Foodie Map of Stockholm
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and one of the best dining destinations in the North! If a trend hasn’t been picked up here yet, it hasn’t reached Scandinavia. The dining scene can seem vast and complex, though, and difficult to grasp. Thus, I have gathered all my Stockholm recommendations in this foodie map. You’ll find coffee shops, bakeries, natural wine bars, burger- and pizza places, as well as fine dining restaurants. Navigate the map easily either by scrolling through the list on the right or by clicking the points on the map. Places are listed in a geographical order.
Speceriet is a casual eatery by the one-Michelin-starred Gastrologik chefs Jacob Holmström and Anton Bjuhr. Situated next door to the mothership, on Artillerigatan, this also one of my favorite lunch spots in Stockholm. Go here for uncomplicated and honest food made with high-quality ingredients and well-balanced flavors.
Gastrologik is a one-Michelin-starred New Nordic fine dining restaurant by Swedish chefs Jacob Holmström and Anton Bjuhr. Their philosophy is to focus on the ingredients in close cooperation with both producers and suppliers. It’s all about local, seasonal and organic produce. Gastrologik is one of my favorite restaurants in Stockholm, and, in my opinion, much closer to two stars than one. Don’t miss their casual lunch spot, Speceriet, next door.
I have never stayed at the venerable Hotel Diplomat in Stockholm, but from the look of the majestic old building, I can imagine it offers excellent accommodation. What I can recommend based on first-hand experience, however, is to grab a seat outside in the summertime for a drink and some snacks. The restaurant's crispy hash browns (råraka) with vendace roe (löjrom) and sour cream is a must!
Tyge & Sessil
Tyge & Sessil is a natural wine bar and casual eatery by star chef Niklas Ekstedt. Situated on Brahegatan, close to Stureplan, this is one of the best places in Stockholm for wines from small-scale and independent producers from lesser-known regions. Expect lots of cloudy, glou glou juice!
Situated near Stureplan and Östermalmstorg, Taverna Brillo is a nice place for wood-oven-fired pizzas and other Italian classics, interpreted by Swedish chefs with local ingredients. Try the house specialty pizza with dill, vendace roe (löjrom), and sour cream, or go all-in with luxury toppings like truffle.
Tössebageriet is a classical Swedish bakery and pastry shop on Karlavägen in Stockholm – established in 1920. Don’t expect anything modern or fancy as this is all about the old style of desserts and baked goods. They did, however, invent the semmel-wrap in 2015. Pastry chef and owner Mattias Ljungberg also owns and operates the more modern bakery Mr. Cake on Rådmansgatan.
Hantverket is a casual restaurant and bar that is open for lunch and dinner most days of the week. In the kitchen, you find chef Stefan Ekengren, formerly of restaurant Galleriet at Görvälns Slott. His legendary twist on Hasselback potatoes, deep-fried and served with vendace roe (löjrom) and sour cream, is worth the visit alone. Don’t miss the rosette cookies (struva) with duck liver, parmesan cheese, and port wine gel either.
Adam/Albin doesn’t hold a Michelin star yet, but they are undoubtedly at the right level to achieve one. Chefs Adam Dahlberg & Albin Wessman trained under the Swedish Godfather of chefs, Mathias Dahlgren. Later, they opened up Adam & Albin Matstudio, which was literally a studio where they prepared for the restaurant that is now a reality. Drop by for a seat at the bar or book a table. The two young chefs have a unique signature to their food and lots of delicious natural wines on the lists.
Don’t go to Mr. Cake if you’re on a diet – you will end up breaking it. The name should be warning enough. Operated by Mattias Ljungberg, the owner of the legendary Tössebageriet, and Roy Fares, Mr. Cake is an American bakery fused with Swedish fika traditions. Go here for breakfast and lunch and order the mushroom sandwich or Croque Monsieur. Finish with a sweet pastry or dessert, like the lemon meringue or carrot cake. Show up early if you want a chance for the red velvet croissant – they sell out quickly!
Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren
Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren is one of the best casual-not-casual lunch spots in town. Located in the Grand Hotel and holding one Michelin-star, the place is quite pricey even with an à la carte-only menu. Foodwise, Matbaren is a New Nordic bistro of the finest sort, though. Until recently a neighbor to the two-Michelin-starred Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen, which has since closed and been replaced by the vegetable-focused restaurant Rutabaga by the same chef.
Hotel Hobo is situated at Brunkebergstorg in central Stockholm next to Hotel At Six – both operated by the Nordic Choice hotel group. If At Six is the elegant businessman, then Hobo is the younger hipster brother. The style is similar to hotel Ace in Los Angeles or the Hoxton in London, with design details in every element, from coat hangers to the sign pointing you towards the reception. It may seem a bit random at first, but someone has planned every little detail. Don’t hesitate to visit the rooftop restaurant Tak, or the even more exclusive omakase bar Unn, both by chef Frida Ronge. I didn’t get the chance, but I hope to next time.
