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The 38 Essential Stockholm Restaurants

From three-Michelin-starred dining with cigars and Champagne to a World’s 50 Best cocktail bar, here’s where to eat in the Swedish capital

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A healthy economy and rapidly growing population have set a fast tempo for restaurants in Stockholm. New eateries, including many approachable options serving affordable menus, are opening at an unprecedented rate. It’s an exciting time for eaters and a challenging time for restaurateurs trying to keep up.

These new eateries fill many niches in the city, specializing in everything from high-quality breads to artisanal sausages, orange wines to craft beer, farm-to-table cooking to minimal waste. Meanwhile, young local chefs are returning from stints working abroad to open their own restaurants, bringing back influences and experience from other parts of Europe and the U.S. Restaurants and new wine bars are also shifting their focus toward beverages, offering deep wine cellars and beer lists to pair with work from impressive chefs.

As restaurants in Stockholm multiply, it’s worth revisiting the city’s timeless institutions and recognizing newer venues that have become instant classics. Here are Stockholm’s essential places to eat.

Editor’s Note: Eater is not updating international maps at this time given disruptions to global travel during the COVID-19 crisis.

Prices per person, excluding alcohol:

$ = Less than 100 kronor (less than $12 USD)
$$ = 100 - 200 kronor ($12 USD to $24 USD)
$$$ = 200 - 400 kronor (25 USD to 50 USD)
$$$$ = More than 400 kronor (more than $50 USD)

Per Styregård lives in Stockholm with his wife and son. He is the author of three books in Swedish, including Smakens makt, about the amazing power of the sense of taste, and is a wine columnist for the Swedish business newspaper Dagens Industri.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Agrikultur

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Roslagsgatan 43
113 54 Stockholm, Sweden

The set menu changes daily at this small restaurant helmed by 2014 Årets Kock Chef of the Year winner Filip Fastén and his partner Joel Åhlin. The plates and glasses are expertly filled with items the staff has shot, foraged, brewed, planted, raised, fermented, or handpicked. Everything is light and delicious. For small plates to share, in an even more relaxed setting, visit the restaurant’s sister venue, Bar Agrikultur, in Södermalm. [$$$]

From above, yellow flower petals cover a dish set in a larger bowl of flower buds on a marble background
Celeriac tartelette with chamomile creme, cloudberries, marigold and oxalis
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2. Babette

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Roslagsgatan 6
113 55 Stockholm, Sweden

Babette is a low-profile neighborhood restaurant that serves one of the best pizzas in town and a constantly changing list of addictive smaller dishes with just the right pinch of creativity. Come thirsty and explore the top-notch wine list. [$$]

A whole pizza next to a hand-lettered menu on a small marble table
Pizza at Babette
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3. Lilla Ego

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Västmannagatan 69
113 26 Stockholm, Sweden

There’s no tasting menu at Lilla Ego. Instead, the dishes are scrawled by hand on the white walls. Options could include pork tartare, matjes herring, raw scallops, algae-pickled ling, or fallow deer with Jerusalem artichokes. Since the two well-merited chefs, Tom Sjöstedt and Daniel Räms, opened this place, it’s been one of the city’s toughest reservations. The bare and rugged interior is almost too casual, making the space feel like someone’s living room. [$$$]

Two chefs, Tom Sjöstedt and Daniel Räms, stand looking out from a restaurant kitchen
Tom Sjöstedt and Daniel Räms
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4. Grus Grus

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Karlbergsvägen 14
113 27 Stockholm, Sweden

The wine list at Grus Grus is long, yet selective. It features small, European, non-intervention producers, with many wines available by the glass. Meanwhile, the open kitchen produces straightforward, delicious plates based on local and seasonal produce. Many dishes are influenced by Mediterranean cuisines, like grilled aubergine with labneh, sesame, and pomegranate; roasted marrow with onion, herbs, and grilled sourdough bread; endive with ajo blanco (white gazpacho), harissa, and almond; and cockles with lacto-fermented ramson (wild garlic). Above all, Grus Grus Wine Bar lives up to the ambition stated on its website: “We want you to feel at home!” [$$]

A server places a plate of meat skewer yogurty greens on a dark marble table beside a salad, an oyster plate, and a bottle of wine
Dinner with wine at Grus Grus
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5. Adam/Albin

