You won't normally call meatballs and fish 'haute cuisine'. Not quite right! The Swedes are very proud of their national cuisine, but they also do like to experiment and invent something really unique. The most delicious and exciting restaurants in Stockholm are in our collection.
Restaurant, bar and a small grocery store in a perfect package. Everything is simple, self-restrained and unconditionally delicious. The restaurant is a nice place to dine with one's parents, the bar – great choice for a romantic dinner. The store offers dozens of cheeses, fresh pastries and chocolate candies. You should see how cutely they pack porridge. Funny thing: many locals come here to buy presents. For instance, it would be a good courtesy to bring a jar of Urban Deli jam to a dinner party.
Many restaurants in Stockholm are open from Thursday. Luckily, Italiano Papà is an exception, it is crowded 7 days a week. Mainly because of its fantastic Italian cuisine. Check out their pasta (any of them, for they are all delicious), meet dishes, and mini-burgers. Tables by the window are perfect for a date, big round ones – for a dinner with friends. Complimentary champagne is available on Fridays.
Hermans is a canteen with room for 350 persons divided by several rooms. It serves a vegetarian menu, eco-drinks (from smoothie to beer and tea) and vegan desserts. The buffet is the fresh highlight of Hermans, with seasonal ingredients and well cooked themed dishes. The place even offers a 50 % discount for students on Mondays. You can sit inside or outside on the veranda (they even have sling hammocks in summer). The glassed veranda is especially nice, as it shows the view over Djurgården and Gamla Stan, and the boats that go across the water
Don't you ever tell a Swede that you dislike String. It is the craziest, most eclectic, home felt and of course the most frequently visited cafe in Söder. The cafe with tall painted windows buzzes from the early morning. String features dissimilar furniture and tableware (all items are for sale, by the way). The menu is a bit simple, though prices are reasonable and portions large. Vegetarian dishes are also available. The outlet is quite popular among Swedish Bohemia.
Mathias Dahlgren is one of the most significant figures in Stockholm gastronomy. He holds more Michelin stars than any other person in Sweden ever had. His two restaurants occupy the Grand Hotel building, which means a lot. The outlets are two parts of a whole: Matsalen, a sumptuous fine-dining of 2 Michelin stars, and slightly less expensive one-starred Matbaren. The menu is seasonal, but it always contains several vegetarian options. Matbaren means ‘food bar’, which actually explains it all: guests make themselves comfortable by the bar counter; all the dishes come with a perfect beverage; the atmosphere is quite relaxed for such an expensive restaurant.
Taste of Vietnam is as crowded as its neighbor, the famous Urban Deli. It looks like an ordinary Asian restaurant – hieroglyphed walls, red lanterns, and lotus-shaped lamps. No wonder most people are passing by. But how wrong they are! The restaurant offers super delicious meat, fish, chicken, and seafood dishes with traditional spices. We enjoyed our mussels, seafood soup and noodles with bun nem. We'll definitely come again.
Restaurants Riche and Teatergrillen are very famous among Ostermalmers. One outlet flows into the other, and they are both worth visiting. Riche is almost a perfect copy of Parisian bistro: high ceilings, a mix of Swedish and French cuisines, breakfast at 7:30. The place is rather chilled on weekdays, and super crowded over the weekend (better book a table in advance). Friday night is devoted to dancing.
Teatergrillen was created in 1968 as Royal Dramatic Theatre restaurant. Actors still come here to dine and chat. The restaurant features dishes named after the heroes of past epochs, the walls covered in theatrical masks. You can even dine at a table where Bergman once dined.
A perfect place for 'fika' (Swedish for coffee/tea break) with a wide choice of hearty salads and sandwiches, including vegetarian ones. Want to taste something super healthy and light? Try a sandwich with falafel, avocado and carrots. Vurma at Kungsholmen (Polhemsgatan 15) is a small and really chilled café. Vurma at Södermalm (Bergsunds strand 31) is a bit bigger and more restaurant-like. They say, that the other three Vurmas feature an advanced menu.
The place does not have a sign (or a website), so it is a bit tricky to find. Look for large windows with red lampshades. The café remains unchanged since the moment it was open in 1954. Even the owner hasn't changed a bit – the same grumpy and a bit deaf man who offers Americano with pastries, and refuses to take credit cards (a bit wild for Sweden). The café lies across the street from the city library. You might even feel like you’re in a good old movie of the 50's.
The established Swedish classics with a 90-year history. This 2-storey building is perfect for hearty dinners in the upper chamber (even Swedes admit that Tranan serves the best meatballs in town) and DJ sets on the ground floor.
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