bakery), founded by Sweden's all-star baker Johan Sorberg, is the perfect spot for an afternoon break. Shelves of aromatic pastries hold enticing new twists on the old cinnamon bun, with apple, chocolate, almond, and cardamom flavorings.
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.
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.