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Rådmansgatan 16
114 25 Stockholm, Sweden

Internationally known chefs Adam Dahlberg and Albin Wessman transformed this space into something more modern and relaxed than a fine dining venue. The menu starts with a selection of elaborate snacks chosen by the chefs, followed by four dishes that change daily. The signature hand-cut beef tartare evolves with the season. It might be served with roasted almonds and white miso, or it might come as a lamb tartare. The cooking here is based firmly in Sweden’s gastronomic heritage, but you can also sense influences from French and other European kitchens. [$$$$]

A bowl of brightly color granitas layered on one another with pistachios for garnish
Yuzu, tangerine, and blood orange granitas
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6. Tennstopet

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Dalagatan 50
113 24 Stockholm, Sweden
+46 8 32 25 18
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Leave your coat with the distinguished old man at the door and enter this piece of restaurant history. Having served hungry and thirsty customers for more than a century (though initially at a different location), Tennstopet is still going very strong. Order the SOS (herring, cheese, butter) and add cured salmon with dill-creamed potatoes, potato pancakes with vendace roe, and steamed cod with poached egg to complete your meal. Chase with lager and aquavit. Want to go on partying? This part of Dalagatan and the area around Odenplan has much more to offer. [$$]

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Outside Tennstopet
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7. Sushi Sho

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Upplandsgatan 45
113 28 Stockholm, Sweden

Possibly the tiniest Michelin-starred restaurant in Northern Europe, chef Carl Ishizaki’s 14-seat sushi bar offers a tight 90-minute, 15-serving omakase menu that changes daily. You might be lucky enough to get velvety, sake-marinated long-cooked skrei cod liver; broiled turbot skirt; shoyu-brushed sea urchin; maki with salmon roe and quail egg yolk; or even comforting donburi rice bowls topped with fish, roe, shiso, and a perfect 64-degree egg. [$$]

A single piece of sushi, topped with a small dollop of greens, sits on a slate board with chopsticks resting nearby
Perfectly formed sushi from Sushi Sho
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8. Restaurang Hantverket

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Sturegatan 15a
114 36 Stockholm, Sweden

The name Hantverket, which translates to “the craft,” hints at the kitchen’s dedication to the creation of classic Swedish comfort dishes, occasionally with international influences. Executive chef Stefan Ekengren, who is also a well-known blogger, cookbook author, and columnist, serves hasselback potatoes with bleak roe, sour cream, and spring onion; tuttul flatbread with slow-cooked pork and homemade butter; isterband (smoked pork and lamb sausage) with mashed Jerusalem artichoke and lamb brisket; and glace au four (baked Alaska) with salt licorice parfait and lemon cake. You can also enjoy the same menu at the eight-seat communal table in the bar section, along with tailored cocktails. [$$$]

A rye pancake sits on a large stone platform topped with mushrooms, sour cream, shallots, and dill, beside a mortar and pestle and wooden spoon
Open-faced chanterelle sandwich
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9. Portal Restaurant

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Sankt Eriksplan 1
113 20 Stockholm, Sweden

Opened in 2015, Portal is already an institution. Chef Klas Lindberg has an impressive resume that includes being named Swedish Chef of the Year by Årets Kock in 2012 and a lengthy stint at restaurant L’Astrance in Paris. At Portal, he provides Stockholmers with popular lunches and dinners beneath huge windows. Consult the blackboard for various cuts of dry-aged beef, which are served with house fries and bearnaise butter. Or go for locally sourced vegetables, seafood, and daily rotating game meats. Chase it all down with artisan Swedish beer or a bottle from the well-curated cellar. Since 2018, guests have been able to pop next door to busy Bar Portal, which serves delicious small plates with a longer list of wines by the glass. Snag a seat at the communal table in the back. [$$$]

From above, a piece of chicken beside vegetables, a dollop of sauce, and spice mix for garnish
Chicken at Portal Restaurant
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10. Tyge & Sessil

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Brahegatan 4
114 37 Stockholm, Sweden