Wienercafeét Anno 1904
Wienercaféet Anno 1904 is every bit as classical and old-school as the name suggests. Inspired by the grand cafés of Paris and Vienna, tiny marble top tables are closely lined up all over the fishbone wooden floor. Chandeliers hang from the roof; you get the picture ... The place offers a decent lunch menu, including a delicious Eggs Benedicte and Croque Madame, but let’s face it, you’re here for the cakes and pastries. Go early to secure the highly popular almond croissant or the freshly baked Danish pastries (wienerbröd).
Restaurant EAT (European Asian Taste) has a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide, and you go here for authentic Chinese flavors at a reasonable price. Savor delicious dumplings, wontons, and, of course, the whole Beijing duck served with steamed pancakes, vegetables, and hoisin sauce. We also ate some lovely Taiwanese-style gua bao (steam buns) with pork belly, but that was part of the summer pop-up concept Eat Bao, which I am not sure they have continued.
Frantzén is Sweden’s first and only three-Michelin-starred restaurant. Undoubtedly, the dream of chef patron Björn Frantzén for many years, but it took a SEK 75 million relocation and refurbishment to create the ultimate version of a counter-dining experience. A 23-seat restaurant, of which 15 spots are at the spacious bar surrounding the open kitchen. Most dishes have elements that are prepared right in front of you. The meal starts and ends in the beautiful lounge area upstairs.
Craving sourdough pizzas, craft beer, and natural wine? Then Pizza Hatt is your place. Co-owned by Karl Grandin, who started the Omnipollo brewery in 2010, Pizza Hatt is situated in the district of Norrmalm, while its sister venue, Omnipollos Hatt, is located on Södermalm. The menu consists of ten classics and one seasonal variety that changes every month.
Kafé Esaias is easily the best coffee shop in the Norrmalm district. Whether you prefer an espresso-based drink or a light-roasted, Chemex-brewed cup of black coffee, you won’t be disappointed. Skilled baristas man the bar and are happy to share of their coffee knowledge. Sit in the window and watch people pass by, while you enjoy a cardamom bun or canelés. Make sure to taste their Reuben sandwich with sauerkraut or the Croque Monsieur if you’re here for lunch.
Urban With Deli
Urban With Deli is a modern and urban boutique budget hotel, so-called lean-luxury, with a cozy interior design. All rooms are below ground level and without windows to allow you to sleep without sunlight. The hotel is situated smack in the middle of Stockholm city center, in the Norrmalm district, and, as the name indicates, there’s a large deli shop on the ground floor with a vast selection of healthy foods. The hotel restaurant buffet is surprisingly tasty.
Babette is a popular industry hangout that serves simple food inspired by Italian traditions. The pizza is actually one of my favorites in Stockholm. Always packed, especially on weekends, so go early or make a reservation. Open every day of the week!
Svartengrens is a restaurant and cocktail bar, but I only know it as the latter. Thus, I can only recommend it as a place for drinks at this point. However, the eatery is definitely on my to-do-list for a future Stockholm visit.
Jim & Jacob
Jim & Jacob is a neighborhood wine bar and casual eatery in the Vasastan district. I was introduced to this cozy little bar by my best friend in Stockholm. We enjoyed wine and snacks here, and it struck me how much I wish Oslo had a place exactly like this.
Café Pascal is a great place for coffee and croissant in Stockholm. You should go here if you want a spacy yet relaxing place to enjoy fika, sweet baked goods, and a cup of hand-brewed V60 coffee from micro roasteries like Da Matteo and Koppi.
Arguably, the best burger shop in Stockholm. At least, Flippin’ Burgers is know for having kickstarted the burger revolution in the Swedish capital. I love their simple style, focused mainly on a proper bun and juicy patty, made from high-quality meat and designed to be eaten with your hands. No fuss and no bullshit. Even the wine is natural.
If you’re looking for the perfect neighborhood restaurant that serves rustic Swedish dishes in an unpretentious and urban setting, then Lilla Ego is your spot. Chef Tom Sjöstedt has created somewhat of an institution in the district of Vasastan. With a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide for many years and a reputation among foodies, bookings can be hard to secure. Fear not, though, the bar area is always open for drop-ins. But show up early!
Probably the best and most authentic Japanese noodle soup in town. Totemo Ramen is situated in a tiny venue in the far Western part of Vasastan. With only a few windows and bar seats available, you better show up early, preferably before they open, to hopefully avoid the worst queues. The small menu has two different shoyu and miso broths, with all organic produce and handcrafted noodles. Extra meat and eggs are optional, but not needed, as portions are generous. I had the Tokyo Ramen (shoyu) with a yuzu juice on the side.
