Where to eat in Stockholm
Though Gamla Stan is home to many tourist traps, it also has some excellent restaurants. If you want to splash out on creative Nordic cuisine, then Frantzén, one of the very best Stockholm restaurants, is your place – though you’ll need to book in advance to secure a table. Otherwise, try The Flying Elk, a nearby gastropub run by the same people.
The mainland part of the city, consisting of Norrmalm, Vasastan and Östermalm, also has several top-notch dining spots. Many of the best joints in Stockholm for Swedish cuisine are situated in this part of town, including long-standing traditional fave Bakfickan, part of the elegant Kungliga Operan (Royal Opera House), and contemporary locales such as Lilla Ego and Gastrologik. The latter is a five-minute walk from Östermalms Saluhall, Stockholm’s posh food hall.
For something more laid-back (and affordable), head to Södermalm, the island with the most youthful vibe. Restaurants here run the gamut from old-school joints dishing up meatballs, herring and lingonberries – Pelikan is a good bet – to more contemporary hipster hangouts. Trendy young things flock to Nytorget Urban Deli, in the SoFo neighbourhood, and pan-Asian restaurant-cum-bar Bistro Barbro, on the western side of the island in Hornstull.
‘Fika’ is an essential piece of culinary vocab for anyone heading to Stockholm. A sort of Scandinavian high tea, this afternoon coffee-and-cake break provides much more than just sustenance for locals – it’s also an important social ritual. The coffee’s good in the majority of Stockholm cafés, but for the best cakes and cinnamon buns and the most authentic atmosphere, make a beeline for Blå Porten on Djurgården, or Mellqvist Kaffebar, which features in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’.
Frantzén Lilla Nygatan 21, +46 8 20 85 80
The Flying Elk Mälartorget 15, +46 8 20 85 83.
Bakfickan Kungliga Operan, Karl XII:S Torg, +46 8 676 58 00.
Lilla Ego Västmannag 69, +46 8 27 44 55.
Gastrologik Artillerigatan 14, +46 8 662 30 60.
Östermalms Saluhall Östermalmstorg.
Pelikan Blekingegatan 40,+46 8 55 60 90 90.
Nytorget Urban Deli Nytorget 4, +46 8 599 091 80.
Bistro Barbro Hornstulls Strand 13, +46 8 55 06 02 66.
Blå Porten Djurgårdsvägen 64, +46 8 663 87 59.
Mellqvist Kaffebar Hornsgatan 78, +46 8 768 75 29 92.