Restaurants in Stockholm

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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.

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  • Café Saturnus

    Stockholm’s best café, which combines the comfort of bistro dining with Scandinavian charm. They are famous for their ridiculously huge cinnamon buns,... Read More

  • KB

    Now in its ninth decade, Konstnärsbaren (that's what the intitials stand for, meaning "artist's bar") is a city treasure. It serves classic Swedish... Read More

  • Le Bistrot de Wasahof

    For 120 years, Wasahof has remained a restaurant much beloved by the Swedes. It dates back to a time when, like so many countries, Sweden took its lead... Read More

  • Lilla Ego

    Don’t let the casual atmosphere and unpretentious room at Lilla Ego fool you—this is one of the best restaurants in the city. The modern, seasonal food... Read More

  • Oaxen

    Before it relocated, Oaxen was on a remote island that was a long drive from Stockholm. Guests could stay overnight in a boat that the owners had... Read More

  • Operabaren

    Located in the city's 19th-century opera house, this Art Nouveau–style restaurant is beautifully appointed with leather chesterfield seats and a... Read More

  • Proviant Kungsholmen

    At this gastropub, the focus is on excellent locally brewed beer, intended to be paired with the smaller dishes offered on the restaurant's inventive... Read More

  • Råkultur

    Considering the wealth of seafood available in Stockholm, it’s surprising that there aren’t more sushi places around town. Råkultur is the best around,... Read More

  • Sturehof

    This restaurant and bar is a Stockholm institution, beloved by generations of Swedes, who come for the excellent Swedish food (toast Skagen, Swedish... Read More

  • Tössebageriet

    Sweden has a long and proud tradition of baking, and Tösse is one of the most traditional konditoris in town. It's worth visiting to get a sense of the... Read More

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