It’s easy to eat well in Stockholm. The caliber of food on offer is very high, whether you’re eating herring and mashed potatoes on a paper plate fro... Read More
It’s easy to eat well in Stockholm. The caliber of food on offer is very high, whether you’re eating herring and mashed potatoes on a paper plate from an outdoor stall or pulling up a chair at a place that’s pushing the boundaries of New Nordic cuisine. At the best restaurants in Stockholm, you will find traditional Swedish smorgasbords and dishes with wild game and fresh-caught fish like cod.
A funny quirk of the city is that tipping is not expected at lunchtime, but it is appreciated (though far from compulsory) in the evening. Don’t expect American-style speedy service. Things tend to go at a slower pace, so don’t take offense if a waiter or waitress seems a little inattentive.
Places like Café Proviant and Lilla Ego are worth seeking out for food that is locally sourced, wildly inventive, and among the best in town, served in a casual, friendly setting. Then again, a plate of traditional meatballs with lingonberries brought to you by a white-jacketed waiter at an Art Nouveau dining room in the opera house is never a bad idea.
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, cafés, and coffee shops where you can find traditional Swedish dishes on the cheap.