This wine bar with a rather spartan interior comes from celebrity chef Niklas Ekstedt, whose popular restaurants Ekstedt and Hillenberg are located right down the street. Tyge & Sessil focuses on minimal-intervention wines poured by knowledgeable staff members, and while it’s the ideal destination for some pre- or post-dinner refreshment, a tight menu of small plates means this can also be the evening’s one-stop shop. [$$]

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Beets with hibiscus and yogurt
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11. Ekstedt

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Humlegårdsgatan 17
114 46 Stockholm, Sweden

Michelin-starred chef Niklas Ekstedt keeps the fire alive in Ekstedt’s pre-electric Scandinavian kitchen, which doesn’t include gas stoves or electric tools. Expect grilled, smoked, boiled, broiled, and baked seafood, meat, and veggies from his huge fire pit and wood-fired oven. [$$$]

Chefs tend food on an open-flame fire pit
The fire pit
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12. Taverna Brillo

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Sturegatan 6
114 35 Stockholm, Sweden

Subtitled “a Swedish version of an Italian brasserie,” Taverna Brillo takes up some 18,000 square feet on a corner close to the busy shopping and restaurant district of Stureplan. The space is divided into several sections, each with a different atmosphere. There is a busy dining room, a bistro and coffee house, a pizzeria with a huge wood-fired oven, an ice cream bar, a cocktail bar, and an indoor lunch garden. The menu is distinctly Italian with Swedish influences, with dishes like ragu of Swedish dorper lamb, mushroom risotto with Västerbotten cheese, pizza with vendace roe and Swedish präst cheese, and graffe (Italian donuts) with salted caramel ice cream and melted milk chocolate. [$$$]

A long table where diners eat small plates and enjoy wine beside a long planter
Diners dig in at Taverna Brillo
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13. The Buckling Sandwich at Sturehof

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Stureplan 2
114 35 Stockholm, Sweden

Sturehof is a Stockholm seafood dining institution. Its commitment to cutting out middlemen and selling fresh produce directly through the adjacent Stockholm Food Market have contributed further to its enduring legacy. Order dalarömacka with buckling (hot-smoked, kipper-like herring), whitefish roe, and raw egg yolk on dark rye bread. [$$]

A bar decked out with brass and marble in a large, department-store like space
Bar seating at Sturehof
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14. PA&Co

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Riddargatan 8
114 35 Stockholm, Sweden

For more than 30 years, this small restaurant has been a home away from home for celebrities, wannabes, and regulars. Service is effusively friendly, and the vibe beneath the chandeliers is always relaxed. No-fuss Swedish comfort dishes boast the occasional French or Spanish tweak, like råraka (hash browns with red onion, sour cream, and vendace roe), a chevre chaud salad with Dijon dressing, and the Gino, a signature dessert of strawberries, kiwi, and banana covered by grated white chocolate and served with vanilla ice cream. [$$$]

A fork and knife rest on top of sliced salmon gravlax beside a lime wedge, with a glass of wine and condiments nearby
Asian gravlax at PA&Co
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15. Speceriet

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Artillerigatan 14
114 51 Stockholm, Sweden

Speceriet is a casual bistro attached to the Michelin-starred restaurant Gastrologik. Come for dinner, when you can order share plates like deer tartar with miso, egg yolk, and forest mushroom; wild duck with pumpkin and chile; or Swedish Wrångebäcks cheese with fennel, honey, and almonds. Finish with any of the puddings made by pastry chef Anton Bjuhr, who has a remarkable talent for making irresistible desserts from unorthodox ingredients. [$$]

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Outside Speceriet
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16. Frantzén

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26, Klara Norra kyrkogata
111 22 Stockholm, Sweden

Guests are whisked via elevator to the penthouse dining room of chef Björn Frantzén’s three-Michelin-starred namesake restaurant, set in a large space that boasts a fireplace, Champagne cart, cigar terrace, and sweeping views. An open kitchen with a wood-fire grill and horseshoe-shaped bar dominate the main dining area. The menu features Frantzén’s signature blend of exclusive, sometimes local, sometimes more distantly sourced ingredients, and haute dishes featuring a range of Nordic, Asian, and French flavors. Expect Frantzén’s own selection of farmed sturgeon caviar from Bordeaux, generous servings of Périgord truffles, bespoke French quail, fresh Norwegian seafood, and smart wine pairings. [$$$$]

