With the emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce and innovative recipes based on classic Nordic dishes, Swedish cuisine has much more to offer than its ubiquitous meatballs, and a new crop of top chefs has put the capital firmly on the map for food-lovers. Whether you’re looking to dine in stylish surroundings, tuck into traditional Swedish fare or snag a table at the hottest new venue, these are some of the best restaurants in Stockholm.
Stockholm is home to an impressive 8 Michelin-starred restaurants and 8 Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurants, so knowledgeable foodies have plenty of options to choose from. At the head of the pack are Frantzén/Lindeberg and Mathias Dahlgren, both recently ranked on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, but other top choices include 2-Michelin-starred Matsalen and Matbaren, both found in the Grand Hotel, F12 and Lux Stockholm, all of which are listed in the prestigious White Guide, Stockholm’s version of the Michelin Guide.
Traditional Swedish cuisine
If you’re looking to sample time-honored Nordic cuisine (yes, including meatballs!), there are also plenty of choices. Tuck into hearty fare at the period-style beer hall Pelikan, sample celebrity chef Fredrik Eriksson’s menu at Långbro Värdshus or try delicacies like reindeer and smoked herrings at Den Gyldene Freden.
Dining with a view
Looking to make an impression? Opt for a dramatic venue like the glamorous Operakällaren at the Opera house, the waterfront Fjäderholmarnas Krog or the onboard restaurant at the one-time royal yacht MS Patricia, now moored at Slussen. For a striking city view, the Skrapan skyscraper, the Kaknas Tower and the SkyView observation deck all have on-site restaurants.