The Winery Hotel
If you want your hotel stay to be more than just a bed to sleep in – you should consider the Winery Hotel. The location is on the outskirts of Stockholm, at Solna, about 10-15 minutes away from the city center. In addition to a huge wine cellar, two restaurants, and a roof-top bar with a swimming pool, this boutique hotel also has its own urban winery! Grapes are imported from the Terreno vineyard in Tuscany, Italy, and made into wine right here in Sweden
Believe it or not, but the restaurant of Stockholm's liquor museum is actually one of the best spots in town for a decent Swedish lunch. Spritmuseum serves dishes like herring and potatoes and lamb and peas, and the place is particularly beautiful on a summer day. Don’t miss the exhibition afterward – it’s both interesting and entertaining!
Oaxen Slip is the casual bistro of its two-Michelin-starred big brother Oaxen Krog. Magnus Ek’s ideas are no less brilliant in an informal setting – so dinner here is a real treat. We devoured a whole half pig’s head as main-course! Oaxen Slip has a Bib Gourmand rating.
Gaston is a tiny wine bar, almost hidden where it lies next to Frantzén’s gastropub the Flying Elk. In fact, the two are connected and share a kitchen. The wine bar has its own snack menu, but ask nicely, and you may order from the restaurant list as well. Excellent assortment of organic and biodynamic producers.
The Flying Elk
The Flying Elk is the casual sister establishment of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Frantzén, located in Gamla Stan (the old town). A gastropub, fusing Swedish ingredients with British pub culture, that has everything you could possibly crave on the menu. Don't miss the perfectly cooked fish and chips, schnitzel "Björn Frantzén," or, the cheeseburger in a toasted brioche. Try sticky toffee pudding or Eton Mess for desserts.
Drop Coffee is my favorite coffee bar in Stockholm. This pretty little venue in the district of Södermalm is situated close to the public square Mariatorget and the subway station with the same name. I love to start my day here with a smörgås (open-faced sandwich) and perfectly brewed Kalita coffee from these award-winning baristas.
For the best falafels in town, head over to Södermalm and visit Falafelbaren on Hornsgatan near Mariatorget. This hole-in-the-wall shop was recommended to us by the guys at Drop Coffee, and certainly did not let us down. Fresh ingredients, falafel balls fried to order, and tasty sauces. What more can you wish for in a good falafel?
Johan & Nyström
Johan & Nyström is what Stockfleths is to Oslo, and Da Matteo is to Gothenburg. Perhaps not an entirely accurate comparison, but they have all succeeded to establish a high-quality coffee chain with consistent quality across stores. A safe choice for a caffeine fix, where ever you may come across them.
Today, they have museums in New York and London as well, but it all started in Stockholm. Fotografiska is my favorite art museum in the Swedish capital. Always amazing work on display, from famous as well as less known artists. There are even rumors that the restaurant on the top floor is worth a visit, but I haven’t quite had the chance yet to check it out myself.
Are you looking for something original and utterly bonkers in the world of haute cuisine? Punk Royale is the totally bizarre fine dining experience, complete with all the luxury ingredients you would expect of a Michelin-starred restaurant, but set in a completely inappropriate environment. It's dirty, loud, and dark. Featuring a smoke-machine and lego bricks (don't ask). Prepare to be fed by the chef, and eat a scoop of caviar straight from your hand, paired with a vodka shot.
Folii wine bar is the Stockholm equivalent to Territoriet in Oslo. In fact, it’s the same owners of both bars. Located on Erstagatan 21 in the district of Södermalm, Folii has a bigger kitchen, however, and also serves as a casual eatery. The bar managers are Jonas Sandberg, the former restaurant manager at Fäviken Magasinet, and Béatrice Becher – Sweden’s best sommelier in 2014. I only had time for a short visit so far, but can imagine this is a good base and hangout.
The guys from restaurant Babette has opened up a neighborhood restaurant in the Södermalm district, focusing on Southern-European flavors and small-scale wine producers (read: lots of natural wines). I dropped by for a glass of wine and a whole-roasted quail with chanterelles and vin jaune sauce – a twist on a classic chicken dish from the Jura district in France. I finished with an incredible mille-feuille with pistachio cream and cherries – so crunchy and satisfying.
Head over to the small candy shop Pärlans Konfektyr on Södermalm, for the most creamy, soft, sweet and salty caramel snacks you can imagine. The vanilla caramel with sea salt is the best!
Teatern på Ringen
Teatern at Ringen is a food court inside Ringen shopping mall. The place is designed like an old amphitheater, where restaurants are gathered in a circle in the middle and the customers can sit in tiered seatings surrounding them. Check out Raamen by Adam Dahlberg & Albin Wessman and the pastry shop of Daniel Roos.
Aloë has been a well-kept secret among foodies for years already, but finally got their Michelin star in 2018. Located in an old supermarket store in the suburb of Älvsjö – this isn’t your regular fine dining restaurant. Chefs Daniel Höglander and Niclas Jönsson cooks with local ingredients in a Nordic style, but are heavily influenced by Asian cuisine in their flavor profile.