A roasted poultry leg sticks out of a pile of shaved black truffles and vegetables
A dish at Frantzén
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17. Gastrologik

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Artillerigatan 14
114 51 Stockholm, Sweden

Chefs and restaurant owners Jacob Holmström and Anton Bjuhr may have worked at L’Astrance and Pierre Gagnaire in Paris, respectively, but their cooking is firmly rooted in the Swedish soil. They spend most Mondays (when the restaurant is closed) getting their boots dirty at the biodynamic vegetable garden at Rosendal in the outskirts of Stockholm, where they source many of the vegetables for Gastrologik. The tasting menu is quite long, ever-changing, and seasonal. Expect beautifully plated dishes with both classic and unexpected combinations of tastes and textures. [$$$$]

From above, a full shoot of spring garlic spirals around a plate with a small bit of fish and cream in the middle
Lactic fermented spring garlic
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18. Teatergrillen

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Nybrogatan 3
114 34 Stockholm, Sweden

Opened in 1945 (its gorgeous theater-themed interior debuted in 1968), Teatergrillen is an important piece of Stockholm restaurant history, but it remains a very popular, upscale oasis for local professionals. The kitchen delivers well-executed, classic, and much-loved dishes like blini with Kalix vendace roe, biff rydberg (deliciously pan-fried diced beef tenderloin, potatoes, and onion served with raw egg yolk on top), and riche gala (hazelnut cookies layered with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce). Before and after dinner, stop by Teaterbaren up front for a mixology experience created by some of the best bartenders in town. [$$$$]

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Tableside cart at Teatergrillen
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19. Bobergs Matsal

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Hamngatan 18-20
111 47 Stockholm, Sweden

The posh dining room at upmarket department store Nordiska Kompaniet opened its doors in 1915. When acclaimed chef Björn Frantzén took over a couple of years ago, he completely replaced the menu and carefully restored the stunning interior. Enjoy baked Arctic char, steamed Norwegian skrei cod, or hand-peeled shrimp from the Swedish west coast while power-lunching with inner-city professionals. Conclude by ordering something sweet from the dessert trolley, like a Scandinavian pudding, along with a stiff avec (after-dinner drink). Then head out on a shopping rampage through the Swedish fashion brands section. [$$$]

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The dining room at Bobergs Matsal
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20. Agnes

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Norra Agnegatan 43
112 29 Stockholm, Sweden

A group of talented chefs and sommeliers unleashed restaurant Agnes on a slumbering backstreet in Kungsholmen. An open kitchen, a 10-seat chef’s table, and a long row of bar seats for diners contribute to the unusually intense and loud atmosphere. The menu is full of inspiring small and large dishes, many with Spanish influences. Pick suckling pig, enough for two or three people, with truffle aioli and pommes provençale, and pair it with something big and fruity from the exceptionally long list of magnum bottles. [$$$]

A bar counter with stools on one side of a dining room opposite tables beneath a glowing geometric ceiling installation
The dining room at Agnes
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21. Tak and UNN

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Brunkebergstorg 2-4
111 51 Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm’s large new city-center development at Brunkebergstorg includes two hotels as well two restaurants, Tak and UNN. Their culinary leader, Frida Ronge, previously worked with Sayan Isaksson at the Michelin-starred Esperanto and ran her own restaurant, VRå, at the Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg. Tak features Scandinavian flavors mixed with more than a few Japanese touches and a jaw-dropping view of Stockholm rooftops. Its even-more-exclusive sister restaurant, UNN, is Frida Ronge’s eight-seat shrine to teppanyaki. [$$$]

A long, light-filled dining room with geometric wooden room dividers
The dining room at Tak
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22. Rutabaga

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Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6
103 27 Stockholm, Sweden

In an attempt to balance out the innumerable hamburger spots that have opened across Stockholm in the last decade, chef Mathias Dahlgren made a bold move. He closed his posh, two-Michelin-starred restaurant Matsalen and opened a new, just slightly more relaxed venture with a strictly vegetarian philosophy. His aim is to create the lacto-ovo-vegetarian menu of the future, based on fresh produce from both near and far, a unique approach in the locavore-dominated Nordic food scene. [$$$$]

Chunks of stewed peaches on a plate with cream, colorful ice cream, and garnishes
A dish at Rutabaga
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23. Operakällaren

