Restaurants in Sweden
If Swedish restaurants are your first introduction to the country's cuisine, you'll find plenty of dishes that make the most of local produce, including berries and mushrooms foraged from the country's forest, but also fish, often served smoked, from the Baltic and North seas while reindeer and other game is more common in the country's north. The country has always been open to foreign influences, and it's not unusual to find French and Italian, and also Cambodian and Ethiopian, dishes at the best restaurants in Sweden.
Stockholm's acclaimed Operkälleran is one of these Sweden restaurants with an international focus to its menu. Housed in the 1895 building behind the Opera House, Operakallaren actually contains four restaurants, a cocktail bar, and event rooms. The main dining room has oak paneling, elaborate chandeliers, paintings by Oscar Bjorck, and large arched windows with views of the Royal Castle. Chef Stefano Catenacci serves Mediterranean cuisine, such as mushroom and black truffle risotto with an olive emulsion, scallops with sorrel sauce, and lamb sweetbreads with greens. The well-respected wine cellar contains 30,000 bottles.
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.
Housed on the campus of the Royal Art Academy, Fredsgatan 12 (F12) is owned by well-known restaurateurs Melker Andersson and Danyel Couet.
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.
At his minimalist restaurant, chef Magnus Ek prepares regionally sourced dishes like wild salmon and cockle tartare.
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.
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.
Restaurant Lux is off the beaten track on the island of Lilla Essingen and overlooks Marieberg Bay.
Located in Norrmalm, Konstnarsbaren (meaning "Artist's Bar") is housed in an 1891 building designed as a late Gothic Venezian palace.
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.
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.
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.