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.
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).
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.
Housed on the campus of the Royal Art Academy, Fredsgatan 12 (F12) is owned by well-known restaurateurs Melker Andersson and Danyel Couet.
Drink a hot chocolate in this candlelit cellar with tea-stained walls and low vaulted ceilings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can spend an entire night at this three-story restaurant, bar, and concert venue. Start with a cocktail at the standing-room-only Entrée lounge; then move upstairs, where long-haired, leather-booted hipsters chat beneath tulle-shaded lamps; the third floor hosts Stockholm's latest bands.
Owned by Danyel Couet and Melker Andersson of the F12 Group, Le Rouge in Gamla Stan is done in the fin de siècle Parisian-style of Moulin Rouge.
Located in the 19th-century Stockholm Opera House, the regal Art Nouveau dining room has leather chesterfield armchairs and a stained-glass ceiling.
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.
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.