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Operahuset, Karl XII:s torg
111 86 Stockholm, Sweden

From the ornate 1895 interior and traditional trolleys delivering aperitifs and cheeses, you might think Operakällaren is stuck in the past. But take a closer look and you’ll recognize modern updates in the dining room like giant, free-standing, angled mirrors. Traditional French and Swedish dishes, such as fried pigeon with green pepper sauce or seared foie gras with almond cream, are bolstered by seasonal Nordic ingredients and leading gastronomic technique. At Operakällaren, you can travel back in time with flambé and silver-plated trolleys without sacrificing modern tastes. [$$$$]

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A dish at Operakällaren
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24. Matbaren

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Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6
111 48 Stockholm, Sweden

Scattered among the counter seats, rustic sofas, and Windsor chairs at Matbaren is a dynamic mix of diners that includes international travelers, power-lunchers, savvy Instagrammers, and other locals, all hooked on the restaurant’s particular brand of Nordic comfort cuisine. Chef-owner Mathias Dahlgren, winner of the of the Bocuse d’Or in 1997, is behind the menu, which fuses Swedish culinary tradition with peak local produce. The funky interior by British designer Ilse Crawford and jaw-dropping views of the bay and the Royal Castle only add to the charm. [$$$$]

A slice of steak and vegetables sit on a mound of mashed potatoes and sauce
Steak at Matbaren
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25. Rosendals Trädgård

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Rosendalsvägen 38
115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

Skillful gardening, biodynamic philosophy, and a mere 10-minute remove from downtown make the vegetables from this urban farm a dream choice for the best chefs in town. Stroll around the beautiful plantations and the apple and pear orchards, pay a visit to the stone-oven bakery, and do lunch in the large, light greenhouse cafe. [$]

A greenhouse-like restaurant interior with reclaimed wood tables, plants, and large skylights
Rosendals Trädgård
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26. Spritmuseum

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Djurgårdsvägen 38 - 40
115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

After starting up as a chef in southern Sweden, Petter Nilsson ran a restaurant in Uzès in Provence before taking over La Gazzetta, one of the most influential restaurants in the Parisian neo-bistro trend. As head chef at Spritmuseum, Nilsson combines local ingredients with food traditions and techniques from France, the Mediterranean, and the Nordic countries. Dishes might include ravioli with raw shrimp and verbena consommé; Swedish squid with turnip and grilled lemon; heirloom pies with chestnuts, winter truffle, parsley, and cauliflower; or smoked and grilled salsify with funnel chanterelle and spinach. [$$$]

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Brunch at Spirimuseum
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27. Restaurang Flickan

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Yxsmedsgränd 12
111 27 Stockholm, Sweden

At the eight seats of the chef’s counter, Flickan allows guests to get up close to the expert cooks at work. Each of the 15 to 20 courses focuses on a specific, carefully chosen ingredient, like forest mushrooms, duck, reindeer, truffle, scallop, trout, squid, or pineapple, skillfully prepared in front of the guests. Flickan is also part of several interconnected restaurants and bars in the same building — the meat-focused Djuret, wine bar the Burgundy, cocktail bar Tweed, summertime outdoor asado garden Svinet, and Italian trattoria La Ragazza — and diners can reserve a hedonistic “walking dinner,” eating and drinking across all of the venues in one night. [$$$]

Shave meat, cream sauce, diced vegetables, and herbs in a clam shell on a dark wood background Courtesy of Flickan

28. Den Gyldene Freden

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Österlånggatan 51
111 31 Stockholm, Sweden

This is one of the world’s oldest restaurants, operating at the same Old Town address since 1722. Quite recently, chef Filip Fastén from restaurant Agrikultur took over the ownership, which is reflected in the menu, still featuring classic dishes, but with increased focus on high-quality ingredients and smart presentations. For centuries, “Freden” has been the meeting place for famous authors, singers, and songwriters, and the original interior remains remarkably intact. Come for the atmosphere and traditional Swedish classics like pickled herring with Västerbotten cheese, cabbage and meat pie with caramelized whey, or the all-time-favorite dessert, hot rosehip soup with almond cake and ice cream. [$$$]

A close-up on a mix of rhubarb, flowers, and mousse
Rhubarb with chocolate mousse and chocolate cream
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29. Sunset at Oaxen Krog & Slip

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Beckholmsbron 26
115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

Few restaurants can beat Oaxen Slip’s enchanting view of the 17th-century shipyard and inlet of the Stockholm harbor. Sample the daily collection of pickled herring, the soft-baked egg, the daily whole grilled fish, and any of the sausages. Order a glass of homemade lemonade and contemplate the sunset. Or go for the full two-Michelin-starred experience at Oaxen Krog. Both Krog and Slip are run by two of Sweden’s most innovative restaurateurs, Magnus Ek and Agneta Green. [$$$]

A harbor-side building with large, lit glass panels on one side, and boats on the water
Oaxen Krog & Slip
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30. Falafel Bar

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Hornsgatan 39B
118 49 Stockholm, Sweden

While in Södermalm to visit the opera venue Folkoperan or any of the innumerable bars, head to Falafelbaren for what is probably the crunchiest and juiciest a la minute falafel in the capital, served with housemade skhug (chile sauce) and amba (pickled mango with fenugreek). Most dishes on the menu are vegan and all of them are vegetarian, including the börek and fool. [$]

Falafel and fixings in a pita sandwich wrapped in branded wax paper on a plate beside a mint-garnished drink
Falafel sandwich
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31. Woodstockholm

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Mosebacke torg 9
116 46 Stockholm, Sweden

Woodstockholm began as a furniture store on the corner of one of the city’s most inviting green squares. In 2015, the company expanded with a restaurant and wine bar, creating a light, wood-detailed space that acts as a showroom for their products. Find a seat at the bar or one of the communal tables, then peruse the menu, which changes every month or two. New themes keep things fresh, but the food is always based on local, organic, and seasonal produce from small-scale producers. The current menu features dishes inspired by the Mexican kitchen, while past themes have included sauces, movies, the ’70s, cheese, and “the North.” The results are always impressive, especially accompanied by sommelier Gustav Hyllienmark’s impressive list of wines, which range from classic French and Spanish vineyards to more obscure, non-intervention producers. [$$$]

A sunlit dining room, with a bar to one side and light wood tables along the walls, beneath geometric pendant lights
The Woodstockholm dining room
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32. Fotografiska

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Stadsgårdshamnen 22
116 45 Stockholm, Sweden

Crowned Best Museum Restaurant of the Year in 2017 by Leading Culture Destinations Awards, Fotografiska has a stunning view of the Stockholm harbor and a large open kitchen led by acclaimed chef Paul Svensson. The vegetable-centric dishes focus on sustainability (100 grams of meat or fish can be added as a supplement) and are constantly evolving. Think beluga lentils as caviar and meaty beetroot slow-poached in lamb stock. [$$]
Note: The author of this map consulted on a beverage list for a pop-up in which chef Paul Svensson was involved.  

A crowded restaurant patio extending out from covered awnings toward a boardwalk and water beyond
The Fotografiska patio
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33. Drop Coffeehouse

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Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 10
118 50 Stockholm, Sweden

Competing with other Nordic countries for the top spot of the world’s most coffee-addicted nation, Sweden offers an immense number of coffee houses. Stockholm is no exception. This bohemian cafe features sustainably grown and traded coffee roasted at a proprietary roastery the same week as the shipment arrives. Reigning Swedish roasting champion and managing director Joanna Alm knows her stuff. You will have a hard time finding more flavorful and floral drip coffee — or a more amiable place to chat or open up your laptop. [$]

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Outside Drop Coffeehouse
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34. Tjoget

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Hornsbruksgatan 24
117 34 Stockholm, Sweden

Between the dining room, cocktail bar, wine bodega, and beer cafe, open seven days a week from lunch to late at night, Tjoget manages to satisfy a great number of happy guests. The flagship cocktail bar, voted No. 37 on the prestigious World’s 50 Best Bars list in 2019, offers a list of innovative and jaw-droppingly delicious cocktails with flavors and fragrances from southern Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East. The cuisine of the Mediterranean also influences dishes in the dining room, and the wine bodega boasts a voluminous list of wines offered in a truly unpretentious atmosphere. The newest addition, the beer cafe, offers small plates, snacks, and beer served Czech style from tankovna (steel tanks). [$$]

From above, octopus tentacles splayed on a plate with diced vegetables and green sauce drizzled over top
Octopus with olives, capers, and potatoes
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35. Sébastien På Söder

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Medborgarplatsen 3
118 26 Stockholm, Sweden

Since French-born baker Sébastien Boudet established himself in the city, he’s been a thorn in the side of any food professional trying to cut corners on quality. He often calls out other bakers and chefs for using subpar ingredients, and he doesn’t hesitate to do so in public. But he has also inspired just as many locals with his uncompromising mission to support artisanal farmers, mills, and organic producers. His croissants, sourdough breads, baguettes, eclairs, and macarons have set new standards. At Sébastien på Söder, Boudet has partnered with chef Isak Oldenburg, who formerly ran restaurants in Nice for over a decade. Indulge in one of the best lunches in Södermalm before purchasing your daily bread to take home. [$$]

A round patterned loaf of bread with a sales label in Swedish reading “Stort Dinkelbrod” or “large spelt bread” with a price of 85
Spelt bread for sale
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36. Café Nizza

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Åsögatan 171
116 32 Stockholm, Sweden

This corner restaurant in the busy nightlife neighborhood of Södermalm is run by the same people behind Babette in Vasastan. Café Nizza is larger, with a spacious outdoor dining area in summer, but with the same relaxed yet knowledgeable service and casual crowd. Diners flock for the regular four-to-five-course prix fixe menu as well as the a la carte menu, which features an innovative blend of Italian and local influences, like new potatoes with nettles and truffle, pasta fermentata, and strawberry semifreddo with elderberry meringue. [$$$]

A thick pastry topped with tomatoes and herbs
Tomato and basil tarte
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37. Folii

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Erstagatan 21
116 36 Stockholm, Sweden

The depth of wine knowledge between co-owners Jonas Sandberg and Beatrice Becher is reason enough to pay a visit to this small wine bar. They help guide diners through Folii’s constantly changing list of handpicked labels from across the globe, while chef Sebastian Bjernalt (formerly of Fäviken Magasinet, Aska in New York, and Spritmuseum in Stockholm) is behind the bar’s popular menu of wine-friendly small plates. The trio also run sister restaurant Voisine next door, which features classic, rustic comfort food from French and Swedish traditions. [$$] 

An open-faced sandwich with mozzarella, peas and greens in front of several wine bottles
An open-faced sandwich and wine lineup
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38. Symbios

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Skånegatan 80
116 37 Stockholm, Sweden

The team behind Japan-inspired restaurants Barobao and Ichi have branched out to Nytorget, another busy neighborhood for food lovers on Södermalm. Symbios offers one of the best venues for a business lunch in the area. It also serves a modern, Nordic dinner menu utilizing seasonal ingredients, primarily sourced from local and Swedish producers. Try the dry-roasted fava beans, grilled mussels with aioli and lardo, deep-fried Brussels sprouts with egg yolk sauce, and white ling with fennel, dried pork, and rosé pepper. [$$$]

A brown leather banquet in front of teal paneling in a light, airy dining room, with four and two-top tables, curved patio-esque chairs and table settings
The Symbios dining room
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1. Agrikultur

Roslagsgatan 43, 113 54 Stockholm, Sweden
From above, yellow flower petals cover a dish set in a larger bowl of flower buds on a marble background
Celeriac tartelette with chamomile creme, cloudberries, marigold and oxalis
Agrikultur / official

The set menu changes daily at this small restaurant helmed by 2014 Årets Kock Chef of the Year winner Filip Fastén and his partner Joel Åhlin. The plates and glasses are expertly filled with items the staff has shot, foraged, brewed, planted, raised, fermented, or handpicked. Everything is light and delicious. For small plates to share, in an even more relaxed setting, visit the restaurant’s sister venue, Bar Agrikultur, in Södermalm. [$$$]

Roslagsgatan 43
113 54 Stockholm, Sweden

2. Babette

Roslagsgatan 6, 113 55 Stockholm, Sweden
A whole pizza next to a hand-lettered menu on a small marble table
Pizza at Babette
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Babette is a low-profile neighborhood restaurant that serves one of the best pizzas in town and a constantly changing list of addictive smaller dishes with just the right pinch of creativity. Come thirsty and explore the top-notch wine list. [$$]

Roslagsgatan 6
113 55 Stockholm, Sweden

3. Lilla Ego

Västmannagatan 69, 113 26 Stockholm, Sweden
Two chefs, Tom Sjöstedt and Daniel Räms, stand looking out from a restaurant kitchen
Tom Sjöstedt and Daniel Räms
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There’s no tasting menu at Lilla Ego. Instead, the dishes are scrawled by hand on the white walls. Options could include pork tartare, matjes herring, raw scallops, algae-pickled ling, or fallow deer with Jerusalem artichokes. Since the two well-merited chefs, Tom Sjöstedt and Daniel Räms, opened this place, it’s been one of the city’s toughest reservations. The bare and rugged interior is almost too casual, making the space feel like someone’s living room. [$$$]

Västmannagatan 69
113 26 Stockholm, Sweden

4. Grus Grus

Karlbergsvägen 14, 113 27 Stockholm, Sweden
A server places a plate of meat skewer yogurty greens on a dark marble table beside a salad, an oyster plate, and a bottle of wine
Dinner with wine at Grus Grus
Grus Grus / official

The wine list at Grus Grus is long, yet selective. It features small, European, non-intervention producers, with many wines available by the glass. Meanwhile, the open kitchen produces straightforward, delicious plates based on local and seasonal produce. Many dishes are influenced by Mediterranean cuisines, like grilled aubergine with labneh, sesame, and pomegranate; roasted marrow with onion, herbs, and grilled sourdough bread; endive with ajo blanco (white gazpacho), harissa, and almond; and cockles with lacto-fermented ramson (wild garlic). Above all, Grus Grus Wine Bar lives up to the ambition stated on its website: “We want you to feel at home!” [$$]

Karlbergsvägen 14
113 27 Stockholm, Sweden

5. Adam/Albin

Rådmansgatan 16, 114 25 Stockholm, Sweden
A bowl of brightly color granitas layered on one another with pistachios for garnish
Yuzu, tangerine, and blood orange granitas
Adam / Albin / official

Internationally known chefs Adam Dahlberg and Albin Wessman transformed this space into something more modern and relaxed than a fine dining venue. The menu starts with a selection of elaborate snacks chosen by the chefs, followed by four dishes that change daily. The signature hand-cut beef tartare evolves with the season. It might be served with roasted almonds and white miso, or it might come as a lamb tartare. The cooking here is based firmly in Sweden’s gastronomic heritage, but you can also sense influences from French and other European kitchens. [$$$$]

Rådmansgatan 16
114 25 Stockholm, Sweden

6. Tennstopet

Dalagatan 50, 113 24 Stockholm, Sweden
A crowd outside a corner restaurant with broad red awnings over sidewalk seating and bright neon signs with the name Tennstopet
Outside Tennstopet
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Leave your coat with the distinguished old man at the door and enter this piece of restaurant history. Having served hungry and thirsty customers for more than a century (though initially at a different location), Tennstopet is still going very strong. Order the SOS (herring, cheese, butter) and add cured salmon with dill-creamed potatoes, potato pancakes with vendace roe, and steamed cod with poached egg to complete your meal. Chase with lager and aquavit. Want to go on partying? This part of Dalagatan and the area around Odenplan has much more to offer. [$$]

Dalagatan 50
113 24 Stockholm, Sweden

7. Sushi Sho

Upplandsgatan 45, 113 28 Stockholm, Sweden
A single piece of sushi, topped with a small dollop of greens, sits on a slate board with chopsticks resting nearby
Perfectly formed sushi from Sushi Sho
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Possibly the tiniest Michelin-starred restaurant in Northern Europe, chef Carl Ishizaki’s 14-seat sushi bar offers a tight 90-minute, 15-serving omakase menu that changes daily. You might be lucky enough to get velvety, sake-marinated long-cooked skrei cod liver; broiled turbot skirt; shoyu-brushed sea urchin; maki with salmon roe and quail egg yolk; or even comforting donburi rice bowls topped with fish, roe, shiso, and a perfect 64-degree egg. [$$]

Upplandsgatan 45
113 28 Stockholm, Sweden